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February brings with it a lot of expenses thanks to Valentine's Day and the Super Bowl. But big social events can also mean big sales! Add in Presidents' Day deals, and February can be a great month for shoppers.
Check out our list of the best and worst things to buy this month, then see how you can save the rest of the year.
Some stores kicked off their Valentine's Day sales as far back as the second week of January, but last-minute shoppers can still find Valentine's Day deals. If you're shopping for jewelry, you'll likely see the biggest percent-off savings at Swarovski, Kohl's, or in Amazon's daily deal section.
If you're on a budget and looking for a Valentine's Day gift that's more sentimental than sparkling, know that many eBay sellers will drop the price of charm bracelets and lockets below $10. Plus, Win Pearl has historically discounted freshwater pearl necklaces and bracelets to between $10 and $15.
Amazon Prime members looking for (usually pricey) red roses should buy them at Whole Foods, which has previously offered two dozen stems for just $20. Alternatively, nab a $30 credit for an online florist like FTD or Teleflora for just $12 at Groupon or Living Social — but keep in mind that holiday delivery charges will be high.
The best way to save money on Valentine's Day is to avoid traditional gifts, and opt for something more unique. For example, the aforementioned Groupon also cut 25% off local deals last year around Valentine's Day. Lots of apparel stores will also host cost-cutting sales, including Macy's and J.Crew Factory — the latter is likely to cut around 50% off during its festive sale!
Although January generally sees the highest number of deals on cold-weather apparel, this month will also be a good time to buy clearance clothing. We saw over 150 offers on coats alone last February, with discounts as high as 70% and 85% off at Men's Wearhouse and Saks off 5th, respectively.
You can expect Superdry's eBay store to advertise Editors' Choice-worthy deals on a variety of jackets, while the price of coats from brands like Reebok and Columbia fall under $20. The less label-conscious can shop Walmart's clearance section for men's and women's jackets at $8 or less.
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Macy's or Jos. A. Bank should be your first stop for clearance sweaters and hoodies; you can expect to nab a few styles for around $10 apiece. Winter accessories like scarves, gloves, and hats will reach Editors' Choice-worthy prices, too, as they move to final clearance at Walmart.
Presidents' Day falls on February 18 this year. We'll see Presidents' Day sales in tons of categories, but it's home goods that traditionally see the most notable discounts. Last February, 21% of all Editors' Choice deals fell into the home and garden category.
Outside of November (when nearly everything is at its cheapest), we saw more Editors' Choice vacuum deals in February 2018 than in any other month. In fact, one in three deals earned our seal of approval! A number of Hoover and Dyson vacuums fell to what is still their best-ever prices. You can expect to see similar savings this year from Dyson itself or Best Buy.
Large home items like furniture and mattresses saw discounts of up to $500 during the Sam's Club Presidents' Day sale, while Pottery Barn and Bed Bath & Beyond both cut up to 70% off. You can also expect blenders, coffee makers, and slow cookers to fall under $10 at Newegg and Amazon.
Traditionally, the price of lobster is at its highest from January through March, but the days immediately after Valentine's Day can be a great time to splurge. Most groceries stock up on fine food like lobster and steak in preparation for romantic Valentine's Day dinners. So check out the fish and meat departments come February 15 for some low-cost luxury.
The best time of year to buy a new TV is around Black Friday, but you can find a number of great offers in February — thanks to the Super Bowl. In fact, you can expect half of all TV deals to be marked as Editors' Choice. The best deals will drop in the first two or three days of February.
SEE ALSO: The Ultimate Guide to Buying a TV
Just days before the big game in 2018, Best Buy discounted a 55" 4K TV to just $300, and a 50" Roku-equipped set to $330. Also, eBay is a prime spot to shop for high-end OLED TVs. And you can expect reputable sellers there to undercut Dell and Best Buy by $400 to $500.
National Frozen Yogurt Day falls on February 6 and will bring with it freebies and discounts for the savers with a sweet tooth. You can expect TCBY and Yogurtland to be among those dishing out the good stuff for free on the day.
Rumors abound that Apple is set to release a fifth-generation iPad mini and new iPad in the early part of this year. This means you should hold off on buying a new (or refurbished) tablet until it's confirmed. Not only will there be a new model to consider buying, but previous generations will also see substantial price drops in its wake.
MWC (formerly Mobile World Congress) falls on the last week of February this year, and so most manufacturers will announce a new smartphone line by the end of the month — we already know that Samsung plans to unveil its Galaxy S10 line days before the event. Because of the timing of the announcement, you can expect to see price drops on previous generations of phones come March.
Sadly, we're months away from summer vacation, so luggage sales are slow. They'll get even slower come March, which means prices could improve massively. In fact, we typically see a substantial ratio of Editors' Choice luggage deals in March. Hold off until then and you can expect to shop luggage sets for under $50, and backpacks as low as $5.
As the spring thaw looms, you can expect to see price drops on ski and snowboarding equipment. Still, hold off until March when the discount season really starts. Then, you can expect to see around a 20% discount on February's prices.