Monday, February 6, 2012

~ February Sales Cycles ~

One of the keys to saving money and maximizing coupon savings is to purchase the items you love at the absolute lowest price. 

This Month

This month we have Valentine's Day so we should see sales (especially afterwards) on cards, candies and other gifts for the sweethearts in your life.  Superbowl Sunday is the first Sunday of the month and you'll see lot's of deals on snacks, chips, crackers, dips and other goodies.

At the Grocery Store

There are a couple of food holidays that fall in February. And often times we will see deals around those items. National Snack Food Month means we may see some good sales on chips, snack mix and other snack type food items. Also the second week of February is Jell-O Week, and that may mean Jell-O sales at the grocery stores. February is also National Canned Foods Month so we should expect good sales on canned foods such as soup, canned fruits and veggies etc.
For Valentine’s Day expect heavy sales on candy and chocolate – brands to watch for are Nestle, Wonka, M&M & the Mars brands. Drug stores such as Walgreens, CVS and Rite-Aid usually have the best deals nationwide on holiday treats I have found. Also because of the romantic nature of the holiday we should also see some “interesting” sales on intimate products such as K-Y, condoms and other items of that nature.

Don’t forget to shop after Valentine’s Day for post-holiday clearance. Look for great discounts on candy of course but don’t forget to check your meat department’s markdown section the day or two after this romantic holiday for markdowns on pricier meats like steak, shrimp and lobster tails! Stores stock up in anticipation of all those romantic meals and if they over bought you may just find some great deals to fill your freezer with!

Produce In Season

Buying produce when it is in season is always going to be cheaper than buying it out of season. In February I really look forward to good sales on asparagus and fresh strawberries!
Fresh produce deals in February include:
  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asian Greens
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Collard Greens
  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Kale
  • Kiwis
  • Kohlrabi
  • Kumquats
  • Leeks
  • Lemons
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Star Fruits
  • Strawberries
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tangerines
  • Turnips
  • Walnuts
  • Winter Squash
* Seasonal produce deals can be dependent upon which part of the country you live in. Southern states will usually have better deals on fresh product over those in the northern states.

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 Other Deals to consider

Tax season is in full swing.  Everyone should have received or will be receiving W2's.  This is the time to see tax prep software discounted and tax preparers offering great deals.

Out with the old and in with the new.  This is a great time to find things like furniture and cameras at super saving prices.  Showrooms are wanting to move last year's items out of the showroom and will reduce the retail price 50-60% to make room for the new stock. 

New Camera models will be released this month.  So older models will be reduced to make room for the new ones.  This is a super time to purchase that camera you've had your eye on.  It is also an excellent time to buy camera accessories as well.
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