March is a great time to save on staples you’ll need all through the spring—from cleaners to allergy meds. Here’s a shopping game plan for the month from our friends Lisa Lee Freeman and Mandy Walker at the Hot Shopping Tips podcast, which you can check out on iTunes as well as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and other podcast apps.
1. Clean up on spring cleaning supplies.
Check the weekly ads on the Flipp app for sales on cleaners. Since they can last for years, stock up now to avoid paying full price later. Walgreens, for example, recently advertised two-for-$5 plus an additional $1 off deals on disinfecting wipes. Don’t forget to check the ads for Target, Walmart, and dollar stores for sales on home organizers. Watch for dollar signs on digital ads so you can score coupons on top of sales for double the savings. Also, be sure to read the fine print as some of these deals are in-store only.
2. Eat healthier for less.
Buying fruits and veggies in season is the best way to save on produce, and March is a great time to load up on nutritional superheroes such as asparagus, brussels sprouts, pears, spinach, and strawberries. If you buy in bulk, you can freeze fruits and veggies and enjoy them for months. Keep in mind that to preserve texture you may need to blanch or steam some veggies, and always dry produce thoroughly before freezing.
3. Stock up on allergy-relief essentials.
Many retailers are advertising big discounts on nasal sprays and allergy pills as well as pain relievers. In addition to brand-name savings, you’ll find even better deals on store-brand versions of drugs. By law, generics must comply with the same standards as brand-name versions—and you can save up to 50% or more.
4. Spruce up your kitchen and bathroom.
During March, you’ll find discounts on renovation supplies such as appliances, cabinets, faucets, lighting, and vanities. Check Home Depot and Lowe’s for discounts of up to 40% or more. Bonus tip: Look for deals on luggage and travel gear from similar retailers later in the month.
5. Save some green on St. Patrick’s Day deals!
According to the National Retail Federation, about 50% of consumers under the age of 35 planned to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a decade ago; today that number is over 70%—and retailers have jumped on the trend. Be on the lookout for food and drink deals, especially green bagels and beverages. Dollar stores are a great place to pick up inexpensive decorations, balloons, and supplies like plastic cups. Discount stores like Kohl’s and Target will also have deals on t-shirts, hats, and other supplies. Finally, be sure to check for post-St. Patrick’s Day sales for next year’s celebrations.
Check out the Hot Shopping Tips podcast for more smart shopping strategies and inspiration.