However, along with New Year's resolutions and warm hearts, January brings some really great shopping deals.
Christmas and Winter Goods
Post-holidays, many retailers discount their holiday merchandise and winter-related products in an effort to make room for spring wares. Consequently, now's definitely the time to stock up on next year's winter must-haves. Holiday decor, including wreaths, twinkly lights, displays and even themed kitchenware are all deeply discounted online and in stores. And because retailers already have their minds tuned in to swimwear season, they're dropping prices on sweaters, boots, denim, leather and outerwear.
If you've been thinking about buying a new car, now's the time to pull the trigger. Throughout January and February, you'll find enticing discounts on both used and new models. You'll also discover that it's far easier to haggle and negotiate in a season where fewer people are buying cars.
Quick! Get your jewelry purchases in during the bling-buying lull. Early January is one of the best times to buy fine jewelry because there aren't any major holidays to splurge on. The next big spending holiday won't arrive until Valentine's Day, so retailers are now just twiddling their thumbs. Instead of waiting until the last minute to buy for her (or snag a pretty piece for yourself), take advantage of post-Christmas sales before prices on jewelry go up in February.
Big Ticket Electronics
Miss out on those blowout prices on electronics this past Black Friday? Or maybe you've been saving up your holiday gift money for a big TV, flashy camera or gaming system? Either way, January is one of the best times to buy big-ticket electronics thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show, where all sorts of fancy technologies are unveiled to industry gurus and retailers. Many people upgrade to the newer stuff and retailers put last year's goods on discount to make room for the new money-makers. For those interested in seeing the latest tech live, CES runs from Jan. 7 to Jan. 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
If you've resolved to get in shape this year -- or simply need an upgrade or new exercise goods -- January is one of the best times to buy fitness equipment. According to MSN Money, "There has been almost double the number of deals in January." Those deals will also spill over into February, so if you need to shop around before committing to anything, you have a little bit of time. Look for everything from big-item fitness equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals and complete home gyms, and accessories such as weights, bands, DVDs and apparel.