After Christmas Sales 2014 – Top 10 Deals
The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and December is usually a month long sales-fest. And while that may sound like an awesome deal for consumers, retailers expect an increase in sales this year - and not because the economy is recovering. Rather, they are counting on an endless onslaught of offers - everything from free shipping to holiday countdowns, to wear people out to the point of just grabbing the first good deal they spot as they enter a store.
The truth is this: many products you see on sale during the Christmas rush will be offered at significantly larger discounts after the holidays. Sure, you probably don’t want to be passing out gifts after Christmas has come and gone, but if you happen to be shopping for yourself, we’ve put together a list of tips and strategies for stretching every last dollar in your budget after the holidays.
Confirmed After Christmas 2014 Sales
Belkin has 30% off with code: SHINEON30 on New Years Day
Bloomingdale's has an After Christmas Sale: Save up to 75% on a great selection of items
JCPenney has Online only: Take 20% off purchases under $100 and 25% off purchases of $100 or more. Save on original, regular and sale-priced items. Use code AFTERALL. Valid 12.26 - 12.28.14.
Target has extra 20% off clearance apparel with coupon code EXTRA20 from 12/26-12/28. Then, from 12/28-1/3, many home goods, fitness items, and more will be discounted during the White Preview Sale.
Livingsocial has a 15% off
Lord and Taylor After Christmas Clearance: Savings UP TO 80% sitewide with Lord & Taylor's 20% promo code: AFTER. Valid 12/25/14-1/1/15.
Macys One Day Sale + Free Shipping at $75 plus 50% off Boots & Cold Weather. From 12/28-1/1, take an extra 15% off sitewide with coupon code MERRY.
Nordstrom has their clearance sale
Sierra Trading Post has their New Year Markdowns Sale starting 12/26/2014 running through January 31st, 2015. Up to an Extra 75% off Select Items! Use code ANEWYEAR5 at checkout.
Sports Authority has 25% off 1 item in store and online
Zagg has a Buy 1 Get 1 Free InvisibleShield 48 Hour Sale
If you’re looking to amp up your game in 2015, your smart move now is to...wait. January is the most popular month for discounts in the fitness market, primarily driven by all those New Year’s resolutions.
Last year, Powerline, Nordic Track, and Weider all featured better deals on their gear in early January. Sears’ pre-Christmas sales offered 40% off fitness gear, but after the holidays had passed, discounts of 50% or better were offered. With Sears facing declining per-store sales for the last three years, expect even deeper discounts in early January. By mid-January, Walmart, Sports Authority, and Amazon jumped into the discount lane, offering deals from 40%-90% off on its previous year’s inventory. But January isn’t just for finding deals on expensive athletic gear - you can expect similar discounts in athletic accessories.
Let’s face it; those pre-Christmas sales on clothing and apparel can bet tempting. And sure, you can find some great deals. But at Buyvia, we recommend waiting until January - 45% of all post-Christmas sales are for clothing. Moreover, January and February generally see the deepest discounts of the year in clothing and apparel - so wait if you can, it will be worth it - especially if you’re a fan of the Gap, Macy’s, 6pm, Express, New York & Co, Brooks Brothers, Saks, and Calvin Klein. All of these stores offer their best discounts after the holidays.
Consumer Electronics and Laptops
Sure, November and December brought us a flurry of TV and computer deals, but remember that CES happens every January. This means anything you buy in December could be out of date just a month later. And if you don’t mind owning the previous generation of any particular item, the new generations will be pushed into stores - ensuring deeper discounts in February and beyond.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday sparked an explosion in the laptop and tablet market - budget laptops dropped below $100 for the first time, and higher end machines dropped below $300. But if that seems like a good time to buy, just wait until 2015 when Intel releases their Haswell Core i5 CPU. Retailers and manufacturers will want to clear their shelves of previous generation technology, which will trigger incredible deals in January and February.
Just as CES marks a new generation of consumer electronics, so too does February for home furniture. Most furniture manufacturers release their new collections in January and February - so again, the best time to buy this year’s furniture styles is during this time, as much of it will available at clearance (50%to 75% off) pricing.
If you’re looking for a new mattress, wait (if you can) until April/May - both Sears and JCPenney have traditionally discounted their mattress collections up to 60% of retail during this time.
Don’t be disappointed if you missed out on the pre-Christmas deals - as we have shown, many consumer items are best purchased after the start of the new year. But if you think the crowds will be better, think again - remember, this is also a time when shoppers will be out redeeming gift cards and making exchanges/returns. If you’re willing to brave the crowds, though, you will find many items you need at their deepest discounts of the year.