Things to Stock Up on in January

Stocking up on things when they’re on sale is a great way to save money throughout the year. January is a great time to stock up on some things you need because the holidays are over and we’re well into winter, so many stores are putting specific items on sale.

These are the top things to stock up on in January:

Holiday Decorations

Now that the holiday season is over, stores want to get rid of decorations so they’re marking everything down 50-75 percent. In addition to decorations, you can find holiday gift sets that will make great gifts next year, as well as things like wrapping paper, bows, and cards. Pick up red paper items for Valentine’s Day and green ones for St. Patrick’s Day.

Christmas Baking Items

Boxes of sprinkles and other baking items specific to the holidays can be used at other times of year or saved up for next year. Cake mixes, cupcake papers, and frostings are all on sale and will stay that way until they’re sold out.


January is national oatmeal month and most stores should have it discounted. Stock up, it will last for several months.

Diet Food

Its New Year resolution season and everyone is planning to lose weight so diet foods like protein shakes, low-calorie frozen meals, diet snack bars, and weight loss pills are all on sale.

Winter Clothes

Spring fashions have already started hitting the stores so winter clothes are now on clearance. You can find some great deals on sweaters, hats, gloves, coats, and winter pants. Check the clearance racks.

Snack Food

While this may contradict the New Years’ resolution of losing weight, the Super Bowl is coming up and people are planning parties, which means they’ll need snacks. With the high demand, many snacks are on sale to help you stock up.


If you’re in the market for a new TV, now is the time to buy. With the Super Bowl just around the corner, you’ll find great deals on big screen TVs for the big game.

Cold and Flu Medicine

It’s officially cold and flu season and the stores are helping you out with discounts on the products you need to get better. In addition to medicines, you’ll also find deals on tissues, humidifiers, and pain relievers.


Start shopping for next year. After Christmas sales include all the toys that didn’t sell out. If you have kids, grandkids, nieces, or nephews, now’s the time to stock up for birthday and Christmas.


With Christmas over and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, stores are offering great deals on candy and chocolates. Whether you’re giving them for a gift or keeping them for yourself, now’s a great time to stock up.


Post-holiday sales include computers, tablets, e-readers, and other electronics. If yours have seen better days and you want to upgrade, now’s a good time to make that happen.

In-Season Produce

Anytime produce is in season, it’s a great time to buy because it’s plentiful and stores need to sell it. It also tastes better than any other time of year. This is a great month for carrots, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, oranges, grapefruit, kale, kiwi, and spinach.

With this list of things to stock up on, you should be able to stock your pantry with some tasty items and get a head start on next year’s holiday shopping.

Emilie is the brains, the brawn, and the beauty behind She Does Better, inspiring millennial women to live financially, physically, and professionally fit lives. She writes about overcoming debt, while balancing trying to eat healthy, stay fit, and have a little fun along the way. Read more about her journey here.

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