Largely thanks to the holidays, February is one of the best months of the year to save money. Valentine’s Day and President’s Day create opportunities for huge discounts, and some lesser-known holidays can help you find deals too. To shop smart in February, here are some items you should be on the lookout for.
Valentine’s Day is Friday, Feb. 14 and President’s Day is Monday, Feb. 17, so that weekend is when you’ll find some stellar sales. Plus 2020 is a leap year, meaning you have an extra day to lock up these February deals!
President’s Day sales cut prices on tons of items, but you’ll find the best deals of the year on mattresses. Buying a mattress is a really important purchase, so if you plan to pick out a new one you should take advantage of the extra time and savings that President’s Day affords you. If you’re getting 6-8 hours of sleep each night, you’re spending 25-33 percent of your life in bed. It’s not just a purchase, it’s an investment, so make sure to do it right.
Depending on the mattress, you could save up to 50 percent compared to face value. Plus, testing comfy beds doesn’t sound like the worst way to spend your holiday.
2. Chocolate and Candies
If you wait until the second half of the month, you’ll find all the chocolate and candy you can eat at massively discounted prices. After Valentine’s Day, stores slash prices and keep cutting until the end of the month. If you want to buy chocolates as a Valentine’s Day gift, try to shop early in the month. You’ll find some deals before prices spike in the few days leading up to it. By the end of the month, though, you can find candy that stores are basically giving away.
Extra thrifty tip: If you buy chocolates that aren’t too Valentine’s themed, you can freeze them and save them for as long as you want, even until Halloween!
3. Canned Food
February is National Canned Food Month, meaning you’ll find awesome deals on canned good for the entire month! Canned food generally lasts for at least two years and up to 25 years, so now is the perfect time to stock up on anything you need for the future. You can snag full meals, like soups and meats, or canned fruit and veggies to store.
Buying in bulk and storing non-perishable food is one of the best ways to save money in the kitchen, so take advantage of it! Canned food is also great in an emergency since it lasts so long, but you should stay away from any damaged cans when shopping.
4. Winter Gear
By February the worst of winter is usually over, but that doesn’t mean it’s suddenly warm either. There are still a few weeks of nasty weather ahead, or months depending on where you live. But stores are looking to rid themselves of winter apparel, meaning you can find awesome discounts on hats, boots, jackets and more.
Plus, skiing and skating gear are usually marked down too. Whatever you buy will be useful for the rest of this winter, as well as many winters to come.
Unlike most items on this list, flowers won’t last you very long after you buy them. Still, you can find beautiful flowers for much cheaper than average this month. Some major brands like 1800Flowers offer Valentine’s Day specific deals. Currently, the site is offering up to 40 percent off flowers and other gifts. If you don’t need a bouquet by Valentine’s Day, you can find major markdowns right after the holiday too.
6. Lobster and Steak
Valentine’s Day is all about nice, romantic dinners, so stores load up on fine meats like lobster and steak before the holiday. On February 15th, however, any unpurchased food will be heavily discounted. Plus, you can freeze the meat to make it last as long as you need it to. Frozen steaks stay good for about four months, while lobsters can stay frozen for six. Be sure to hit the grocery store that week and stock up on some fine dining materials at bargain prices. Bon appetit!
Humidifiers are another popular winter product that tends to lose some steam by February, meaning stores slash prices. Humidifiers are great in the winter and can help keep your house warm while limiting allergies and dry skin. But a good humidifier is worth having year-round and the benefits extend well past winter. By shopping in February you can find a major discount on yours.
Just on Amazon there are already discounted humidifiers, and the price could drop further throughout the month: