Things to Buy in March: 5 Tips that “Spring” Savings
Smartphone Deals: With a new iPhone coming (40% haven’t upgraded in 2 yrs), Nokia resurrecting the “best-selling mobile phone” in history for $50, and the Mobile World Congress (LIVE now) bringing timelines and pre-orders of all other new mobile devices for 2017, consumers can expect a fire sale of last year’s cell phone brands. While featuring discounts to a captive March Madness audience, brands and carriers will offer consumers $100’s in savings on last year’s smartphones, tablets and wearables making these items clearly the “smartest” things to buy in March this year. (Sample deal from T-Mobile offering Samsung Galaxy S7 for $360, was $673).
Other categories to look for savings from the best things to buy in March:
Winter and Spring Clothing Clearance: A record setting warm winter sets up March for early winter clearance of top brand outerwear from stores like REI, Patagonia, Columbia, Land’s End, etc. with “outlet” prices in the 50-80% off range. Shoppers can find wide-spread sales on quality thermals, pullovers, coats, boots and high performance outdoor apparel. The staff at FatWallet notes many of these huge sales will last throughout March, but popular styles and sizes sell out very quickly.
Spring Activewear and Shoes – Early spring shoppers can expect a savings range of 20-40% off top name-brand activewear tops, shorts, sweats and up to 50% off select athletic shoes. Nike, Under Armour, Reebok, Finishline, Footlocker and Eastbay all bear savings ops, as do big box stores offering bargain brand discounts for those on tighter budgets and clearance pricing on a variety of NCAA, NHL, NFL and MLB merch. Add that REI, Patagonia, Moosejaw, Bass Pro Shop, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cabela’s all have multiple spring events featuring up to 30% off the latest hiking, climbing, fishing and camping styles.
Outdoor Sporting Gear and Tech: Winter sports items hit clearance this month, as do last year’s bicycles and cycling accessories at 50% off or better. The majority of sporting goods retailers feature discounts ranging from 10-30% off new gear and accessories for running, hiking, fishing, cycling and camping, as well as youth and adult sports gear and apparel for soccer, baseball, golf and tennis. Those looking for wearable devices to track fitness will find 20-30% discounts on last year’s Fitbits and smartwatches, and up to 50% off blue-tooth speakers, headphones and earbuds.
Spring Travel Deals: Last minute Spring Break packages and March Madness hotel deals trend early this month. Proactive summer vacation bookers looking to cash in on first-come options on location, seating and availability will find great deals pre-Easter. March is also a great time to find Luggage deals as retailers offer some of the best savings of the year on rollers and luggage sets, rivaling Black Friday prices of half-off or better.
Best Things to Buy in March is part of a monthly series of shopping tips courtesy of FatWallet.com. See BEST THINGS TO BUY IN FEBRUARY and BEST THINGS TO BUY IN JANUARY for additional shopping trends in 2017.