Looking to buy something such as a coffee maker, microwave or foot massager? You could get a better deal if you hold off just a few weeks.
Expect better deals: Along with November and December sales, you'll find some of the best prices at white sales, which begin at the end of January and peak in February, says Daniel Butler, vice president of retail operations for the National Retail Federation.
"Presidents Day sales are usually good for things in the home," Butler says. Wait until late January or February, and you can save up to 30 percent, he says.
Ditto china, crystal and silver, he says. "While it's typically not on sale most of the month, white sales can yield savings of 20 (percent) to 35 percent," he says.
What is on sale in January: department store cosmetics. January specials feature cosmetic sets at special prices, Butler says. Unlike the holiday sets that often contain "more elaborate or gifty items, these are things people can use in their everyday lives," he says.