Best Things to Buy in March 2023 – and 5 Things to Skip
March signals the beginning of many things: springtime, longer days, warmer weather — and plenty of ways to save! This month, stock up on St. Patrick’s Day deals and enjoy specials on pizza and pies during National Pi Day (March 14). March is also National Frozen Food Month, so look for grocery coupons from your favorite stores like Kroger, Vons, and Safeway.
Savvy shoppers can snag off-season deals on jewelry, beauty products, and winter clothing — just don’t expect any markdowns on spring attire. Looking for TV deals? You’re better off waiting until Memorial Day. Read on for our complete list of the best things to buy and skip in March.
Save on These Six Items in March
Now that Valentine’s Day is over, look for even bigger markdowns on heart-shaped earrings, necklaces, and bracelets from your favorite jewelers like Jared, Blue Nile, and even Macy’s. Spring is a slower season for jewelers (at least until Mother’s Day), so keep an eye out for more traditional pieces, too, including deals on engagement rings and wedding bands.
Want to guarantee the best possible deal? Consider shopping at your local jeweler. Plan an in-person visit and name your price. Remember, salespeople are eager for your business, and they’ll have more incentive to negotiate price if they sense legitimate interest. Check out these diamond-buying hacks for more ways to save on stunning jewelry.
- Up to 30% off jewelry clearance items at Jared
- Up to 60% off the latest deals and offers at Zales
- Shop jewelry starting at $30 at Blue Nile
- 50% off fashion jewelry at Macy’s
The simplest way to save on seasonal clothing is to buy it at the end of the season. With spring just weeks away, now is the time to snag that fancy puffer coat or cozy winter sweater you’ve been eyeing. Take advantage of end-of-season clothing sales at Macy’s, Target, Old Navy, Madewell, and more.
Winter is coming to a close, but ski season is still thriving thanks to near-record snow at many resorts across California and the Rockies. Shop retailers like REI and Dick’s Sporting Goods for huge discounts on snow gear, including goggles, helmets, boots, and more.
Winter Clothing Deals
- Shop St. Patrick’s Day clothing from $19.99 at Carhartt
- Up to 75% off clearance items at Old Navy
- Up to 33% off women’s sale items at Madewell
- Up to 80% off clearance items at Kohl’s
- Up to 60% off winter gear at Dick’s Sporting Goods
Cosmetics and Fragrances
ULTA will launch its semi-annual 21 Days of Beauty event on March 12, offering up to 50% off makeup, skincare, and bath items from top brands like MAC, Tarte, Kiehl’s, and more. Expect major competitors like Sephora to offer similar deals on cosmetics and fragrances. In addition to discounts, look for additional perks like free shipping with no order minimums and exclusive bundle deals.
Cosmetic and Fragrance Deals
- Up to 80% off sale items at Sephora
- Up to 50% off sale items at ULTA
- Use code BODYALLY to get 20% off your purchase of $55+ at The Body Shop (expires Mar. 20)
Spring cleaners can enjoy a number of vacuum sales this month, according to a recent article from Consumer Reports. Browse vacuum cleaner deals at major retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s, or snag deep discounts straight from manufacturers like Dyson, Shark, iRobot, and even Samsung.
- $100 off Dyson V12 Detect Slim at Dyson
- Up to $200 off select products at Shark
- Up to $650 off select robot bundles at iRobot
Pizza, Chocolate, and Frozen Food
Celebrate National Frozen Food Month with frozen food coupons from major grocery outlets like Kroger, Albertsons, and Publix. Pizza lovers (and, of course, mathematicians) should mark their calendars for National Pi Day on March 14 — that’s when big pizza chains and local joints will offer discounts and freebies on their bestselling pies.
Want more food deals? Stay tuned for National Chip and Dip Day on March 23, followed by International Waffle Day on March 25. And don’t forget to purchase Girl Scout Cookies!
Pizza and Frozen Food Deals
- Save on daily specials at Papa John’s
- Mix and Match select pizzas and sides for $6.99 each at Domino’s
- Save with frozen food coupons at Kroger
Get ahead on your taxes this month with tax prep deals from TurboTax, TaxSlayer, H&R Block, and more. Retailers like Best Buy will offer specials on tax prep software, too, and you may find partnered promotions at your bank or local credit union.
Remember, any taxpayer whose AGI (adjusted gross income) is $73,000 or less can file online for free using the IRS Free File Guided Tax Preparation.
Tax Software Deals
5 Things to Skip in March
1. Spring Clothing
Demand for spring clothing is still high, and you’re unlikely to find significant apparel deals until later in the season. Consider waiting for Easter and Memorial Day sales to score that colorful top or lightweight button-down.
2. Large Appliances
March is a bit of a dead period when it comes to major sales holidays. In other words, now is probably not the best time to splurge on that new fridge, washer, or other big-ticket item. Memorial Day (May 27) will provide your first real opportunity for across-the-board savings on large appliances.
3. Outdoor Furniture
Eyeing a new patio set, hammock, or outdoor lounge chair? You’ll save more if you hold off until Memorial Day, when major furniture retailers like Pottery Barn and Home Depot begin to slash prices on their outdoor items. If you’re in no hurry (or you enjoy year-round warm weather), look to Labor Day deals in September for even greater clearance deals.
Last month’s Super Bowl was your best bet for saving on a new flat-screen TV — though it never hurts to check the TV sales at Best Buy or Walmart. Expect better deals during Memorial Day or the occasional “Black Friday in July" sales. Amazon Prime Day 2023 is slated for some time in July, giving you a great opportunity to score a discounted Fire TV.
5. Garden Supplies
Spring is considered the busy season for gardening, meaning demand for supplies and tools will be at its peak in March and April. Wait for Labor Day sales, when retailers start lowering prices and clearing their inventory to make room for more winter-friendly items.