Keep Your Hard Earned Cash and DON’T Buy These Items in March

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Patience my friends, patience…

You already know what you should be buying during the month of March, but how about what not to buy in March? Typically anything that’s a new release or is known to follow a specific sales cycle is a no-go. Though retailers will try to lure you in by exclaiming, “Spend your tax return here!” read on to find out what you can wait on (and when you should buy).

Spring clothing

spring dresses

This is probably a no-brainer, but bright, spring releases are fresh to shelves – meaning no retailer would bother marking them down. Yes, you’ll come across the occasional sale to encourage a spring break wardrobe restock, but wait until summer for the savings (when this inventory gets sent to clearance).

Bathing suits

spring swimsuits

Similar to spring fashion, these are only now being released, and it’s still VERY early on in their sale cycle to consider purchasing. If you need a new bathing suit before summer is in full swing, consider purchasing at the end of May during Memorial Day sales. To max out your savings potential, wait to buy until the end of August after the peak of summer has passed.


Did your furniture take a beating over the holidays and you’re ready to replace it (I’m looking at you, cat)? Hold off just a bit longer. Any sales or savings you come across in March won’t even compare to the blowout deals furniture retailers will be advertising come Memorial Day weekend. Your best time to snag deals on appliances, furniture, or mattresses is the end of May.

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Apple iPhones

iphone 8 and iphone x

Apple is notorious for their new iPhone releases during September. Even though it’s rumored that the iPhone SE 2 may be released in the spring, your best bet is to hold off until late fall. This is when retailers and wireless carriers will offer sales or incentives on last year’s models. If you’re an Apple fanatic, check out MacRumors Buying Guide for the best time to buy any of their products.


full priced television sets

If you’ve been wanting to upgrade your television set, mild patience will be your best ally. A big sale opportunity has just passed (a.k.a. Super Bowl Sunday) and your next shot to score some savings won’t be until the end of April. Newer TV models begin their releases in March/April, so once selling floors become too packed, retailers will clearance older models to make room.

If you’re really patient, wait until Black Friday / Cyber Monday. But if you go this route, do your research, read reviews, and make sure you match the UPC of the TV you’re purchasing to the same one you fell in love with – those insanely low-priced sets are often “watered down” versions of popular models.


car dealership lot

As someone who recently bought a car and researched the many ways to save, don’t purchase a new model in spring. This is, legit, the WORST time of year to buy. Dealerships offer barely any room for negotiation on the newest models and know that tax refunds are hitting consumers’ bank accounts.

Plan on buying closer to the end of the car’s model year (typically around November) when dealerships start stocking next year’s model. As a rule of thumb, shop near the end of the day and end of the weekend (Sunday) for your best chances of getting a great price. Use websites like TrueCar for estimates on what you can expect to pay and Edmunds for rebates, reviews, and incentives.

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 29

  1. Aleshia Jones

    Most dealerships are closed on Sunday?

    • Patty

      In my area they do open the weekend. 🚙

    • LaToya

      Depends on your area. In ours, only the ones that are certain religion owned with strict rules about being open/closed on Sundays are closed. The others that are not are indeed open.

    • Elfy

      I’m guessing that this also applies to the last day of the week that they’re open (with the new week starting on Monday), since it’s probably about filling quotas for the salesmen. So Saturday or Friday will work as well.

    • maricel

      not sure, but once i heard that its a law that dealership should be close on sunday.

  2. Tolu

    Hmmm. So, is $273 for a King Size Upholstered Bed with NAil Stud Detail a good deal or no?

    • DealAddict

      It depends. That sounds like a great price but we dont know what king bed you’re talking about. Is that the regular price or sale price? What’s the reg price? Is it quality that will last ? What are the reviews?

      • Tolu

        That’s the regular price and it has awesome reviews on Amazon from real buyers. It is out of stock now on Amazon. It was 209 plus 54 for shipping but I was able to find it on their own website for 273 with free shipping.

        Home Life Premiere Classics Cloth Charcoal Blue Linen 51″ Tall Headboard Platform Bed with Slats Twin – Complete Bed 5 Year Warranty Included 007

        • Urvi

          Got ours from Costco. Really well made and elegant. Approx $400

  3. DealAddict

    Does anyone own a lucid mattress & adjustable frame? I’ve had one in my Amazon cart for a few days, but now I’m thinking I should wait until memorial day to buy!

  4. Libby

    Does anyone else using the app have issues with all these posts being cut off by the comments?

    • Libby

      Never mind! I had my font size too large, lol. Thanks for the tips I was going to look for a couch but waiting until Memorial Day weekend now!

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I’m so sorry for the trouble Libby! This is a known problem that we are working to correct ASAP!

    • Debbie

      Yes Libby. Mine are cut off too on the app. Hopefully it will be fixed on the app soon.

  5. Nab8521

    My husband works in the car business and buying at the end of the day ensures he gets home atfter 11pm certain days so please be mindful that those people have lives and families as well since most dealerships have late hours as it is. For the best deals coming in at the end of the month works out better since most dealerships are reaching to get to a predetermined number for the month.

    • Becky

      Maybe that’s when it is convenient for the customer to shop.

      • Nab8521

        And that is totally fine. I am saying that you will not necessarily get a great deal by going in at the end of the night but it would be better to wait until the end of the month. For people who do have the option of being able to visit a dealership before closing time it is just a thoughtful thing to do. My husband and many others start work at 8am and do not leave until the last customer which depending on the dealership can sometimes be 11pm. There are many nights I have toted my kids to the dealership after closing and sat with him while he finalized paperwork until 2am to make sure things are all wrapped up. If closing time is the only time someone can go it’s understandable but many times going in the day gets you better service since nothing is going on and it allows my husband to see his kids for dinner sometimes too.

        • Elvira

          I can totally see where you’re coming from. Why would I give someone a good deal on a car if they’re coming in at 8:59. Service is almost always better when you come in earlier in the day (and that goes for any industry).

  6. Marissa

    I would disagree on a car. We just bout a new 2017 model gmc loaded acadia for 14k off. Check your dealers if they have some they are desperate to get rid of them!

  7. Marissa


  8. acgold

    True Car is a joke. I beat the True Car prices in my area by $1000. The prices were all in favor of the dealer.

  9. L St

    I’m seeing the biggest new car incentives ever offered rightnow!

  10. Gloria

    What if there is no way you can wait until the end of the year to buy a car? Any tips?

    • Elvira

      If you’re a Costco member try to go through their pricing program. You can still use any dealer rebates or incentives on top of it. Last winter they had a promo and my husband got a $700 Costco gift card for going through their program.

  11. Amy123

    Thanks so much for all the information.

  12. Aleks

    Nice to know about the furniture. I wanted to buy myself a chaise chair for my birthday. I’ll wait until May. Has anyone gotten a good deal on one of those? It’s like a recliner but longer so your feel don’t fall off

  13. Denise

    Anybody knows when is the best time to buy Nintendo switch? If you happen to see one I would love to know. Thanks

  14. moria

    We bought a 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander at the end of September. Pretty good price as they wanted to make room for the 2018.

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