How about you? Are you ready to learn more ways to “live high on the hog when you can’t afford bacon?” Even if you don’t have a fat wallet, you can still live pretty darn well — if you know how to find the best bargains. As The Famous Frugalista, I’ve made it my mission to share tons of ways for you to live well and enjoy abundance in your life — and NOT destroy your budget at the same time, so c’mon, Cupcake — let’s save some dough.
This month you can grab some great bargains on the obvious things like Christmas decorations, cards, wrapping paper, and ribbons. Stores want those seasonal items out, out, out and off the shelves so they’ve got room for all the new goodies they want you to spend your money on. And of course, there’s the traditional “white sales” on bedding, towels, and linens. If you need sheets or a new comforter, now’s the time to get a real deal.
Retailers are gearing up to bring in the newest spring fashions too, so if you’re still feeling like Frosty the Snowman without a warm coat, check out the clearance racks for jackets, winter gloves, hats, and scarves. Warm up and save, Sweet Pea!
Let’s talk about some of the not-so-obvious, super-duper deals you can latch onto this month. Maybe you’ve been drooling over a new motorcycle, dreamin’ of how cool you’ll look toodlin’ down the highway? Here’s a news flash. . . There’s no stampede heading for your local motorcycle dealer right now. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s c-o-l-d outside! And that means you’ve got a lot of bargaining power because dealers aren’t selling many bikes this month. If a new motorcycyle is your heart’s desire, better boogie on in during January to negotiate a sweet deal.
OK, maybe a shiny new motorcycle isn’t your cup of tea. What you really want is a comfy new couch. That old lumpy number with the worn upholstery, stains where the dog upchucked, and squashed cushions has got to go. Now’s the time to rev up your furniture shopping engines.
The new furniture lines are introduced in February and March at the big trade shows and again in the summer. Here’s what happens. (I know, I managed a furniture store for years). Retailers hit those trade shows, get all jazzed up about the latest and greatest new styles of couches, love seats, tables and so on. They go into buying mode, or frenzy as the case may be, and it’s easy for those orders to mount up fast. The total can be in the thousands and thousands of dollars.
And then what happens?
They get back home and realize there’s not enough room on the showroom floor for all those brand, spankin’ new pieces! LAST YEAR’S MODELS HAVE GOT TO GO, so you’re in a great position this winter to spruce up your house and save some major moola on new furniture. Retailers will wheel and deal to make floor space because they’re in a bit of a bind right now. And Darlin’, you can probably negotiate a terrific package deal during January and February if you’re in the market for more than just one piece of furniture. Give it a whirl.
Now I know that not everyone’s in the market for big ticket items, so how about saving a few shimoleons on gift cards that you can use now or later? Gift card exchanges have popped up like the weeds in my garden after a rain. It’s a way for people to sell their unwanted gift cards (did you get some of those yourself?) and a way for you to buy ’em at a discount.
Everybody wins. Do yourself a favor and check more than one site to find the best prices. Here are a few sites to explore:
Look for more Famous Frugalistic tips on January Best Buys in my next post. Lots more ways to save comin’ up. . so stick around.
Just so you know, I don’t make money by pointing you to suggested sites. I’m just giving you some places to check out so you can save a few bucks.
I’d love to have your feedback on my money-saving tips. Did they work for you? Have you got some ideas to share? Are you looking to save money on a particular item? Let me know and I’ll try to help you find the best deals.
© The Famous Frugalista 2012
- 5 Ways to Sell Unwanted Gift Cards (money.usnews.com)
- 3 Ways to Cash in on Gift Cards that You Don’t Want (helpdeskgeek.com)
- Discounted Gift Cards: The Gift That Keeps on Giving (bradsdeals.com)
- 4 Steps to Avoid Lost Gift Card Money (savings.com)