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What to Stock Up on in January

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Now that we are in January and past the Christmas rush, there are a lot of sales in retail stores nationwide. In the midst of these sales, there are a handful items that will be at the lowest price in January! This means that it is the perfect time to stock up on these items because you won’t find them lower during any other time of the year. The best part? You can usually grab these items for a rock bottom price without having to clip a coupon!

When stocking up on items, you want to try to think ahead to upcoming events and holidays to be sure you are purchasing the right amount. If you want to save even more, you can stack most of these sales with a coupon (search here to see if there is one available to match what you are wanting to purchase); however, you don’t want to purchase an item just because you have a coupon. You want to be sure it’s on sale and you have a coupon and/or a mobile rebate to get a stock up price. If you’re unsure of what the stock up price should be, you can grab your FREE stock up price guide/list here.  I don’t suggest purchasing an item just because it is on sale without having a purpose for it or if it’s going to bust your budget. With that in mind, here are the items to stock up on in January.

Stock up on these items in January so you won't have to pay full price later!

1. Christmas Wrapping Paper/Decorations. 

Right after Christmas, most stores immediately put all Christmas wrapping paper and decorations on clearance at 50% off. As the days and weeks go by after Christmas and there are still Christmas items left, the stores will gradually increase the 50% off clearance price to 70% and even 90% (in some areas)! It may seem silly to purchase Christmas wrapping paper and decorations right after Christmas, but if you’re wanting to replace some Christmas lights, decorations, or even your Christmas tree, this is the time to grab it!

Christmas wrapping paper is normally $3.99 and up per roll. When it goes on clearance, you can grab them for less than $1.00 per roll! The best part? Some of the Christmas paper isn’t “Christmas-y” which means you can use it to wrap birthday gifts throughout the year!

2. Toys. 

I know it seems crazy to purchase toys right after your kids just got toys for Christmas; however, Target and Walmart both have HUGE clearance sales on toys in January. Toys end up going up to 70% off! This is a great time to grab birthday gifts for your kids’ friends, and even birthday gifts for your kids. It’s so much easier to pay $5.00 for a $20.00 toy now, then to pay $20.00 the week of the birthday party.

3. Gift Sets. 

After Christmas, most of the fragrance, beauty, and bath gift sets go on clearance with the rest of the Christmas items. Many times, these gift sets do not have any red and green “Christmas-looking” packaging, but because they were pushed as a Christmas Gift, they have to go on clearance. This makes these sets PERFECT to grab up now to have on hand for gifts like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, and even teacher gifts.

4. Winter Health. 

You can find vitamins and cold/flu medications cheaper in January. Plus, most vitamins and medications are good for about a year or longer. This means, you can purchase enough vitamins and cold medications at the lowest price now to last you for a while.  As a bonus, you won’t have to pay full price for an over the counter cold medication when your child wakes up with a stuffy nose and sore throat. (If you want to really stock up, you can pair the sales with coupons to get the lowest price possible. (Search here to see if there is a coupon to match the brand of vitamins and cold medicines you prefer to use.)

5. Diet Foods. 

January is when healthier foods like Lean Cuisines, Special K snacks, weight loss shakes, and even shakes to make sure you are getting all of the vitamins you need (like Boost and Ensure) are super cheap! Most people are wanting these items to get healthier in the new year, and retailers respond with putting them on sale.

6. Party Foods. 

Things like chips, dips, cheese, sandwich items, crackers, and other snacky/party food items go on sale for the Super Bowl in January. I know this is opposite of the health foods, but if you’re planning on hosting a Super Bowl Party or have a child with a birthday in January or February, it’s a great time to grab those foods you will need to host the party.

7. Seasonal Produce. 

Produce doesn’t last much longer than a few days in the refrigerator, but you will find prices on certain produce cheaper in January than in July. Normally in January, you can score oranges, pears, grapefruit, tangerines, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, kale, kiwi, avocado, cabbage, and spinach cheaper. As a bonus, you can use the free mobile apps Checkout 51 and Ibotta to score a little bit of cash back on produce each week!

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