The start of spring is a time for new beginnings: Our clocks “spring” forward, giving us longer days and more opportunities to get out and enjoy the sunshine. We take on the traditional spring clean challenge, which gives our homes a fresh start. There are family brunches, vacations on the horizon, and of course, opportunities to save money!
With that said, here are 10 of the best things to buy in March so you can start preparing for spring and say goodbye to winter!
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1. Ski & snowboard equipment
Capita Women’s Birds of a Feather Snowboard, $314.96 at Backcountry.com
You’ll find some of the best deals on used gear at resorts and rental shops. Sporting good stores will also host parking lot sales and blowout clearance events. These markdowns should continue into April, but the inventory may be picked over so if you’re looking for a certain size or style, now’s the time to shop.
Get 40% Off Gear & Apparel at Backcountry’s Winter Clearance Sale (Exp. 3/31)
2. Gardening supplies
Craftsman 163cc 21-inch Front Wheel Drive Lawn Mower, $299.99 at Sears
Spring planting season is around the corner, so join gardening center email lists now to ensure you hear about spring planting sales. Pay close attention for one-day flash sales where dirt, plants, and other supplies are more than 50 percent off!
Big-ticket items like lawnmowers will likely go on sale during spring introductory sales. When it comes to walk-behind mowers, you can save substantially with a push mower versus a self-propelled mower, but don’t forget to think about the job at hand. Push mowers take more effort and are best for small, flat yards.
Need a new lawn mower? Check out this exclusive deal from Sears for Up to $100 Off Craftsman & Craftsman Pro Lawn Mowers (Exp. 4/1)
3. Exercise equipment
ProForm 415 Crosswalk Treadmill, $399.99 at Sears
As the weather starts to improve and the days get longer, more people will turn to the outdoors to get their fitness fix, making this the perfect time to stock up on indoor fitness equipment. Look for sales on large items like treadmills and ellipticals, as well as smaller goods like hand weights and yoga mats.
Shop for your exercise equipment at Sears and get $35 off a purchase of $300 or more! (Exp. 1/31/2018)
4. Video games
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Special Edition for PS4, $29.99 at Best Buy
New games came out just in time for holiday shopping last year, but by March the hype has wound down and chances are games, systems, and accessories have been discounted. To double up on your savings, look for video games at Best Buy and taking advantage of their Gamers Club, which rewards you double points for game purchases.
5. Jewelry & perfume
Radiant Reflections Necklace 1/6 Carat Diamonds with 10K White Gold, $549 at Kay Jewelers
Most people buy jewelry and perfume around Valentine’s Day, so business slows down after February 14th. Look for deals now and stash them away until Mother’s Day or a birthday. You can even maximize your perfume purchase by waiting for stores to offer an appealing gift with purchase.
Get $100 off an Online Jewelry Purchase of $300 at Kay Jewelers (Exp. 3/31) or use our Coupons.com Exclusive: to get $50 Off $300+ Orders at Zales (Exp. 12/31)
Celebrity Cruises Alaska vacation, prices vary
March rounds out what the cruise industry calls “wave season,” or a time when fares are discounted and perks like free room upgrades and onboard credits are offered to guests who book their annual trips with them.
7. Frozen food
Photo by Niloo
National Frozen Food Month means savings in the freezer aisle. Stock up your freezer with backup dinner options for those nights you don’t feel like cooking. A well-stocked freezer is one of the best strategies for saving on your grocery bill!
Prep ahead: Make these super easy Crock Pot freezer meals for a simple and delicious fix!
8. Craft supplies
Boho Spring Washi Tape Treat Box Favor Project from Michaels
March is also National Craft Month, so look for events, sales, sweepstakes, and classes at local craft stores. Michael’s Kid’s Club offers two-hour craft workshops for just $2, and you’ll find adult classes, craft projects, and tons of supplies there, as well.
9. Cleaning products
Mr. Clean Extra Power Magic Eraser — 4 Count, $5.19 at Target
If you can find rock-bottom deals, it may make cleaning a little bit more fun. In honor of the big spring clean, look for sales and coupons on cleaning products that make your life easier, like the Swiffer WetJet or Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.
Are you big on the cleaning but not so great with the organizing? Don’t worry, you’re not alone — and we can help! Check out these affordable closet organizing solutions, bathroom organizing tips, how to declutter your kitchen, and so many more home hacks to keep your whole house neat and tidy.
10. Summer camps
Galileo Innovation Camps for Kids, prices vary
Book your child’s summer camp stay now to take advantage of early enrollment discounts. Check the American Camp Association for a list of accredited camps. Their site allows you to narrow your search by a number of options, including the maximum amount you want to spend.