Tuesday, 17 March 2015 00:00

Ah!  Spring is in the Air

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by Ann Snortland

Spring seems to have sprung early in Helena this year.  The temperatures are forecast to be in the 50s and 60s all week.  Could it be here for real?  Only time will tell.  What is here though is the beginning of spring fever.  The time when a Montanan’s fancy turns to thinking about getting outdoors.  We relish in the idea of shedding our winter coat cocoon and venturing out into the world without the hassle of bundling up, warming up the car, scraping the windshield and avoiding icy spots on the road.  

 

Signs of spring tell us that the best time to be in Montana is almost here.  Now is a great time to get out and pick up the items we need to fully enjoy the late spring and summer season.  Whether you are an avid hiker, golfer, boater, fisherman, mountain biker, barbeque aficionado, or any other activity, spring is a great time to fix your equipment or buy that new thing you have been waiting for.  Perhaps you are trying to hold on to winter and get in those last days of back-country skiing or snowmobiling.

Spring shopping offers the best prices on winter sports closeout items and a peek at all the great new equipment and apparel for warmer weather activity.  It is also the best time to grab a deal on next year’s ski passes.

This is also a great time to get deals on shoes, household items, electronics, and more.  Forbes Magazine reports that spring is a great time to buy appliances and electronics like refrigerators, vacuums and select tech toys at their lowest prices.  March 31 marks the fiscal year end for most Japanese manufacturers and they roll out their new models and unload older ones at a discount.

Runners will be happy to hear that April is a great time to get a deal on sneakers.  Most corporate-sponsored charity races take place in April.  Shoe makers often offer discounts to entice the non-serious runners or walkers to hit stores for shoes. 

After all that running, you’ll be in the mood for a treat.  According to Kiplinger’s you are in luck.  March is the best time to get a deal on those boxed chocolates that didn’t get gobbled up for Valentine’s Day.  Maybe you’ll be traveling to one of these corporate-sponsored running events.  Then you’re in luck again.  March is a great time to buy luggage, as retailers mark down prices between the busy holiday and summer travel seasons.  When you get home from the race, you can save money on your victory party with deals on grill accessories, like BBQ covers and tools, before summer starts. 

If you can pull yourself away from March madness, spring is a great time to hit the stores and save as you get ready for the fantastic Montana summer!

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