What to buy in March: Frozen food, cleaning supplies and more for your spring shopping list
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For retailers and consumers alike, March can feel like a slow month.
Lingering cold weather means it doesn’t quite feel like spring, and there are no three-day weekends or gift-giving holidays to inspire blowout sales.
Still, there are plenty of discounts to find as you prepare for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and fill out March Madness brackets. Many retailers will use this month to clear out the last of their winter inventory and kickstart spring shopping season. March is also a great time to score deals on your favorite foods.
Here are a few items you’ll want to buy this month.
March 20 marks the official start of spring and with it the beginning of spring cleaning season.
You’ll start to see sales on cleaning products toward the end of March that will continue throughout the next couple of months. Spring is the best season for stocking up on items you’ll reuse all year, like all-purpose cleaners, detergents, dusters and power washers.
Stay up to date on spring cleaning sales by looking for coupons in your local paper and on online coupon aggregators. You can easily find manufacturer coupons for popular brands like Swiffer and Lysol that are good through the end of the month.
Even if you’re not headed to a tropical destination, you can still benefit from luggage sales aimed at spring breakers.
As spring and summer vacation season approaches, retailers are taking advantage of the influx of travelers. This is the best time of year to pick up everything from carry-ons to duffel bags and backpacks. Samsonite has already begun their spring sale. You can find items both in-store and online up to 50 percent off.
Look for deals at stores like Macy’s and Kohl’s. And according to DealNews, eBay and Amazon have both proven to be good resources for anyone looking for discounts on luggage in March.
Winter clothing sales may have begun in February, but you’ll see more price reductions in March as retailers replace existing inventory with spring items.
Whether you still have a few more weeks of winter left or you want to plan ahead for next year’s winter chill, now is the best time to buy coats, scarves, boots, sweaters and all your winter staples. In addition to checking out department stores and sporting goods retailers, look for deals from popular brands like Patagonia and Uniqlo and smaller chains like REI.
Clothing and accessories aren’t the only winter items you’ll find on deep discount in March. If you’re a winter sports fan, you can score great deals on snowboards, skis and other gear from your favorite athletic retailers as the season ends.
St. Patrick’s Day deals
This St. Patrick’s Day, there’s no shortage of food and drink deals for you to take advantage of.
Last year, DealNews found holiday specials from chains like Chili’s, Cracker Barrel and Mrs. Fields. There were also a host of seasonal offerings from Burger King, Dunkin’ and Dairy Queen, which is expected to bring back their mint green treats in time for this year’s holiday.
You can save money throughout St. Patrick’s Day weekend by participating in your city’s local festivities. Major cities like Chicago, Boston and New York City are all popular destinations for parades and festivals, but there will be plenty of celebrations taking place across the country. Look for deals from local businesses taking part in the fun.
After the holiday, keep an eye out for discounts on all things green, from apparel to themed decorations and food.
March is National Frozen Food Month, so make sure to stop by the freezer section on your next trip to the supermarket.
Easy Home Meals is celebrating with a $10,000 sweepstakes for grocery shoppers, and the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association is promoting a nationwide campaign and encouraging retailers to participate.
In addition to sifting through your favorite grocery chain’s weekly ads, check the Sunday newspaper and aggregator sites like Coupons.com. Look for manufacturer coupons offered by your favorite brands.
It has nothing to do with the infinite number from math class, but the best part about National Pi Day on Mar. 14 is the chance to score discounts on pizza pies and desserts.
Last year, RetailMeNot reported deals at popular pizza restaurants and bakeries across the country. Whole Foods had a $3.14 discount on large bakery pies, Papa John’s offered a 25 percent discount on all regular menu items and Blaze Pizza lowered the price of all pizzas to just $3.14.
See what your favorite restaurants have to offer and look for grocery store coupons as Pi Day approaches. As more popular spots announce their Pi Day deals, you can also keep track of the discounts on piday.org.
No matter what you decide to buy this month, use your best credit card offer to earn cash back and points on every purchase.