6 March Madness party bargains

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament returns on Thursday, and following last weekend’s big upsets, fans are left with an unexpected roster of Sweet 16 teams. That means in addition to die hard college basketball fans, the supporters of underdog schools who didn’t expect to still have a horse in the race will also be glued to the television.

If you’re among them and throwing a last minute watch party for your college buddies, here are some bargains to help feed your guests and quench their thirsts.


Pizza delivery is an easy way to feed a crowd, and Papa John’s delivers a deal with 40% off regularly priced pizzas through April 1. Just place an online order and enter promo code 40MAR.


CVS is offering three 12-pack cans of Pepsi, Coke, Dr. Pepper, 7-Up and more for just $10 with the pharmacy chain’s discount card. CVS also has cases of Aquafina 16.9 oz bottles of water on sale this week for just $3.99.


On Wednesday only, Aldi’s has St. Louis pork spareribs on sale for just $1.99 per pound. The popular grocery chain promises the ribs are fresh, never frozen, which sounds perfect for a BBQ feast.


Sam’s Club is selling 36 packs of 12-oz Coors Light cans for only $21.96. The offer is good at club locations only, not online, but that price is worth a trip to the store. Sam’s Club also has 24-packs of Dos Equis and Corona 12-oz bottles for $23.96.


Safeway has 16-oz bags of Fritos, Cheetos and Rold Gold pretzels on sale for $1.99 each when you buy two.


After polishing off pizza, ribs and snacks, your guests might crave something sweet. Trader Joe’s has you covered, with three Belgian chocolate bars for just $1.79. The come in five varieties: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, crispy rice, dark with almonds and 72% dark.

And next week, free pizza!

On Monday, April 2, the day of the NCAA Championship game, Little Caesars is giving away lunch combos – a four-slice pepperoni pizza and a drink – from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. or until supplies last. The chain promised to give away free pizza if a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed, which seemed like a safe bet because it had never happened before in history … that is, until UMBC beat Virginia on March 16. Kudos to Little Caesars for making good on the offer.


Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson covers consumer financial news for CUInsight.com, offering readers tips on budgeting, setting and achieving financial goals, and developing a healthy relationship with money. She is co-founder of ... Web: www.financialfeed.com Details