It's not a well known secret, but it is a fact. January is one of the best months for bargain hunting.

Consumer Reports Magazine states that January can be the best month to find deals on TV's when Super Bowl sales promotions knock a couple hundred bucks off a big screen.

It's one of my five secret January retail bargains.

Need towels or linens?  Deal News says you'll get your best discounts January. Same with furniture, you'll find clearance items of last year's designs at the beginning of the new year.

Online entertainment bargains include 50% off ticket prices for the World's Toughest RodeoFebruary 2nd at the U.S. Cell Center, now through January 12.

And you'll want to hurry if you want to attend this year's Cedar Rapids Beer Summit on Saturday March 3 at the Doubletree downtown. Tickets are at their lowest price right now, and the event is already half sold-out.

[source: Consumer Reports, Deal News]