I know what you’re thinking.
You’ve distributed all the gifts. You’ve dragged the tree to the curb. Your family has finally returned to the corners of the globe from whence they came.
You’ve eaten your last serving of microwaved stuffing and thrown out the last bit of hardened fruit cake.
You’ve been back at work for a few days, the kids are back in school and you’re already getting comfortable writing “2016” on your… checks?
Christmas is the last thing you want to think about right now.
But it’s the perfect time to think about Christmas — for just a moment longer.
Get the Best Deals on Holiday Decor
Retail stores are sick of Christmas, too.
They’ve been drowning in holiday preparation and shopping for the past two or three months — they’re ready to move on.
They’re practically giving away holiday trappings this time of year to clear the shelves.
Target’s holiday clearance is up to 90% off today.
Walmart is offering 50-75% off online and in-store holiday items.
Bed, Bath & Beyond is offering up to 50% off in-stores.
Walgreens, CVS and Rite-Aid are running clearance sales up to 75% off holiday decor and candy.
You can even find discounted winter gear at Cabela’s and Gander Mountain — up to 85% off!
Check your favorite department stores like Kohl’s or JCPenney for 60-80% off.
But, clearance sales can be finicky.
You’ll usually only see these deals in-store, and prices and availability of items will vary wildly at different locations. That’s because these sales live up to their name: Their job is to clear the shelves.
But if you keep an eye out, you’ll find some killer deals.
What to Buy on Clearance
This time of January presents the lowest demand for holiday decor. We literally can’t be further away from needing it again.
Plus, retail stores have been stocking up for high demand over the past two months, so you get great prices on holiday decorations in January!
Any Christmas-themed item you can think of is bound to be steeply discounted if it’s still in stock.
- candy and other treats
- gift sets — those pre-packaged combos like lotion and body wash, or shaving cream and razors
- candles — especially scents like pine cones, cinnamon or anything else that makes you want to curl up next to a fire
- wrapping paper, tissue paper and gift bags
- Christmas decorations
- pretty much anything shaped like Santa or reindeer, or packaged in red, green, silver and gold
Don’t wait until you need these items to prepare for the next holiday season!
Demand spikes for holiday decor as the holiday shopping season begins, so they won’t be discounted on Black Friday.
Check the Grocery Store
Find stockpiles of popular holiday ingredients at grocery stores, too.
Some of the better items may have already disappeared — like whole turkeys or hams, and pies from the bakery — but you can still find discounts on overstocked canned and dry goods.
Take this opportunity to stock up on canned fruits and vegetables — like green beans, pineapple rings and cherries. You’ll also see boxes of stuffing mix and baking mixes at discounted prices.
You may not want to keep these straight through until next December. But some creativity can help you create affordable meals year-round from discounted holiday-inspired ingredients.
Other Discounted Items to Buy in January
In addition to holiday clearance, this is a good time of year for deals on anything that helps us make the transition into the new year.
Retailers typically discount fitness equipment this month to support New Year’s Resolutions to get in shape.
Depending on where you live, winter might just be getting started!
Even if you don’t like stocking up on seasonal clothes a year ahead, you still have time to buy a new coat, boots, cozy sweaters and fleece-lined leggings for this season. They tend to be most discounted in January and March.
If you shop for winter gear at Cabela’s online by January 6, use the code 15SHIP to get everything shipped for just $5.
Traditional white sales at department stores encouraged shoppers to stop in after the holiday shopping frenzy.
In the mid-1900s, these sales supported consumers’ desire to change holiday colored sheets, towels and other linens for lighter, cleaner-looking whites.
Now, you’ll find sales not just on linens, but other bedding, too.
Ring in the new year with a whole new attitude by just changing out an old comforter and some throw pillows!
Discounted gift cards are abundant this time of year!
We all receive one or two gift cards we don’t really want each holiday season. Savvy sellers have figured out how to put them to use — by selling them to those of us who want them.
While you’re bound to find deals on gift cards throughout the year, common sense dictates this post-holiday period will yield some of the best prices.
Your Turn: Do you shop for holiday decor in January? Where do you find the best deals?
Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more.