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Tradition says that January is the best time of year to buy linens and towels, with department stores holding "white sales." But there are more good finds right now than just cheap sheets.

Diet
If losing weight was a New Year's resolution, diet aids and programs are eager to lure you in with promotions. While there's no quick fix, there are plenty of reputable programs offering good discounts. Like 25% off Weight Watchers (for three months) or 50% off orders at GNC (expires Jan. 31).
Fitness and Sporting Goods
Get in shape with good deals on fitness equipment. Retailers such as Sears, Sports Authority, and Dunham's sports have discounts running through the end of January that include up to 70% off some clearance items and free shipping on premium yoga goods from Gaiam. Now's a great time to stock up on out-of-season sporting equipment, advises Mike Allen, president of Shopping-Bargains.com, "There's also a lot of competition for fitness equipment," he says. "Some pieces are well over $1,000 so you can find significant savings."

Quit Smoking aids
Get help kicking the habit. Smoking cessation programs are out there and offering deals. These are harder to find on bargain sites offering coupon codes, go directly to the company web site to check for offers. NicoDerm CQ a free sample and $7
and Drugstore.com has a variety of promotions right now on products to help you quit. Going cold turkey? There's a site for that too.

Tax materials
It's that time of year again. Tax forms, files, binders and DIY software programs are all being promoted and discounted online and in stores. Check out 20% off at The Container Store through early February or pre-order the latest edition of Quicken for $10 off. And Dollar Days are back at Staples with featured office supplies for between $1 and $3.

Closeouts
Stores are still closing out merchandise left from the holidays and there are deals to be had from national retailers including JC Penney, Kohl's, Kmart, Macy's and Walmart.

Bed and Bath

John Wannamaker supposedly invented the "white sale" at his Philadelphia department store. Wannamaker's may be gone, but the white sale lives on. Today, retailers like Overstock.com and Bed Bath & Beyond offer consistent low prices on these goods, but stores like Bloomingdale's and Pottery Barn are still holding tight to the white sale tradition.

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