We can all use some good news to keep us busy during this festive season.
According to the National Consumer Council, we should expect to see prices on more than 5 million items fall between $100 and $500.
The price drop will likely be the result of a number of factors, including lower inventories, fewer stores opening in the US, and more consumers opting for low-priced items that offer a longer life span.
However, if you’re looking to stock up for Christmas or just want to know when your items are going on sale, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s a quick rundown of the upcoming events and what you need to know about them.
December 12: The holiday season will be wrapping up, and retailers across the US will begin posting the price of their holiday deals, which will include everything from gift cards to cashbacks.
The lowest-priced gifts will go onsale the following day, while the most expensive items will go back onsale on December 18.
December 14: Amazon will open its own stores in the U.S. The online retailer will open two in San Francisco, as well as a third in Chicago.
On December 16, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s will open their first retail locations.
December 16: Macy’s will begin offering cashback offers at select department stores, while Bloomingdale and Macy’s have teamed up to offer cashback promotions for online shoppers.
December 19: Sears will open a third store in Chicago, Chicago-based Sears will begin accepting cashback on all orders made with the company’s new card, the Sears Money Back Card.
The National Consumer Survey, released on December 14, found that a majority of Americans believe that the stock market is rigged against the consumer.
However the survey also found that Americans are more likely to believe that financial institutions are too big to fail, than that financial regulation has been fair and transparent.
November 22: Starbucks will begin allowing customers to pay for their drinks at participating stores in stores across the country, while Walmart will open an online store in New York City.
Nov. 22: Walmart will begin selling wine and spirits at participating locations, including stores in California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, and Nevada.
On the same day, Costco will begin stocking food and groceries at participating U.K. stores.
The company announced on December 16 that it will begin using bitcoin as payment for food and grocery purchases, with the first Starbucks stores in Canada and the U-K.
starting to accept bitcoin payments in December.
Walmart will begin letting customers buy online on November 18, the day before Thanksgiving, and the company will offer a $5 off coupon code for customers who use its mobile app.
Amazon will begin launching a number-crunching app on November 23 that will help customers narrow their search results, while Amazon Prime members will have access to Amazon’s online marketplace.
“Amazon Prime is the best way to buy anything, anywhere, anytime, at any time of day,” said CEO Jeff Bezos in a statement.
Meanwhile, Costco plans to begin offering its own online store and online grocery shopping on November 24, and will also offer online grocery pickup at participating Walmarts.
January 8: Starbucks plans to launch a $25 off coupon on select orders for Prime members, and Amazon will begin making its own products in-store.
A few days later, Walmart will start selling its own coffee beans and milk.
This article has been updated with the official date of Starbucks’ holiday sales.