What to buy (and not to buy) in February: Tax software, mattresses, winter coats

Adrianna Barrionuevo
What to buy — and skip — during the month of February. (Photo: Getty Images)
What to buy — and skip — during the month of February. (Photo: Getty Images)

The month of February is synonymous with the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day weekend. It’s also a great month to save on essentials, including winter apparel, tax software and mattresses.

That said, there are also some items you may want to hold off on shopping this month. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, flower prices are at an all-time high, so sticking with a more traditional gift is the way to go if you want to save. Aside from some of the best TV deals of the year (yes, even better than Black Friday’s), most electronics will not be on sale this time of year. And although you might see the new inventory rolling out at your favorite clothing stores, steer clear because those prices are going to go down later in the season.

So what should smart shoppers scoop up during the month of February? Take a look.

Winter Apparel

We’re in the middle of winter, which means retailers are making room for all the new spring dresses and sandals. For shoppers, it means huge markdowns on cold-weather apparel from coats to boots. Now’s the time to stock up on a new parka for the kids or a pair of designer winter boots.

Kenneth Cole Hooded Faux-Fur-Trim Down Chevron Puffer Coat (Photo: Macy’s)
Kenneth Cole Hooded Faux-Fur-Trim Down Chevron Puffer Coat (Photo: Macy’s)

Shop it: Kenneth Cole Hooded Faux-Fur-Trim Down Chevron Puffer Coat, $110 (was $245), macys.com

Mattresses

Mattresses go on sale three times a year, one of them landing in February. The best deals will come around Presidents’ Day weekend, but MattressFirm.com offers monthlong sales, including huge savings during its Presidents’ Day Preview sale.

Tulo 10″ Medium Mattress (Photo: Mattress Firm)
Tulo 10″ Medium Mattress (Photo: Mattress Firm)

Shop it: Tulo 10″ Medium Mattress, $500 to $700 (was $550 to $850), mattressfirm.com

Presidents’ Day Sales

Almost every retailer will markdown inventory or offer promotions during the three-day weekend. However, keep an eye out for early sales and pay extra close attention to home goods. This year, everything from bedding and furniture to small kitchen appliances will bring the most savings.

Wayfair Basics Down Alternative Comforter (Photo: Wayfair)
Wayfair Basics Down Alternative Comforter (Photo: Wayfair)

Shop it: Wayfair Basics Down Alternative Comforter, $19 (was $160), wayfair.com

Tax Software

The sooner you file those taxes, the sooner you can get a potential refund and not have to worry about the April deadline. Either way, being an early bird means scoring discounts on tax-prep software.

H&R Block Deluxe Tax Software (Photo: H&R Block)
H&R Block Deluxe Tax Software (Photo: H&R Block)

Shop it: H&R Block Deluxe Tax Software, $45 (was $55), hrblock.com

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