Best items to buy in March
If you decided to boycott Black Friday and the holiday rush to take advantage of sales, you aren't alone. According to data from ShopperTrak, estimated sales were down 10.4 percent in 2015 from the year before during Black Friday weekend. Still feeling extreme FOMO (fear of missing out) creep up? Rest assured some of the best deals are still to be had though the month of March, ranging from electronics to fitness. Listed below are the five best.
Video Games/DVDs. The days of braving freezing temperatures while standing in line for a new release of a video game are dwindling. Thanks to pre-orders and instant downloads, getting your hands on the latest Halo, Tom Clancy or Star Wars release makes it easy and immediate. With inventory left over and newer versions coming out weekly, stores want to make space on those shelves.
You are guaranteed to find crazy discounts on items that came out a few months ago. For example, Best Buy's website has "Halo 5: Guardians" for Xbox One is $39.99 (regular $59.99), and "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege" for Playstation 4, Xbox One and Windows at $59.99, with free shipping on all orders over $35. If your Star Wars gaming fever has no intention of dwindling, check out "Star Wars Battlefront" on PS4 and Xbox One for $39.88 (from $59.96) on rollback price at Wal-Mart.
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Frozen Food. Did you know March is National Frozen Food Month? For those of us with few kitchen skills, companies that make frozen foods offer coupons so we can stock up on necessities like frozen veggies, fruits for smoothies, ice cream and popsicles, frozen snacks and the occasional pizza. Specific grocery stores will have coupons that correlate with these deals. Check your local Sunday paper, go to coupon sites like RetailMeNot.com or your favorite grocer's web site. For example, Giant Foods grocery store is offering $10 off for every $20 spent on participating frozen food items.
Luggage. March is considered a transitional month when it comes to luggage. The older models are being phased out as the new ones come in, and people are gearing up for summer travel. If your bag is looking a little ratty, now is a good time to upgrade to something newer. If you are in the market for a rolling duffle bag, check out the Protégé Rolling duffle bag for $18 or the zebra print weekender bag with shoe pocket for $28 at Wal-Mart.
Cleaning Supplies. Spring cleaning is a thing, people. And if you get email updates from your favorite manufacturer of cleaning products (raising hand) or store fliers, you may have noticed an increase in cleaning supply deals. Brands are desperate for a piece of spring cleaning dollars. In addition, companies are debuting new products and want to gain customer loyalty and patronage by doling out discounts on new products. This could end up saving you hundreds of dollars and you may even find something you like more than the detergent your mom used and now by default is your favorite brand. Check out your grocery stores for specific deals and coupons.
Exercise Machines. As the weather gets better, sales on indoor exercise equipment like treadmills and ellipticals increase. Who wants to run inside when there is sunshine to warm your face and flowers to look at? Since more people take to the trails (or cement if you live in a city) stores need to move merchandise out the door to turn a profit. Check out stores like Target for a deal on the ProForm Weslow Cadence 5.2 Treadmill originally $369 now it is $329.99. If you still want to hang inside for your fitness fix, exercise DVD sales like the Jane Fonda work out is now $9.79, originally $14.98, and yoga, Zumba and Pilates DVDs are on sale from $9.49 to $14.98.
Multi-channel ways of shopping means it's easier than ever to take advantage of a deal anytime you want without having to leave your home. Retailers understand products are becoming more about individual tastes, and so is the way those items are being purchased. All you need is a computer, smart phone or tablet to log on to start clicking your way into the best deals yet!
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