February can be tough. The December festivities are now decidedly over, winter weather is testing our patience (not to mention our new coats) and Valentine’s Day can be a downer if you’re still playing the online dating game. Warmer days are ahead, but in the meantime, we recommend retail therapy as a cure for your blues. If you’re still sticking to your money-saving New Year’s resolutions (good for you!), don’t worry — February (especially President’s Day weekend) is a great time for budget shopping.
Scroll down to read about the items you should consider buying this month for a great price!
1. Winter Clothes, Snow Boots and Mittens: As we start to see the light at the end of winter (or, at least, we hope so!), retailers will be slapping sale stickers on lots of cold-weather duds. If you’re starting to wear out your heavy coat or your boots are becoming increasingly less waterproof, think ahead for next year and grab some new wintry necessities while they’re cheap.
2. Perfume: In early February, you may still be able to catch post-holiday clearances on your favorite scents, and prices will drop again later in the month after Valentine’s Day. Who says you need bae to buy you something to make you smell pretty? Treat yourself to a great perfume this month (and then be sure to use these expert tips for applying fragrance correctly!).
3. Candy and Snacks: Between sales on Valentine’s Day chocolates and Super Bowl snacks — plus lingering deals on Christmas candy — you should have no problem finding your guilty-pleasure foods on sale at big box stores and supermarkets.
4. Valentine’s Day Items: Just like January is prime time to buy holiday decorations, late February is the perfect opportunity to stock up on Valentine’s Day cards and treats. Get ahead of your plans for next year’s Galentine’s Day gathering by picking up some swoon-worthy decor or stashing away some seasonal stationery for your loved ones — at a lower price! Even if you prefer to DIY your Valentine’s Day, you’ll at least want some heart-shaped candy on hand for sudden cravings. Buy it on February 15!
5. Mattresses: Retailers tend to offer major sales over President’s Day weekend, so it’s a great time to finally take the plunge on big ticket items like a new mattress. If you’ve been tossing and turning in an uncomfortable bed, maybe this is your opportunity to do some research on this seriously adult purchase and go buy a new one!
6. Humidifiers: Just like mattresses, humidifiers are a pricey home purchase that you might be less inclined to buy without a tempting holiday weekend sale to save you some serious pennies. Since winter temperatures tend to dry out the air in our homes (and our skin), you’ll be happy you took advantage of sales to buy one of these bad boys.
7. Televisions: The best deals of the year on TVs are yours for the taking during Super Bowl season (in case you’re not tuned into the football scene, this year’s championship game will be played on February 5). New models are typically marked down prior to the ‘Bowl in anticipation of the superfans out there looking for the best screen that money can buy, and prices on whatever televisions are left in stores are dropped even further when the game is over.
8. Canned Food: Did you know that it’s National Canned Food Month? Well, we didn’t either, but now that we do, you can bet that we’re going to stock up on any canned ingredients we like to have on hand for our favorite recipes! Keep your eye out for sales and special coupons at your local grocery store.
9. Clothing: November and December may be known for the number of clothing sales out in stores, but the best value clearances can be found this month, particularly over President’s Day weekend. Go fill in any gaps in your winter wardrobe and start prepping for spring fashion!
Are there other things that you only buy in February? Tweet us @BritandCo!
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