With the price of cauliflower making headlines across the country, Canadians will be looking in February to save money in order to make up for the increased costs that come from the low value of the loonie. Luckily, February happens to be a month in which there are lots of good opportunities to save.
Here are some things that you’ll find great deals on in February:
Valentine’s Day Leftovers
If you’re looking to buy things like jewelry or chocolate, you’ll likely find a few small sales leading up to Valentine’s Day. However, the biggest sales are going to come in the weeks after Valentine’s Day as stores try to get rid of their stock. You can also load up on Valentine’s Day themed products for next year during this period. For example, if you have kids and buy Valentine’s cards for their classes you’ll get great deals on cards for next year after the holiday.
Most video games are released in the fall and early winter in the lead up to the Christmas season. You can likely get small discounts on games during that time if you pre-order them. But you’ll probably get an even better price on those same games in February since the initial sales for the games will be starting to slow and game publishers will want to keep sales up. If there was a game you wanted that that you didn’t get over the holidays – then February is a great time to buy it.
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With snow falling over most of the country in February, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is boating. For this reason, you can often find some great deals on boats and other watercraft like Sea-Doos. The challenge to buying a boat in the winter is that you have to find a place to store it until spring. But if you can manage to overcome this hurtle, you’ll likely score a great deal by buying now.
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Skis and Snowboards
Skis and snowboards tend to sell very well before the holidays since they make great holiday gifts. Come February, skiing and snowboarding season will still be in high gear but fewer people will be buying skis and snowboards. That means that most manufacturers and stores will be offering great prices and deep discounts. While the best discounts will likely come at the end of the season, in February the stores will have much greater selection and you’ll be able to use your new skis or snowboards this season.
Winter apparel is going to be at some of the best prices of the season near the end of February since stores will be clearing out their stock in order to make room for new spring styles. While you would have likely gotten better selection earlier in the season at smaller discounts, those who waited will be rewarded with as much as 50-75 per cent off. If you’re looking for hard-to-find sizes, consider going to the store’s website and buying the clothes there. You’ll be more likely to find your size in the style that you like.
Unless you live in a place with little snow, you’re likely not riding your bike to work along slush filled streets. For that reason, you can often get great deals on bikes in February. While you won’t likely be able to use your bike until things start to thaw, you’ll be prepared once bike riding weather returns.
With tax season about to swing into high gear, tax software companies are starting to discount their products so that you can get started on your taxes early. Pick up your software in February and start working on your taxes so that you aren’t rushing at the last minute to get them done. Since doing your own taxes is often cheaper then getting them done professionally, not only will you save by buying the tax software on sale but you’ll save money because you won’t have to pay someone else to do your taxes.
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The recent spikes in produce prices are because, in the winter, Canadians import a lot of their fruits and vegetables from the U.S. and our buying power is lower because of the weak dollar. That’s why it makes sense to buy local produce in the winter. Foodland Ontario says that the following fruits and vegetables are currently in season: rhubarb, beets, cabbage, carrots, garlic, leeks, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, potatoes, rutabaga, squash, and sweet potatoes. Stock up on these fresh local fruits and veggies and see the savings on your grocery bill.