DARLINGTON COLUMN: Take advantage of February sales

  • Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Candy isn’t the only thing on sale after Valentine’s Day. With spring fast approaching, there are still many past-season deals to take advantage of. Here’s an idea of which items will be on sale through the end of the month, and where to go for the best prices.

Cameras


February is typically the month for special markdowns on cameras, and that’s especially true this year. Smartphone cameras can take some pretty impressive photos, but they can’t do everything a digital camera can. Manufacturers are well-aware of that, so they’re offering attractive deals to get people back in the business of buying cameras.

Professional cameras sell for a fraction of what they used to a few years ago, and with February deals, they’re even less expensive. A Canon Power-Shot S100 is $249 at Amazon.com right now, which saves you about $180.

The Nikon Coolpix smart camera features Android technology that allows photographers to take images and instantly upload them to social media accounts. Target has it on sale for $300, about $50 less than usual.

Luggage


The travel industry falls into a lull during January and February, so travel accessories are particularly cheap right now. Take advantage of these deals before spring vacations hike up the prices again.

Hard-side and four-wheel suitcases are best for frequent travelers because they’re durable and easy to manage. Overstock.com has plenty to choose from, and many are about 50 percent off right now.

Kohl’s has a variety of luggage and travel accessories on sale through the end of next week, and I rarely say this, but the deals really are jaw-dropping. For example, a four-piece set from Prodigy is marked down from $280 to $80.

Mattresses


I’m not exactly sure why but February is the best month to find good deals on mattresses, according to Dailyfinance.com. You can find mattresses for 50 percent to 60 percent off at Sears, and at Big Lots, Serta mattresses are on sale for about 40 percent off. A full Serta set could cost as little as $199.

Buying certain items at the right time of year could save hundreds of dollars, so think ahead. Even if you don’t know when you’ll need these items, there’s a good chance you’ll use them in the future, and you should save money.

Email Abigail Darlington at Charlestonsavvyshopper@post andcourier.com. Find more ways to save by liking our Facebook page and visiting the blog at charleston savvyshopper.com.

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