February is a month marked by two equally distinctive events: Super Bowl Sunday (which is on February 1 this year) and Valentine's Day (which, as always, falls on February 14). Whether you’re a fan of one or both events, together, they’ll produce some of the best discounts and deals of the whole year as retailers compete against each other to attract your dollars! Read on to learn about all the exciting savings in store for you this month.
On stockpiling savings
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- Watch this month's video: What's on Sale in February
Stockpile these items
The categories are in bold and the items that follow are just intended as examples—use them as your guide as you coupon, save and stockpile.
- American Heart Awareness: February nationally is the month for heart awareness. As such, look for local free blood pressure and heart health screenings, as well as free or discounted health-focused apps.
- National Canned Food Month: Pick up extra low priced canned fruit, vegetables, pie fillings, soups, meats (like tuna, chicken and salmon) and other canned stockpile items.
- National Hot Breakfast Month: Find great deals on oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, frozen waffles, syrup, waffle and pancake mix, hash browns, bacon, sausage and other hot breakfast staples.
- National Frozen Yogurt Day: On February 6, nearly every frozen yogurt manufacturer and eatery in the country will be celebrating this day with discounts and freebies (yum!).
- Super Bowl Sunday: Soda, chips, dips, cheese, sandwich items, crackers, snacks, wings, fruit and veggie trays, and all the resolution-breaking treats you love will be heavily promoted!
- Valentine's Day: Look for fabulous deals on boxed and bar chocolate, lubricants (like KY jelly), perfume, cards, stuffed animals, gift sets, wine and sparkling cider, flower arrangements, candles, services (musical greeting cards, flower delivery, dinner in) and all things conducive to romance.
- Seasonal Produce: Get great deals on artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, grapefruit, kale, oranges, parsnips, pears, potatoes and turnips.
- Gaming gear: Video game consoles and video games are often price-reduced in February, since new models traditionally arrive in stores by early summer.
- Winter apparel: Winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, wool socks and boots—all must go before spring's fashions arrive. The longer you wait, the lower the price will be for leftover winter apparel.
- Motorcycles: Just as January is the month for bicycles, so is February the month for the motorcycle. It's too early to ride in many parts of the country (on account of snow) but it's a great month to shop for a new ride!
- Formal dresses: If your daughter plans to attend prom in May, you might be able to snap up the perfect dress, shoes and accessories as early as February.
Don’t buy these items yet
March ushers in a fresh, new round of once-a-year savings. So don't buy these items in February. Instead, wait 30 days and watch their prices drop!
- Frozen Food Month: Frozen meals and entrees, veggies, side dishes, desserts, juice concentrate and other frozen delicacies will be highly visible in March.
- March Madness: Soda, chips, dips, cheese, crackers, sandwich items, snacks, wings, cut fruit and veggie trays will all be heavily promoted.
- St. Patrick's Day: Find great deals on festive themed decorations, corned beef, cabbage, Irish soda bread and other Irish classics.
- Spring/Easter: Easter decorations, Easter baskets, candy, ham, eggs and egg dyeing kits, gift sets, dresses and all things "spring" will be promoted in March.
- Seasonal Produce: Snap up great prices on avocado, cabbage, grapes, lemon, lime, mushrooms, onions, peas, radish, rhubarb, spinach and strawberries during March.
- Romantic leftovers: Look for steal-level deals on chocolate, perfume, jewelry, soft fluffy stuffed things—if it didn't get bought in February, it's on sale in March!
- Luggage: Ready already for your summer vacation? Do your wallet a favor and buy your luggage and traveling gear in March—you can sock the savings away towards your trip.
- A/C and heating appliances: March is an odd month temperature-wise, and this can conspire to create a low demand month for heating and cooling (and thus increased savings for new purchases and services).
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