1. Christmas Candy
Yeah, okay, so it's an easy one, but still. The day after Valentine's Day, Halloween, or Christmas is the best day to go to the store and load up on festively-colored, half-priced candy. They’re the same M&Ms, just cheaper because they made the mistake of still being red and green on December 26th. And that's a beautiful thing.
2. Home Workout Equipment
Elliptical machines and treadmills go on sale in January. Don't even act like you don't know why. Just try and hold off until then if you're in the market for an elliptical machine. You're not a sucker for taking advantage of a blatant New Years' promotion. You're using them; they're using you; everybody's happy. Free market, baby.
January is a slow month for suit sales, so it's a good time to buy. Suits are definitely an arena where you get what you pay for, so keep that in mind before you cut too many corners. It's far better to save money on a good suit because it's in January than save money on a suit because it's poorly-made.
4. Air Conditioners
If you find an air conditioner in a hardware store, you can be pretty sure it's on some kind of ridiculous clearance. Buy it now. No, you're not hot now, but nobody else is, either. That's why it's on sale. Don’t wait until you need it because, chances are, you may not be able to afford it then.
Again, this is an example of you coming out ahead because the product is outrageously out of season and people are desperate to sell. Get last year's models as they're clearing them out to make room for the new ones, and sales workers are desperate to close.
6. Wedding Supplies
Everyone wants a spring wedding, so that's when wedding vendors get to mark things up. It makes sense—they're busy; their time is at a premium. But you can negotiate a much better price for venues and services if you get married in a winter wonderland. Besides, you won't be celebrating your anniversary at the same time as everyone else.
7. Winter Clothing
At the end of winter, when stores start getting antsy about moving in spring clothes, keen shoppers can find heavy coats, gloves, hats, stockings, and more at very low prices. The absolute worst-case scenario is that you find a cute coat for next year, but let's be honest—most of this stuff starts going on sale with several weeks of cold weather left in the year.
Jewelry prices tend to drop after Christmas to combat the post-holiday slump. However, they rise again in February, so get in while you can after Christmas through January and take care of your sweetheart (or yourself) early. Besides, if you are buying for someone else, you've got the added bonus of not panicking over a last-minute gift.
Electronics do gangbusters over the holidays, and while you might possibly find a good sale leading in December, odds are you'll do a lot better once the fire dies down. Wait until January. Not only are stores trying to fight back the sales slump, but new models are starting to come out prompting clearances of last year's stuff. (Bonus points for finding floor models!)
Yes, the "white sale" is a well-known trope, but that doesn't make it any less of a good deal. Bedding isn't cheap, so any little bit of help you can find is sure to make a difference for your wallet. Many stores put their linens on sale after Christmas well through January, so why not pick up those luxury sheets you've been eyeing? Just remember to comparison shop and that finding good sheets is about more than just the biggest thread count.