This month is short, but the deals are sweet.


Nintendo’s Wii U blunder may end up in your favor. The Wii U was released in time for Christmas, but no one wanted it, so now stores are trying to unload it, which means you can get it for far less than it was over the Christmas shopping season. Do you do your own taxes with tax software? I used to and it was super handy. Of course, it was just me and I only had one job and a lousy apartment, but it was really easy, but now we have an accountant who takes care of that sort of thing, but my sister does their taxes with the software and she loves it. Both H&R Block and TurboTax are offering discounts on software programs this month. If you’re looking to get a new smart phone, however, you may want to wait. The new models are released later in spring, so if you can wait, do it.

Winter Items

With retailers trying to make way for bikinis, beach cover ups and flip flops; long underwear, coats and boots are all dirt cheap. Selection may not be great, but if you can find what you need in your size, it’s likely going to be dirt cheap. Deal News says to pay particular attention to what Express, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Ralph Lauren and Urban Outfitters are doing. You can score anywhere from 30 to 70 percent off retail. Same with hats, mittens, scarves and gloves. If you can’t find it in the store, do what I do and just go online. Often times the selection is far better than in stores.

Summer Items

Conversely, if you’re looking forward to hitting one of Minnesota’s 10 thousand lakes (with seemingly five thousand of them in Central Minnesota alone!) in a new boat, start spinning props right now. It’s boat show season and the St. Cloud Boat Show is coming up February 21-23, so if you’re looking for a boat and want to go the pre-owned route, you’re going to find deep discounts while everyone gets excited for the new models. In the polar vortex, many of us are dreaming of summer time, but how many of us are actually doing anything about it? If your air conditioner conked out last summer, now is the time to buy a new one. Same with a gas grill; especially in our cold climate, anyone looking to buy a new grill is going to have their pick of size, brand and color.