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The Best Things To Buy In January

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Waiting until just the right moment to buy something is one of the best things you can do to save money.

Bath and Bed Linens

Do you know where the term “White Sales” originated?  Here’s a history lesson for you.

In 1878, John Wanamaker introduced the first “White Sale” when he wanted to increase his sales during the slow winter months and offered a discount on bed linens (which at the time were only available in white).

Thus, January is the month when department stores host “white sales” to clear out their existing inventory of sheets, towels, blankets and more.   Look for bedding discounts up to 50-70% from such retailers as Kohl’s, Target, and Macy’s.  Savings will be especially deep on clearance items.

Fitness Equipment / Gym Memberships

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As many people have losing weight as their new years resolution, retailers slash prices on fitness equipment (even large ones like treadmills) in January to lure consumers.

For the same reason, January is usually a good time to sign up for a gym membership.  Many gyms offer special rates and other perks such as no sign up fees or free personal training sessions (don’t be afraid to ask if they don’t outright offer it).

Be sure not to lock yourself into a long term agreement if you’re unsure you’ll use it for the whole year.  Also, it is wise to read of all of the fine print when signing up.

Gift Cards

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Lots of people receive gifts cards during the holiday season, with many now looking to get rid of their unwanted ones for cash.  Check out various gift card exchange websites to buy at a discounted rate.

Here are a few to try out:

  • Raise.com (<- Get a $5 credit for using this link to sign up!)
  • Gyft.com
  • eBay

They usually sell for up to 35% less than face value, although ~10% seems to be the norm for more popular stores. The more in demand a card is, the less of a discount you will get.

Jewelry / Watches

Business is typically slow for jewelers right after Christmas until Valentine’s Day, so you are likely to find some great deals during this time.

As far as watches go,  January is, too, a better than usual time to buy.  This is largely due to a variety of deals from retailers such as Amazon, Ashford, and The Watchery.  You’ll likely see discounts on brands such as Casio, Timex, Movado, and TAG Heuer.

Honorable Mention:
  • Christmas Decorations
  • Tax Software
  • TVs & Electronics – just before the Super Bowl, retailers normally discount their selections of HDTVs and other home-theater essentials (such as soundbars)
  • Video Games
  • Winter Clothing

Lowe’s: $10 Off $50 Coupon Offer With Any Purchase



Expires January 18th

Make any purchase at Lowe’s.com and get a coupon for $10 off your next $50 purchase that can be redeemed January 19th to January 30th!  The coupon should arrive within 48 hours.  Limit 5 coupons per household per day.

USPS Postage Stamp Rate Increase Coming January 22, 2017

Postage Stamp Increase Details!

Heads up!

Beginning on January 22, 2017, the price of First-Class Forever Stamps will increase from 47¢ per stamp to 49¢ per stamp (now might be a good time to stock up).  All other letter and postcard rates will stay the same.  Head here for further details!


Consumer Cellular January Updates

Highlights from the January 2016 newsletter:

Express Shipping Now Available

  • $10 for the first device ordered and $5 for any additional device (same order).
  • Order by phone
  • Delivered to your door within 1 to 2 business days

How-To Videos

  • Learn how to use your new cellphone with step by step directions, such as:
    • How to make a call
    • How to transfer your contacts
    • How to send a text message

Introducing the Huawei MediaPad *UPDATE: CURRENTLY $20 OFF for a limited time*

Consumer Cellular has recently released a new Android Tablet to their lineup.


  • Portable Internet access at 4G LTE speed
  • Video chatting
  • Taking pictures
  • Read books and watch movies


  • 9.6″ screen (large screen)
  • 800 x 1280 pixel display
  • Weights 1lb, 1/3″ thick
  • Battery life: 6.5 hours online / 12 hours offline
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor


  • $200 paid in full
  • $50 down & 6 payments of only $25

My experience with Consumer Cellular and its service has been great so far (have had it for just over a month).  If you’re interested in signing up or learning more, let me know (contact me).  Once you sign up, we’ll both get $10 in credit!

Swagbucks: Build Your Bucks






Introducing Build Your Bucks Swag Code Extravaganza…

Today only, build your bucks in our latest Swag Code Extravaganza from Swagbucks.

Luckily, there are still 5 Swag Codes remaining (25 points)!

You have until 6pm PT / 9pm ET today, Jan 13th, to get your bonus SB.

The Swag Codes will appear on Facebook, Refer & Earn, Team Challenge, 2016 Resolutions, Search and Instagram.

Don’t know what Swagbucks is? Check out this overview.

Want to sign up?  Click here :)

Maximize your SB

Carrabba’s: Free Food Giveaway (LIVE NOW)


In an effort to promote its new menu, Carrabba’s Italian Grill is giving away one million FREE dishes.  Here’s how to score yours..

  • First, go here to register to receive an email when the giveaway is live (so you don’t forget :))
  • Starting on January 11th through January 14th, enter the giveaway here
  • If you’re one of the first one million to enter, Carrabba’s will email your voucher for a free small plate, appetizer, or entree.

Also, if you eat at Carrabba’s between 1/12 and 3/6, they are offering a 20% discount on your entire check.  Just click here to sign up to receive your coupon!


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