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In January many shops have sales and sell of their Christmas stock to make way for new things. This is a great time to think about what you might be wise to buy in order to take advantage of the cheap prices.

You need to plan your spending really well though. There may be Christmas items that you would like ready for next year. Perhaps some new decorations, cards, wrapping paper or things that you can give as gifts could be good ideas of things to buy. It is worth taking advantage of the low prices to buy these in January, rather than waiting until next Christmas when they will be full price again. Just make sure that you remember where you put them once you have bought them so that you do not buy extra. Buying wrapping paper that is a plain colour can be useful as it will be able to be used for birthday gifts as well as Christmas. This is the same for some of the reduced stock, you may be able to pick up cheap birthday presents for family and friends that you can give to them through the year.

It can be tempting though, to buy things because they have been reduced and look like they are good value for money. This is unwise as you could end up buying things that you do not need. So try to go shopping with an idea of who you might like to buy for and what sorts of things you want to get so that you do not spend more than you need to.

Remember that there will be sales in the shops and online and so you need to take a look at both. Be really careful if you think that you will be tempted to buy things that you cannot afford or do not need. If this is the case and you have no money available for shopping or there is nothing that you need, then it is best to avoid looking at the sale things altogether. Make sure that you only go past shops if you have to and do not go shopping more often than you need. Also try to avoid websites that will tempt you to buy them.

It is worth making sure that you go to the sales with the right mind set. Remember that they are selling things off that they want to get rid of, so it is not necessarily the best stock. However, if there are things that you need then it is a good time to buy them at a cheaper price. Be careful though as often people are short of money in January due to the expense of Christmas and so if you have to borrow money to afford the items then this could mean that you will be paying more for them than the ticket price due to the interest on the loan and therefore this will not be a wise thing to do.