MARCH into Spring – MARCH out with Savings.

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in Smart Shopper | 32 comments

March

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March is when we start looking forward to Spring and saying goodbye to Winter. March is also a great time to take advantage of some pretty good buys.

The retail industry runs on sales cycles which are determined in large part by what’s happening at the time. This March, besides St. Patrick’s Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, there are a number of Awareness Days, all of which are used by retailers to increase sales. This is great news for the consumer. With smart shopping and taking advantage of the best deals, the consumer can save a bundle.

Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday, March 13/16, the perfect time to test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Both the batteries and detectors will be on sale this month for this very reason.

St. Patrick’s Day will promote the sale of:

  • Corned Beef
  • Potatoes

March

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Good Friday (March 25) and Easter (March 27). Look for the following sale products starting around the middle of the month.

  • Meat -Ham and Turkey
  • Dairy – Cream, Eggs and Butter
  • Bakery – Dinner Rolls, Cup-Cakes
  • Baking Supplies – Flour (white), Cake Mixes, Pie Crusts, Rice Krispies, Sugar (Granulated, Brown and Icing), Chocolate Chips, Nuts, Coconut, Canned Pie Filling, Canned Frosting, Marshmallows
  • Baking Pans, Foil Wrap, Plastic Wrap

Once Easter is over, all the leftover Easter goodies will be on sale. That should keep the chocoholics busy and happy.

March Awareness Days and related Best-Buys and Savings:

National Frozen Food Month – Frozen foods are just as nutritious as fresh – often with less waste – so don’t be afraid to stock up:

  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Chicken, Lamb and Fish
  • Ice Cream, Ice Cream Novelties, Frozen Yogurt

Other March Food Sales:

  • Produce: Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chard, Cucumber, Lettuce, Kale, Mushrooms, Peppers, Potatoes, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes
  • Fruit: Avocado, Bananas, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Pineapple, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Tangerines

National Spring Cleaning Month. Everything needed to turn the house upside down for a really good Spring Clean will be offered for sale this month. However, before buying any Spring Cleaning products, Please read this first The labels do not always mean what they imply.

For closet clear-outs you may first want to read about online consignment shops You could  earn some money while cleaning-up or replace your clean gently-used clothes with some different ones.

Other March Best-Buys:

March

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  • Sports Gear – both Winter clearance of ice skates, skis, hockey equipment, etc. and pre-season sales of Summer equipment – bikes, all kinds of balls, tennis/badminton
  • Books – Gardening, BBQ, Patios and Decks
  • Travel – Luggage and Vacation Clothes
  • Winter Clearance – You’ll probably be able to find exceptional deals on winter equipment, shovels, snowblowers, etc.
  • Pre-season sales on Air-Conditioners, Barbecues, Patio Furniture, Lawnmowers and Gardening Equipment
  • Clothes – clearance of Winter Clothes and pre-season sales of Spring and Summer Clothes
  • Outdoor Exercise Equipment, Athletic Wear, MP3 Players, iPhone and iPods, plus their accessories
  • Digital Cameras, and Home Theaters.

With all these great deals being offered during March, there’s probably something on the list that is just what you’ve been looking for.

Talk to you again next week,

Lenie

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32 Comments

  1. This is timely information for me Lenie. I was actually just wondering about best times to buy certain veggies and there you are – a section for just that in your blog post.

    Thanks so much for this one.

    • It is getting a bit difficult knowing what’s available at this ‘end of the season’ but early crops in the hot weather regions help us out. So glad to help out 🙂

  2. Lenie, I always enjoy reading your posts about what sales to look for at a certain time of year. I am traveling and won’t be home to do any spring cleaning until May, but I might look for luggage and vacation clothing sales.

    • Donna, once the March break is over you could pick up some great deals on luggage and anything to do with travel. If you’re ready to head out again once you’re home you could also save some real money on airfare. Thanks for telling me you enjoy these posts. As you know, feedback like that is invaluable.

  3. Awesome tips, Lenie! I love it. Usually the stores go on sale two weeks before the holiday. So, I purchased my corned beef this weekend. =) Each year, when my kids were little, we would purchase winter coats for the next year usually a size bigger. It worked great and we saved a lot. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sabrina, just knowing when to buy can save you a pile of money and you are right – a couple of weeks before any major holiday will bring on the sales. Also, if I had any little ones at home now I would be shopping at those online consignment stores. When I checked them out, I was pleasantly surprised at the items sold. Adding it all together and you have some substantial savings. Works for me, I’d rather have my money than give it to a some retailers.

  4. March means lighter evenings. So refreshing to leave work in the daylight.

    March in the UK means Easter bunnies, Easter eggs and lots of egg hunts. As a child I received so many that I spent weeks eating them afterwards!

    March also means a major spring clean, changing the curtains etc.

  5. You forgot World Chocolate Day, Lenie! I’ll be celebrating it tomorrow!

    Thx for reminding me that Aster is just around the corner.bwecstill have a fair amount of snow on the ground here in MB, but hopefullybitcwill melt soon.

    • Doreen, I actually remembered about World Chocolate Day but didn’t include it because my post wouldn’t go out in time for people to take advantage. Am I right in thinking that your chocolate celebration will include a chocolate supper?
      I don’t know about MB but here in Ontario we are going to be having a week of above normal temperatures (something we’ve had for most of the winter) and rain so that should take care of any lingering snow. Maybe we can celebrate Easter outside – lovely thought.

      • Hi Lenie! I must apologize. World Chocolate Day is actually March 21st. I don’t how I got my wires crossed! And I also apologize for the typos in my previous comment! It was done on my iPad, and so often the letters all just string together. Have a super day!

        • Doreen, you weren’t the only one that goofed – so did I. It was actually chocolate cheesecake day, not chocolate day, that happened today. Oh well, now the readers have something to look forward to WORLD CHOCOLATE DAY MARCH 21. Thanks for letting me know.

          • Hi Lenie: We’ll have to wait until July 7th for World Chocolate Day or Chocolate Day as it is sometimes called. International Chocolate Day is on Sept 13th. There are SO many different “chocolate days” celebrated throughout the year because we all love chocolate so much.

  6. Great point about the smoke detector batteries. i get really passionate about people remembering to change their batteries and the time change is a great reminder. I got a large bunch of asparagus last week for 99 cents. It is great when you can see huge savings like this. I always enjoy your tips on ways to save.

    And I love when we spring ahead. An extra hour of sun every night is definitely worth one less hour of sleep on just one day.

    • .I agree with you about smoke detectors and no here in Ontario it is also the law to have carbon monoxide detectors. I’m all for that and for less than $100.00 you can have install all you need. We have an airtight woodstove we use all winter so I’ve got detectors all over the place, probably more than I need but why take chances?
      Wish I could find asparagus for 99 cents. When my husband was doing the gardening we used to have a huge patch of it and while it lives for 12-15 years, it does eventually die and because we were wrapped up with health issues we didn’t replace it in time (it also takes 3 years before it starts really producing).

  7. Perfect timing. Now I know which vegetables thar are bargains this month. In Sweden avocados have been cheap as well which I love.

    • Hi Catarina, I love avocados too but they can be pretty pricey and that is something I can’t grow so it’s nice to know when they’ll be on sale.

  8. Love these purchasing tips! I kind of float along just looking/hoping for a deal on something. A bit wiser to be planning for what’s coming. Thanks!

    • Hi Rose, got a chuckle out of picturing you ‘floating’ along but yes, if you know what’s going to be on sale it does let you plan better. I just read that you should set your menu at the first of the month and buy everything you need at one go. This saves time, money and stress because you don’t have to worry about what to have for supper that night. Makes sense to me.

  9. Thanks for all of these tips Lenie. I certainly wasn’t aware of most of them. I do find it a little odd that in March when we start to see the signs of spring, including lots of stuff growing, we have National Frozen Foods Month. Oh well, all a bout marketing anyway.

  10. Hi Lenie, great post. Very helpful to know what to buy and when. Especially for those on a budget. I know I’ll be getting some corned beef and cabbage. Yum!

    • Hi Susan – corned beef and cabbage, yum. Aren’t those old-time meals satisfying. The other night I made bubble and squeak and was it good. You know, knowing when to buy makes a huge difference in how much you pay. I’ve often thought this was something social services should latch on to – teaching people who are down how to shop and cook to get the most value from their dollars.

  11. Great tips as always Lenie. There was a time when I rarely ate frozen foods, especially vegetables. But then I discovered how handy it was to keep batches of frozen fruits and veggies on hand and now my freezer is well stocked. It has saved me so much time and helped me to eat better because I keep batches relatively small so I can easily make a crockpot of soup, casserole or stir fry. Thanks so much for all your great advice!

    • Hi Marquita, I do the same thing with frozen produce I can’t grow myself. I buy the large super size when on sale, repackage them into meal-size bags, and like you, find it’s so handy to have on hand. Always so good to hear from you.

  12. I picked up some cheap asparagus during last week’s grocery run as well. And your post has served as a reminder to definitely change my smoke detector batteries this spring. I’m pretty sure I didn’t last year… they haven’t started beeping at me yet though.

    • Jeri, when it comes to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, I’m a bit paranoid, not sure why. I only have one carbon monoxide detector in a strategic place but I have 4 smoke detectors upstairs and 3 downstairs – overdoing it? We have the ones with battery openings in the front so we don’t have to take them down to replace the batteries. Mind you, I also have my airtight woodstove which we use all the time, live in a house that’s more than a hundred years old so who knows what the electrical wiring is like, so better safe than sorry. 🙂

  13. Ooh that reminds me! I need to check my smoke detectors. Thanks for another great article with lots of practical advice!

  14. Hi Lenie; march brings us some interesting dichotomies of sale items. cameras and home theaters. Guess this month you either want to go somewhere so you need a camera or you are going to stay in and avoid the weather so you will want a new big screen. how has the recent slow down in china effected some of these seasonal sales? good work reminding us to change the batteries in smoke detectors and other safety devices. now need to make some money so can take advantage of all those bargains. 🙂 take care, max

    • Hi Max – here in Ontario the schools are closed next week for March break so I guess the cameras work for vacation trips and the home theaters to entertain those staying at home.
      It seems Spring has arrived two months early – which I’m not complaining about – so next week I’ll spend spare time cleaning up the yard.
      As far as the slowdown in China – that hasn’t affected us personally near as much as the increasing price of fruits and vegetables. Those are skyrocketing.

      • hi lenie; yes its hard to figure these things. out oil is at an all time low but bacon is like $5 to $6 a pound. good thing i don’t eat the stuff any more. also on a personal note i can’t figure out why cheaper prices at the pump aren’t leading to more equipment sales. thanks max

  15. Funny you should mention pre-season lawn mower sales at a time when I have a need to nurse a dysfunctional lawn mower back to health. And what could the problem be, pray tell? Is the spark plug spent? Is the air filter awry? Has its gas gone stale? Is the control bar kaput? Hmmm, maybe I should just get a new machine…wish me luck.

    • Good morning Andy – when it comes to machines of any kind I am totally lost. You wouldn’t believe how proud of myself I was the first time I pumped my own gas – you would have thought that I personally had invented the gas pump. So if you want to know what I would do is ……….buy a new machine. If you want to know what my husband would do is……….. all those things you mentioned and get it going again. So good luck, whatever you decide and check around for that really good pre-season deal. 🙂

  16. This is excellent information. I need to find some of those fruit and veggie sales. I’m doing a detox at the end of the month so I need to get on it.