First Quarter (Jan/Feb/March)
* Gas grills & air conditioners: They're obviously off-season, but it's not like "next year's model" will be remarkably better or different.
* Bicycles & Sporting Goods: Not only is it prime off-season pricing, you've got the attention of salespeople who think they're talking to someone who's for real about their exercise.
* Furniture: It's both a lull and a changeover for the showrooms, so find that dining room set and haggle.
* Digital frames: Hey, where'd all last month's buyers go? Pick up the leftover stock on the cheap.
* Carpeting: Most people are focused on holidays, not renovations, and it's before the big tax rebate buying season, according to Carpet SuperSite.
* Tools: The kinds with batteries and cords and lots of warnings, because their makers put on a big push.
* Chocolate (after Feb. 14): Because, well, you know.
* Digital cameras: The newest models are out, fresh from the trade shows, so anything left over goes cheap.
* Luggage: Halfway between buying seasons, stores eager to move.
* Frozen foods: Goofy, but it's "National Frozen Food Month." And you can buy and freeze.
* Winter coats & sports gear: Winter fun season is coming to an end. Where to find end-of-season goods? Try commenters' suggestions.
* Boats: It's the end of boat show season; you've got the upper hand.
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