Warmer weather is just around the corner, and the end to your cabin fever is in sight! As you head out to refresh your spring routine, know where you can save the most money this month — and which items will be worth waiting on.
WHAT TO BUY IN MARCH
Home Gym Equipment. This month is a good time to invest in home gym equipment like a treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike without paying full price. With warmer weather taking people outside for their workouts, stores want to clear indoor fitness machines from their inventory. Check online retailers like Amazon or your local sporting goods store for sales.
Spring Cleaning Essentials. Itching to give your home a top-to-bottom scrub? Look for store promotions and manufacturer coupons to pick up your spring cleaning supplies at a discount. The savings go beyond detergents and cleaning wipes, too. “When spring hits, spring cleaning kicks into high gear, and prices on big-ticket cleaning purchases, such as vacuums, can get competitive,” says Paribus CEO Eric Glyman. Keep an eye out for discounts beginning in March and running through May.
Frozen Foods. March is National Frozen Food Month (there really is a holiday for everything). Sure, it's a purely a retail holiday, but this one can help you save money on your next grocery run. Look out for store promotions and brand coupons to stock up on frozen fruits, veggies, fish and prepared meals. If you’re not a frozen-food convert just yet, you might be surprised that some frozen foods are often just as healthy — and cheaper! — than produce-aisle counterparts.
Winter Gear and Apparel. It’s your last call to pick up a new heavy coat, boots, scarves and other cold-weather accessories before clothing racks go full-on floral. If you’re hitting the slopes for spring break or beyond, you can also pick up new ski and snowboarding equipment on sale this month, Glyman says.
WHAT TO SKIP IN MARCH
Furniture. Don’t jump on a spring home refresh just yet — the furniture industry just released 2019 models, so retailers aren’t likely to offer great discounts this time of year. If you’re planning to upgrade your place, you might want to wait until May for the next big home-furnishings sale season. Summer holidays like Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day tend to be when items like mattresses, sectionals, recliners and other furniture get deep discounts.
Spring Fashion. Spring apparel is just starting to roll out, so prices won’t budge through March or April. “As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to buy seasonal clothing when that apparel is not in peak demand, since prices will reflect that and go down,” Glyman says. If you can wait until Memorial Day, you can save up to 90% on your new denim, dresses, sandals and more.
A New Car. Dealerships know shoppers are more likely to visit car lots when the weather is warmer and tax refund checks have hit their bank accounts. That means there won’t be many sales incentives to buy a new car this month. Instead, some of the best times to buy a car include the end of the month, the end of the quarter, the end of the year and holiday weekends, when dealerships entice buyers with discounts in order to hit their sales targets.