You may have heard the old adage that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb — and that seems to go for sales, too.
That’s because this month is not particularly known for big promotions. As Nathan Burrow, deals editor at Wirecutter, says, “Although it’s not a typical month for buyers to see major sales, March still offers its share of bargains.”
Here are the things to buy in March, and a few you should skip.
WHAT TO BUY IN MARCH
Outdoor Gear. The pandemic has made the time we’ve been stuck inside seem even longer, but you’re in luck if you’re itching to hit the great outdoors. “We tend to see the first solid camping, hiking and outdoor apparel price drops of the year in March,” Burrow says. “Expect sales on rain gear, hiking backpacks and daypacks, and activity-specific discounts on cycling apparel and accessories and climbing gear.”
Winter Clearance Apparel. From winter coats to base layers, retailers that sell cold weather apparel will offer it at a nice discount. “We’ve historically seen sales from brands such as longtime Wirecutter pick Stio, as well as our picks from Patagonia and Arc’teryx,” Burrow says. “REI tends to have good sales during March as well.”
Small Kitchen Appliances and Kitchen Essentials. If you wore out your kitchen equipment making loaves of banana bread and sourdough last year, this could be a good time to pick up replacements. “We saw a coronavirus-driven sales drought for some kitchen gear, and while the quality of discounts hasn’t totally bounced back, March is still likely to see price drops for small kitchen appliances, coffee makers and grinders, and kitchen essentials like Dutch ovens and paring knives,” Burrow says.
Vacuums. Upping your housework game with a top-shelf vacuum can make for a satisfying purchase. Burrow says that while most months have good sales in this category, March has a slightly higher number of true deals. “I’d recommend keeping an eye out for drops on Wirecutter picks for stick, robot and canister vacuums, and from brands such as Dyson, Roomba, Shark and even Miele,” he says.
Smart Home Devices and Tablets. If you’re always looking for the best electronics sales, this month Burrow says the best prices will be on home security systems and cameras. “We will also see deals on smart displays, smart speakers and tablets — we noted a few last year, particularly from Amazon’s line, that approached Black Friday pricing,” Burrow says. “Plus, the Apple Spring Event is coming in March and could bring a new iPad Pro with it, which is something to keep in mind when considering tablet sales.”
WHAT TO SKIP IN MARCH
Mattresses. Daylight saving time may disrupt your normal sleep cycle this month, but Burrow says, “unless your back is killing you, or you just need a mattress immediately, don’t buy one outside of February, May, September or November.” The best sales in this category are usually during Presidents Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, as well as Black Friday.
Large Appliances. Spring does seem like a natural time to give your home a refresh, but Burrow recommends waiting a few months before buying any large appliances. “If you’re presently pricing fridges, dishwashers or washer/dryer units, you’ll find better deals in late May that will likely extend into June and July this year,” he says.
Home Audio. Between setting up remote learning classrooms and home offices, items in this category have been hot commodities for the past year. But if you’re looking for the absolute best deals, wait until summer. “There are always sales on home audio and headphones, but we see the highest concentration of great prices for speakers and other ways to enjoy your music in June/July — Amazon Prime Day-dependent — and in November around Black Friday,” Burrow says.