What to buy and what not to buy in February
February is a curious month – full of love and romance, not fully spring yet, but not really winter any more. When everybody is drunk with love, retailers might sneak in and take advantage of you. Be vigilant this month and don’t go crazy with roses, cards, and giant stuffed bears – there is a shopping season for that too, it just might not be in February.
This month is not entirely bad for shopping because President’s Day and after Valentine’s Day sales are wonderful and can bring you significant savings as long as you know what to buy and what to skip.
What to buy in February:
Super Bowl is at the beginning of the month, meaning that sports fans will come searching for bigger screen TVs and retailers will be waiting for them with big deals. This makes perfect sense because winter holidays are over, sales are drying up, and any invigoration of shoppers is very welcome, so from now on consider February the month to get your home entertainment systems.
Target and Best Buy are your good money-saving options.
- Shop Valentine’s Day Clearance
Let’s just say: chocolate, chocolate, and one more time chocolate! Don’t buy it before February 14th, but stock up with confidence in the days after. The sweets will still be sweet, but the prices will be the best part. Check out Target and Walmart for the best post-Valentine’s sales.
- Valentine’s Day Gifts
This is not the same as overpriced flowers. You can start finding amazing deals on Swarovski jewelry and stuffed animals at Kohl’s and Amazon two weeks in advance. Check out eBay for more meaningful finds that also tend to get discounted right around February 14th. At Win Pearl you can pick some freshwater pearl jewelry for as low as $10-15.
- Winter inventory
Start thinking about the next winter now and start stocking up. Everything from fashion to winter sports items need to go before spring and off they go with great prices. Chances are you will still have plenty of this winter left to use those items, especially when you buy them with great discounts.
We have seen Men’s Warehouse and Saks 5th Avenue offering 70-85% off coats. Walmart is a total steal, while Columbia and Jos. A. Bank will surprise you with hoodie and sweater prices.
- President’s Day Sales
Presidents Day arrives just in time to eliminate all the blues you might have after the day of love is over. It falls in the middle of the month and retailers enjoy hosting huge sales to move inventory. The most popular items on sales are various home goods and décor supplies. Think bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen items. Shopping online will most likely include free shipping.
Many retailers, such as Wayfair, Overstock, AllModern, Mattress Firm, and many others have sales anywhere from 35% to 70% off select items.
Garden supplies are also in the discounted categories everywhere together with Dyson and Hoover vacuum cleaners at Amazon and Best Buy.
Retail giants like Sam’s Club, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Poterry Barn will lure you in to shop furniture, mattresses, and small kitchen appliances.
- Seafood and Steak
Traditionally those items are not cheap in winter, but right after Valentine’s Day it’s an exception. Grocery stores stock up on lobster and steak in preparation for romantic dinners and have to sell what’s left unsold at significantly lower price.
- Frozen Yogurt Day
You might be late this year, don’t miss it on February 6th in 2020 and score some sweet deals for sweet treats. Most frozen yogurt shops will invite you in for free tastings or discounted specials.
What not to buy in February:
This month is really not good for flowers. All sorts of cut flowers and bouquets cost more and more leading up to Valentine’s Day, on which they skyrocket. Don’t follow the hype and show some love with pretty blooms right after the love day. Often times some other items like candles and stuffed toys cost less and last longer, so you really don’t have to go for flowers. If you absolutely want to though, look for deals and order in advance if you have them delivered.
Amazon and Whole Foods usually have good prices on roses. Online flower delivery companies might offer great deals, but be wary of their delivery charges.
We have agreed that buying TVS is great in February, but skip all other electronics. All your computers, laptops, tablets, and gaming consoles are cheapest in November. If you can’t wait that long, try holding off at least until July, when many retailers, including Amazon, have their “Black Friday in July” sales.
Summer vacation is still months away, so don’t expect sales on luggage any time soon. March might start looking up for luggage shoppers because of upcoming spring breaks and summer travel. In fact, March is the best month to buy luggage and backpacks for upcoming school season in the fall.
- Winter sports equipment
The prices will begin to drop in February, but slowly. Wait if you can and enjoy some spectacular deals on skis and snowboards in March.
Best stores in February:
- Forever 21
The fashion retailer is known for up to 50% off some of its inventory around President’s Day, including free shipping with low or no minimum.
- Astor Wines
Some years this wine supplier sported 20% off entire week before Valentine’s Day.
- Best Buy
This is where you need to come for those discounted TVs and discounted Blu-ray movies at the end of January and beginning of February.
- Shermans Travel
This company can surprise you and your loved one with a very affordable last-minute trip to some place exotic. Definitely try them if you need a break from everything or just want to warm up in Jamaica.