Working 4 You: What to buy in January

SPOKANE, Wash. - After the holidays, most of us would rather not set foot in another store or spend another dime. But, if you shop smart, buying certain items in January will save you money in the long run. compiled a list of what to buy in January and what to leave on the shelves.

One thing to buy: fitness equipment. Millions of Americans resolve to get healthier in the new year and fitness companies know it. You'll find the best deals of the year on things like elliptical machines and treadmills. And, you might as well buy now; many of us will have moved on from our fitness goals by February.

You can also find great deals on Christmas decorations, for obvious reasons. But, you have to act quickly. Most stores have cleared their Christmas decor sections entirely and replaced them with Valentine's Day candy and cards.

If you're in the market for linens, buy now. So-called "White Sales" date back more than a century and now is a great time to stock up on sheets and towels.

So, what should you avoid buying? Electronics and computers will likely dip in price in February. Wait for those Presidents Day sales next month to buy mattresses and furniture. And, if you had your eye on an Amazon Echo for Christmas, don't rush out to buy one just yet. The demand is still so high, prices won't be coming down anytime soon.

For a complete list and a rundown of which specific stores to shop at in January, check out