Sporting goods: Cold weather puts the chill on two-wheeling leisure and ball-field activities, so expect prices to drop with the temperature — at least in colder climates.
Furniture: Many furniture companies introduce items in February, so retailers are eager to make room for new inventory. Expect January sales on previous-year merchandise.
Linens and bedding: So-called white sales are a tradition that's been around since 1878. No reason to expect that will change this year.
Air conditioners: Need you ask why? Early winter is also the best time to have existing units serviced — along with lawn mowers.
Cameras: Some industry trade shows occur in January to unveil new models, so older inventory is marked down, and you can snap up bargains.
Luggage: With a lull between the busy holiday travel rush and the beginning of spring break, it's a good time to bag deals.
China and flatware: Between the holidays and the upcoming wedding season, retailers dish out discounts.
Gardening tools: Before spring fever hits, inventory may be sparse. But what's available should be cheaper than in coming months.
Winter outerwear: Who thinks about parkas, gloves and hats toward the end of March? Retailers with leftover inventory, that's who. Look for deals and be ready for next winter's wrath.
Athletic footwear: Check out spring sale savings on sneakers.
Computers: As tax refunds arrive, so do discounts, especially for laptops.
Vacuum cleaners: Find spring savings before new models come out in the coming months.
BBQ accessories: Stock up on charcoal and lighter fluid before barbecue season. But hold off on buying grills for now.
Patio furniture: The new stuff hits stores, along with seasonal sales on it and on leftover stock.
Spring and summer clothing: Sales begin in shower-filled April, but the better bargains are in May — especially around Memorial Day weekend.
Health club memberships: Gyms empty as more fitness fans opt for outdoor workouts. Look for healthy savings.
Men's suits: Ties may be a classic Father's Day gift, but suits and dress shirts are a better buy.
Tools: Expect sawed-off prices just before and after Father's Day.
Kitchen appliances: Look for discounts on refrigerators, ranges and microwaves starting mid-month.
Grills: After July 4, expect plenty of markdowns.
Lawn and gardening supplies: As summer reaches its midpoint, prices dip on remaining lawn mowers, as well as on lawn and gardening supplies.
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