Everyday Cheapskate: Things to Stock Up on in March
Even though it still feels like winter, home improvement centers are hauling out air conditioners this month and putting them on sale. And March is National Frozen Food Month, so plan to fill your freezer. But that's not all. Check out all these things you'd be smart to stock up on this month.
SNACKS AND SODAS
The NCAA calls it their Basketball Tournament, but we know it more fondly as March Madness. That's good news for basketball fans and for retailers, too, who will take full advantage of the situation by offering low prices on party essentials like vegetable trays, wings, chips, sodas, crackers and more.
Because it's National Frozen Food Month, you should expect to see significant savings on frozen fruits, vegetables, entrees, side dishes, pizza, chicken, desserts -- you name it! Plan now for how you can load up your freezer. Keep an eye on store ads and circulars as well, as there are likely to be some great coupons for frozen foods inside.
St. Patrick's Day always prompts meat markets, supermarkets and warehouse clubs to load up on corned beef. And it's usually reasonably priced because they want to sell out. Save some room in the freezer for a few corned beef brisket or flats. You'll be glad you have them at any price come spring and summer when corned beef is not easily found.
SPRING CLEANING SUPPLIES
Hard to believe but the vernal equinox is only a few days ahead -- the first day of spring! That means all of the big box stores -- Sam's Club, Costco, Home Depot, Lowe's, Target and Walmart -- will be offering deals on household cleaning supplies and equipment. Need to replace that squeegee in anticipation of window cleaning? A new stool that's not so wobbly? It's a good time.
CHIPS AND DIP