10 Best Things to Buy in February
February isn’t always pretty, but there are some pretty great deals to be found. It’s the month of hearts and flowers, Presidents Day sales and wedding planning. Cash in on some serious mid-winter savings, and take advantage of the wealth of coupon codes for your favorite merchants. That way you can just shop online in the dead of winter.
1. Tax Software
Here’s a secret about Tax Day: taxpayers aren’t the only ones who sweat it; tax software makers are anxious for you to choose their product and not the competitors’. That’s why you’ll often see discounts and tax software coupon codes for Turbo Tax, H&R Block online tax preparation and others. Many of these deals also come with free online advice from seasoned experts.
2. Perfume Discounts
If you’ve noticed a lot more scent strips in your magazines lately, it’s not your imagination. New perfumes and men’s cologne are introduced now in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. It’s a pretty crowded field. Discounts abound; especially on new entries, less popular options (that you might still love) and gift sets.
3. Valentine’s Day Leftovers
If you can wait until February 15 – or if you were a horrible person and forgot – you can get half off on candy and flowers. Chocolates especially can be used in baking or saved for Easter. Flowers can be used – well, do you really need an excuse to have fresh blooms in the house?
4. Wedding Planning
“First comes love, then comes marriage.” If your Valentine’s Day included a ring, start planning. While venues sell out quickly, you can get good deals right now on wedding dresses, accessories and honeymoon travel. Nassau, Croatia, the UK and Orlando are among the hottest honeymoon destinations for 2015. Check out deals on CheapCaribbean.com.
5. Presidents Day
It’s like Black Friday all over again on February 16. Shop the weekend sales right and you can save up to 80% on bedding, mattresses, apparel and home decor. There’s no excuse not to get ready for spring. Check out this delightful transitional ottoman at Bed Bath and Beyond.
6. Great Electronics Deals
The computer and electronics category is also chock full of savings in February. New models will be rolling out later in the year, so if you are in the market for great deals now, seize the opportunity. Score savings on big screen HDTVs – even if you missed buying one to watch The Big Game – as well as home theater and computer monitors. Check out the deal on this nifty Dell Inspiron Notebook at Newegg.com.
7. Winter Apparel
Your head may be thinking sandals and swimsuits, but you can’t put away that puffer jacket just yet. Be smart and take advantage of the end-of-season sales on winter apparel, last fall’s fashions, boots and accessories. Increase your cost-per-wear by choosing something timeless like this Kohl’s ladies’ jacket. Shop the sales, add a coupon code, and you’ll have next winter covered like a fresh blanket of snow.
8. Canned and Seasonal Foods
Did you know February is National Canned Food Month? That means special promotions that you can stack with grocery coupons. Winter produce such as root vegetables, sweet potatoes, onions and Brussels sprouts go on sale at grocery stores like Walmart. It’s also citrus harvesting season, so feel good about indulging in some OJ to ward off those winter colds.
9. Air Conditioners
Since winter is going to stick around for a while, most people don’t think ahead to the warmer months. Big mistake. This is the best time to invest in a new AC unit. For homes without ductwork, check out ductless mini-split ACs like this one at The Home Depot.
10. Motorcycles and Bicycles
In many parts of the country, it won’t be open-air riding season for a while. But you can find big savings on two-wheeled transportation while retailers wait for those first buds to come out. Check out the cute details on this Huffy Good Vibrations 26″ Ladies’ Cruiser Bike available at Sears.com.
The key to finding the best things to buy in February is to think ahead. Consider what you might need for next fall and winter, and look ahead to summer. Hey, it’s probably cold and gloomy outside right now – give yourself something to look forward to.