Planning your purchases is one of the best buying decisions that can help you save hundreds or thousands of monies. If you want to get the very best deal, you have to know when to buy and what to buy. Every month of the year offers opportunities and deals to take advantage of. Most things are marked down at certain times each year. So planning your purchases to get items when they’re at their lowest price is one of the wisest moves you can make.
March is officially here, and the good news is that trees and flowers aren’t the only things blooming in March. Plenty of deals pop up in March. You’ll find sales on a variety of products, ranging from Sandals to luggage to perfumes at this time of year.
And on top of all that, there are a lot of great sales and discounts you can take advantage of this month.
Here are 10 things to buy and 6 things to skip this month.
Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to replace that old suitcase. If you need new luggage, don’t wait until the eve of your next trip. Luggage bargains abound in March, when sales slow and new models roll in during the gap between between the busy holiday travel season and summer vacations. Be on the lookout for deals throughout the month.
Best Deals on Luggage
One type of shoe that tends to go on sale in March is sandals. Keep an eye out for discounts, and get yourself ready for a sandal-wearing season!
March happens to fall in-between two very big holidays for jewelry – Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. As such, many jewelry stores and brands offer discounts this month to attract customers. If you plan ahead, you can get a great deal now on a present for Mom for Mother’s Day.
Buy: Seasonal Fruits and Veggies
Buying in-season fruits and vegetables is one of the easiest ways to eat healthy on a budget. In March, look for these veggies: artichokes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, radishes, rutabagas, and turnips. And if you’re dreaming of a sunny, warm beach, pineapple will be in season this month, so stock up and enjoy!
Buy: Raincoats, Umbrellas and Rain Boots
April showers are a real thing and not just part of an old nursery rhyme. The rainy days will soon kickoff and what better time to buy all the rainy season items than now that there are no demands for it? When stores get these in stock they’ll usually be offered on sale this March so they get moved out before they’re unnecessary.
Buy: Fitness Equipment
For many, New Year’s resolution is about getting in shape and March seems to be the best month to bring home a treadmill or elliptical machine, according to Consumer Reports. With these pieces of gym gear normally costing upwards of $1,000, Amazon, Jumia or your neighborhood sporting goods store could offer discounts that could save you hundreds — keeping both your wallet and your waistline in check.
Buy: Computer Monitors
Black Friday isn’t the only time to grab cheap computer monitors. January and February are inventory clearance time, according to CNET, which means that you’re going to find some nice sales as manufacturers clear the way for other models. Be on the lookout for our guide on picking the best monitor to find the right one for you.
Best Deals on Monitors
Buy: Air Conditioner
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. To drum up demand, retailers are motivated to cut prices. Those living in very humid countries like Africa can look to global stores like Amazon for great deals and have them shipped down.
Best Deals on Air Conditioners
Buy: Gas Grills
If you live in a colder area, February is a trying month. Summer-centric products like grills and air conditioners tend to be quite cheaper in these areas, since no one else is really looking to get one.
However, for those who live in Africa, January to March seems more like summer because of the humid weather. The good news is that you can order any of these products on Amazon or any other online store and have it shipped down to wherever you. The bottom-line is that now’s a good time to grab.
Perfume sales tend to peak around both Christmas and Valentine’s Day, and retailers will discount perfume heavily after these holidays have passed. Consumers can expect prices to be slashed by as much as 50%, with the best sales at Web sites dedicated to perfume.
Items to Skip this March
Wait a little while before shopping these three products.
You’ll snag the best deal on a new phone if you time your buy to coincide with the release of a new device. Techies will flock to the upgrade, and older models will be marked down.
Keep an eye out around Prime Day and Black Friday, as we often see the highest percentage of worthy Android deals around these shopping holidays.
In general, March is not the best time to buy electronics. With the Super Bowl long gone and the holiday rush a distant memory, bargains are especially scarce on TVs. New models of smart-home gadgets, computers, and other devices have made their way onto shelves after January’s Consumer Electronics Show, and most will be at or near full price. While there may still be some discounts on older models, most were likely snapped up last month.
It might seem logical for lingerie to go on sale after Valentine’s Day, but more attractive deals generally arrive in June. Around that time, the Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale spurs the competition to slash prices, too.
Skip: Seasonal Clothing (Spring Apparel)
Seasonal clothing is rarely on sale when you need it; you’ll have better luck on these items if you wait until the end of spring to hit the clearance racks.
Turns out, the best time to score a vacuum deal is November, when popular models are among Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. But no matter — you can spring clean without spending a dime by using common household items that are probably already on hand. And keep an eye out for coupons on cleaning supplies. The vacuum industry is well aware that consumers hardly go for this in March.
With manufacturers rolling out fresh 2021 models and buyers coming into showrooms with tax refund checks in their pockets, dealers know that March is the absolute wrong time of year to price-chop cars. The right time? Search for auto discounts closer to August. Hit nearby dealerships at the end of the month, quarter or year, when you can keep the negotiation ball in your court because dealers are trying to move inventory and meet sales quotas.