When you’re looking for the smartest things to stock up on in February, it’s about more than just chocolate. Although, let’s be honest — go ahead and stockpile the chocolate this month!

Also look for canned foods to stock up on like soup, refried beans, and most importantly, February is also the month to hoard winter coats for your family for next year.

Download the KCL app to look for these products to buy in February.

 

1. Grab chocolate, flowers, and Valentine’s Day items on clearance.

Once Valentine’s Day is over, expect huge clearance markdowns everywhere. Stock up on candy, flowers, jewelry, stuffed animals, and other gifts that can be used as presents all year. (Think Easter basket treats, good-behavior rewards, and Christmas gifts!)

Walgreens and Target typically mark down their V-Day clearance to 90% off the week after Valentine’s Day. As soon as you see KCL post about Valentine’s clearance deals, head to the store ASAP since clearance items go quickly.

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  • Valentine’s Day clearance: 90% off retail prices

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2. Stock up on winter apparel when it reaches up to 75% off.

Expect to see discounts on all winter apparel in February. Stock up on jackets, boots, and clothes for next winter at 75% off original prices.

For example, watch for Nordstrom Rack’s “Clear the Rack” sale in February where you can save 50-75% on winter clothing.

Be sure to check online stock as well. If a store doesn’t have winter clothing stock, you can sometimes find items online — stack coupon codes for more savings. At Target, stack Circle discounts on top of clearance prices.

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  • Winter apparel: 50-75% off retail prices

RELATED: Winter Clearance Shopping Secrets Every Shopper Should Know

 

3. Buy (and freeze!) snack food so you have enough for the whole year.

One of the best buys in February is snack foods. In 2020, I saw ChexMix, Bugles, and Gardetto’s snack mix for $0.75 each at Kroger.

Buy a bunch and freeze what you don’t eat for later in the year during backyard BBQ season and summer snacks for the kids. And yes, you can totally freeze chips!

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4. Buy canned foods like soups, vegetables, and fruit for under $1 each.

February is National Canned Food Month, so find big savings throughout the month and stock up.

Last year I saw Del Monte canned vegetables for $0.86 at Walmart. Be sure to check KCL coupons, your newspaper inserts, and Ibotta for rebates and coupons on canned food.

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5. Find seasonal produce for free or super cheap using Ibotta and ALDI deals.

Artichokes, asparagus, raspberries, potatoes, strawberries, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, kale, kiwi, avocados, spinach, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and papayas are all in season right now. In 2020, I scored free limes and $1 Romaine hearts thanks to rebate apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51.

Also, ALDI weekly ad where you can find cheap produce every week.

The SavingStar rebate app offers cash back on an in-season fruit or vegetable purchase every week, so be sure to download it along with all the other grocery rebate apps for weekly savings on fresh produce.

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  • Fresh veggies and fruits: Free or under $1

RELATED: Your Ultimate Guide to Rebate Apps

 

6. Buy Asian ingredients around the Lunar New Year.

Lunar New Year starts Jan. 25 and lasts through Feb. 8. Around this time, look for deals on Asian ingredients like soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, noodles, canned water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, stir-fry supplies, and sauces. I’ve scored stir-fry sauce for just $0.50 at Kroger by stacking coupons with sale prices.

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7. Stock up on heart-healthy products to help your health goals.

February is also American Heart Month. Look for sales on aspirin, supplements, low-cholesterol oils, and spreads.

Shop the drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid) for the best savings, and stack manufacturer, store, and store loyalty rewards on top of sale prices. Also, keep your eyes peeled for mail-in rebate offers that make these products free or even moneymakers!

Look for manufacturer coupons on brands like Bayer, Excedrin, and Motrin and use them on products at the dollar store to get them for free.

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8. Or, go for the bacon and waffles — no judgment!

February is also National Hot Breakfast Month. If you are trying to stick to healthy eating, score great deals on oatmeal. But if that ship’s already sailed for you, look for deals on waffles, syrup, pancake mix, bacon, sausage, hash browns, etc. — especially when you use coupons at Publix, Kroger, Target, Walmart, and Safeway.

In 2020, I scored Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal cups for only $0.69 each at Target.

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9. Buy tax prep software with a coupon.

Tax software gets more expensive the closer we get to the April deadline so February is a great time to buy.

Groupon has coupons for tax prep services, so check their site first, then compare prices to the discounts you’d find for software available for purchase in-store.

Retailers like Sam’s Club, Costco, Walmart, and Best Buy all offer tax software.

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  • Tax prep/filing: Free or at least 75% off
  • Tax prep software: At least 50% off

TIP: If you earn $56,000 or less, head to IRS.gov where you can choose a local tax-prep service to visit in person for help preparing and filing your taxes for free.

 

10. Set a deal alert in the KCL app to buy all your dental hygiene products for dirt cheap.

Set a deal alert inside the KCL app for your favorite dental care brands like Colgate, Crest, or Arm and Hammer. Combine rebate offers, and manufacturer coupons for the biggest savings.

Oh, and don’t forget to shop Dollar Tree! They sell name-brand products like Colgate for $1 every day, and you can use coupons, making products super cheap or free (use one coupon per item at Dollar Tree).

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Don’t Scroll Up! Here are the articles I mentioned:

Things You Can Do Right Now to Save Money on Easter Baskets
Winter Clearance Shopping Secrets Every Shopper Should Know
The Ultimate How-to-Freeze Guide
The Best Time to Buy Everything by Month of Year
Your Ultimate Guide to Rebate Apps
This Is How You Coupon at CVS

 

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