While you can find some of the best buys on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, a majority of the jolliest discounts await you during after Christmas sales. The season of giving is also the season of spending. You’re purchasing gifts for friends and loved ones, hoping for the best bargain, but, little do you know, many of the same items tend to be considerably less expensive outside the peak holiday season.
Here are a few items experts say you should purchase after the holidays.
If you’re interested in high-end laptops, stereo systems, smart home appliances or fitness trackers, wait until the 2017 models are announced. This way, the 2016 models will hit record low prices, allowing you to get a great deal. Purchase these items in January to take advantage of the reduced prices. If you’re in the market for a big-screen TVs, wait. The best deals come in late January when stores are trying to sell new TVs right before the Super Bowl. On average, the deals on HDTVs 55 inches and larger are 10 percent lower than on Black Friday.
A New Car
The end of the calendar year is generally a good time to buy a car, especially Dec. 31, a day that tends to see the strongest average of discounts.
Every year many shoppers make fitness-related New Year’s resolutions, whether it is to open a gym membership or exercise at home. Sporting goods retailers will typically begin sales right after Christmas on exercise equipment and apparel, hoping to get you motivated, but the discounts don’t really pick up until January. Look for markdowns of 30 to 70 percent on fitness DVDs, treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes and complete home gyms.
This popular Christmas gift sees drastic sales in January, so wait a bit longer to get yours and you’ll get a better deal.
If you’re redecorating your home for the holidays don’t expect to find a good deal on a couch or table and chairs before the holidays. Wait until furniture stores hold clearance sales, as they need to make room for new styles released in February.
Considering stocking up during the holidays on everything from comforters to sheets and pillow cases? Well, wait a few weeks longer for better discounts. Take advantage of the white sales in January at big name retailers like Macy’s and Target where savings can add up to as much as 50 percent.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
While the snow continued to fall at a steady clip, my taxi pulled up outside Hotel Bonaventure Montréal. A quick departure from my cab and a few steps later, I was taken in by the distinctive style of the entrance corridor. A quick elevator ride to the lobby is necessary because Hotel Bonaventure Montréal sits on the final two floors of a 17-story business and professional complex. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Montréal, and even connects to the city’s underground concourse.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.