While March is the month when spring cleaning officially gets underway, it's also the time of year when you can do more than declutter.

It's a good time to buy materials needed to renovate your home, for example, and there are a number of other great products that you'll find on deep discount. 

Consumer Reports' market analysts track prices year-round so we can tell you when products are on deep discount, month by month. 

Here are some products on deep discount in March, according to our calendar of deals

Lower Prices on Countertops

Choosing a new countertop for your kitchen or bathroom can be daunting. You have to factor in durability, the cost of the materials plus installation, and how it will harmonize with your home’s décor.

You also have more countertop choices than ever when it comes to materials, colors, and patterns. Some materials such as concrete, granite, limestone, marble, and even stainless steel are migrating from the kitchen to the bathroom.

When shopping for a countertop, just remember that bathroom counters see less wear and tear than kitchen counters, but you should still consider materials that are more likely to resist stains and chips.

This time of year, countertops tend to sell at a discount. When making your choices, look for countertops that are on sale but also consider the cost of mixing materials, using a more expensive material on prominent areas such as an island and a less expensive one on the perimeter.

Buying remnants is a possibility for smaller areas, such as an island, pastry slab, or bathroom counter, and you could mix and match remnants for bigger areas. Beveled and bull-nosed edges add style but may boost cost. Rounded edges are safer than squared edges and may not cost extra.

To help you decide what's best for you, review our countertop buying guide as well as our ratings to select the best brand for your budget.

Digital Camera Discounts

If your smartphone camera isn't quite good enough for your needs, March is the perfect time to find last year’s digital camera models on sale as new models hit the shelves.

Buying a digital camera can be confusing, so it pays to do your research ahead of time. There are hundreds of models available online or in stores, with prices from $75 to several thousand.

Some cameras are small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. Others are large and can weigh up to 2 pounds. Some are easy to use. Others look like you need an engineering degree to operate them.

To find the best option available in your budget, focus on the features you want most. Our digital camera buying guide and ratings give you the details on different models as well as information on features and brands.

Space Heaters

Space-heater prices heat up as temperatures plummet—and fall as temperatures rise. As spring begins, you'll find some good discounts. Review our ratings to choose one that meets your needs. 

The best models can warm you up or heat an average-sized room quickly for as little as $40 or as much as $450. Whichever model you choose, get one with a fan, which helps distribute heat more quickly. Some models can oscillate for more even heating, so you'll never feel left out in the cold. And finally, always look for one that includes safety features that help reduce the risk of fire.

Keep in mind that a space heater may not help you save more on your energy expenses. The only way you can really save on that expense is if you lower the heat in all other rooms, since electricity is the most expensive way to heat. Read our space-heater buying guide for more information.


Replacing old floors can give a whole new look and feel to a room, but it can be a pricey home-improvement project. Discounts this month can stretch your budget a bit further.

The type of floor you install will depend on how much wear and tear you expect, as well as your budget and style. In general, tile or solid-wood floors are the most durable. But they cost the most, and some wood floors don’t withstand moisture very well. Vinyl, laminate, and engineered wood floors cost less but may not wear as well over time.

Buy wood flooring all at once. By doing this, you're more likely to avoid variations in color or grain from one batch to the next. If you’re installing laminate floorboards, however, avoid pattern repetition by using boards from multiple packages.

Consider porcelain tile. This is a natural fit for high-traffic areas of the home. And in our tests, porcelain resisted scratching and denting better than other materials, says Joan Muratore, CR’s lead test engineer for flooring. Plus, porcelain tile comes in a range of styles to fit any décor.

Do your own prep. Even if you’re hiring professionals to handle the installation, doing prep work on your own can save you hundreds of dollars.

Unpack wood or laminate flooring and let it sit for several days in the room where it will be installed so it can adjust to the environment. This is important because in more humid air, the planks can expand; in drier air, planks can shrink.

If they aren't acclimated to the room, the planks could buckle after you install them. If you let them sit for a few days first, though, they will all be conditioned uniformly, and you shouldn't run into any problem. 

You'll find more information in our flooring buying guide.

Price Cuts on Boxed Chocolates

No need to overlook a box of chocolates on deep discount. Eating a little chocolate occasionally may be healthful. Some research has linked it to a lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

If you want to buy high-quality chocolate, the best time to do so is when it’s on sale, and prices often drop between Valentine's Day and Easter. The shelf life of chocolate—and most candy—is 10 days to two weeks.

To understand which flavors, textures, and other characteristics are worth the splurge, check out our chocolate buying guide and ratings.