If you missed Black Friday this year — don’t stress. But also don’t assume every sale between now and Christmas is worth jumping on.
There are some items you should wait until after Christmas to buy.
1. Get a name-brand TV in January before the Super Bowl.
Black Friday isn’t the only time of year to score deals on a TV. You can often get a Samsung TV for Black Friday prices if you wait until January.
Right before the Super Bowl, brands offer steep discounts on high quality TVs. Some examples we saw last year include: $210 off a 60″ Vizio LED Smart TV at Target, $170 off a Sharp 55″ LED Smart HDTV Roku TV at Best Buy or a Samsung Smart HD 4K 55-inch TV for only $449.99!
2. Wait until the end of January through February for deals on winter apparel.
Assuming you don’t need a coat right away, wait until late in the winter season when you’ll be sure to find better sales, especially in January and February.
Winter coats, sweaters, hats and gloves will be discounted the most during this time. Last year, Nordstrom Rack sold clearance items for an additional 25% off from December 25th through January 2nd.
3. Wait until January to buy toys during Target’s 70% off toy clearance.
Wait until Target’s toy sale in January to purchase action figures, dolls and play sets for up to 70% off. My tip — buy toys during this time and save them until next Christmas.
In fact, I’ve built a gift stockpile for birthdays and weddings based on the best time of year to buy everything.
Or, score the hottest toys of the season like Fingerlings, Hatchimals and L.O.L Surprise! after Christmas when stores restock their sold-out inventory. Last year, Hatchimals were discounted at Walmart as early as New Year’s Eve.
4. Buy holiday decorations the week after Christmas.
Holiday decor, nutcrackers, stockings, ornaments and fake trees all go on sale up to 90% off after Christmas (looking at you, Hobby Lobby!).
5. Buy a KitchenAid mixer from Kohl’s when you can get it for under $150. (About once a month!)
They key to ultimate savings is stacking an online promo code with Kohl’s Cash, Yes2You Rewards and a mail-in rebate. Here’s an example of how to get a $299.99 mixer for about $112.99:
In May, the KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5 Qt. Stand Mixer went on sale for $249.99 (reg. $299.99). You could use a promo code for $10 off $50 and save 20% on an order over $100. You’ll pay $167.99 out of pocket after the code stack.
Then, receive $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent after coupons plus $5 Yes2You Rewards for every 100 points accrued ($1.00 = 100 points). That’s an extra $35 back on this purchase.
THEN (we’re not done yet!) submit a $20 mail-in rebate to get a Visa prepaid card. #likeaboss
6. Buy gift cards in January to get the largest selection.
You know those gift cards you get for Christmas from Aunt Mary? You know how they’re always to stores you don’t like to shop at?
Now think about the rest of America in basically the same position — receiving gift cards to stores we don’t shop. This equates to lots and lots of gift cards being sold to sites like Gift Card Granny and Raise.
So, sell your Hickory Farms gift card to Gift Card Granny, and buy a Target gift card in January.
Don’t be seduced by Visa, Mastercard or American Express gift cards, though, because you’ll pay between $3.95 and $6.95 extra to activate them. Stick to store discounted gift cards for the most savings.
7. Score cosmetic and fragrance gift sets within two weeks after Christmas.
Right after Halloween, stores start stocking their shelves with holiday fragrance and cosmetic gift sets. Wait until after Christmas, and you can grab these gift sets for up to 50% off.
You can always open the gift sets and create your own non-Christmas themed gifts to give during the year.
8. Buy your Dyson vacuum at Best Buy during July.
Black Friday in July at Best Buy is the time to score these deals. Last year, the Dyson V6 Bagless Cordless Stick Vacuum was on sale for $199.99 — regular $449.99!!!
9. Buy jewelry during the summer, and you might be able to negotiate prices.
The best time to buy jewelry is in the summer, because it’s a slow time for the jewelry industry. Christmas and Valentine’s Day are busy seasons for jewelry stores because of gift-giving and engagements, so they mark up their prices more than normal.
So, wait until July and August when customers are few, sale prices hit around 50%, and you’re more likely to be able to negotiate prices.
10. Buy wrapping paper, bows and gift bags the day after Christmas.
I always go in store the day after to stock up on gift supplies — then I set them aside for the following year.
Look up by registers for clearance deals too. Last year I got thick, high-quality wrapping paper for more than half off.