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February is a Great Month to Shop

February 11, 2013
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Shopping experts say that February may be the best month of the year to shop. The reason? For starters, there is Presidents Day, Valentines Day and end of winter sales.

Online sales for clothing, shoes and accessories take off in February. The month had 15 of the top 20 discount days in 2012. Markdowns were almost 50 percent on February 4, 2012.

A good markdown, according to experts, is 45 percent off women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, 40 percent off menswear and 35 percent off handbags.

Shop early and buy two sizes, so you can return one that does not fit. Make sure you can return items before you buy.

Presidents Day is a famous sale day. Shop for big-ticket items like furniture and mattresses. Bargain for free delivery and accessories such as a mattress pad or a bed frame.

Electronic devices – from exercise fitness to digital cameras – are on sale. Usually sale items do not include the new devices introduced in January, but rather the items that storeowners are trying to clear from their shelves. For example, cameras without Wi-Fi-enabled features will be on sale.

The Wall Street Journal

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