February isn't usually thought of as a shopping month, especially since the middle of winter in Central New York is a good time to hibernate.  However, there are great deals this month when it comes to certain items.  Here are some things MSNMoney.com suggests you might want to consider.

Mattresses:  President's day weekend is the time when many stores offer big savings on mattresses.  If you are looking for a more comfortable night's sleep, this is the time to look for bedding.

Outerwear:  This is the best month of the year for a decent selection of coats and jackets.  Stores need the space for the spring inventory and don't want to hold on to bulky stock until next fall.

Canned Foods:  Since February is "National Canned Food Month," many grocery chains feature special on canned goods.  The manufacturers also offer special promotions, so its a good idea to check their websites as well.

Chocolate:   This is something you need to wait until the 15th to buy.  Quality chocolates will be marked down from 50 to 75 percent after Valentine's Day.

If you are considering any of those items, you won't find a better month to save.

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