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8 Things You Shouldn't Buy in Winter

NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Seasoned deal hunters know that it's not just about where you buy, but when you buy. As retailers put out new product lines and attempt to clear out old stock during the course of the year, prices on various items rise and fall.

Last November we took a look at which items tend to dip in price during the winter , but there are also several items that get more expensive during the colder months.

Certain items get a lot more expensive during the colder months. Here's what to avoid buying until the spring.

If you don't want to spend a lot of money this winter, here are eight items you should do your best to avoid buying until the weather warms up.

Corn and other summer vegetables
Exactly what constitutes a seasonal vegetable will differ a bit depending on what part of the country you're from, but as a general rule you'll want to steer clear of vegetables grown typically in the warmer months, as they tend to be worse-tasting and more expensive come wintertime.

"Corn, in the middle of the summer, is going to be 15 cents an ear and taste great," says Jodi Furman, who writes the personal finance blog LiveFabuLESS. "If you buy now, it's going to be 40 to 50 cents an ear and won't be nearly as sweet."

Furman points us toward this helpful site , which allows you to select your area and discover which foods are in season during a given time. If you like fresh local produce, it's a good place to start.

Warm-weather items
In November we advised you to go out and buy outdoor furniture and grills, which at the time were deeply discounted as retailers looked to unload summer stock. Hopefully you listened, because by this point in the season, such items are generally back to full price.

"Anything seasonal for summer, it's not a good time to buy now," says Furman. "You can find swimwear discounted, but shorts, T-shirts and outdoor stuff are more expensive, because spring lines are just coming out now."

Camping gear
Speaking of the great outdoors, you might be tempted to think that camping gear would be heavily discounted, as stores look to get people to buy during a slow time of year for outdoorsy activities.

But that's apparently not the case, says Lindsay Sakraida of DealNews.com, which tracks deals and discounts on a daily basis.

"You would think that no one's really wanting to go outdoors in the winter , but we don't actually see as good deals as you do when things are warmer," she says. "They're trying to encourage sales when it is relevant to people."

Suitcases
By that same token, Sakraida says people are surprised to learn that travel gear such as suitcases aren't all that discounted during the winter.