The Best Things to Buy in March

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March is one of my favorite months of the year. Winter comes to an end, the weather starts getting nicer, and there are tons of deals to snag. If you know what you’re looking for, March is a great month to find discounts and savings on some essential things, as well as a great month to buy some luxury items. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for this month.

1. Tax Software

Tax Day is April 15, so it’s almost time to buckle down and file your taxes. Nobody likes doing it, but getting some savings along the way can make it easier. Amazon, for example, is slashing prices on tax software in the run-up to Tax Day. Depending on the software you opt to use, you can save up to 50 percent and skip the hassle of dealing with a tax professional. Here are some of our favorite deals:

2. Cruises

Depending on where you want to take a cruise, March is the best time of year to take your vacation. March is generally one of the slowest months of the year for the cruise industry, meaning big savings on your next luxury getaway. You’re smack in the middle of the winter and spring cruise rushes, so Caribbean, Hawaiian, and European cruises are just a few that you’ll find for cheaper than usual this month.

It’s worth noting that this year, with the spread of coronavirus, you should take steps to make sure your vacation is as safe as possible. Consider getting cancel for any reason travel insurance, which can protect you if coronavirus uncertainties put your trip in danger. Some cruise lines will offer flexible cancellation plans, especially under the circumstances. Cruise ships are enclosed environments, so it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry when your health is involved. Experts aren’t recommending that people cancel vacations to most places yet, but monitor the situation and consider how much risk you’re willing to take on.

3. St. Patrick’s Day Stuff

While February had some major shopping holidays, March is a little bit lighter. With St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, however, there are usually some good offers to take advantage of. Aldi, for example, has discounted St. Paddy’s Day cheese deals starting on March 4, and tons of restaurant and grocery store chains offer special deals on or around March 17. If you’re feeling the luck of the Irish, you can also stock up on anything green at a discount – cups, plates, napkins, candy, etc.

4. Frozen Food

March is National Frozen Food Month (yes, that really exists), and that means you can find some stellar deals in the freezer aisle of the store. Major brand names will be offering discounts and coupons across the board, and you can even cash out in Easy Home Meals’ $10,000 sweepstakes. At the end of the month, 18 winners will receive a $500 supermarket gift card, and one grand winner will get a $1,000 gift card.

5. Video Games

Tons of major video games come out in November and December every year to capitalize on holiday shopping, but that means March is the perfect time for the thrifty gamer to strike. At release, big-name games cost $60 but the prices steadily drop over time. By March, when you’ve waited three months, you’ll find massive discounts on games that are still new and popular. For example, Red Dead Redemption II was one of the biggest releases of 2019, hitting stores in November for $60. Today, you can get a copy for as low as $30. 

6. Jewelry

Just like how March is in the middle of two busy periods for the cruise industry, the same applies to jewelry. The holiday rush is long gone, and Valentine’s Day shopping is ancient history at this point. Looking ahead, Mother’s Day is looming in May as another major jewelry holiday, so fewer and fewer people are shopping in March. That means if you shop around, you’re sure to find some diamond deals in the rough.

7. Luggage

March is a slower than average month for the travel industry, so naturally luggage sales slump as well. Retailers and stores are usually looking to clear stock to fill the shelves with their new spring and summer merchandise, so you can find great deals on good luggage sets in March. Amazon, for example, is offering 30 percent discounts on some Samsonite luggage. Now that you’ve booked a cruise vacation and picked up some new jewelry, luggage is the last thing you need to get away!