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What Goes on Sale and What to Buy on Clearance in February

Most of my grocery shopping savings doesn’t come from using coupons. I save more money on food because I shop according to the seasonal store sales.

From high end heath food stores to low end conventional grocery stores, you can keep your family rolling in fresh fruit and vegetables for less because you are shopping during their national growing season. This is helpful for those of us who can’t buy locally grown good due to the winter ice and snow.

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Shopping seasonally also saves money on household and big ticket items too. If you have a current or future need, now is the time to shop the February holiday sales for the following fresh fruit and vegetables, food, and household goods.

For extra savings, pair the sale with a coupon from my printable online coupon database (affiliate link) because money saving coupons often follow national sales cycles too!

February Seasonal Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Seasonal Fruit - oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, clementines, raspberries, strawberries

Seasonal Produce -   broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collard greens, kale, avocado, cabbage, spinach, artichoke, asparagus, parsnips, potatoes, turnips

Chinese New Year - Asian vegetables such as bok choy, daikon radish, bean sprouts

Food on Sale in February 

February is National Hot Breakfast month – hot cereals (oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc.), waffle and pancake mixes, syrups, sausage, breakfast sandwiches, biscuit mixes and refrigerated rolls

National Canned Food Month – Canned food, fruit, and vegetables, pie filling, canned meat (tuna, chicken, salmon, etc.)

Chinese New Year – Asian sauces (teriyaki,soy, hoisin, etc.)  Raman and other noodles, water chestnuts, etc.

National Heart Month – aspirin, supplements, heart healthy foods

Valentine’s Day – chocolate, fancy ingredients to cook a meal at home, wine, etc.  You will find excellent discounts after Valentine’s Day but do it to celebrate later at your own risk!

Household Goods on Sale in February

Valentine’s Day – Jewelry, perfumes, flowers etc.  The best prices will start on February 15th. Then you can buy Valentines for next year.

President’s Day – furniture, anything winter related, grills, air conditioners, bathing suits, etc. Stores want to clear their winter merchandise and last year’s left over summer stock.

Computer monitors

Winter coats and clothing – especially during President’s Day sales

Sports equipment

Athletic shoes

Tires –  you can expect larger discounts on winter tires than on summer tires or all-seasons because they are trying to clear winter stock.


HDTVs & Home Theaters – due to the Super Bowl. Some people buy a giant TV to watch the game and return it the store after (don’t do that it’s tacky.) But if you might want to try shopping after the Super Bowl to look for an even better deal on a returned TV.

Broadway tickets – February is the off season

Boats – it is  boat show season

Wedding venues and supplies – It may be easier to negotiate prices for venues, clothing, and supplies in February for a Spring wedding.

Drapes and window treatments

Carpets and area rugs


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