JAN 30, 2017 FatWallet.com –From those familiar heart-shaped boxes to 4K TVs to home furnishings to winter travel deals, these are the very best things to buy in February this year, including some smart tips to help shoppers stack on additional savings.
Valentine’s Day Sales: While the sale of more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, as well as 20% of all flower transactions take place in February, V-Day gift seekers can also find significant discounting upwards of 60% off apparel, jewelry to other apparel accessories throughout February as retailers look to move out older styles for incoming spring and summer trends. Local deals from sights like Groupon and Living Social offer 40-60% off restaurants and bars, beauty and spas, fitness and classes, and short weekend getaways with up to 60% off hotels, B&B and other winter travel deals and packages.
TIP: Hitting the malls during the Super Bowl offers Valentine’s shoppers front-row parking, thin crowds and a prime selection of gift options to choose from.
TVs: With the promise of the most watched TV event of the year, February’s “pre” and “post” Big Game sales offer the year’s biggest selection of TV deals with some prices rivaling those limited Black Friday doorbusters. Whether the plan is to enhance the Super Bowl experience or upgrade this year’s binge-watching marathons, TV buyers will find savings ranging from $200-400 on basic 40-55” 4K TVs and up to $1000 off higher-end 65” 4K models sporting newer OLED and HDR technology.
TIP: In order to fully enhance action sports viewing, shop for TVs featuring at least 120 Hz Refresh Rates (pricier 240 Hz is optimum).
Super Bowl Sales Ops: Like it or not, “alternatives” are in, and sometimes alternatives save you money. The Super Bowl isn’t for everyone, but the sales surrounding the popular event provide hidden savings on numerous items, as well as activities. Sale goers can score big by stocking up on food, snacks, beverages on sale and often at BOGO discounts. Plus, movie, theater and other sporting event tickets will offer prime seating at discounted prices as venues aggressively try to fill up. Ditto on restaurants offering both in-house and delivery specials on Super Bowl weekend.
TIP: Expect a blitz of exclusive social media and mobile deals as retailers look to notify a captive audience on how to easily find game-time freebies and coupons.
President’s Day: Overlapping with Valentine’s Day sales, President’s Day brings the first major sales event of the year. The annual offering brings deep discounts on a variety of personal needs, including significant savings of 20-40% off on big-ticket items for the home, such as major appliances, mattresses and home furnishings. Most President’s Day sales kick-off during the week ahead of honored Monday Holiday (Feb. 20 this year) and extend well into the following week, marking the beginnings of winter clearance with prime selection of deep discounts ranging from 20-80% off outerwear, seasonal clothing and sports and outdoors items. Winter Clearance builds throughout the second half of February and well into March at most branded apparel retailers and their outlets.
TIP: Secure free delivery and haul-away options to expose additional savings and convenience when purchasing large items for the home.
Tax Software: e-Filers numbers have been on the rise in recent years, and 2017 could escalate early filings more than ever before making February a smart time to look for Tax Software deals and savvy discussion on how to get the biggest return, including 30% off Premium personal and small business software, free online filing options and additional savings up to 25% cash back from FatWallet sister site, Ebates.
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