What Are the Best Things to Buy in March?

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If you’re in the market for these products, we’ve got 10 reasons March is the time to buy!

By now, you probably know that retailers work in cycles based on good old supply-and-demand. Think about it from a retailer’s perspective: “We need to sell *said item* during this time of year, so we should markdown the price to encourage sales.” So keep in mind that while these items may not be at the forefront of your perpetual shopping list, now is a great time to snag them if you know you’ll need them in the future.

Frozen foods

frozen food section of grocery store

Did you know March is National Frozen Food Month? This glorious occurrence means loads of coupons being generated for frozen food brands! Fill your freezer with your favorites all month long and celebrate the most convenient food storage method on its official day, March 6th.

HIP TIP: Pick up a bag of frozen meatballs to make Lina’s EASY and delicious slow cooker sweet and sour meatballs! SO good.

Seasonal produce

spring produce such as greens, citrus fruits, and root vegetables

Get the goods while the gettin’s good. Produce is obviously at its best (and lowest price) when it’s in season! Some delicious fruits and veggies to grab this month are:

  • Greens: broccoli, cabbage, spinach, asparagus, lettuce
  • Root vegetables: parsnips, radishes, leeks, shallots
  • Citrus fruits: lemons, limes, grapefruit, tangerines, oranges
  • More green produce: artichokes, avocados, peas

Looking for a way to mix it up when eating citrus? Check out Lina’s recipe for broiled cinnamon ginger grapefruit!

Valentine’s gifts

sale on fragrance sets

Yes, Valentine’s Day is February 14th… HOWEVER, you’ll often still be able to find BIG discounts on Valentine’s Day items in early March. Score BIG savings on leftover gifts like jewelry and perfume.

HIP TIP: Though you might not be thinking of it now, diamonds and fragrances are GREAT Mother’s Day gifts so pick them up now to save money later!

Exercise equipment

sale on ellipticals and exercise equipment

Are you still working on the “Get fit for the New Year” resolution? Me neither. But if you have a change of heart, March is the best time to buy exercise equipment – specifically treadmills and ellipticals. Retailers want to spark interest in these products before the warm weather approaches, since people will shift their workout routines to the outdoors.

Athletic apparel

clearance athletic apparel clothing racks

Along with exercise equipment, check out clearance sections for additional markdowns on workout apparel. The athleisure look is so popular now that fitness brands have been cranking out new colors and patterns just to keep up with the trend. Look for savings on older stock that’s priced to move to make room for the latest designs.

Golf clubs

clearance golf clubs and equipment

If you live in an area that endures freezing winters, I’m pretty positive a new set of clubs hasn’t crossed your mind, which is exactly why they’re on sale during March! The real savings are on last summer’s models so that retailers can get them out in time for the new releases in the upcoming season. This extends beyond golf and applies to other summer-specific sports equipment too!

Winter apparel / ski & snowboard equipment

clearance kid's winter jackets

As the temperature rises, pricing on winter apparel and equipment falls. Now’s the time to strike on that winter coat or new set of skis you’ve been eyeing all season long. You have a very limited amount of time to make use of it during the current season, so gift it to yourself in 9 months.

Android smartphones

previous models of android smartphones

MWC, also known as Mobile World Congress, will be wrapping up this year’s expo on March 1st, revealing the hottest new products for the Android operating system. These products are set to hit shelves not too long after the conference, which means markdowns on previous models will be abundant. If you’re looking for a new phone but don’t need all the latest tech, this is the perfect time to score a great smartphone deal.

Digital cameras

previous models of digital cameras

I’m guessing you already own a pretty high quality camera (hint hint – it’s your smartphone!) but for those who want to take their photography to the next level, shop digital cameras this month. This year’s new models will be rolling out soon so you’ll snag a deep discount on remaining stock.

HIP TIP: Check out our deals for Shutterfly to get your beautiful photos printed!


sale on roller luggage

Suitcases and roller bags collect dust in stores between the sales of holiday travel and summer vacation. Score some savings on the inventory still left from November and December before the new stock arrives for warm weather travel.

Get these for free!

Know what’s even better than saving money? Getting free stuff! 🙌

free pretzel at auntie anne's on march 3rdGet a free pretzel from Auntie Anne’s on March 3rd when you RSVP to celebrate their 30th birthday! You can also get a free Italian ice from Rita’s Italian Ice by stopping by one of their locations on March 20th between 12-9pm!

Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer of self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.

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Comments 36

  1. oreostevens

    Thanks for the great tips. Time to go shopping!

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! Have fun! 🙂

  2. Melissa

    If you had your children with you could they each get one to? It says one per guest but since it would be on the same order wasn’t sure if that would count….

    • Melissa

      Forgot to specify the question was about the pretzels lol

      • Bunny

        Call your local store ahead of time. They may be super busy that day so best to know before standing in a long line.

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Since it says one per guest and not one per family, I think you’d be fine!

  3. Diana

    I need a new mattress. When is the best time of year to buy one?

    • Deb

      They say Memorial Day and Labor Day I think.

  4. Amie

    Thank you!

  5. MrsK

    Thank you. My phone is being Funky, so I think I’ll keep my eyes open for a new one. Thank you.

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome! I hope you find a nice deal on a new one!

  6. Jennifer

    Great post! Would love to see these featured monthly

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for the recommendation, Jennifer! I will be sure to pass it along to the team. 🙂

  7. ds

    Thank you was just looking at luggage on Amazon I will wait till March

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re welcome!

  8. Leslie

    When is the best time of year to buy sewing machines?

  9. moria

    Good to know!

  10. Christy

    For those luggage hunting…. be sure to stop in Kohls. About 2 years ago I hit the jackpot on a random stop at Kohls and bought 10-12 pieces of luggage (all with the spin wheels) for 70% Off. I declined to open a Kohls credit card (which I later realized could have saved another 30%) but we did get over $200 of Kohls cash and the luggage is still in great condition after 4 international trips and various domestic trips as well. Happy shopping!

    • megan

      Do you know what brand you bought and are they lightweight? We are in the process of looking for new luggage

  11. Julia

    Love this! Thank you for sharing, I’ll be grabbing some winter gear for the boys for next season. 😊

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! I hope you find some great deals on them!

  12. Dipthi


    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  13. Melanie

    Very helpful info! Thanks Emily & team!

  14. Julie

    When is the best time to buy large kitchen appliances (stove, dishwasher, refrigerator)?

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi Julie! Memorial Day weekend is a great time to buy large appliances – there are so many furniture, mattress, and appliance sales that surround the holiday. Thanks for reading!

  15. Danielle

    Can anyone suggest some places to look for discounted ski equipment? We tried skiing for the first time this winter & Loved it! Renting everything adds up quickly however. We are brand new so I would love any guidance!! Thanks!

    • AWS

      You may want to wait to buy skis since as you learn you will change the actual length skis you want to use. But if you find a great pair of boots at a deal, they can fit any skis to your boots and it’s one less thing to rent.

  16. Litsa

    Found leggings at Walgreens today for $0.59 each—down from $10 for 2. Fleece lined too!

  17. Laurie

    I love these posts-especially then produce in season. It’s all of the info I need on one place. Thank you!!!

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome!

  18. Laurie

    *the produce

  19. Kelly

    This is very helpful!

  20. csy0227

    what about iPhones? I’m in the market for either an iphone 8 plus or the iphone x. It’s just me that’s buying it so the bogo free deal from Tmobile can’t really apply to me… :/

  21. amykpta

    I agree – pls do this monthly and include produce! TY!!

  22. ds

    Consumer reports say March is a good month to purchase space heaters

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