Appliances, furniture, mattresses, housewares, winter apparel, cameras, big-screen TVs and accompanying home-theater equipment are all marked down in February, making it a great month to score deals on home-related purchases.
TVs and accessories
Fueled by the Super Bowl, January sales on big-screen televisions, speakers and other home-theater products tend to spill over into early February when the big game is sometimes scheduled. The sales typically continue throughout the month in anticipation of the Oscars.
February has been a traditional time for sales on mattresses, box springs, and related bedding items. A majority of the sales will be clustered around the three-day Presidents Day weekend.
When the new models are introduced, typically in January, last year’s models are discounted so January and February are opportune times to score an appliance deal, especially if don’t necessarily care about all the new bells and whistles. Otherwise, retailers will offer sales throughout the year timed to the major holidays, such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day.
Look for sales on furniture around the three-day Presidents Day weekend and then again on other major three-day holiday weekends throughout the year — similar to the sales on appliances. In addition, smart shoppers can score furniture deals on last year’s styles as the industry preps for its semi-annual furniture market trade shows in April and October in North Carolina, a major furniture manufacturing hub in the United States.
From snow shovels and snow blowers to blankets and throws, cold-weather gear is heavily discounted in February to make room for all the spring merchandise. Ditto for winter apparel and sporting gear.
Both window and central air conditioning systems are at their cheapest prices in the fall and winter. As the demand for these products drops so do the prices.
Shop smart for February’s best buys
Before making any major purchase, do your homework. Consumer advocacy groups, websites, and magazines such as Consumer Reports, Wise Bread, Nerd Wallet, and Money, regularly publish buying guides and tips.