We’re back with our monthly round-up of the best things to buy. Here in New York the snow is melting, spring break isn’t too far off, and there are some great deals in March if you know where to look.
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You may not realize it, but March is actually frozen food month. Seriously. We don’t know who comes up with these designations, but consumers should look out for coupons and promotions on frozen food items.
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Besides the frozen stuff, look for foods that are in season in March. Even if they aren’t too much cheaper, they’ll certainly be fresher and a better buy for the money. As it turns out, a lot of greens are in season now, including asparagus, peas and artichokes.
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This is probably the last month where you can expect to get a good deal on new air conditioners or on maintenance charges for your existing one. Remembers, as the temperature rises, so will demand, and prices.
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Now that the Valentine’s Day rush is over, it’s a good time to start looking for jewelry for that special someone. In fact, according to Bankrate, pretty much any period when there are no holidays in sight is a good opportunity to find a deal from desperate vendors.
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If you don’t feel like living on a boat, now is the tail end of the best time to buy a house. CNN Money notes that the “curb appeal” of homes is at its lowest during the winter months because “the landscape is dormant.” Fewer people tend to look for homes during this time of year, which means you have less competition for that dream home. March is also a good time to do home repairs.
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Feel like emulating the Winter Olympic games? Well according to LifeHacker, now’s the time to shop for winter sports gear like snow boards and ski equipment as stores prepare to roll out their spring inventory.
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The same holds true for winter wear. As the spring and summer inventory starts to roll in, sweaters and winter coats need to shoved out of the store. So buy up all that warm wear for the next cold season, unless you’re cold blooded and need to wear sweaters year-round.
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According to Freeshipping.org, stores start to introduce new bicycle models in February and March, which means they tend to offer great deals on models from the previous year during these months.
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As with air conditioners, March is also a good time to buy humidifiers. Most people won’t be hunting for these this month, because the air in many parts of the country will begin to get more humid on its own. But if you want one, now’s the time to get one.
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Don’t wait until the last minute before spring break to buy yourself some new luggage. According to LifeHacker, March falls in the period between the two big travel seasons – winter and summer break – so there is less demand for luggage. That means stores should be offering some sweet discounts on their floor items.
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Freeshipping.org notes that the peak season for weddings is between May and September, so if you don’t mind being a little chilly, it makes sense to try and book a wedding for this time of year if you want to save some cash. That said, a last minute wedding is always likely to be more expensive.
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You can get deals on plenty of other items like cereal, Starbucks coffee, detergent and other household necessities. Check out MainStreet's coverage of some of the best deals you can find this way.
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