The Best Time of Year to Buy Essentials
March: The Best Time to Buy Sandals
Why: The first round of markdowns on spring shoes, which begin appearing in stores in January, happens in March, says Butler.
Leftover sandals hit the clearance aisles by June, so visit brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers like Zappos.com and Endless.com early for the best selection.
Your savings: Twenty to 30 percent off.