Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make us smile: the smell of a rose, the shape of a cloud, a baby’s laugh. But let’s get real, people, the things that make us smile biggest is sometimes just a really great deal. Because life is hard and expensive, and saving a little moolah here and there can feel so, so right.
But when it comes to shopping, March isn’t the most popular month on the calendar — those 31 days between February and April fall between major sales holidays. That doesn’t mean they lack their own steals and deals though.
Navigate your way through this month’s shopping with the help of this handy guide on what to buy (and skip) in March to help you save some money this month.
Now’s your chance to stock up on a new set of clubs for less. Buy during spring to avoid the inevitable increase in golf club prices that will happen when demand rises during summer. But as the Better Business Bureau points out, you can expect the best deals on last season’s models, as opposed to this year’s.
Even if golf isn’t your game, remember that this rule generally applies to other summer sports and summer sporting accessories.
March isn’t known for blowout sales on home appliances or furniture, so we recommend holding off on these types of major purchases for a little while longer.
Our best advice? Wait for Memorial Day sales to roll around in May. That’s when big box chains and department stores will do all they can to entice customers. Last year, Kirkland discounted select home products by up to 50 percent, while Williams-Sonoma offered Memorial Day clearance savings of up to 60 percent.
If you’re willing to wait even longer, Labor Day deals in September will be hard to beat.
Good buys in March won’t be found only at department stores. They’ll be in the supermarket, too.
In 2016, the National Frozen Refrigerated Foods Association will celebrate the 33rd annual National March Frozen Food Month. This will include a partnership with Coupons.com in an effort to “promote the frozen aisle.”
Throughout March, shoppers should look for printable coupons for their local grocery stores.
With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Presidents’ Day now behind us, the best discounts on electronics won’t be coming around again soon.
For the most part, it’s hard to top November for deals on gaming systems, TVs and computers.
One exception? The Apple Watch. Rumors are swirling that Apple could release its eagerly awaited Apple Watch 2 this spring. If that’s the case, you can expect retailers to lower the price of the original Apple Watch model.
March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, and more than a few consumers will load shopping carts with all things green or four-leaf-clover themed.
A number of major retailers discount St. Patrick’s Day essentials in the days leading up to the holiday.
As with any holiday, remember that the longer you wait to shop, the better. Selection might be reduced, but so will prices. And expect even bigger clearance deals after the holiday is over.
March 20 is the first day of spring, but you should wait before outfitting yourself with spring apparel. New inventory, including clothing, is generally highest in price at the beginning of any given season.
Instead, shop smart by stocking your closet with plenty of cold weather staples for next year. Winter clearance sales are continuing at many stores.
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Courtney Jespersen contributed this article. She is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @courtneynerd.
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