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.
Camping equipment: These summer supplies take up a lot of room in stores, which need to display winter gear. Look for deals on tents and sleeping bags.
Linens and storage containers: College-bound kids need 'em, and good sales abound on these and other dorm supplies.
Wine: Many vineyards release new wines in the early fall, so it's a good time to stock up on the existing inventory.
Bicycles: Retailers try to unload last season's models.
Cars: Post-Labor Day, you won't have to work so hard haggling on existing new models. Also look for financing deals, especially toward the end of the month.
Grills and lawn mowers: These summer staples can be a wintertime display and storage headache. Shop after Labor Day.
Cookware: Retailers discount prices for early holiday shoppers.
Lingerie: Get special discounts this month and maybe next.
RVs: As with cars, new models arrive in the fall — and prices on existing inventory get slashed. Look for this trend to continue through the winter months.
GPS devices: Navigate toward unexpected discounts around the end of the month.
Baby products: A good selection — with prices to match — makes this the month to buy clothing and accessories for grandkids' first holiday.
Televisions and electronics: Black Friday and Cyber Monday, of course, offer well-publicized deals. But with more retailers kicking off the holiday shopping season on Thanksgiving Day itself, it's the perfect time to cruise the Internet for those discounts.
Cars: Traditionally, this is a slow time at dealerships, since consumers' attention turns to holiday spending. But sales quotas still must be met. Translation: a good time to bargain on new and used vehicles.
Small appliances: Toasters, blenders and mixers make for easy last-minute holiday gifts. Retailers make it easier with seasonal promotions.
Tools: As with Father's Day, the holidays offer hands-on savings for the handy.
Toys: For the very best seasonal savings, wait until mid-month; the 10-day period before Christmas is when most toys are drastically discounted.
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