What to Buy in February

Feb 05, 2013 -- 12:37pm

February is a great month to buy:

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  Buy a camera. Camera makers often release new models in the winter, when the biggest trade shows of the year occur. Unless you must have the latest and greatest model, February is a great time to buy last year's models. Wait until Presidents Day weekend for the best deals.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  Go see a Broadway show. February is one of Broadway's slow months because it's a slow month for tourism in frigid New York City. Less demand for tickets doesn't always mean they're cheaper, but it means they're easier to get. If you're buying tickets online, go to theater websites and search for coupon codes, which can save you as much as 50 percent. Many theaters will let you use these codes if you buy at their box offices, but call first to make sure.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  Take a trip to Las Vegas. Speaking of slow, February is a slow month for Vegas, and it's cheaper to fly and stay there in February than just about any other month. (July and August, when it can be unbearably hot in Vegas, are two other good months to go there on the cheap.)

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  Shop for prom dresses. New styles often show up in stores in the dead of winter, and selection is the best then. The most popular styles typically sell out long before prom season, so it makes sense to shop early. Doing so also gives you plenty of time to have the dress altered and to shop for shoes and accessories.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  Pick up a winter coat. Retailers know people have their coats by February, and stores need to make room for spring clothes. Expect to see savings of 50 percent to 75 percent in February, and the longer you wait, the lower the prices. But keep in mind that the longer you wait, the worse the selection.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  Prune your trees. Pruning is less stressful for trees when they're not growing, and pruning in the winter gives trees time to heal before the growing season. You also don't have to worry about insect infestation then, which is particularly important to trees such as birches and American elms. Winter pruning also makes it easier for the pruner, who can see better without leaves in the way.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  Go to a dermatologist. Your skin is likely at its lightest in the winter, so this is a good time for your dermatologist to find moles or blotches that may lead to skin cancer.



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