What To Buy In January

What to Buy in January?

Buy in January

It’s the beginning of the new year and I thought I would start this month off with a list of the best things to buy in January.

As I’m sure many of you know, stores follow a yearly sales cycle, so with a few exceptions, you can usually anticipate finding the same products on sale at the same time every year.

Here’s what to buy in January:

Diet Foods & Beverages

Losing weight is one of the top 3 New Years Resolutions that people make, so stores are going to start selling products that many people are interested in this time of year – diet foods and beverages.

Look for diet soda, frozen meals, diet shakes, yogurt and granola bars.

Weight-Loss Products

Sticking with the weight loss resolution, you can also expect many weight loss products to go on sale in the new year.

Look for exercise equipment such as treadmills, weight sets, exercise bikes, athletic shoes – even gym memberships.

Cold & Flu Items

January is cold & flu season, which means you are going to be able to find many deals on items specific to this.

Look for medicines, vitamins, pain relievers and lip balm.

Holiday Clearance

With Christmas over, stores are clearing out their stock of holiday items over the month of January and offering deep discounts to their customers.

Look for holiday decor, wrapping paper & greeting cards, seasonal candy and even toys.

Cold Weather Clothing

January is a great time to find deals on winter clothing because everyone needs it this time of year. Prices will be even lower closer to the end of the season, but you can still find really great deals in January.

Look for winter jackets, hats, gloves & scarves, boots and sweaters.

Organizing Supplies

Another popular New Years Resolution is to get organized, so you will often see many organizing products on sale this month.

Look for storage containers, label makers and custom organizing products (milk bag holder, pot rack, etc.).


Why there are “white sales” in January is beyond me, but every year – there they are again. The tradition of having these white sales began way back in 1878 and has stuck around ever since. Now is the best time to add new linens to your closets!

Look for towels, pillows, sheet sets and comforters. You can usually find bathroom accessories on sale as well.


Yes, you read that right. January is one of the best months to buy a home. Why? There are not many homebuyers willing to walk around in the snow looking for a home to purchase, which means that many sellers will lower their prices just to get their home sold.


Is talking more family photos (or just photos in general) one of your New Years Resolutions? It is for many (myself included!), and that is why you will be able to find cameras on sale at deep discounts in January.

Look for digital cameras, film cameras, lenses, camera bags and camera accessories.


I know it seems strange to buy a bicycle in January. Odds are, you won’t be able to use it for another 4 months or more! However, stores are clearing out the previous years’ stock, so it’s likely that you will find some pretty fantastic bike sales during the winter months.

Hot Foods & Beverages

To warm you up when it’s chilly outside, stores will often have many sales on hot foods and beverages in January.

Look for stews, soups, chili, oatmeal, hot chocolate, tea and coffee.

Stop Smoking Aids

Did you know that the number one New Years Resolution for many years has been to stop smoking? It’s also the resolution that is the most likely to fail. Stores will still try to help you out, though!

Look for patches, gum, lozenges and inhalers.

Produce on sale in January:

Bananas, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Lemons, Oranges, Pomegranates, Rhubarb, Tangerines, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Cucumber, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Potatoes, Squash, Sweet Potatoes

Waiting until just the right moment to buy something is one of the best things you can do to save money. Unless you need it right away, hold off on any purchase you need to make until it is the best time to buy.

Do you wait until January to purchase any of the above items?

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  1. Raquel says:

    Thanks for this info. A lot of these would seem to me to expensive this time of year…most are related to “resolutions” which means companies would count on people actually wanting to spend money on their products; weird that they would included in January best time to buy items.

  2. Shanna says:

    Getting organized is one of my “goals’ this year too, that includes my kitchen cabinets. Tupperware has a huge sale on their Modular Mates collection this month, and thay have brought the black seal back this season too. So if anyone is looking for a great deal get ahold of a Tupperware consultant in your area to show you how to get Tupperized. Happy New Year!

  3. blessed says:

    great idea. went to no frills today and happen to notice all their christmas items were 25 cent each except for the greeting cards. i picked up so rolls of wrapping paper and even gift boxes for wine etc lo and behold i paid 25 cent each! would save me some money this year.. so i am glad i did it..

  4. katie says:

    The White Sales started to encourage consumer spending in the “slow months” following Christmas, the guy who started it argued that even if they only have a tiny markup on his items he’s still bringing money in during a time when sales are typically awful. Discount stores work on that theory all year round now (to an extent). According to Wikipedia, they believe Wanamaker did these white sales to ensure linenmakers had work year round (aw).

    Raquel – using that theory it’s easy to see why these “hot” items for new years resolutions would go on sale, and in anycase most people don’t keep to them so it makes more sense to offer discounts on those items during January/February when people are at least more keen on it… If you want to understand more about the economics of discount stores read Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell.

  5. Betty says:

    buying a house in January – we were told by real estate salespeople many years ago when buying our first house that people buy in Jan,/Feb. so that if they do buy a house, closing day could be scheduled for end of June when kids are out of school. That way the new buyers can schedule the move for the summer. When selling our home(s), agents have advised us to try & enter the market for above same reason. As for getting the home you want cheaper, not going to happen in Jan. If you want to get a house cheaper, look in the summer when sales of houses are at their slowest & owners may be more willing to negotiate if the house has been on the market for more than 3 months. Just some life experiences suggestions.

  6. Carly says:

    January is actually a really bad month to buy cameras. All our stock went OFF sale on January 1st. New models will typically start to filter in during Feb and March and thats when last years models will be discounted to make room for new stock. Another good camera buying time is generally December, practically all our cameras were on sale then, and the lenses, which practically never go on sale, were all on sale for boxing week.

  7. Penny says:

    January is a great month to buy baby furniture. Usually, the last two weeks of January stores have big sales to get rid of discontinued strollers, car seats, high chairs, etc. to make room for their new lines of baby furniture. You can usually find good deals on baby linens and supplies as well.

  8. Jennie says:

    I always look at exercise DVDs around this time of year, both because they are usually cheaper, and because it’s the only time of year you can find much variety. Most stores, like Walmart, have displays in the aisles with lots of titles.

    I was told winter is the time the least number of houses sell because the snow hides so many things about the property. You might assume the lawn would be nice and grassy, when in fact, it’s been poorly taken care of, same with gardens, patio stones, walkways etc. If there’s snow on the roof, you can’t properly judge the state of the shingles either. I wouldn’t think a house sold in January would have a closing date in June, but then all our closing dates were very quick (15 days) I guess it’s different depending on the area.

  9. Gym associate says:

    Not everything related to resolutions is cheaper in January. That is one of the few months that gyms know people will be coming in their doors whether there’s a sale or not so prices are usually ‘highest’ because there is no promotion running (despite what they will tell you about their regular price versus what you will pay if you sign up today-that ‘only today’ price is always there)

  10. Olivia says:

    That mug shown with this article……what is its contents?…….looks yummy and healthy (seeds).

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