Well, are you ready to save some money this month? January is one of my favourite months for all of the savings it offers but I must say that there are some wonderful ones this month as well. (Did someone say chocolate?) Unless I find something really special at an amazing price (as with the birthday present I mention below), this month will be light on shopping for me. I will be looking at and pricing out some new outdoor furniture though and I am hoping to see garage doors go on sale as well. If you want to save some money, here’s what to buy in February.
- Of course there’s the big one. Valentine’s Day. In the days after, all kinds of greeting cards, decorations, and of course, candy go on sale at ridiculously low prices. Buy some cards and decorations for next year. And look out for things like heart shaped cookie cutters and cake tins as well. Yes, some of the candy is very clearly Valentine themed but if it’s just for use as a treat, who cares? Some of it is perfectly acceptable for other uses. I have often scored some of my family’s favourites on February 15th that I then popped into their Easter baskets. A friend of mine was having pink as one of her wedding colours. She found a bunch of Valentine candies marked down after the holiday that worked perfectly for her wedding. I’ve also purchased chocolate candies that I am then able to melt down and use in recipes as well.
- Speaking of Valentine’s Day, think beyond the cards, decorations, and candy. Items proffered as popular Valentine gifts are often put on sale as well. I have already taken advantage of this by buying something – not for Valentine’s Day but as a birthday gift for my daughter. It’s her big 3-0 this year year (shhh, don’t tell her that I told you that) and I couldn’t have afforded this special gift if it weren’t on sale. Flowers and jewelry are often marked down but the discounts can often go beyond that. This is a good time to check out places like Groupon for “experience” (golf or ski packages, date nights, and so on) or restaurant deals too.
- Furniture and in particular mattresses and box springs tend to go on sale in February. In the US, these are based around Presidents’ Day sales but Canada often follows suit. The only other time of the year I’ve found amazing deals on beds is in August/September when they are put on sale with college students in mind.
- This is both National Canned Food Month and National Breakfast Food Month so these items tend to be promoted at reduced prices. Both offer excellent choices for stocking up, if you have the storage space. Just be sure to check the expiration dates on them and don’t buy more than you can reasonably use in that time. I like to purchase extra and make a big donation to the food bank too. This is a time of year when their donations have dwindled and they often are scrambling to find enough food to hand out.
- Winter items. If these are still left in stores after the January sales, they are often put on even further clearance. Winter coats and boots, clothing, and even winter sports equipment can be found for rock-bottom prices. You can even find deals on last minute winter ski packages now as resorts try to take advantage of the last of the season.
- Boats. It’s boat show season and specials abound. (Not that buying a boat is in my budget or my wheelhouse but just in case it’s in yours – in which case, good for you!)
- This is also the time for other outdoor shows so things like gas barbecues, lawn furniture, and other outdoor supplies go on sale now. If you have space to store these until spring (aka your garage isn’t essentially snowed in like mine), this is the perfect time to get ready for backyard fun and entertaining.
- Wedding goods. Most people wait until the spring (or at least after all the proposals on Valentine’s Day) to start looking for wedding venues and other such items, so discounts are often found now.
- Electronics. TVs are often put on sale in time for the Super Bowl so this can be a good time to buy a new one. Other electronics such as computers and tablets go on sale too but honestly, if you can wait for Black Friday, you will usually find the best deals then. There are often deals on these items in July/August too – in time for back to school if you can’t wait for November. Either way, they are usually at a lower price than now.
Have you scored any great deals recently? Pin this post and you’ll be able to refer back to it as you plan out your February budget each year.