February may be the shortest month of the year, but it certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to deals. Here are a few reasons to love the month of heart health and Valentine’s Day even more.
1. Historically Black Friday is the best time to buy electronics, but so is February. The Consumer Electronics Show, which was held in January, highlights all of the new electronics hitting the market in 2018. So, what does that mean to the consumer? Deals on 2017 models: Stores need to clear the shelves and their warehouses to make room for new merchandise. To add to the savings, ask if the store has any open-box merchandise. These products come from returns or floor models, but should be in perfect condition and offer the same warranty as a new item.
2. It’s Oscar Movie Week 2018! I love this deal. Watch all 10 of the Oscar-nominated movies with a Cinemark Oscar Movie Week Pass. You can purchase a movie pass beginning on Feb. 16 for $35. That averages $3.50 per movie. The pass goes from Feb. 26 to March 4. For a location near you, check out Cinemark.com for their Oscar Movie Week lineup.
3. This month you will be able to find deals on tax software. Be sure to look for coupon codes if you are purchasing your software programs online. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program offers free, individualized tax preparation to people age 50 and older with low- to moderate-income levels. There are more than 5,000 locations across the country. The IRS offers the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) to help people who meet certain criteria — such as income level — or if they have a disability. There is also tax counseling available for people over age 60. To see if you qualify for free help and to find a location near you, go to the IRS website.
4. President’s Day Weekend will offer sales on a variety of items — especially outerwear. Stores need to sell off winter clothing to make room for spring items, and thus consumers will benefit. This is the time of year I always buy our coats and warm sweaters. You can find deals up to 75 percent off, and look for store coupons for additional savings. Winter sports gear such as skis also will have deep discounts.
5. Department stores rarely put perfume and cologne on sale, but they do offer special promotions usually twice a year — once around the holidays and the other around Valentine’s Day. Some manufacturers will offer a gift with purchase, giving consumers a bigger bang for their buck!
6. February is American Heart Month. Many hospitals and community centers will be offering complimentary or low-cost lectures and workshops to educate people on proper heart health. You can find a wealth of heart-healthy information at Healthfinder.gov and Heart.org.
7. It’s National Canned Food Month, and you can expect to find great deals on a variety of canned foods. Make sure you are a member of your grocery store's free loyalty-card program to ensure you get the deals. Look for coupons to save even more. And since canned foods usually have a longer shelf life, be sure to stock up, but beware of those with high sodium content.
8. Valentine’s Day will keep the prices of roses at their peak. But if you must give a bouquet on this special day, you usually can find better deals on other types of flowers and plants. If your heart is set on roses, check Trader Joe's. They usually have reasonable pricing on all of their flower bouquets — including roses. If you live near a flower market (where local florists go to buy their flowers), consider shopping there. Most markets will have certain hours during the day when they are open to the public.