What Are The Best Things To Buy In February?

1 Feb

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With the inevitable Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day sales looming large on the horizon, it got me to wondering if there is really a best time to buy something or if the sales are all hype; turns out, there is. In this post I’m going to give you a few general tips, then list the specifics for this month.

Most bargains follow a predictable pattern:

  • End of the model year (varies depending on product)
  • End of the retail season (ends sooner than calendar season)
  • Holiday sale (usually new, but sometimes older models)
  • Directly after a holiday
  • Off season
  • In season (fresh produce)

The downside includes:

  • Lack of inventory/choices
  • Open box/damage/refurbished
  • Older model/style
  • Unable to use/test until season changes, long past refund date

Brick and mortar stores clear out first since retail space is at a premium, but many online stores will offer competitive pricing even though their inventory will linger longer. The longer you wait, the lower the price, but you could miss out on finding what you need. Remember that a retailer’s season ends much sooner than a calendar season; that’s why you’ll find great deals on winter apparel in January & February, but you will hard pressed to find a winter coat in March when there’s still a foot of snow on the ground. You’ll notice diamonds/jewelry are not on the list; this is because men notoriously wait till the last minute and do not comparison shop, so the retail industry is poised to cash in on this.

So here’s where you can save the most in February:

  • TV & home theater (Super Bowl sales)
  • Cell phone (Valentine’s Day Sale, usually BOGO)
  • Winter coat/boots/clothing
  • Camera
  • Computer
  • Video games (Xmas releases)
  • Valentine theme food, products & gifts (day after)
  • Calendars
  • House/condo
  • Motorcycle
  • Boat
  • Broadway theater tickets

When it comes to food, the best deals are to buy in season since there is a greater supply. Obviously holiday themed food bargains are best directly following the holiday, but do not overlook the perishables; starting January 2nd stores practically give away huge pork roasts that never made it to the New Year’s Day dinner table. In February you want to check out the Super Bowl themed foods that never made it to the party, as well as Surf & Turf the morning after Valentine’s Day. One disclaimer on the produce; because there is some controversy regarding what is truly “in season” as the USA has very diverse growing patterns and hothouses are often used, I have placed and asterisk next to the items that are generally agreed upon.

Here are the best food deals in February:

  • Tangelo
  • Grapefruit*
  • Orange*
  • Papaya*
  • Lemon*
  • Broccoli*
  • Cauliflower*
  • Cabbage
  • Peas
  • Chicory
  • Celeriac
  • Asparagus
  • Rhubarb
  • Holiday theme candy & snacks (day after)
  • Super Bowl theme perishables (day after)
  • Surf & Turf (day after Valentine’s Day)

Often times you can get first rate products for a bargain prices, it just takes a little planning & patience; but don’t wait too long or you may miss out altogether.

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