The Best and Worst Things to Buy in March

There are great deals to be had this month even though it's a little in-between major shopping holidays.

Worst things to buy in March

Lingerie

You may think that immediately after the most romantic day of the year, you’d see huge discounts on lingerie. But, although we do indeed see some price cuts, it’s not really the best time to buy underthings. Instead, wait for June and July; that’s when Victoria’s Secret unveils its famed Semi-Annual Sale. Last year around the same time, we also saw excellent markdowns from a plethora of other retailers like Frederick’s of Hollywood, Maidenform, Aerie, Soma and Bare Necessities.

Spring apparel

It’s common knowledge that the best time to buy current season apparel is well after said season has begun. That’s why cold weather apparel is still such a hot buy right now. But how long until you can don the fashionable and cheap short sleeves, shorts and flirty dresses that have started to filter into stores? A good rule of thumb is to wait at least two to three months into a season in order to score the best discounts on weather-appropriate apparel.

In the meantime, if you simply must buy something new for spring now, keep an eye out for coupon codes that offer nominal discounts on whatever must-have full price apparel catches your eye. When we did see discounts last March, there was often a big catch: Either very few items were eligible for the markdown, or these flash sales lasted only a day. But if you follow your favorite retailers on social media, you might get early notice of these opportunities, possibly scoring up to 40 percent off at Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and more.

Android and Windows Phones

Conventional wisdom in the tech industry says to buy a new Android or Windows phone after new models are introduced at the Mobile World Congress, an important annual industry event in February. But our research shows the event does not affect phone deals that much. Many brands have their own release schedules — for example, Samsung announced it will launch its next Galaxy flagship model on March 29, though it will likely not be available in stores until at least mid-April. So don’t feel the need to grab a new phone this month.

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