It’s winter—even here in LA the weather has been rough. What’s a girl to do? We like to let our thoughts drift to long hot summer days. But seriously, besides jolting you out of your seasonal depression disorder, these thoughts of sunshine may also save you money!
So while you’re recovering from the holidays, start planning for summer now by taking advantage of off-season deals that could save you a fortune in the long run. Your bank account may be feeling that end of the year pinch, but if your cash flow has any wiggle room come January, strategically spending on off-season purchases may just make your wallet a lot greener the rest of the year!
Air Conditioners & Fans.
Sure, you may be freezing now, but have you really forgotten how sweltering it was this past summer—and what a premium air conditioners were selling for? Winter is a great time to search for leftover models from last year, which are likely on sale now.
BBQs, Grills & Outdoor Furniture.
Don’t wait until Memorial Day weekend to decide you really want to become a grill master this year! There are some great deals online now for both grills and grill accessories. Additionally, don’t forget about other big ticket items like outdoor furniture. Retailers are quite hungry this time of year to clear out last year’s stock and make room for new inventory.
Summer Clothing & Shoes.
Sure, sandals and tank tops might be the last thing on your mind, since you haven’t taken off your Uggs and parka in weeks, but it is precisely why you should look for warm weather deals no.! Though summer clothing may not be taking up floor space in the stores right now, there are plenty of fab deals to be found online. Act now, because come February, the 2011 lines will be out and all dirt cheap deals will be off.
Surf’s Up? You may be able to grab a great deal on last season’s gear, from surfboards to bikes to roller blades. now’s the time to plan your summer activities!
Did you know that traditionally, January is ‘White Sale’ month? Though we noticed a ton of bedding on sale in December too, apparently January is when the bedding industry goes really berserk. This is great news for us sheet snobs! Really high quality bedding is expensive—while you may be content to buy the cheap stuff for your guest room, January is the month to finally invest in those 600 thread count sheets you’ve been dreaming of. Since you spend one-third of your life in bed, we think it’s worth it to splurge… especially at half off!
Hanukkah & Christmas Chocolates.
We was recently walking through a grocery store and saw piles of silver and blue, dreidel-adorned boxes of the most fabulous gourmet chocolate—on sale! Now, we wouldn’t suggest buying these to give as gifts for Valentines Day, but if you are buying good chocolate for your own consumption or to serve in your home on a dessert plate, now is the time to buy up the good stuff. Or, if the holiday packaging is removable, you may be able to re-wrap as a hostess gift.
A Trip To France.
Ok, fine—a maybe a trip to France wasn’t necessarily on your list after air conditioners. But consider for moment, something tres Fab & Fru: In France, the major sales are timed by the government to take place in January and July. Who would have guessed socialism could be so fashionable? As you may have guessed, July is a more popular tourist seaso.! However, if you can plan ahead to take an off-season trip to Paris in January, you will really take advantage of the soldes (sales) and swath yourself in that fabulous French fashion at a major discount. We also like the idea of visiting Paris at a time when it is not flooded by tourists. Bonne Chance!
Warm Up Your Wallet.
Now’s the time to plan for what you’ll need over 2011 and make smart purchases. Even if your shopping list doesn’t include a trip to France, packing in savings on summer items now is sure to bring a little joie de vivre to your January!