MARCH: Coats and Outerwear
At the end of winter, retailers clear out their cold-weather clothing to make room for T-shirts, shorts and swimwear. That makes March an ideal time to plan ahead and stock up on bargain coats, hats and gloves for next winter.
MARCH: Flood Insurance
It's not any cheaper to buy flood insurance at this time of year, but this is as good a time as any to do so before the spring thaw puts your home to the test. Create a flood-risk profile at FloodSmart.gov to see if you could benefit from flood insurance.
MARCH: Frozen Food
It's national frozen-food month, and sales and coupons abound. If you have a freezer, stock up. You can store some foods as long as one year. (Use this storage guide from the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service when deciding what to stock up on.)
Tthe best deals can be had in March and April as the ski season winds down, says Stephen Regenold, editor of GearJunkie.com. Look for sales on models from the past winter.
APRIL/MAY: Kitchenware and utensils
Kitchen items make a great gift for new grads and newlyweds, so sales are often plentiful this season.
As retailers make room for new models, mattress shoppers will find a lot of wiggle room on price, says Luke Knowles, founder of FreeShipping.org. Look for discounts of up to 50%, as well as promotions for free delivery or free disposal of your old mattress.
ALL SPRING LONG: Vacations
Besides the week of spring break, you can usually grab a stellar deal on travel throughout the spring shoulder season -- until Memorial Day weekend, when summer pricing goes into effect. Plus, you'll get pleasant weather and fewer crowds. See Timed Travel to learn more.
See Best Buys of Spring as a SLIDE SHOW.