February is full of holidays and celebrations – SuperBowl Sunday (Feb. 1), Groundhog Day (Feb. 2), Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), President’s Day (Feb. 16), Ash Wednesday (Lent begins on Feb. 18), the Chinese New Year (Feb. 19) and Black History Month.
It’s also a month full of good deals that can help you save money and prepare your family for survival scenarios. February bargains are worth tracking down, especially since many families are still recovering from an expensive holiday season.
Some of the January winter sales may extend into February (See January bargains here), especially with winter clothing.
All of those holidays come with celebrations. There will be sales on food before and after the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year. Valentine’s Day can be a good time to stock up on comfort items for your food supply. Who wouldn’t like some chocolate and candy on hand during a long power outage? I keep candy on hand for my children in our tornado shelter. Tablecloths, plates, napkins and decorations will also be on sale after the celebrations if you need to stock up on those items.
A lot of canned food items will be on sale this month that are related to the holiday celebrations. Steak and seafood should be on sale after Valentine’s Day, although neither are meant for long-term storage! Still, you can freeze them, preferably vacuum packed, and enjoy them during the year, knowing you paid less. Oatmeal is also an item that is on sale in February – a very good food storage item.
Buy fruits and vegetables in season for the best deals. To make them last year-round research how to freeze, can or dehydrate them. Fruits and vegetables in season during February are:
- Cactus Pear
- Sweet Potatoes
Winter gear and clothing will still be on sale this month. If you have children, what sizes will you need for next year? Think about grabbing extra hats and gloves for each person in the family to keep stashed in the car.
Humidifiers will also be on sale this month. If you have ever been congested, you know how handy humidifiers can be. If you find a good deal, it wouldn’t hurt to have a back-up, if you already own one.
Furniture and mattresses are big February sales. Sleep is important to your health and if you need a new or better mattress, you can find a good deal this month. Do you need a new bookshelf? Finding a deal on better quality furniture will mean that you will save money on something that will last. A lot of preparedness-minded people stock up on books of all kinds, so maybe adding another bookcase is a good idea!
Dental supplies are a February special. Look for deals that can stock your family up on toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash for the year and for emergencies. The American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes every 3-4 months.
If you feel like your air conditioner is on its last legs, February is a good month to look for replacement deals. See what rebates your state or energy company may offer for energy efficient models, too, if you replace your air conditioner or furnace. One place to check is Energy Star.
Some other big appliances, like washers and dryers, tend to go on sale around President’s Day. These may also qualify for energy rebates.
BONUS TIP: Whenever you need a large appliance, try to wait for the next major holiday, since there are always big sales over those 3-day weekends.
Cell phones and tablets may be on sale this month to make room for newer models. For emergencies, you may want to consider letting your child have a cell phone when they are separated from you. Tablets are a great way to entertain and teach children. Cameras may also still be on sale. Cameras can be useful for documenting your property for insurance or emergency situations. Some digital cameras have video recording, too.
Treadmills and ellipticals are still on sale this month. Being fit cannot be overemphasized in preparing for any situation. Take advantage of this sale and get your body fit for whatever may come.
April 15, is getting closer and you can start seeing deals on tax software and preparation packages. New tax offices may offer deals on their services to establish a client base. The taxes will need to be filed, so keep an eye out for a deal if you need help. Also, start thinking of the best way to use any refund you may get – savings, buying more food storage, paying down debt. Be smart with that refund!
If you are considering purchasing a home, February is a month where some prices go down because the market is slow.
You may still find deals on boats and motorcycles this month due to the cold weather. Motorcycles can help give a family member a cheaper mode of transportation if gas prices go up again. If you live near water, a boat can help you bug out or take you to a food source.
Gifts and personal items
After Valentine’s Day, you can pick up Valentine’s cards for your children’s classes on sale for next year. It’s also a good time to stock up on some children’s craft items for parties, snow days or extended power outages.
Jewelry, perfume and gift sets will be on sale after Valentines’ Day. This can be a great way to stock up on gifts for the year for family and friends. Real gold and silver jewelry and precious gems could also be future barter items when times get tough.
Condoms and personal lubricants will also go on sale around Valentine’s Day. If you have someone special in your life, these may be good items to stock up on as well. There is a reason that reporters make a note to check on the birth rate nine months after a big winter storm or long power outage!
By the end of February …
According to the 52 Weeks Savings Plan, you should have $36 saved up by the end of February. I know you can do that! If you have extra right now, perhaps going to Week 52, in the chart and saving $52 would be a smart thing to do.
If you haven’t already, join our Facebook group for extra support as you work to stay on a budget and get some savings in the bank!
What are you doing with the extra money saved with lower gas prices? The key to being a winner when it comes to saving money is to pinch pennies wherever you can with purchases and then put even small amounts saved in your savings stash.
We’ll be back in March with more money-saving tips to help you stay on track, both with your budget and your savings plan!
P.S. Wondering how to best store that Valentine candy? Watch this tutorial video.
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