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5 Best Things to Buy in January

It pays off to wait until after the holidays to shop for some items

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Even as rising inflation pushes prices up, there are still deals out there for savvy postholiday shoppers looking to start off the year by picking up a few bargains.

“November and December get a lot of the spotlight, but January is one of the best times to shop, especially if you’re shopping in the home category, or for fashion or beauty items,” says shopping expert and editor Kristin McGrath of RetailMeNot, a coupons and deals company.

Read on for an insider peek at the types of products that shopping experts say retailers tend to mark down this time of year.

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1. Linens and towels

Stores have largely moved away from the term “white sales” in recent years, but the tradition of discounting bed and bath essentials in January remains. “Now they call them ‘home clearance events’ or ‘home savings events,’ but they’re the white sales of yore,” McGrath says.

Where to find deals: Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel, Macy’s

Potential savings: 20 to 70 percent off 

2. Televisions

As retailers try to entice buyers to purchase a new set ahead of the Super Bowl in February — and clear out inventory before new models ship in the spring — they price their current models more competitively. An analysis of seasonal sales trends by NerdWallet, a financial products and reviews company, found late January to be one of the best times of the year to score a deal on a television.

Where to find deals: Best Buy, Walmart, Target

Potential savings: $100 to $300 off retail

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