Best things to buy in February

The short month of February is here, but don’t worry: 2012 is a leap year, which means savvy consumers will have one extra day to cram in more deal shopping. Check out our list of the best and worst things to buy in February, which we’ve compiled after analyzing the extensive Dealnews archives full of sales, coupons and individual products from years past.

Valentine’s Day deals are predictably not great. Since this is the time of year when jewelry, flowers and perfume are at their highest demand, it’s not surprising that shoppers probably won’t get the best price possible. Perfumes, for example, generally see better discounts in late February, after Valentine’s Day, and in March. Try buying your sweetheart a less-routine Valentine’s Day gift in a category that’s more likely to see a fair discount.

Prepare for Presidents Day sales. The best part about a holiday weekend isn’t necessarily the day off, but rather the inevitable sales. You can expect quite a few Presidents Day sales during the three-day weekend that will take as much as 80% off on a plethora of apparel, as well as tools, bedding and furniture. Some retailers tend to offer deeper discounts on existing sales, while others will lean toward modest coupons (likely an extra 20% to 30% off) that are applicable sitewide. Look to clothing and department stores for a big Presidents Day sale push. Post continues below.

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