What TO Buy and What NOT to Buy in March
Goodbye winter. Hello, March!
March is full of new beginnings! Not only do we get to “spring” our clocks forward in early March, the first day of spring means gardening, spring cleaning projects, and spring break vacations. The arrival of March also means new opportunities to save money! To celebrate, we’re sharing the BEST items to buy in March, along with what you’ll want to not buy in March to save money!
Here are TEN things TO BUY in March:
1. Frozen foods
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, including frozen meals, entrees, pizza, fruits and veggies, side dishes, juice concentrates, ice cream, and other frozen treats and desserts!
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2. Seasonal produce
Get the goods while the getting’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
3. Valentine’s gifts
Yes, Valentine’s Day is February 14th; HOWEVER, you’ll often still find BIG discounts on Valentine’s Day items in early March. Score BIG savings on leftover gifts like jewelry and perfume – sometimes up to 90% off!
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4. 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 tend to shift their workout routines outside.
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5. Athletic apparel
Alongside 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 the older stock that’s priced to move to make room for the latest designs.
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6. Golf clubs
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 the month of 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, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!
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7. Winter apparel & equipment
As the temperatures rise, pricing on winter apparel and equipment falls. Now’s the time to strike on that winter coat or that new set of skis you’ve been eyeing all season long. While you have a very limited amount of time to make use of these items now, you can also gift them to yourself in nine months.
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8. Android smartphones
MWC, also known as Mobile World Congress, will be wrapping up this year’s expo on February 28th, revealing the hottest new products for the Android operating system. These products are set to hit shelves shortly 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.
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9. Digital cameras
I’m guessing you already own a pretty high-quality camera (hint hint – it’s your smartphone!), but for those of you who’d like to take your 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: Once you purchase your digital camera, be sure to check out our online photo deals to get your beautiful photos printed! We’re often posting awesome deals on Canvas Photos, photo prints, and more.
Luggage collects dust in stores between holiday travel sales and summer vacation sales. Score some savings on the inventory still left from November and December before the new stock arrives for warm weather travel.
Here are FIVE things NOT to buy in March:
Typically avoid anything that’s a new release or is known to follow a specific sales cycle is a no-go. Sure, retailers will try to lure you in by exclaiming, “Spend your tax return here!”, but read on to find out what you can afford to wait on.
1. Spring clothing & swimwear
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). If you need new clothes or swimwear before summer hits, consider buying 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 summer season has passed.
HIP TIP: If you’re looking for affordable clothing, accessories and more, every Wednesday, we share our favorite affordable Walmart clothing finds to help you save more money!
Did your furniture take a beating over the holidays and you’re ready to replace it? Hold off just a bit longer. The best time to snag deals on appliances, furniture, or mattresses is usually at the end of May when retailers host blowout deals during Memorial Day weekend.
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3. Apple iPhones
Apple is notorious for its new iPhone releases during September. This is when retailers and wireless carriers 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.
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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 or 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.
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As someone who recently bought a car and researched 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.
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