The 5 Best Things to Buy in February

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Even if Punxsutawney Phil was right on Sunday, we're still in the homestretch -- the last few miles in this marathon we call winter. Before you know it, spring buds will be popping up through the ground, you'll be able to shed that coat and thoughts of frolicking poolside won't be a distant memory, but will instead be next week's plans.

While you wait for old man winter to retreat, though, why not do a little shopping? This month, you'll find that tax software and fragrances are hot buys, so stock up now. Also discounted are canned goods, in-season produce, and winter necessities. And don't forget about post-Valentine's Day sales or Presidents' Day bargains, either! Check out all the details below.

Tax Software

We know that taxes are no fun, especially if you've got more than a 1040EZ to fill out. But dozens of big-name tax software sellers and tax preparers are offering specials to bring you through their doors instead of their competitors'. You've got to file anyway, so you may as well make the best of the situation and save money. According to, you should be on the lookout for 30 percent to 50 percent off programs and offers from brands such as H&R Block, TurboTax, TaxAct and more.


Valentine's Day is nigh, which means retailers are pushing products such as chocolate, jewelry, flowers and, of course, fragrances.
Whether you're shopping women's perfumes or men's colognes, you'll notice lots of discounts. You're also more apt to find new fragrances on the market around this time of year since many retailers release new scents ahead of Feb. 14. Make sure take advantage of gift sets -- which will give you the maximum value for your dollar -- and also in-store specials and coupons that slash prices.

Presidents Day Sales

Valentine's Day isn't the only holiday in February. Don't forget about (the admittedly less exciting) Presidents Day. Not only do you likely get the day off -- who doesn't love three day weekends? -- you'll also be able to enjoy some big sales. Look for up to 80 percent off women's and men's apparel, accessories and home goods. You'll also find slashed prices on furniture and tools. Keep an eye out for store specials and coupons leading up to the weekend.

Winter Apparel and Necessities

This is probably the final month to buy winter goods on discount and still find any decent selection. The good news is that if you buy in February, you'll still have a month or two to use the items. It may require a bit of digging for treasure, so really comb through those discount racks; you're bound to find some brag-worthy steals. Items to shop for include winter coats, winter clothing and winter accessories (including high end brands), boots and snow maintenance equipment.

Canned Goods and In-Season Produce

Here's a fun fact: February is National Canned Food month. As a result, you'll find discounts on many canned goods throughout the grocery store. You'll also find an uptick in coupons on canned fruits and veggies, so clip them and take full advantage of the savings. If you're more into fresh veggies, stick to in-season produce. Items such as citrus, leeks, beets, Brussels sprout, cabbage, celery, cauliflower, sweet potatoes and onions will commonly be on sale as well.

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"You will turn off your TV" an ad for Motley Fool says here on your website...really? I like only watching television on my TV and not at some computer screen or tablet!! How presumptuous and wrong to make a blanket statement like this about everyone's preference for how they watch television. I love my TV and don't want to watch on a device! What a stupid presumptuous remark and that is the way it going it doesn't make it the better choice..

February 04 2014 at 12:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Most grocers have sweet potatoes for a whopping 33 cents a pound now. It's easy to make a serious sweet potato pie. Cut the points off two pounds of sweet potatoes and nuke them until they are tender, about 5 minutes. While they are in the micro put one ready made crust into a 9 inch cake (not a pie pan, a deep dish pan). Let the sweet potatoes cool to the touch, slit lengthwise, and scoop the flesh into a big bowl with two tablespoons of margarine, cup of sugar, dash of salt, and one egg. Stir until combined, dump it all into the crust, and level it. Bake at 350 o F until the crust is browned and the filling is set, about 45 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the pie stay there for another 30 minutes. Then, let it cool on the counter, and serve.
What makes this pie amazing is the fresh sweet potatoes and real sugar, not corn syrup. Serve with a dollup of whipped cream.

February 03 2014 at 8:00 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to alfredschrader's comment

sounds good....better then super bowl comments..ENOUGH IT'S OVER ..thank you.... the hype was unrelenting.........

February 03 2014 at 8:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Well that's a better post than your financial, drivel.

February 03 2014 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply