There’s a buying no-no for every month and it’s no different for March! Last month, we wrote an article about 6 worst things to buy February which highlight bad buys from Valentine’s chocolate to new tech. This month, we’ll catch you up on retail trends and what not to buy, which includes everything from clothing to groceries.
Keep up to date with your favorite stores and rewire your shopping habits so you get the most out of your hard earn cash!
So, this one should be pretty obvious. Retailers usually host huge markdowns, clearance sales and so on at end of each season to get rid of overstocks and prepare for new arrivals for the next season. This is actually a prime time to stock up on Fall or Winter wear since stores will feature big sales on scarves, outerwear, boots and winter accessories.
However, we understand that not everyone can map out their shopping necessities by the month (let’s be real). Chances are, in order to encourage purchases on their new collections, your favorite store will offer at least some kind of coupon or deal so we recommend checking out the DealsPlus homepage for Spring sales and coupon codes from top stores like Forever 21, Nike, Steve Madden, Old Navy, Kohl’s and more.
Spring is a great time to be outdoor for some of us crawling out from under the Winter rock where we’ve settle quite snugly in during the past couple months. But, we suggest holding off on those big ticket patio furniture purchase. Most retailer will offer some kind of mediocre discount to promote their patio items but you can generally find better sales and promotions during major upcoming holidays like Memorial Day (May 30th) or Independence Day (July 4th). Alternate ways to enjoy the great outdoors early Spring is simply to take advantage of free activities like hiking, bbq or picnic at your local park!
We notice that popular online furniture stores like Wayfair and Ashley Homestore typically host rare discounts plus, Wayfair offers tons of event deals during the holidays. If you’re itching to pick up some patio furniture, we always find great deals year round from Sears Outlet.
Wanderlust is coming on strong as Spring approaches. But we suggest delaying major travel plans until May or so since flight deals won’t see any big drops until early Summer. That doesn’t mean you can’t travel at all! There are budget friendly Spring Break destinations that you can visit for less this year without breaking the bank. If anything, we highly recommend keeping an eye on one of our favorite traveling deal site, The Flight Deal. They scope out the cheapest flight deals (from specific destinations so you'll have to keep a close eye on it daily) you can dream of! We’ve spotted $48 one way fares from Los Angeles to Stockholm. $48. Needless to say, it was gone as fast as it came.
Source: COOKIE + kate
Keep your eyes on seasonal fruits and vegetables for greater savings whether you’re shopping from the farmer’s market or at your local grocery store. Goodbye grapefruits, oranges, pears and clementines but hello jackfruit, lychee, mango and honeydew melons! Take a look at the seasonal fruit and veggies guide from USDA online portal. For more in-dept information of seasonal foods available in your state, check out Sustainable Table! You can search by state, month (early/late) and by produce.
Check out these cute UK seasonal food charts:
Source: Not On The High Street
Additionally, not all of us have the time (or energy) for complex dinners on weeknights. Take a look at our guide to creating 19 easy 3-ingredients meals, which is kind of, sort of, our cheat sheet to simple yet mildly sophisticated meal. Adulting done right.
Now is probably not a good time to be stocking up on undergarments. Why? Current sales and deals pales in comparison to major semi-annual sales from the likes of Victoria’s Secrets and Frederick’s of Hollywood which usually occur around late May - July.
However, if you’re in dire need of new lingerie because your sloppy laundry habit has laid waste to that one bra you wear everyday of the week… Victoria’s Secret is currently has some great coupon code offers you can use to help you save AND their Secret Reward Promotion is now live. The promotion runs from now 2/25 through 3/28 and you get a free Secret Reward card worth $10-$500 with any $10 purchase.
In the promotion fine print, shoppers are able to earn this card via in-store, online and by mail! For those looking to earn the card in-store or online, you must make a purchase of at least $10. However, you can get a free Secret Reward card by mailing your information with a self addressed stamped envelope to Victoria’s Secret. Check out the fine print from the promotion below for more details:
“...hand print your full name, address, birthdate and email address on a 4” x 6” piece of paper and send it, with a handwritten self-addressed stamped envelope, in a sealed outer envelope by postal mail to Victoria's Secret Secret Reward Promotion, P.O. Box 139024, Dallas, TX 75313. Must be postmarked by March 28, 2016 and received by April 5, 2016.”
That wraps up our top 5 worst buys for March. As for tech deals, we always recommend looking out for hot prices at the end of Summer. Following last year's trend, we notice that top tech retailers like Best Buy and Walmart started promoting Black Friday prices earlier in the year. What's to say they won't follow the same tactic this year?
Do you have some worst buys to avoid in March to share with us? Drop a comment below and tell us why!