11/17/2010

5 Items Worth Waiting For: What to Buy After the Holidays

With so many of us returning gifts after the holiday season, here are a few items to wait on giving to your family and to yourself. The best deals are often found after the holiday season and into the new year.

1. Baking Ingredients-During the holidays stores stock up on baking ingredients to meet customer needs. After the holidays have passed, they mark these prices down out of necessity. The same goes for red and green candy. You can sprinkle broken candy pieces, of melt them into cookie or brownie batter for unique creations.

2.Wine- Bottles go on sale around the holidays and the prices get slashed even further the weeks that follow.

3. Electronics- Open box, and clearance models of computers and other electronics usually pop up around January. The stores are trying to clear away older inventory in order to make room for the latest and greatest models.

4. Refurbished Goods- Expect stores’ “refurbished” bins - where returned appliances and gadgets get a 10 to 20% discount - to be well-stocked after the holidays, as people return unwanted gifts. A note of caution however, make sure that these items are coming from dealers that offer a manufacturer’s warranty. That way you are guaranteed that the protect works before you purchase it, as some items may have a no-return policy.

5. Holiday Cards- These items are usually marked down 50% after the holidays have passed, but if you wait until January, holiday cards and wrapping paper are often offered up to 75% off. This is a great time to stock up on bags, tissue paper, and accessories, if you have the extra storage space. Holiday lights also fall into this category.

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