March signals the end of winter and the beginning (hopefully) of spring. Since it sits half in one season, half in another there are usually great deals on seasonal items. March is the Black Friday of lasts year’s favorites. New cell phones, televisions, and gaming systems are all about to be announced or have just come out, meaning that last year’s models are being clearanced out to make room for new inventory. We know it’s tempting to start buying up spring clothing, sporting equipment, and apps for the Kindle Fire you got for Christmas, but wait. It’s worth it.
Televisions: Since Black Friday, television prices have been moving steadily downward. New, 2013 models of HDTVs are starting to come out, meaning great deals on last year’s, especially off brands. You can buy the same TV you saw on Black Friday for about $100 less right now. Check out this Insignia 50″ 1080p HDTV for $500 Shipped or this Samsung 40″ LED Smart HDTV + $250 GC for $748 (down from $999.99).
Smartphones:New models of smartphones were all over the Mobile World Congress last month, meaning we can expect to see older models of these phones become practically free. Right now you can get an iPhone 4s for $99 with your two-year contract or at the AT&T Wireless: Phones Under $1 Sale get an iPhone 4 for only $.99 with your 2-year contract . The Samsung Galaxy S III should drop in price dramatically after March 14 when the Galaxy S IV is announced.
PS3: Sony has announced the long-awaited PS4, meaning PS3s are about to become the game console of the past. Unfortunately Sony did not give a concrete release date for the PS4, but keep an eye out for the occasional discount from large retailers that have high volume in stock.
Frozen Food: Yes, it seems random, but apparently March is National Frozen Foods Month. This feels like one of those forced holidays, like Sweetest’s Day, but if they’re willing to discount frozen pizzas, we won’t complain. Start paying attention to coupons from your local supermarket and make some room in your freezer.
Cold weather apparel: This is pretty obvious. Stores have been pushing spring clothing since mid-February (or sooner). Now is the time when they’re getting anxious to clear out all the sweaters and extra coats in stock like this Columbia Reversible Jacket for $45 Shipped. Stores also are clearing out household winter items like these Fleece Throw Blankets, 8 Styles, from $3.
Head out to department stores like Kohl’s or Macy’s with your regular coupons and then stock up on clearance items. With the weather we’ve been having lately, you might get a few uses out of your items before packing them away for next year.
There are also some crazy sales on boots right now like Nickels Women’s Elise Boots for $13! (originally $89.99), Women’s Crocs Berryessa Hiker Boots for $36 (originally $94.99), and Women’s Franco Sarto Banks Boots for $34 (originally $139.99).
What NOT to buy in March:
Spring Clothing: Department stores start putting out spring clothing and swimsuits in Februrary, sometimes as early as January. We know that you’re getting desperate at this point to ditch those itchy sweaters, but wait. At this point all of the spring clothing is full priced while stores try to get rid of their leftover winter stock. If the weather does warm up, wear your clothes from last summer for at least another month when this first round of spring clothes goes on sale.
Lingerie: You’d think after Valentine’s Day lingerie would be as discounted as heart-shaped chocolates, but you’re wrong. You won’t see steep discounts at a Victoria’s Secret until their semi-annual sale in June.
Kindle Fire Apps: Don’t but another Kindle Fire app! In May Amazon will be changing its pricing structure and many of the apps will probably become free after the change.
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