The deal hunters at FatWallet.com have put together a list of the best items to buy this March, including winter clothes, active wear and spring break travel.
March is also a great time of year to look for deals on smartphones and outdoor sporting gear, the website says.
Here’s FatWallet’s complete list of what to buy, skip next month:
Smartphone Deals: Aside from new iPhones, the Mobile World Congress (which is happening now) marks the start of pre-orders for all new mobile devices for 2017. This creates a fire sale of last year’s Android models as cell phone brands, and carriers, market big discounts to a captive March Madness audience. Consumers can save hundreds on last year’s smartphones, tablets and wearables this month.
Winter and Spring Clothing Clearance: As a result of the unseasonable warm winter, expect to see early winter clearance sales from stores like REI, Patagonia, Columbia and Land’s End. 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 to find savings of 20-40 percent off top name-brand activewear tops, shorts, sweats and up to 50 percent off select athletic shoes. Some stores will offer clearance pricing on a variety of NCAA, NHL, NFL and MLB merchandise.
Outdoor Sporting Gear and Tech: Winter sports items will be on clearance this month, as will last year’s bicycles and cycling accessories. The majority of sporting goods retailers will feature discounts ranging from 10-30 percent 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 percent discounts on last year’s Fitbits and smartwatches, and up to 50 percent off blue-tooth speakers, headphones and earbuds.
Spring Travel Deals: Shoppers can also find deals on last minute Spring Break packages and March Madness hotel packages. 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.