I love sharing what to stock up on in March! Here’s the deal, let’s save money where we can when we purchase the things we need or use
Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables
In March, look for the following fruits and vegetables at their best and lowest prices:
Watch for coupons galore to stock up on frozen goods and save a few bucks. I love to buy frozen peas, corn, peppers, and chopped onions. It not only saves me money, but they save me a lot of
A lot of stores put bags of candy on sale to get buyers to come through the door to purchase other items. It’s not just grocery stores but pharmacy type stores have a lot of candy on sale right now. Some of the candy is good old bags of chocolate, but also they are gearing up for Easter.
If you wait until it’s closer to Easter, the prices will go down but you may not be able to find the perfect candy for those Easter baskets. If you can be patient you will save a lot of money on candy the day after Easter as well. I use my FoodSaver to stock up on M & M’s. I sometimes find the candy 70% off, and that’s when I stock up. I call it my food storage emergency stash.
Be on the lookout for boxed chocolates if you like to munch on a piece or two of chocolate every day. Since March is in between Valentine’s Day and Easter, the stores want to be ready for spring treats so you will see some great markdowns.
If you are remodeling your home, this is the month to look for countertops you may need for the kitchen, laundry room, or bathrooms. It may be a cosmetic update or you feel your house is too dated due to its age. If you have countertops that need to be replaced check out your local big box stores or specialty stores.
In March, many communities just finished having Home Shows at the convention center near them, or a Parade of Homes where open houses display the latest in home design. Therefore the stores that specialize in countertops want to be ready with huge discounts for those who went through the model homes they designed.
This is another item after a home show type event that retailers have discounts for: their carpeting, tile, and hardwood floors promote to those who visited their model homes. You may want to check with the stores for big markdowns. It doesn’t hurt to mention you saw their work at the Home Show.
This is a great month to check your local stores for markdowns on space heaters. The stores need to make room for the air conditioners and fans that are headed their way. Watch for huge discounts on the space heater you may need for your desk or to thaw your frozen pipes.
You may have thought again about your exercise regime and this month is one of the best times to purchase inside exercise equipment. When the weather changes people want to go outside to get exercise. The weather is getting warm and people want to go outside and enjoy the beautiful landscape.
This is a great month for winter exercise apparel as well. Watch for the clearance racks to find the outfit you want drastically reduced. The stores want to clear out the old and bring in the new. Just think, you’ll be ready for that next cold spell, and these clothes items seldom change much from year to year.
The sports stores want to unload last year’s models to make way for the new brands showing up in the next month. Don’t forget to look for rain gear, golf shoes, golf gloves, and everything left on the clearance racks. This is the time to stock up for next year or get the golf clubs you have been dreaming about.
Winter Clothes & Equipment
The stores want to unload winter coats, parkas, winter gloves, and scarves. Just think about anything warm you may need and it just may be on sale. Check the clearance shelves and racks. Stock up for next winter.
Ski or Snowboard Equipment
If you are looking for some new skis or snowboards, check out the sports stores for big markdowns. You may want to check out ski resort shops and ski rentals for used equipment. They want to get new equipment for next year so they need to clear out their inventory to make room.
You know how fast kids grow out of their winter gear, you may be able to sell it for what you paid for it and buy new equipment. If you buy right you can sell it for the best price in the newspaper or on Facebook. When my girls were young we handed down equipment, but then sometimes we couldn’t hand them down. We always looked for gently used equipment. It’s all about saving money.
This is the month to purchase those overpriced running shoes at a discount. The weather has been crazy cold for months and now people want to get out and walk or run for exercise. The sports stores typically have springtime sales so this is the time they want to let go of last year’s models and be ready for this year’s newer ones.
The stores know you are looking for something sassy for the summer, so they put a few sandals on sale to get you excited for spring and summer. So get ready for summer my friends! This is a great time to stock up on your favorite sandals for next year as well.
If you think about it, the stores stocked up with the latest and greatest luggage for the holidays. Well, they may be collecting dust, so the stores want to unload last year’s models. This makes for great savings if you plan on traveling. New suitcase or luggage items will start showing up for the warmer months. You can save a lot of money buying last year’s luggage.
Garden and Yard Supplies
This is the time of year the seed companies send out seed catalogs and stores send out emails to customers. This is a good month for lawnmowers or other big ticket garden items. I have seen stores have a flash sale for ONE DAY only bargains. If you missed getting gloves when they were half-price last year, you may be in luck if you watch for the big discount days.
This is when you may be able to purchase dirt, fertilizer, and all garden supplies drastically reduced. If your shovel is beyond repair, check out the inserts in your newspaper or mailbox.
After Valentine’s Day, most stores slow down in selling jewelry so it’s a perfect time to pick up that piece of jewelry you may want for Mother’s Day or your anniversary. It’s a perfect month for getting perfume marked down as well.
March is National Craft Month, so the stores will be enticing you to come in and get your favorite craft items on sale. It’s a great time to sign up for craft classes at your local craft store. You will see many items at rock bottom prices to use in your crafts.
If you’re like me, spring always means deep-cleaning after a long winter, you know, Spring Cleaning. This is a great month to stock up on cleaning supplies that are marked down. Check for great coupons and mailers to give you extra savings. It’s all about saving money on the things you use every day.
St. Patrick’s Day Items
This is a great month leading up to the holiday to purchase those “green” items you want to make for your family on St. Patrick’s Day. As with any holiday, the longer you stall to purchase the more you will save. But you may not be able to find the exact items you want, so be aware.
Of course, after the holiday, you will find drastically reduced “green” items you can store for next year’s party.
March 20th is National Ravioli Day, so watch for restaurants and stores with coupons to buy meals at a discount. Grocery stores will have frozen raviolis on sale.
Floor Mattresses On Sale
If you are looking at replacing that mattress for your bedroom, you may find some drastically reduced because the newer ones are heading to the stores in the spring. It’s a great time to compare the prices of the ones you have been looking at purchasing.
What to stock up on in March is a great way to save our precious dollars to buy what we need when they are priced at rock bottom prices. If I can get 50% off, or more, and it’s something I need, I will snag it. Please be prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world. Linda
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