What to Buy in March
Although the weather may be variable, retailers stick to a seasonal schedule, which means savings for the smart consumer. Use this post-holiday, season-transition month to score deals on winter sports equipment and luggage. Many of our February deals may still be in effect, albeit with smaller selections on goods such as boats and Valentine's Day chocolate. Other items to buy in March include an array of in-season fruits and vegetables and discounted frozen foods.
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Valentine's Day Leftovers.While the end of February (directly following Valentine's Day) saw a decent selection of discounted chocolate, those still on the shelves in March will be discounted further -- think 50 percent or more off chocolate with a Valentine's Day theme. But don't expect much of a choice.
That discount strategy doesn't seem to hold for lingerie this month. You might think that with the passing of Valentine's Day prices on all that sexy lingerie would take a nosedive, but statistics indicate that is a false assumption. You're better off waiting for more attractive deals that tend to pop up in June.
Frozen Foods, Chocolate, and More.March is National Frozen Food month, so manufacturers and grocers alike pump up promotions on frozen meals and other foodstuffs. Take a tip from extreme couponing and use your coupons during ongoing supermarket sales to stock up on frozen goods. As mentioned in our essential pantry staples post, frozen vegetables are long-lasting and nutritious standbys that offer a myriad of fast and cheap meal ideas.
In addition to March being National Frozen Food month, March 7 is National Cereal Day, March 14 is Potato Chip Day, and March 23 is Chips and Dip Day -- all opportunities to find even better-than-average deals in the aisles of your local grocery store.
Finally, March 25 is National Waffle Day. Historically, restaurants like Waffle House, Denny's, and Bob Evans have offered deals, coupons, and even free waffles -- the perfect way to enjoy the tasty breakfast treat.
Seasonal Sporting Gear and Apparel.Ski and snowboard season is coming to a close, so take advantage of retailers' need to clear out old merchandise to make room for the new. Lower prices on skis, snowboards, accessories, and apparel make these wares good to buy in March. But watch out for the spring merchandise hitting the racks. Wait a few months to catch the best sales on spring wear because the beginning of a season is rarely the time to find the best prices.
Luggage.Now that snowbirds have returned and winter travel season is over, it's time to replace that old carry-on. You'll find luggage bargains to buy in March, when the gap between the winter and summer travel seasons means sales slow and new models roll in. Check our recommendations for the best cheap luggage and be on the lookout for deals throughout the month.
Electronics.In general, March is a weird shopping month and not the best time to buy most electronic items. With the Super Bowl coming and going and the holiday rush long gone, March just doesn't cut it as the time to buy a TV.
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Gym Memberships and Spring Cleaning.Gym memberships are also a bust this month. Gyms are still packed with clients trying to meet their New Year's resolutions while getting ready for bathing suit season. If you can manage on your own, wait until summer when gyms want to entice you inside even though the great outdoors beckon.
Finally, while you may be raring to get a head start on spring cleaning, the vacuum industry says "not yet." New research by Deal News suggests that the best time to score a vacuum deal is during November.
Foods in season.Eat healthy and cheaply by cooking seasonally. Foods to buy in March include nutritious greens like broccoli, cabbage, spinach, asparagus, and lettuce while winter's bounty of root vegetables such as parsnips, radishes, leeks, and shallots is still available. Artichokes, avocados, peas, lemons, limes, grapefruit, tangerines, and oranges are also plentiful throughout the month. Find everything you need to make a roasted vegetable dish or a colorful salad.