The 9 Best Things to Buy in February (Including Presidents' Day Sales!)
February is smack in the middle of winter and doesn't exactly have the reputation of being a time for the best deals. That being said, shoppers actually get decent opportunities to save on a variety of items during the month. We routinely see February sales branded around the Super Bowl, Valentine's Day, and Presidents' Day, and some retailers offer sales that have nothing to do with those holidays, but are still great chances to save!
Not everything will be on sale in February, of course, and just because you see a deal doesn't mean it's a good one. Check out our February buying guide below to learn what items should see excellent discounts during the month and what products you should hold off on for now. Then learn what to buy every month of the year here.
The 9 Best Things to Buy in February
Our infographic shows five of the best items to buy in February. Below that, you can read more about the sales and deals to expect during the month.
National Frozen Yogurt Day falls on February 6, and there will be at least a couple of chains celebrating, which means treats for you!
TCBY: Stop by a participating location and take advantage of a "buy one, get one free" deal. Treat yourself and a friend, or just dig into your two favorite flavors.
Yogurtland: This chain is joining in the fun, as well, and will also be offering a BOGO free deal. And if you're a Real Rewards member, you'll earn triple the points for your purchases that day. If you're not a member, you can join for free here or download the app and sign up that way.
Big Screens for the Big Game
If you're wondering, "When is the best time to buy a TV?", Black Friday is always going to be the easy answer. But if you missed out in November — or haven't needed a new set until now — waiting another nine months may seem like too much. The good news is February should bring decent savings on TVs.
Of course, excellent deals can pop up at any time of year. But February usually has at least a few TV sales right around the Super Bowl, which falls on February 13 in 2022. So watch for deals during the first couple of weeks of the month.
Among these TV deals should be at least a handful of Staff Pick-worthy offers, which are deals we consider to be especially great. For example, last February Amazon offered an LG 75" NanoCell 4K TV for $1,450. While on the pricier side, it still qualified as one of our "best of the best" offers, as well as the lowest price we could find at the time for the set. Another Staff Pick deal was a Samsung Q70T TV with a massive 85" screen for just over $2,000. That was the lowest price we'd ever seen for that model, and as long as the buyer had room for a set that size, it would ensure epic viewing no matter which team was winning.
Super Bowl Snacks
Even if you don't need a new TV for the big game, you'll likely want to stock up on tasty snacks! Ibotta is running a deal where you can earn 100% cash back on a bundle of popular treats. If you're a new user, you'll need to download the app, and once you join, you can unlock the offer within it. Then you'll need to purchase the following six products:
- Red Baron frozen pizza (select varieties, any size)
- Bubly sparkling water (any flavor, any variety, 8-pack only)
- Mission tortilla chips (any variety, 13-ounce bag only)
- Kraft shredded cheese (any variety, 8-ounce-size only)
- Litehouse Dip & Spread (any variety, 15.5-fluid-ounce size only)
- Nestle Toll House cookie dough (any variety, 16.5-ounce size only)
For existing users, the frozen pizza offer will be immediately available, but the other five products will unlock after you refer a friend. The offer is available nationwide, both in-store and online, while supplies last at retailers like Target, Kroger, and Costco.com. See all the important details here.
Need even more snacking deals? Watch for offers from other retailers, as well. In 2021, Target knocked 35% off Frito-Lay chips and dip, while Amazon knocked 20% off Super Bowl snacks that included Doritos, wing sauce, granola bars, energy drinks, and more.
Restaurants may also participate. Last year, notable offers included BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse's Homegating Pack, which included a large deep-dish pizza, family-sized chips and dip, two appetizers, and a 64-ounce signature growler or nonalcoholic beverage, all for $65. Yard House offered a similar Tailgate Takeout Pack for $50 that included chicken nachos, wings, and a choice of two pizzas.
Valentine's Day Sales
Valentine's Day is February 14, but sales for the holiday show up long before then. For example, the first Valentine's Day deals we saw in 2021 popped up in early January. In fact, we listed an offer on January 5 for a Hallmark Nintendo Super Mario Valentine's card. By mid-January last year, we were already seeing jewelry for up to 50% off at retailers like Zales, and Target was offering Valentine's-themed candy at three for $8, so you could stock up early and still save.
Just know that when February hits, the sales can be more lackluster. For instance, in January 2021, we saw 1-800-Flowers offer savings of up to 50% on Valentine's Day gifts. By February, the discounts we saw from them dropped; they ranged from 25% off plus $15 for shipping, to up to 41% off.
Shopping for jewelry? Watch for retailers like Szul to knock up to 90% off select pieces for Valentine's Day; we expect them to be outliers, though. Many stores will probably offer only 20% to 30% off jewelry. In 2021, we saw Jared take 20% off sitewide and provide free shipping during its Valentine's Day sale. Flowers will likely see similar discounts, like last year's deal from ProFlowers for 20% off $39, or the two dozen assorted roses from 1-800-Flowers from $35, plus $15 for shipping.
Don't forget about Valentine's Day candy either. Expect retailers like Amazon and Lindt to offer at least 20% off, while other retailers could feature deals like 5 pounds of Valentine's chocolate in a tin for around $48. And if you have a soft spot for Godiva, watch for them to take up to 25% off.
Presidents' Day Sales
Presidents' Day sales might not seem exciting, but they're excellent opportunities to save on electronics, clothing, mattresses, home goods and furniture, and large appliances.
You can expect to save up to 68% on laptops and desktops during these February sales at stores like Dell Home, Lenovo, and HP. But retailers like Best Buy and eBay will likely offer Presidents' Day sales, as well, with potentially even bigger discounts. Shop those stores if you're hoping for Presidents' Day savings on other electronics, including tablets and headphones.
We tend to see more than a third of all Presidents' Day sales feature clothing in some capacity. If you're hoping this holiday will be a good time to buy discounted spring apparel before the weather warms up, though, know that you'll probably be out of luck. We expect most items in these events to be winter apparel, as retailers try to clear out stock to make room for new spring items. Watch for stores to knock between 20% and 50% off clothing, though some could go even higher. Last year, Macy's offered up to 87% off during its Presidents' Day sale, while Jos. A. Bank took up to 80% off.
If you're in need of a new mattress, be sure to check out sales advertising furniture. Even though you might not think of mattresses in the same way you'd think of a sofa, they're often included in the same sales. Expect to save as much as 60% at stores like Macy's and JCPenney, while Tempur-Pedic could knock up to $500 off. Online mattress retailers will likely have their own sales in February, but odds are the discounts will be smaller.
Looking for large appliances? Historically, we've seen stores take up to 35% off refrigerators, washing machines, and more for the holiday weekend. Be ready to shop at retailers like Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowe's if you're in the market for these deals.
While Presidents' Day will offer a number of mattress sales, Essentia won't make you wait to save. Throughout the month of February, the brand will be celebrating its 17th anniversary with an anniversary sale. During this time, shoppers can take 20% off select models, including the Essentia Stratami. Additionally, the brand is offering free pillows and sheets with your mattress purchase, up to $599 worth depending on which model you buy.
Spring may feel so close we can almost smell it, but this isn't the month to shop for lightweight fabrics and sleeveless shirts. However, February is an excellent time to shop for clothing on the cozier side. Last February we listed more than 1,200 clothing deals, and 9% of those received our Staff Pick designation. During that month, we saw fuzzy socks perfect for lounging for only $2 and thermal socks for $4. We also saw turtlenecks for $7, puffer vests for $8, pullovers and flannel shirts for $10, and sweaters for $12.
Keep an eye out for clothing sales, too. In February 2021, Proozy took up to 64% off Steve Madden women's jackets, plus knocked an extra 80% off already-discounted items and provided free shipping on $50. This deal was so great it earned our Staff Pick designation and also yielded some of the best discounts we'd seen for the brand. More "best of the best" deals came from Dockers, which took an extra 60% off in-cart, and Crocs, which took up to 60% off, as well. Other retailers may offer specific categories at a discount. For instance, last year Old Navy knocked the price of adults' pants down to only $12.
Gardening and Grilling Items
It might be too early to plant anything in much of the country, but you can still stock up on garden tools and other items for less. In February 2021, we listed 156 garden deals. Only about 6% of those earned our Staff Pick badge, but even those not worthy of that designation were still worth checking out.
For example, we saw a 24-count of Miracle-Gro indoor plant food spikes for $3, Miracle-Gro all-purpose plant food for $9, and organic mini mushroom kits for $13. But there was more than garden items like these. We also saw deals on grilling accessories last February, like a leg-and-wing grill rack for $8 and a Cuisinart 20-piece deluxe grill set for $45.
Count on garden tools being among the best offers we see. For instance, last year a refurbished Worx blower/mulcher/vacuum combo was $38, which was the lowest price we'd seen for it in any condition.
Winter might still be hanging around, but we also expect to see items like patio furniture at notable lows. In February 2021, we saw patio sets for as little as $149, while deals on grills and other accessories were available, too. We saw a huge Lifesmart wood pellet grill for $379, which was a low by $289, and Home Depot knocked up to 40% off select patio furniture and outdoor appliances. Even if it's too cold to spend much time in your backyard right now, you can certainly get ready for the warmer temperatures ahead!
Seasonal Fruits and Veggies
If you're still holding strong on your New Year's resolution to eat healthier, buying seasonal produce is a budget-friendly way to do so. In February, that means you can shop veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, leeks, parsnips, rutabagas, and turnips. Looking for fruit? Grapefruit, lemons, oranges, and tangelos will all be in season, and their bright flavors could help lighten up the lingering gray days of winter.
If you're interested in seeing what's in season and local, be sure to check the Seasonal Food Guide website. Choose your state and time frame, and you'll see what kinds of fresh produce you should keep an eye out for.
3 Things NOT to Buy in February
You'll find better deals and a greater selection if you wait until later in the year to shop these items.
|Cruises||In February||In March (at the earliest)||The travel industry is still experiencing issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, so it's hard to predict what the situation for cruises will be in March. If you find a cruise deal you like, check how far in advance you can make a reservation, and see if the cruise line includes a flexible cancellation policy before you book.|
|Luggage||In February||In March||March usually brings decent luggage deals, and we're expecting the same this year. Watch for prices to be as low as $5.|
|Android Phones||In February||In November (or around Prime Day if you can't wait)||Keep an eye out around Prime Day and Black Friday, as we often see high amounts of Android phone deals around these shopping holidays. November in particular tends to trounce other months in terms of Staff Pick deals and Android deals in general.|
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