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What To Buy In March

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March is a great month to buy luggage (credit: CBS)

March is a great month to buy luggage (credit: CBS)

Written by Brooke WagnerDENVER (CBS4) – Is it winter? Is it spring? March can feel like both. It’s an odd, in-between time for stores, too! That’s why you’ll find some of the best bargains this month.

March is known as one of the best times of year to buy flat wear. Stores are trying to get rid of old stock and bring in new designs before wedding season begins, so you benefit from the sales! Thanks to Good Housekeeping Magazine for this tip.

The same goes for luggage. Unless you want the latest trend, you can get great deals in March. Luggage stores need to get rid of last year’s styles. There are more options than ever, with brilliant hard cases and fantastic fabrics, so if you’ve been thinking about an upgrade, try luggage, department, and off-price stores in March.

I’ve already raved about the deals I’ve found on winter clothing this month, so I’ll spare you too many details! But this really is the best time to stock up for next years. Kids’ boots, snow pants, sweaters — I’ve seen them all for as low as $4 at stores like Walmart, Target, Children’s Place, and more. Pick up a great sweater for yourself at Old Navy for $6 or even lower!

If you are a fan of Banana Republic, Gap or Old Navy, March 17-20 you can save an additional 30 percent and give back to a favorite charity. More info at: http://gap.p.delivery.net/m/p/gap/giveandget/non-profit.asp

As my CBS4 buddy, editor Inge Gill, let me know, March is also Frozen Food month, so the coupons and sales are hot now. Check www.retailmenot.com for coupons, or go to your favorite grocery store website and type in your zip code to get local deals. You might not think of drug stores or Target for frozen foods, but they often have great deals and promotions, so check websites for circulars.

Some stores may give you a coupon or a certain amount of money off your bill just for buying certain frozen brands, so it pays to know about your store’s specials this month. Safeway has a Frozen Food Month coupon booklet available in stores now — at least the last time I checked! Some of the coupons are also available online, if you do a search.

Many of our freezers are packed already, so don’t buy anything you won’t use pretty quickly, otherwise it’s not a bargain! Frozen dinners, for instance, can freeze for 3 to 4 months.

If you use Upromise.com for college savings, you’ll also find coupons there, as well as double college savings percentages many merchants are offering during Double College Savings Month in March.

Of course stores are also bringing in their spring merchandise, so if you see that great patio set or dress you can’t wait to have for spring, it may well go on sale this month. Stores like to kick off the season with promotions.

Something un-related I’m loving right now: Have you seen the boxed card sets of 12, two for $3 at Walgreens? That’s 12 all occasion cards for $1.50. I hate being caught without a birthday or sympathy card, but often don’t have time to get to the store. I love having these around for kids’ birthday gifts, too. At about 13 cents each, this is a great convenience!

What are you finding on sale in March? I’d love to hear it in comments. And, don’t forget the CBS4 Deal of the Day!

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