Got an athlete in your life? March is a good time for both winter and summer sporting goods, says Hillary Mendelsohn, author of "thepurplebook" series of shopping guides and founder of thepurplebook.com. March especially is a good month for bargains on "high-end" merchandise such as boats, personal watercraft, skis and snowboards, she says.
On most items, shoppers can find deals of 15 percent to 40 percent off.
With boats, the sales staff might get incentives at this time of year "to see how much they can move early in the season," Mendelsohn says. Look for sales that offer anywhere from 10 percent to 20 percent off, she predicts.
One good deal you might not associate with March is luggage. "It's a great time to buy because it's after the holidays and before summer travel season," Mendelsohn says. But luggage is "not anything you ever save a ton on," and discounts tend to be in the 10 percent to 20 percent range, she says.
The best deals will be on bags in trendy colors or patterns rather than classic neutrals and basic black.