What to Buy and What Not to Buy in March
Ski and snowboard season is coming to a close, so take advantage of retailers' need to clear out old merchandise and make room for the new. Lower prices on skis, snowboards, and accessories make these wares good to buy in March. Ditto for heavy winter duds -- jackets, hats, and sweaters fall deeper into the clearance bin.
It seems counterintuitive, but March is a good time to buy an air conditioner. Unsold inventory from last year must be cleared out for the new models, and really, who needs an air conditioner in March? To drum up demand, retailers are motivated to cut prices. The same logic holds for barbecue grills.
Now that snowbirds have returned and winter travel season is over, it's time to replace that old suitcase. Consumers will find luggage bargains in March, when the gap between winter and summer travel means sales slow and new models roll in. Be on the lookout for deals throughout the month.
Eat healthfully and cheaply by cooking seasonally. Foods to buy in March include nutritious greens such as 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.
The Mobile World Congress meets the end of February, and big names such as Samsung and HTC typically launch new handsets around this time. If you're in the market for a new smartphone and willing to settle for an older model, you should start seeing discounts as new models hit the market.