March is the time of year when the weather in Canada starts to take a turn for the better and the first buds appear on trees. While you shed layers from your winter wardrobe, be sure to keep your eyes open for some great deals.
Here are some of the best things to buy in March:
Stock Up On Easter Staples
This year, Easter is in March and that means you’ll see some great deals on groceries near the end of the month. Expect sales on ham, turkey, and lamb leading up to Easter and sales on fish in connection with Good Friday. It’s a great time to fill your freezer.
Easter is also the last time that there will be steep discounts on baking supplies before the fall holiday season starts – so be sure to stock up. There will also be some post Easter sales on chocolate and candy so be sure to fill your cupboards since there are no more big chocolate giving holidays for a while.
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If you live in an area with a large Persian population, you might also find deals on things like rice and beans in anticipation of Norooz, the Persian New Year, on March 20.
If your luggage is starting to look rundown, March is the perfect time to buy new bags since they will be on sale. While there are other times of the year when luggage is cheap, like in December, March is the best time before your summer holidays to trade up. If you’re planning on going on a trip soon don’t wait until right before you leave – shop now to the best deal.
Upgrade Your Smartphone
March is a great time to buy new a smartphone since companies are starting to announce their upcoming models. Many buyers who are in the market for a new phone pre-order the new version. But if you don’t need to have the latest smartphone version, you can get a discount on the older models that the companies have a hard time selling.
If you are one of the few people who didn’t receive perfume for Christmas or Valentine’s Day, March may be your month to stock up. While the discounts won’t be as good as they were leading up to the holidays in December, you’ll likely get a good deal on perfume left over from Valentine’s Day.
Get Skiing Passes
If you’re a snowboarder or skier, be sure and check out the deals you can get in March on season passes. Most ski hills will offer heavily discounted passes for the last few months of the year. If you luck out and the weather is good, you’ll likely be able to enjoy less populated hills then you would have a couple of months ago. The risk you take is that if it’s seasonably warm this year, the rest of the season might be quite short.
You should also consider pre-buying your pass for next year since many hills will start selling discounted passes for next season.
Stock Up On Cleaning Products
March is a time when a lot of people are doing their spring cleaning. Stores know this and offer you a discount on a lot of great cleaning brands and products. Many of these products rarely go on sale, so be sure to stock up on your favorite products so you have enough to last you for a few months.
Get a Head Start On Buying Wedding Gifts
If you’re incredibly organized, you may consider getting a jump on shopping for wedding gifts in March. Many stores will be having sales on the type of kitchen, bedroom and bathroom products that you’ll find on the gift registries of most engaged couples. While there might be sales again around Mother’s Day on a lot of these items, you may want to hedge your bets and buy now. Many stores will let you return the product later if the price falls. Just make sure to ask about the return policy!
What’s Fresh in March?
With the U.S. dollar as high as it is, imported food is much more expensive. So, buy local and support Canadian farmers while saving money. According to Foodland Ontario, you should be stocking up and eating the following items in March: apples, rhubarb, beets, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, potatoes, rutabaga, squash, and sweet potatoes.