In March, we await the arrival of spring and hope that winter will just move on already. In addition to welcoming (we hope) warmer weather, we welcome a new crop of smart seasonal buys.
While March doesn’t have the big blowout sales like February’s Presidents Day or November’s Black Friday, it’s right at the intersection of spring break, summer travel planning and Easter prep. So, to help you take full advantage of the best spring savings, we used our internal discount data to calculate average discounts March shoppers can expect in popular categories – and zero in on the Top 5 categories to shop this month.
The 5 Smartest Things to Buy in March
Whatever you need to (or want to) buy in March, there are plenty of sales to shop and smart buys to make.
1. Tax Software (Average Discount: 24% Off)
While February is, historically, the biggest month for filling taxes, plenty still need to file — especially those who need extra time due to complicated tax returns. And the top tax software companies will continue duking it out over their business. In addition to promo codes for straight-up discounts, check for other valuable savings like free expert help from tax pros. Check out the best H&R Block discounts and the best TurboTax discounts for 2023 (tax year 2022).
Most tax-filing services allow you to import tax returns you filed with a competitor last year. So you can truly pick the best deal, rather than remain blindly loyal. Here are some of the best deals for March tax filers.
- RetailMeNot has an exclusive discount with H&R Block this year — 30% off online tax-filing products.
- Get up to an extra $15 off from TurboTax.
- Get cash back when you file with TaxAct.
2. Kids’ Apparel (Average Discount: 23% Off)
While adults might be able to wear last year’s clothing another year (or more), kids grow! So a new season means the need to go shopping if you don’t have a hand-me-down connection. Retailers compete by cutting parents a break, offering deals on clothing for toddlers and children. Plus, Easter is just around the corner, so you’ll likely see some enticing offers on little Easter dresses, Easter suits and Easter outfits.
For example, heading into March, we are seeing:
Check out Target, Carter’s, Macy’s and Kohl’s for deals on clothes that your kid will likely get grass stains on.
3. Outdoor Gear (Average Discount: 20% Off)
As winter wanes, the outdoors start to seem more appealing to those in cold climates. Those who flocked to gyms in the new year might be finding the indoors a little stuffy. And retailers are ready to welcome them into the outdoors with everything from running shoes, to kayaks, to sporting equipment, to transitional athletic clothing. Check out Dick’s Sporting Goods, Academy Sports + Outdoors and Cabela’s the moment you flip the calendar to March.
Plus, don’t forget to shop ski apparel and equipment deals on clearance!
4. Travel: Hotels & Resorts (Average Discount: 18% Off)
With another COVID wave dwindling, travelers are once again turning hopefully to the skies, roads and waters. Those who may not have seen spring break travel as a possibility this time last year (amid COVID testing requirements for some destinations) are considering getaways. And summer vacation is just around the corner, too.
March is a great time to save on hotels and resorts (if you haven’t booked yet), as properties will be offering deals to fill inventory that hasn’t been sold yet. While hot spring break beach and skiing destinations may already be booked up, you can find a treasure trove of deals in cities and other destinations that aren’t getting swarmed.
Top deals for March include:
- Booking.com: Get 15% off your stay when you book by March 31.
- Travelocity: Get up to 10% off your hotel when you book via the app by March 31.
- Priceline: Get up to 15% off your stay.
5. Home & Garden (Average Discount: 15% Off)
Home goods are seasonal, just like clothing is. In March, you’ll see some clearance deals on colder-weather stuff (think outdoor heaters) and the emergence of sales geared at warm-weather prep — think patio furniture, outdoor rugs and more. It’s true that outdoor furniture and patio deals will get even better at the end of summer. However, if you need to spruce up your outdoor spaces for this season expect an average discount of 15% in March.
You’ll find some of the best deals at Overstock, Wayfair, Home Depot and Lowe’s. Plus, if you’re a member, be sure to check out deals on patio sets from Sam’s Club and Costco.
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