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No need for the luck o’ the Irish when it comes to saving money this month! Here are ten of the best things to stock up in March including cereal, which goes for under a dollar a box. Let’s get to it.
Be sure to download the KCL app for money-saving deals, tips, and coupons on stock-up items and more.
1. Get lucky with specials on Irish Foods and St. Patrick’s Day Decor.
March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, so look for sales on popular Irish foods like corned beef, cabbage, and Irish soda bread. After the holiday, be ready to save on St. Patrick’s Day decorations and products on clearance.
Check Walmart, Target, JOANN Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels for St. Patrick’s Day deals and clearance. Just try to go as early in the day as possible to get the best selection. As you look through clearance deals, plan ahead for other holidays, and grab tissue paper, gift bags, and baking products that can be used year-round.
2. Score cheap soda for March Madness.
March Madness (aka the time when the National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments are held) starts mid-March. This time of year, soda is often insanely cheap — I even scored $50 worth of Pepsi products for just $16.75 at Target once! Make sure you check for peelies (adhesive manufacturer coupons attached to products) on soda and snack items and match them with store coupons for bigger savings.
KCL Stock-up Price:
- Pepsi/Coca Cola, 2 Liter $0.75
- Pepsi/Coca Cola, 12-ounce cans 12-pack $2
3. Mark Pi Day with pie and pizza specials.
March 14 is International Pi Day and as a riff on the mathematical “pi,” (3.14) many restaurants give away free dessert pies or pizzas.
Village Inn and Waffle House usually give away free slices of pie with the purchase of an entree. And, Whole Foods offers $3.14 off any large pie from the bakery or take-and-bake pizza. You can also usually find related BOGOs and discounts at pizzerias like Domino’s, Pieology, and Papa John’s.
4. Get ready for summer vacation with new luggage.
March is right between vacation seasons, making it the perfect time to get deals on luggage before retailers mark up prices. Suitcases, totes, duffels, etc. will all be on sale. You can get up to 50% off brands like Samsonite, Columbia, and Travelpro.
In March 2020, Macy’s offered Samsonite Silhouette pieces (reg. $200-$720) for 50% off. Credit cardholders had an additional 25% off promotion available that made the price range $74.99-$269.99, 75% off the retail price.
Big retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Sears, Macy’s, Kohl’s, JCPenney, and Target will have the biggest sales. A lot of these stores have their own coupons and apps (like Target Circle), so remember to stack the savings! For instance, JCP regularly has $10 off $25 purchase coupons that can be used on clearance and sale items.
5. Mark off your spring cleaning checklist with sales on cleaning products.
March 20 is the first day of spring — which means it’s also time for a deep clean. Unsurprisingly, many cleaning products are on sale all month long.
KCL Stock-up Prices:
- Lysol Bathroom Cleaner, 32 ounces $1
- Scotch-Brite Steel Wool, 2 count $0.50
- Lysol Disinfectant Wipes, 35 count $1.50
- Comet, 21ounces $0.50
- Dawn Dish Liquid, 9 ounces $0.49
- Pledge Furniture Cleaner, 9.7 ounces $1.50
- Windex, 23 ounces, $1
6. Grab seasonal produce to keep your fruit bowl fresh.
Spring is the season of bounty for a reason. Here’s a list of popular fruit and veggies that are in season in March:
- Brussels sprouts
7. Stack up to stock up for National Cereal Day.
March 7 is National Cereal Day, so look out for awesome sales on cereal, and stack low prices with coupons. In 2020, I found Kellogg’s cereal as low as $0.68 a box, after combining sale prices with a Kellogg’s coupon and an Ibotta rebate.
KCL Stock-up Price:
- Quaker Cereal, $1.25 per box
- Kellogg’s Cereal, $1 per box
- General Mills Cereal, $0.75 per box
8. Celebrate National Chip and Dip Day with discounted snacks.
National Potato Chip Day is March 14, and National Chip and Dip Day is March 23. You know what that means…sales on all sorts of chips! Stock up for kids’ lunches and game-day snacks. Last year I found free Popchips Nutter Puffs! So, keep your eyes peeled and check KCL Deals before you buy any snacks!
KCL Stock-up Price:
- Pringles Canister, 6.8 ounces $0.75
- Lay’s Regular Potato Chips, 10 ounces $1.50
- Tostitos Tortilla Chips, $1.50
9. Refresh your wardrobe with Valentine’s Day discounted jewelry.
Soon after Valentine’s Day, retailers start discounting Valentine’s Day overstock. You’ll be able to find up to 75% off fine jewelry, diamonds, bridal jewelry, fashion watches and accessories, and more. (Hint: Mother’s Day is coming!)
Check online for deals. For instance, I’ve seen diamond pendants for 80% off at JCPenney.com. And when shopping online, look for extra discounts and free shipping codes that can sometimes be stacked. Also check for sales at stores like Kay Jewelers, Zales, Sears, Macy’s, and Blue Nile.
10. Stuff your freezer during National Frozen Food Month.
Expect all types of frozen foods to be on sale in March, including ice cream, frozen meals and entrees, veggies, pizza, chicken, side dishes, desserts, and juice concentrate. Learn more about what are the best foods to stock up on.
In 2020, I found:
- Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables, 16 ounces, $1 at Kroger
- Haagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s pints $1 (reg. $3.78 to $4.57) at Walmart
- El Monterey frozen meals $1.88 at Walmart with a $1 manufacturer’s coupon