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Best consumer deals in March

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March is a great month to buy a handful of items, according to Consumer Reports. (Source: 3TV) March is a great month to buy a handful of items, according to Consumer Reports. (Source: 3TV)
This time of year, countertops of all types tend to sell at a discount so shop around. (Source: 3TV) This time of year, countertops of all types tend to sell at a discount so shop around. (Source: 3TV)
We all know replacing flooring can be a pricey project but according to Consumer Reports, prices tend to dip around this time of year. (Source: 3TV) We all know replacing flooring can be a pricey project but according to Consumer Reports, prices tend to dip around this time of year. (Source: 3TV)
now is the best time to get deep discounts on some good, high-quality box chocolate. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) now is the best time to get deep discounts on some good, high-quality box chocolate. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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According to Consumer Reports, March is one of the best months to find deals on materials to renovate your home.

Things like countertops. This time of year, countertops of all types tend to sell at a discount so shop around.

Speaking of updating your home, March is also a good time to buy flooring. We all know replacing flooring can be a pricey project but according to Consumer Reports, prices tend to dip around this time of year.

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March is also a good time to find deals on digital cameras. That's because new models are hitting shelves and the old models need to be moved.

Cruises are always a good buy in March. In fact, published reports say last March had more cruise deals than any other time of the year.

And finally, for all you chocolate lovers, now is the best time to get deep discounts on some good, high-quality box chocolate. Prices generally drop on Valentine's Day and the bargains last through Easter.

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Gary HarperGary Harper is the senior consumer and investigative reporter for 3 On Your Side at KTVK-TV.

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With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

He has negotiated resolutions with companies of all sizes, including some of the biggest corporations in the nation.

Gary has successfully recouped more than $1 million for viewers around the state, making 3 On Your Side one of the most popular segments on KTVK and the station's Web site.

He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

Gary has been with KTVK-TV since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, he worked for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was as an anchor and reporter.

Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

Gary has been married since 1994 and is the proud father of two sons. When he's not helping viewers, Gary is busy catching up on his favorite college and professional football teams as well as cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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