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What-To-Buy-In-March**UPDATED 3/1/15**

Sooner or later just about everything goes on sale. Knowing when items are at their lowest prices and buying them before you need them is a shopping technique that can save you hundreds of dollars every year on all kinds of items from groceries to gifts!

Spring is almost here! Don’t let the warmer weather entice you into spending too much. Here’s what you need to know about making purchases this month.

Best Things To Buy In March:

From the Grocery Stores

  • Frozen Foods
    March is National Frozen Food month, so you’ll find lots of sales and coupons on healthy veggies and fruits now. Stock your freezer up for stir-fry dishes and smoothies this summer. Frozen items on sale will include vegetables, fruits, ice cream, breakfasts, lunches and dinner entrees and pizza.
  • Spring Cleaning Items
    The warmer temperatures will bring about Spring Cleaning sales. Look for sales and coupons on cleaning items in March for things like furniture polish, carpet cleaners, bathroom cleaners, window cleaner, kitchen and all-purpose cleaners, power washers and other cleaning supplies.

In Season Produce

The cheapest produce in stores and at local farmer’s markets is always what’s in season. Here’s a list of in-season fruits and veggies for March:

  • Avocado
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Citrus (including oranges, grapefruit and tangerines)
  • Lettuce (all kinds)
  • Mangoes
  • Peas
  • Spinach

Chocolate

Valentine’s Day has passed and left behind clearance chocolate gifts!  Who cares if the chocolates are in a heart shaped box? They’re on sale!

Winter Coats and Sporting Gear

Stores with winter clothing and sports gear will be clearing out their inventory to make way for the warmer seasoned gear. Planning a ski trip or winter vacation for next winter?  Now is the time to buy the outerwear you’ll need.

Video Games

The same newly-released titles that were so desirable at Christmas time are now likely on sale!  If you were able to resist purchasing them a couple of months ago, your patience it about to be rewarded.  If you did purchase some of those newly-released games in early winter, you should be able to trade them in toward new or slightly used games now for a big discount.

Boats

Boat shows abound in the month of March. Look for great deals on used boats as people start trying to sell their current model to upgrade to a newer one.

Winter Clothing

The clearance racks will be bursting with winter-wear this month! Time to shop for next winter’s layers!

Jewelry

Now that Valentine’s Day is over, March is a generally slow month for jewelry sales. This could be the time to negotiate a great price on a high end piece. Don’t wait too long, though. April and May will bring higher prices.

What NOT To Buy in March:

Here are a few of the items you’ll want to purchase another time:

  • Vacuum Cleaners – Fall and Winter months will have better prices.
  • Gym Memberships – Wait till April. Once the weather warms up, you’ll see deals on gym memberships!
  • Spring Apparel – Wait one more month if you can! April and May will bring lower prices.
  • Patio Furniture –  The next big sales happen around Memorial Day. Need it now?  Try Craig’s List or your local classified ads for great deals on used patio furniture.

~ Happy March Bargain Shopping!

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