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Items worth and not worth buying in February

In February, the theme of Valentine's Day prevails in shop windows. Although this month you can see and buy very profitably not only teddy bears and flowers, but also other, much more necessary things, writes Cheapism... Retailers are already thinking about spring and are ready to remove products from other seasons from the shelves. Presidents' Day also falls in February, so many will have a day off and some extra time to shop. Don't forget about the Super Bowl, which makes a big screen TV the perfect deal of the month.

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Buy: TVs and some types of electronics

In February, retailers are looking to sell leftover electronics to make room for new gadgets. GPS systems, digital cameras and audio equipment will also be on sale this month. Look for special deals on TVs during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. The best discounts will be on models with large screens 50 inches and up, because no one wants to watch a big game on a small 32-inch TV, no matter how dazzling the picture is.

Always look for the most competitive electronics prices at mainstream retailers, including Walmart and Target - the first two are likely to offer similar discounts on popular purchases. Best Buy is also worth checking out - especially for TV prices. And don't forget warehouse clubs like Costco, Sam's Club and BJ's, particularly when it comes to discounts on big TVs ahead of the Super Bowl.

Buy: video games

New video games are usually released in early winter so that they can be bought as a holiday gift. By February, however, even the newest and most requested games tend to drop in price. So if you've been eyeing popular games like Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield for Nintendo Switch or Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, now is the time to look for them.

Discounts in this popular category will mostly be at Walmart, Target, Amazon, and Best Buy. But don't forget about GameStop stores too. And to save year round, video games are often easy to get cheap by looking at classified sites like eBay, Craigslist, or local buy, sell, trade Facebook groups.

Buy: winter items

Presidents' Day on February 21 means big sales. Considering that seasonal sales take place at this time, then it's time to buy winter clothes. Thus, you can find many discounts on coats, outerwear, gloves, scarves, hats and sweaters. Cold weather accessories are especially good to buy in February if your style doesn't change from year to year.

Department stores such as Macy's and Kohl's are preparing many seasonal discounts. Check out the discounts in addition to those already available at Gap, Lands' End and Eddie Bauer. Don't forget sporting goods retailers like Dick's and equipment stores like REI - they'll be selling winter clothing at a discount to clear shelves for new arrivals.

Do not buy: spring and summer things

As sweaters and boots disappear from store shelves, swimwear and sandals will begin to take their place. If you don't have to buy your spring break trip, try waiting a bit. Discounts will be mediocre at best until new clothes hit the shelves for at least a couple of months. So wait until the real warmth comes - and prices melt too.

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Buy: mattresses

February is a great month to buy mattresses. Much like Labor Day and Memorial Day, and the weekend, Presidents Day is a great opportunity to get a great mattress when couples have more time to shop together.

In this competitive category, you'll likely see the most aggressive discounts at specialty stores like Mattress Firm and regional mattress chains, as well as department stores that sell mattresses like Macy's and Sears. But don't forget about online bed-in-a-box retailers including Casper and Tuft & Needle. Although the discounts there probably won't be as impressive as in regular stores.

Buy: bedding

Although January white sales are traditionally the best time for the best bargains in this category, February sales also mean some great deals on bedding, towels and other accessories. Set aside time for shopping for a three-day weekend for Presidents Day. This is also a good time to stock up on linen if there is a student in the family who will go to college in the fall.

Look for offers at any store that sells bed linens, but the best choices (and usually the best discounts) are likely to be in department stores, including Macy's and JCPenney. You will also find great offers from online discounters, such as Overstock and Wayfair, and specialty stores like Pottery Barn and West Elm.

Buy: romantic gifts

Caution: jewelry, perfumes, flowers and everything related to romance are in high demand on the eve of Valentine's Day, so do not expect any discounts until February 14. Buyers who hold out until this time are likely to enjoy pleasant discounts when the holiday passes and demand drops sharply.

Big-Box stores will offer their valentines at a discount immediately and after the holidays. For example, expect Target to start at minus 50% on non-food items and then increase discounts to 70% and 90%. Traditional jewelry stores like Jared will try to sell off stock, but department stores like Macy's and Sears will do the same.

Buy: Chocolate

Chocolate lovers can satisfy their passion at bargain prices after Valentine's Day. Look for discounts on expensive chocolates that don't often go on sale. Ready-made Valentine's Day kits will also be on sale at discounts as retailers try to sell off holiday supplies. And don't be afraid to stock up - chocolate can be stored for months in a cool dry place.

If you like mass-market chocolates like Hershey's and the like, Walmart and Target should be your first destinations after Valentine's Day. In years past, Walmart has slashed the price of candy by 50% immediately after the holiday, while Target started with a 30% discount and gradually reduced the prices of stocks. Those with a much more discerning taste will have the opportunity to find discounts from more expensive brands such as Godiva.

Do not buy: items of luggage

Now is not the time to buy suitcases and other luggage (unless, of course, you have a fast flight, so there is no choice). Wait until next month for new models in stores to restock shoppers ahead of their spring and summer travel. Once this happens, retailers will begin to dispose of old stock at a good discount.

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Buy: tax software

Look for discounts on tax filing software with Tax Day approaching. Prices are actually tending to increase as the April deadline approaches, so don't wait too long. By submitting early, you can avoid last-minute rush and help you get a much-needed refund faster.

Almost every major electronics retailer will be selling TurboTax and similar packages at a discount. Amazon is unlikely to undercut prices of the most popular programs, although Costco and Target were in line with its prices at the time of publication. Walmart has signed an exclusive with H&R Block and is promoting an enhanced version of its popular luxury program, which allows customers to reinstall the program within two years of purchase.

Buy: Mexican Food

You may not have expected discounts on Mexican food in February, but it is. Between National Margarita Cocktail Day (February 22) and National Tortilla Chips Day (February 24), Mexican restaurants will be looking for customers.

Special offers are expected in large numbers among national chains. In 2020, you could buy a classic Margarita for $2,22 at the Bahama Breeze Island Grille, while the Chili establishment offered signature drinks for $5. Salsarita's Fresh Mexican Grill gave away free chips and salsa on nacho day at some locations, and Taco John's has given away chips and cheese to customers in the past. Explore additional deals at your favorite local Mexican restaurants, as well as special deals on Tortillas chips at grocery stores.

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