Save money this month with these great money saving ideas that are perfect for the month of February.
You’ll learn where the February deals are so you can:
- Save money on tax software,
- Save money on furniture,
- Save money buying a house,
- Save money eating out,
- And a whole lot more!
We think you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy all over when you see the things you can do in February to save money. If you can find some ways here to save on the February purchases you would need to make anyway or to get more out of your budget or planned expenses, we’ll feel all warm and fuzzy too! Here we go!
1. Be on the lookout for drastic discounts on entertainment and recreational purchases right now.
The winter is lingering at this point, but it’s not nice enough to do much outside yet. The mass is getting antsy here, folk, and businesses know that!
Cable and satellite companies want to give you something to do while you are still stuck indoors, and you’ll see some good introductory deals to grab your attention right now. Now don’t get cable if it’s not in your budget, but if it is, or you want to find a competitor’s deal that will lower monthly bills, you’ll find some good lock-in prices and incentives right now.
You can also find some good prices and deals on season passes right now if you take the time to go to some websites of amusement theme parks, water parks, sports team sites, and fitness centers with gym memberships.
Additionally, you’ll find outdoor sports gear like ski and snowboarding supplies and indoor fitness equipment like stationary bikes and treadmills on sale during February.
Is that cabin fever getting better yet?
Another great recreational deal just got better in February too, and this one will give you savings all year long.
Entertainment Books from Entertainment.com are now 50% off! (Until February 13, 2015)
You probably already know that when you use these well-respected coupon books, you save money on eating out; on hotels, airfare, and travel; on movies, events, and attractions; and everyday things you purchase at many of your favorite local stores like Target, Office Depot, Gap, and Michaels.
With one modest annual purchase of an Entertainment Book, you are saving money throughout the year. Even at a regular price, this purchase adds up to fantastic savings. Half off? That’s even better.
Purchase Entertainment Books here: All 2015 Entertainment Books are 50% OFF with Free Shipping, only at Entertainment.com! (Valid 2/06/15 – 2/13/15)
2. Purchase hot-weather home purchases now before the warm weather really comes your way and prices begin to rise right alongside the temperatures. This is true whether you are buying those items new or used.
First of all, if you see summer items like grills, lawn mowers, or room air conditioners on the shelves in February, before all the stores begin getting filled with summer items to sell to the masses, chances are you are seeing some left-over models that will have lower list prices on them than the newer models will have.
Not only may these year-old models be lower priced than the new models will be, the stores may have lowered their list price even more to better guarantee this inventory off moves off the shelves to make room for new products coming in.
Even if you know you are going to have to purchase these things but plan to do so on Craigslist or some other local buy and sell group, you will have a much better chance getting it cheaper now than when everyone else has realized they need the very same thing. Supply and demand can really be seen in play when it comes to one person selling one item and lots of people wanting to buy that one item!
3. Keep an eye out for good deals based on Valentine’s Day and President’s Day.
There will be sales galore on jewelry BEFORE Valentine’s Day as jewelers compete to offer treatment for that romance bug going around this time of year.
(NOTE: April usually boasts some pretty major discounts on jewelry as well. Just tossing that out there so you know!)
You’ll also see some good sales prices on perfume before Valentine’s Day. It’s hard to find flowers discounted right now, so if you want something sweet smelling and you don’t have your heart set on giving flowers, maybe perfume would be the way to go instead. Or maybe this is just the time to stock up on perfume!
Candy will be there for thrifty shoppers AFTER Valentine’s Day. You know, some of those cute little boxes of Skittles and stuffed animals might work quite well for Easter baskets. Some of the chocolates might work quite well in a gift basket for Grandma on Mother’s Day!
Then we’ve got President’s Day where you can easily find huge discounts on mattresses and furniture at most stores that sell those items.
For those who want a good deal on used furniture this year, watch for the very first nice weekend after President’s Day to see if some people who just purchased new furniture then will put their older furniture out to sell. These pieces of furniture may alternatively arrive at Goodwill the Saturday after President’s Day. You might even find these new furniture buyers have placed ads on Craigslist right on President’s Day since they are home and trying to make room for their newly-purchased furniture collections.
4. If you are buying Turbo Tax or other tax preparation software and have not purchased it yet, you will most likely get a better deal on it this month than if you purchase it closer to April 15.
As with everything else, if you know you are going to purchase it anyway, buy it when it is at its cheapest price instead of holding off and paying even more. Being prepared and moving forward at the right time is one money saving tip I can not emphasize enough.
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5. While December and January may be great months to purchase a house at a lower price, February may still yield a healthy list of desperate home sellers willing to negotiate a great price on a new home for your family.
Here’s the deal – Some of the houses that were put on the market during the winter months may still be on the market. These sellers were motivated enough to put their house up on the market at a bad selling time to begin with. If after the lean winter months (by lean I mean fewer buyers out and about) a house is still there, those sellers may be getting a little antsy.
Add to the mix that spring buyers and summer-moving families are not quite moving about yet. In fact, it may be at least a couple more months, and possibly longer than that, where sellers might expect to see activity substantially pick up.
This might be where the rubber meets the road for some of these sellers. When you combine a motivated and possibly now slightly-frustrated seller with the thought of having to hold on to their listed house for an even longer period of time, it is possible you could be looking at some of the lowest list prices (and possibly most highly-motivated sellers) you will see before the spring housing market starts up in full force again.
If you are going to be in the market to buy a house anyway this year, consider your ability to write a contract on a house in February. If you are ready to fly anyway, jump out of the nest a little early, and take advantage of that worm.
6. If you are in college or plan to be in college soon, you should be applying to every college scholarship you can this month. This may not save you money right now, but it will sure save money in college later!
I don’t think many realize that many businesses and organizations still offer scholarships for college. However, while there still are many of these available, you have to apply before the deadline for each one to be considered for them.
What even fewer people realize is that the scholarship opportunities for this upcoming fall are quickly going to pass you by if you don’t act soon. Many of the application deadlines have come and gone. Many are still available, but you may start finding fewer and fewer to apply for after February.
If you are a parent, get that FAFSA done ASAP for your child! If you are a college student returning to college or a high school senior entering college this fall, get your parents going on that FAFSA if it is not done already. (Be nice guys, but you can remind mom and dad at least… or make sure they are aware of how important this is.)
Here’s a good place to get started on college scholarship searches: http://www.fastweb.com/.
7. Plan dinner menus and recipes around food that is in season during the month of February or that is on event sales at your local grocery store.
You can save money at the grocery store and still eat healthy if you eat seasonally! And yes, there are still seasonal fruits and vegetables in the winter!
Here are some of the fruits you can find on sale in February:
Oranges, Tangerines, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Lemons, and Raspberries
Here are some of the vegetables you can find on sale in February:
Cabbage, Spring Onions, Celery, and Red Potatoes, Russet Potatoes, White Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, and Cauliflower
Do a web search for seasonal fruits and vegetables in the United States (or wherever you may live), and find out what seasonal fruits and vegetables are available to you at a lower cost in February. Also check the grocery store circulars for sales. If you see something coming up for sale over and over again at different stores in one given week, that’s probably an indication that it’s priced at a low seasonal price.
It’s good to save money now. It’s even better when you can do something healthy for your family during the dead of winter.
8. Take advantage of the numerous national days and national holidays in February since these days spur stores and restaurants to offer coupons, promotions, and sometimes even free samples, free activities, and free food products.
February is National Cherry Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month, National Grapefruit Month, National Heart Month, National Fiber Focus Month, and National Hot Breakfast Month. There are probably some more national months or days out there as well.
Now take a look at all the special days in February:
You know that these very smart stores and businesses like to have a reason to put something on sale to get people to notice them above the competition, so keep your eye out for sales that may correspond with the above national days, national weeks, and national months.
And for those of you who want to plan ahead to a special national day and to be prepared to move forward when the price is right, keep March 3, 2015 available for FREE PANCAKES AT IHOP 2015!
Hey, I told you all above to be ready so you could move forward when you saw a good deal, didn’t I?
See, sometimes I do know what I’m talking about. 🙂
Hope you find yourself saving money with these great money saving tips for this month.
If you know of other ways to save money in February or can tell us how to save more money than we have talked about here, let us know!