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March deals: Buy spring apparel, wait on home improvement

Kelli B. Grant
March deals: Buy spring apparel, wait on home improvement

March is a month that, at first glance, doesn't lend itself to shopping sprees – there's no big sales holiday, and the turn of the season can shift retailers' focus.

But with retail sales off to a rough start this year, shoppers are likely to find more deals, said smart shopping expert Trae Bodge.

"The winter has been a little bit slow," she said. "Retailers want consumers to come out ... they have all this spring merchandise they want to move."

Some categories are more likely to have deals than others. Bodge partnered with SlickDeals.net to determine which items historically have had great sales in March.

One top buy? Spring apparel for men, women and children. Often, this makes the list of worst buys for March, but Bodge said retailers like Wal-Mart and American Apparel are already dropping prices.

"Spring is coming," she said. "It's a little bit of a teaser sale."

Hold off on purchases for home improvement, which see better prices around Memorial Day. And if you're in the market for a new TV, you'll have to shop carefully, said Bodge — sales are rarer now that we're in a quiet spot between the Super Bowl and Black Friday.

"Maybe the TV you're looking for is on sale, maybe not," she said.

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