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What sales to watch for in the month of March

by KASEY TRENUM on March 07, 2013 11:00 AM

Question: What kinds of sales do I look for in March?

Answer: Savvy shoppers know that specific months are known for running specific sales.

March is no different; it’s just waiting for you with a plethora of hot deals. The trick is in knowing what items will be on sale and planning ahead to take advantage of those sales. Here are a few examples of items that will be hitting rock-bottom sale prices this month.

Will you be in the market for electronics such as digital cameras?

By March, many electronics are marked down since the holiday rush is over.

As far as clothing goes, March is an ideal time to purchase cooler-weather gear, such as winter coats, gloves, hats, scarves and snowsuits. You’ll also see great clearance sales on winter clothes like long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, jeans and boots to make room for all the new spring lines.

Food prices also are lower this month, so it is wise to stock up. Did you know that March is officially National Frozen Foods Month? As good a time as any to buy frozen dinners, frozen fruit, frozen veggies, frozen breakfast items, frozen snacks, frozen pizza and more. Frozen diet meals can often be expensive, and these will be on sale as well.

Don’t forget that some produce is considered seasonal during March and, therefore, will be offered at lower prices. Depending on your climate, in-season items include artichokes, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, kale, lemons, limes, oranges, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, tangerines, lettuce, pineapples and mangoes. Stock up on these items, and if you can’t eat them all, consider canning or freezing the rest.

Of course, spring brings spring cleaning and discounted cleaning supplies. Items include spray cleaners, scrubs, tools and everyday items to get your home sparkling. Keep in mind that although cleaning supplies are heavily discounted in March, they generally go on sale every 10 to 12 weeks. By purchasing enough to last until they go on sale again, you’ll save a significant chunk of money throughout the year.

You can’t think of March without thinking of St. Patrick’s Day! Look for sales on St. Patrick’s Day staples such as corned beef, potatoes, rye bread, pickles and more. Corned beef is typically at the lowest it will be all year, so buy extra and freeze if it happens to be a family favorite.

With a keen eye and some planning, you, too, can take advantage of all of the savings March has to offer.

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