Want a boat? Now’s the time to buy. / Jim Arbogast / Getty Images
Flowers? Yes, but not till the 15th. / SERGEY GALUSHKO, GETTY IMAGES
You already know Presidents Day weekend means sales on cars, clothes and appliances. (For what’s hot, where, go to presidentsdaysales.com.) Also:
Buy flowers and chocolates on the 15th. The 13th and 14th, some stores charge twice the original price. After Valentine’s Day, florists and candy stores unload at bargain prices. Other V-Day gifts (perfume, jewelry) also get post-holiday sales.
Next winter’s coat. This month, stores make room for spring items. Burlington Coat Factory often takes more than 50% off in coat clearance sales, and department stores such as Macy’s sell at deep discounts.
Plan for summer. Air conditioners and outdoor grills (not top of mind when you’re in snow!) are apt to be cheaper and, as important, available.
Bargain hunt for boats. If you’ve been dreaming of a big ticket item to enjoy summers lakeside or at the shore, February is the best time to take the plunge. It’s boat show season from Miami to Massachusetts (see boatshows.com), your best chance to negotiate a deal on the spot.