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Don't buy summer clothes in February

What not to buy in February
Summer clothes

Need a few new pieces for your warm-weather wardrobe? If you're a die-hard bargain hunter, you probably won't be buying in February -- unless you're shopping secondhand.

Summer clothes are just arriving in February, so most will be full price, says Daniel Butler, vice president of retail operations for the National Retail Federation. Though retailers might have discounted some swimsuits to create interest, he says.

Expect better deals: These will be in the second half of June, when you can find discounts of 50 percent to 75 percent on summer clothes, he says.

What is on sale in February: Winter clothes are on sale. In most of the country, February means it's still cold. So this is when you can score 50 percent to 70 percent off the winter clothes you can wear now. Look for specials on hats, gloves, scarves and "anything for winter," Butler says.

You can also get deals on things you wish you didn't still need, such as snow shovels and snow blowers. Look for price cuts of 30 percent to 50 percent, says Butler.


 

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