NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Just because you're ready to come out of hibernation this spring doesn't mean your spending money has to go with you.There were a lot of items worth buying in the first quarter, but the sun's return and rising temperatures won't shoo away the dark clouds hovering over certain items and services this spring. The Consumer Confidence Index dropped by 8.6 points in March -- the first drop in five months -- while the Thompson Reuters Consumer Sentiment Index went along for the ride with a 12.9% month-to-month drop and a 8.3% dive from a year ago. Meanwhile average gas prices rose to roughly $3.68 per gallon, or 86 cents more than the cost of that same gallon at this time last year. Various global and political crises are weighing on the consumer, who's in no mood to go springing into fair-weather splurges. There'll be no shortage of well priced items to buy during the next three months -- cruises and cookware in April, vacuum cleaners and patio furniture in May, gym memberships and dishes in June -- but the five items listed below aren't among them.
There are two constants in spring baseball: The games won't mean much, but they'll cost plenty.
Is it better to be broke and in fashion than a year behind and flush?
If you're looking for a good deal on a new ride, it just sped by you and is now a couple miles down the road in the opposite direction.
Congratulations, jewelry buyer, you left proposal season just in time for spring wedding season. The good news is that you don't have to present documentation to get in on the wedding promotional deals available during the next three months or so. The bad news is that you'll be among a crush of couples deciding whether tungsten is a more manly metal than titanium or whether its better to have diamonds on one or both sides.
Spring is typically the high season for housing stock, so that means it's a buyer's market, right? We guess, if a "buyer's market" involves letting the average price of existing homes jump to $183,000 from $165,000, as they did between February and June of last year, according to the National Association of Realtors.