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Top 5 things to buy on sale in January

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Top 5 things to buy on sale in January

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Boxing Day (week) sales now behind us, is the near future bleak for deal-seekers? Nope.

Even though most people likely have a spending hangover, there are still plenty of sales coming up—even on goods aside from Christmas decorations and winter boots.

Here’s the lowdown on where you can expect to find low prices.

Fitness equipment and gear

With everyone all gung-ho on their New Year’s resolutions to get fit and healthy, you’d think this would be the least likely time of year to find deals on things like weights and runners. But that’s not the case, according to Tammy Ezer, director of marketing at Ebates, a cash-back shopping site.

“One of the key trends at this time of year is healthy start,” Ezer says. “If you wanted to set up a home gym, now is a good time to get some of that stuff. It’s everything from ellipticals and treadmills to sports gear that’s on sale.”

Some examples: Sears has its New Year, New You event on, which offers up to 60 per cent off treadmills, 55 per cent off ellipticals, and 50 per cent off exercise bikes and strength-training equipment.

Under Armour has everything from sports bras to base layers to running shorts on sale.

Weight Watchers is in on the action too, waiving its registration fee until March 21. Ebates itself is offering double cash back with its Kickstart 2015 campaign.

Men’s suits

As with clothing stores across the board, shops that carry menswear are looking to clear out current inventory to make space for spring stock. Suits in particular are a good item to snag right now.

“It’s generally not a time of year when people are thinking about buying a suit; in the spring, people have weddings coming up, or if they had a function or an office party in December they would have bought one for that,” Ezer says. To lure in customers, several stores are slashing prices.

Today’s the last day for Brooks Brothers’ semi-annual sale, for instance, which is offering suits at up to 50 per cent off.  Banana Republic has half-price suit jackets available until January 6 plus 30 per cent off full-priced items.

Zara, Sears, the Bay, and Le Chateau are among the other shops that are selling suits at deep discounts.

Linens

White sales are traditionally in January, so bedding is a hot item to look for in coming weeks.

“There’s seasonality to linens as well, so flannels are going to go on sale now,” Ezer says.

The Bay has some fancy Lauren Ralph Lauren duvets on sale; while Bed Bath and Beyond is discounting 800-thread count sheet sets.

Electronics

The annual International Consumer Electronics Show is taking place in Las Vegas January 6 to 9. Think anything related to audio, video, automotive electronics, gaming, video, wireless devices, digital imaging and photography, wearable technology, and anything with an “i” in it; all the new stuff will be showcased here. 

“It’s still a good time of year from an electronics perspective,” Ezer says. “All these new models are coming out, so brands will be trying to get rid of older models.”

Plus, it’s also a good time of year to check eBay. “If you don’t mind that something has been refurbished or that that box has been opened, people may have gotten something for Christmas that they don’t want or it didn’t come with a gift receipt and they’ll sell it on eBay,” Ezer says.

Travel

Winter may be prime time for tropical getaways, but that doesn’t mean you can’t score last-minute deals.

A lot of people are just returning from sunny climes or they’re busy planning a March Break holiday. So any unsold inventory of accommodations, cruises, and vacation packages is just waiting to be scooped up, often at reduced rates.