February 27th, 2015
We know February is the shortest month, but goodness! March is this Sunday. So in order to help you plan your budget and expenses, we’re offering what to buy in March.
First the freebies. And then we’ll look at your best bargains, what to avoid, and the produce that’s in season.
March 3rd is National Pancake Day. iHop will once again be offering a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In return, iHop asks that the guest consider leaving a donation for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities.
March is National Frozen Food Month. And while it’s largely a marketing ploy to draw attention to the frozen foods industry, be on the lookout for supermarkets offering special coupons in their circulars for different frozen food brands. And if you come across a particularly hot deal, you can easily stock up on the long-lasting foodstuffs. Now would be the time to load up that extra freezer if you have one.
Look for leftover Valentine’s Day candy in the bargain bins. It should be available for pennies on the dollar. And if you prefer higher end chocolate, places like Godiva have been known to offer their Valentine’s boxes at 50% off. Our spies were in a Ghirardelli chocolate store the other day and saw big heart shaped boxes of candy for less then $5.
After-holiday bargains go beyond candy. Look in the gift sections of department stores for leftover Valentine’s Day themed presents that you can get on sale. Just like with Christmas gift baskets, you can take them apart and re-use the items in different ways.
You won’t see good bargains on lingerie, though. For the best prices of the year, wait until June and July.
Smartphones prices drop when the new models got announced at the Mobile World Congress in February. So if you had wanted a model, and it was last year’s new super phone, now is the time to buy. Also, talk with service providers about freebie phone deals (warning: you will probably have to sign a 2-year contract). Now, if you really want one of the new phones, wait a few months. Often, providers discount the new phones after it has been released for a short time.
March is typically a slow month for TV deals. But that’s good for you because sellers will want to negotiate as well as offer great sales. If you’re in the market for a mega-TV, expect the sales from February to continue into March. The 45″ and 55″ still tend to have the better deals.
Last month, Apple revealed that sales of its iPad have been relatively lackluster, which is good news for customers. We took a look at our deals and noticed that 2014 saw a 40% increase in iPad deals, compared to 2013. This suggests that retailers are trying to make the iPad a more tempting purchase, and while this trend isn’t exclusive to just March, we expect deals to get even better as we get closer to the September / October time frame, when the next generation will be announced.
Luggage deals are starting to increase. We’re not in the holiday season and we’re not in the summer season, so they need to get people buying luggage.
Verizon changed its data plans, making 1GB, 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB options $10 cheaper per month. However, if you’re part of one of these tiers, you won’t get this discount automatically. So call in and ask for the cheaper rate, or ask to be bumped up to the next tier.
Garden seeds are a bargain right now as seed companies try to get people thinking about planting. (and we’ve been trying to get you to think about planting as well).
Winter apparel should be on the clearance racks. It may be well picked over, but there’s always a great find.
And on March 18th, look for clearance prices on St. Patrick’s Day items.
You may notice that most of these were in our recommendations for what you should be planting right now. It costs a lot less to eat in season, and even less than that if you grow your own food.
And similar information from a different source:
Frozen Food Month: Ice Cream, Frozen Vegetables (Boxed, Bag, or Steam), Frozen Meals, Foster Farms Chicken, Waffles, Pizza
Seasonal Produce: Artichoke, Asparagus, Haas Avocado, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Fennel, Kale, Leek, Lemon, Lime, Mushrooms, Spring Onions, Orange, Peas, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries, Tangerine