Parents Magazine has a shopping guide to help you plan your high-consideration purchases for the year. The editors have looked at the types of products parents (and, presumably, many of the rest of us as well) purchase that have a hefty price tag — say, anything over a hundred dollars. These are the types of products where a deal of 10% or 20% — or sometimes more than 50% — can make a decent difference in your budget. For the month of January, Parents Magazine contributor Anita K. Henry identifies five product categories that are particularly good buys: luggage, sports equipment, exercise equipment, linens, and furniture.
Let’s take a look at luggage. Anita says “Retailers try to unload pieces that didn’t sell during the travel push of the holiday season.”
Sure enough, the Atlantis 3-Piece set by Calpak, which usually runs for $699. ShopAdvisor found a red set for $255, a whopping $444 savings. That’s 63% off. It’s available in red, black, champagne, purple, gray, and black grid.
Another good buy for January is the International Traveler 4-Piece luggage set has dropped to $261, down 33% from $388. The set is available in black, brown and red.
Here is a candidate for putting on the ShopAdvisor WatchList. The Samsonite Silhouette 12 Hardside 3-Piece set has not moved in price in January. It goes for $864 from five separate retailers. According to the price history in the ShopAdvisor Advise Me feature shows that the price recently was as low as $710. It pays to wait on this one.
Here is one in the middle, the Heys USA Fuse X3 3-Piece set. It is usually up around $360, and is available today from BJ’s Wholesale Club for $229 (shipping included). That’s a savings of $131. But, according to ShopAdvisor, it also has dipped as low as $180. You could buy it today at a 37%, or put it on the WatchList and wait for the bigger 50% savings.
The Crown 3 Piece Hardside is at a three-month low price of $404, down 16% from its high of $480. The color set – lemon grass, bright blue, coral, ocean blue and lavender — makes me think I am not the target market. Might make a good gift, instead.
Now, here’s the real January challenge. If this month is indeed a good time to watch for deals on luggage, then the Jack Georges Triple Gusset Top Zip is the one worth waiting for. It retails at $475, and has been stuck at that price for six full months. It’s on my WatchList!