Year after year, we see these 10 items go on sale every January. Look out for big discounts on the KCL Deals page, and stock up to last you until the next sales cycle rolls around.
1. Christmas Clearance
The first week of January is ripe with Christmas clearance especially at Target, Walgreens, and Walmart. Last year we saw 90% off Christmas decor, ornaments, gift wrap, and more at Target on January 4th and at Walgreens on January 5th. Remaining Christmas items were 75% off at Walmart on January 3rd last year, with candy being marked down to $0.20!
Shop early in the morning to get the best selection of products, and grab non-Christmassy items and wrapping paper to use all year long.
2. Toy Clearance
After Christmas lots of stores start discounting toys, making it the perfect time to build a toy stockpile for birthdays or even next Christmas. Find savings of up to 70% off at stores like Target and Walmart, and be sure to price check the toys for more accurate savings. I’ve often found clearance toys for cheaper than what their price tags say.
LEGOs were up to 65% off at Walmart this time last year, while Toys”R”Us had Nerf toys, Razor scooters, VTech gadgets, and more on sale. KCL also saw dozens of toys on clearance at Target with prices up to 70% off! (By the way, if you shop Target toy clearance, don’t forget to check Cartwheel for extra discounts!)
3. Cold Medicine and Vitamins
Last January KCL saw huge discounts on cold medicine and vitamins; we even made money on a few deals!
At Walgreens, KCL stacked a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon, then submitted a $5 Ibotta rebate offer on Chestal Cold & Cough syrup. We ended up making $3! Also, Vicks DayQuil/NyQuil combo packs were less than $3 at CVS (score!), and we made $0.02 with a Plenti Points promotion on Fiber Choice at Rite Aid.
TIP: Look out for mail-in rebates! Many medicine and vitamin brands offer these rebates, which makes for easy moneymakers and freebies.
4. Fitness Equipment and Gym Memberships
Retailers love to take advantage of those New Year’s resolutions to get in shape by offering deals on sports and fitness equipment. In January last year, we saw up to 50% off fitness equipment at Walmart and even found heart rate monitor watches for around $20.
Now’s the time to find up to 90% off fitness deals on Groupon as well. Sign up for email alerts so you don’t miss any hot discounts. And if you’re looking for a good price on a deal membership, January is a great month to score perks like no sign-up fees or extended introductory rates. Try waiting until the end of the month when membership sales slow down…but sales quotas don’t. Learn more in 10 Tips to Get the Best Price on a Gym Membership.
5. Diet Foods
Look for brands like Healthy Choice, South Beach, Lean Cuisine, Special K, Kashi, and Smart Start. Last year we saw discounts on cereal, frozen meals, granola bars, and diet shakes/drinks. Special K Pastry Crisps were only $0.33 at Walgreens, and Special K cereal was $1.36 per box at Safeway with coupons.
Even Amazon Subscribe & Save had a 25% off coupon for Kashi GoLean Crunch! cereal, making one box only $1.83—cheaper than what you’d find at Walmart and Target. Remember, when you subscribe to five or more products on Amazon, you automatically get 15% off.
It’s National Soup Month, which means it’s time to stock up on soup you can score for cheap by stacking coupons with sales. In addition to regular cans of soup you’ll also be able to save on broth, canned chili, chili packets, and soup seasoning packets.
Last January, Campbell’s condensed soup was only $0.40 per can at Kroger, while Progresso was only $0.50 at Safeway with coupons. And never forget about using coupons at Dollar Tree—especially for soup. In 2016, KCL used a $1 off coupon on Campbell’s Organic soup and got it for free!
January is also National Oatmeal Month! All types are on sale this month—from quick, old-fashioned, rolled and steel-cut oats to ready-to-cook oatmeal packets and even oatmeal granola bars. In 2016 we saw oatmeal granola bars for only $0.15 per bar at Walmart and individual oatmeal cups from Nature Valley for only $0.98.
Look for coupons to stack on top of in-store sale prices on manufacturer websites like Quaker and Nature Valley. Be sure to check rebate apps such as Ibotta, Checkout 51, and Mobisave for more savings as well.
8. Discounted Gift Cards
Many people will be selling their unwanted holiday gift cards to sites like Raise, Gift Card Granny, and Cardpool in January. These sites act like discounted gift card middlemen, selling gift cards for sometimes up to 35% off the face value. The sites all offer a money-back guarantee, which protects you in the event that something goes amiss with your purchase (which has never happened to me, but just in case).
Sign up for alerts on Raise.com, and when your favorite store has a gift card that’s say, 20% off the face value, be one of the first to know. Also consider buying and using a sister store’s gift card. For example, if you find an Old Navy gift card for 16% off at Raise.com, while Gap cards are 11% off, your best bet is to buy the Old Navy card and redeem it at either store.
9. Seasonal Produce
Oranges, pears, grapefruit, tangerines, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, kale, kiwi, bananas, avocado, cabbage, and spinach are all in season.
Use coupons to save on seasonal produce! Produce coupons are rare, but they’re out there. Target occasionally puts out fresh produce coupons via text or printable coupons directly from their website.
Check out rebate apps as well. Oftentimes you can stack rebate-app offers. Last year KCL stacked Checkout 51, Ibotta, and MobiSave offers and made $0.53 on a bananas purchase!
And don’t forget about SavingStar, which releases a new Healthy Offer every Tuesday that’s good for a week. Most of the time, it’s for seasonal produce.
January is also known for its “white sales” on comforters, sheets, towels, and other home linens. You’ll find some of the best deals at Kohl’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, and Target. And I’m not just talking about in-store sales, either.
Use and stack coupon codes online during a linen sale. For instance, bedding, towels, and pillows were 70% off on Wayfair.com last January. And last year KCL paid only $13 for a sheet set that’s normally $80 at GearXS when a coupon code was applied at checkout.
If you see a sale online, try to stack coupon codes for bigger savings. These Retailers Allow Coupon Stacking Online.