January can be a great month to buy a variety of items — depending on holiday sales trends. Recent holiday sales were disappointing for retailers, meaning good deals for January shoppers.
“A lot of times retailers will have sales in January to try to move some of this merchandise, ” says Mark Di Vincenzo, author of “Buy Shoes on Wednesday and Tweet at 4:00: More of the best times to buy this, do that and go there,” (William Morrow, $13.99).
One of the biggest January sale categories is the home — ranging from an actual house to everything that goes inside.
“Housing prices are creeping up,” Di Vincenzo says, with winter — especially January and February — a good time to buy. “You have eager sellers and fewer buyers. This winter, especially if you are going to buy a house, you should make an offer early in the year because prices will keep going up.”
If you’re not in the market for a new home, you can always beef up your current abode by taking