The best and worst items to buy in March

Kate Mendonca
Shopping Editor

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The days are getting longer and the weather is slowly starting to warm up. That can only mean one thing in Canada: Spring is on its way.

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Now that we’re into the month of March, it’s time to gear up for the season to come. This year, spring starts on Mar. 19, and you can bet retailers will be preparing for the change in season with plenty of deals and offers for shoppers to take advantage of.

Below, find five of the best things to buy this month — and the ones you should hold off on.

SHOP IT

Luggage

March is often a busy travel time for many families, making it one of the key themes when shopping for the best deals this month. Now is an ideal time to stock up on luggage with deep discounts on suitcases, bags and accessories for your next vacation. 

SHOP IT: Save up to 65 per cent on luggage and travel accessories at Hudson's Bay 

Vacuums

Low Section Of Man Cleaning Carpet With Vacuum Cleaner At Home

If you’re one of the many individuals getting started on their spring cleaning this month, there are plenty of savings to be found on all the essentials. From March until May, expect to find major discounts on big-ticket items like vacuums, as well as othercleaning supplies.  

SHOP IT: Save up to 50 per cent on vacuums and floor care at Canadian Tire

Gardening and Home Improvement

A little toddler in the garden, watering plants with can.

Once you’ve gotten your indoor space ready for spring, the next step is to take everything outdoors. Whether you’re into gardening, grilling, or just relaxing outside, you can find plenty of deals to help spruce up your outdoor living space on a budget. 

SHOP IT: Save up to 65 per cent on outdoor furniture and decor at Wayfair

St. Patrick’s Day Gear

Couple of dogs with disguise for Saint Patrick's Day

If you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, expect to find all the green fashion and decor you could hope for available this month. The longer you wait to buy, the lower prices will go, with the biggest discounts to be found following the Mar. 17 holiday. 

SHOP IT: Shop St. Patrick’s Day decorations at Party City

SKIP IT

Spring Clothes

Happy young woman with pink flower in hair

Since spring styles have only been available in stores for a few weeks, be prepared to pay full price if you’re looking for the latest pieces. Waiting until May or June will guarantee that you can shop the sale section and still have plenty of time to wear the latest seasonal items.

Android Phones

Hand holding a smart phone on a wooden desk. The smart phone is an Samsung Galaxy S9 plus. Samsung Galaxy is a touchscreen smart phone produced by Samsung Electronics.

If you’re looking to upgrade your cellphone with a new Android device, you’re better off waiting. Either Prime Day in July or Black Friday in November are going to be your best bet if you’re looking to snag a great deal. 

Lingerie

Woman organizing bras and underwear in drawer

Now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, lingerie isn’t high on many shopping lists. If you’re looking to update your collection, June and July offer better deals as Victoria’s Secret unveils its Semi-Annual Sale, and competitors offer similar deals. 

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