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What to buy and avoid during MLK sales

Posted at 7:05 AM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 10:31:38-05

Besides being observed as an opportunity for service, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is also a time when stores take advantage of shoppers who come in for the holiday.

If you are thinking of taking advantage of deals, says there are things you can cash in on and others you may want to avoid.

If holiday decor is still on the shelves, make sure you stock up. Shoppers can score up to 90% off items.

On the topic of the holidays, boxed gift sets are still available and may be marked down in price because of the upcoming Valentine's Day festivities. Sets that include bath or body products, makeup or jewelry could see the mark-down.

As the warmer weather moves in, winter clothing needs to move out. Stores will start clearing shelf space to bring new items for customers. That's when you can snag deals while also stocking up on clothing for next season.

While many are trying to stick to their New Year's resolutions to be healthy, it's a good time to buy what you need to be active. Yoga mats, weights and other exercise equipment will see price cuts if you are looking to stay away from the gym. If you opt for the gym, hold off on joining through the end of February. Gyms tend to offer deals now, but have added fees that up the price. Experts recommend waiting until gym attendance starts to slow so you can have more power to negotiate fees.

Other items to avoid during MLK sales -- televisions and Valentine's Day-themed jewelry. With Super Bowl approaching in early February, it's best to wait until after the big game to make a purchase. Experts say TVs have been known to be at their lowest prices after the Super Bowl, including beating Black Friday. As for jewelry, wait until after Valentine's Day where you can find discounts of up to 80% off.