What To Stock Up On In February

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Today’s the day, the topic of what to stock up on in February is here! If you missed my What To Stock Up On In January article, here it is. This is a series I started in January some years ago in hopes my readers can be helped in one way or another. We’re all about saving money, right? One of the best ways to save money is to purchase those items you need or want when they are at their lowest price.

I love the idea of rock bottom, but sometimes even 30-40% off is awesome. If I can get 50% off the original price, I smile from ear to ear! Of course, we LOVE getting even more off, but I also want to be able to choose the exact thing I need or want. I don’t want to purchase something just because it’s on sale and may not have the features or quality I want.

Please don’t put items you buy on sale on a credit card just because the price is discounted. If you have to use a credit card you may not be able to afford it. Let’s be real here.

February is a short month, but has some great potential to save 40-50% off food items you may eat every day.

What To Stock Up On In February

What To Stock Up On In February

Seasonal Food

Do you love buying fruits and vegetables in season as much as I do? They taste so good! I’ve been using these Lettuce Keepers so my produce stays fresher longer.

February Vegetables and Fruits

February has some great buys on fruits and vegetables.

Avocado

You’ll want to look for avocados, bananas, carrots, cauliflower, kale, kiwi, celery, oranges, grapefruit, bok choy, green onions, lemons, potatoes, tomatoes, and papaya. Did you know you can freeze avocados? Yes, you, I do it all the time. Make sure the avocados are ripe, peel, cut into chunks, puree them, or mash them. Place them in freezer bags, or better yet, use your FoodSaver. They will be good for 4-6 months in your freezer. You are ready to make guacamole anytime you want some!

February Fruits in Season

Breakfast Foods

Sometimes the convenience of ready-made food works for the family on a busy schedule. Why not stock your freezer when they’re at the lowest price possible. I don’t like to eat processed foods, but there are times we need something easy and quick.

February Breakfast foods on sale

February is National Hot Breakfast Month, so the sales will be awesome for all kinds of breakfast items. Watch for frozen waffles, pancakes, and breakfast sandwiches offered at really good prices.

Cold Cereal

It’s also a great time to stock up on cold cereal or your favorite hot cereal boxes. This month may save you enough money (by stocking up) to get you through next February.

Furniture

This is a great month to watch for sales because it’s President’s Day month! You will see savings on furniture and possible tax savings since some stores will pay the taxes on your purchase!

Keep in mind, new “styles and colors” may be presented in the spring so stores want to unload last year’s furniture. They may have limited items because they are gearing up for new deliveries of furniture.

This is the month to look for the lowest prices on that couch you may have had your eye on. If you can save several hundred dollars, I call it a “score” purchase!

Chocolate After Valentine’s Day

February Valentine's Day Candy

Well, because it’s Valentine’s month, we will see chocolate everywhere at the stores. I remember when my girls were little, I would stock up on Valentine’s Day cards after the holiday for the following year.

Do you have great memories making those Valentine’s boxes for your kids?

I confess, sometimes they were a nightmare of sorts because one of my daughters wanted something way out of the ordinary to make and decorate.

It’s so funny because now I see boxes you can buy for the kids to take to the school party. I’m too frugal, I would still make them, that’s how I roll.

February Valentine's Day Decor

Once February 15th hits, the prices are slashed big time on anything with a Valentine’s Day theme. You will see grocery carts up in the front of the store packed with leftover chocolate, decorations, cards, candy, clothes, heart necklaces, charm bracelets, and more.

Valentine's Day Cards

If you want to store chocolate in your food storage stash, this is one of the months to do it. If the chocolate has nuts, please freeze it.

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Perfume & Cologne

One of the upscale stores in my little town had a buy one get one bottle 1/2 price off men’s cologne deal. Great buy, right?

February Perfume and Cologne on sale

Because this is the month to give perfume and cologne to your loved ones, check for savings and possible “bags” that you will get for free if you buy certain brands.

Yogurt

Isn’t it amazing all the yogurt flavors you can buy?

February Yogurt on sale

February 6th is National Frozen Yogurt Day so look for sales on your favorite yogurt brand. Just check the expiration dates and buy what your budget allows. Mark loves yogurt so I will buy two cases this month.

Snack Food

Bring on the chips and dips for the Super Bowl!

February Chips for the Super Bowl

This is Super Bowl month so the stores are going to have many sales on potato chips, kettle chips (my favorite), soda, dips, Chex Mix, pretzels, cheese snacks, and just about anything you want to munch on while watching the game and for the rest of the month.

Do you love watching the Super Bowl commercials, oh my gosh, I love them!!

Winter Clothing

I checked out the local sporting good stores in our little town and there are so many winter clothing items on sale.

February Winter Clothes on Sale

This is a great month to stock up on winter clothing. You may find items marked down 75-80% because the stores need to clean out the stock because spring items will be shipped in very soon.

Be sure and look for boots, scarves, winter gloves, mittens, hats, parkas, jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts.

Here’s the deal, if you find something at the store you want but they are out of the size you need, be sure and check the online option because the store needs to clear out their warehouses too!

Humidifiers

February Humidifiers on sale

In the month of February the store managers realize people are still sick from colds and the flu. So, they have humidifiers on sale in several areas of their stores.

They are usually by the pharmacy section, but nowadays they may also be on display in the front of the store so you see them as you walk in the store or down one of the main isles on your way to the pharmacy or other high traffic spots.

Whether you need a warm vaporizer or a cool-mist humidifier, this is the month to watch for a great sale. I have to remind people to use them. When I deliver chicken soup to people I always ask, “do you have a humidifier?”

Nine times out of ten they say, “Oh yeah, I need to get it out of the closet.” I run mine 365 days of the year because I live in the desert where the air is extremely dry.

Canned Food

February Canned Goods

February is National Canned Food Month. They call it the “Souper” Bowl Sunday for canned food. Please watch your mailbox for those ad inserts because this is a great time to stock up on canned foods.

You may see things like cream of chicken soup, tomato soup, chili beans, many other soups, canned pumpkin, fruit cocktail, canned pineapple, baked beans, and refried beans.

Please note, canned foods typically last 1-2 years. Now, remember tomato products last only about 18 months because of their high acid content. Please discard any cans that have a dent or are bulging. My motto is “when in doubt throw it out.”

Please be careful where you store your canned items. Please don’t store them in a hot garage, on the floor, or in a room that tends to get too much heat or too cold. Under a sink is not good because of the moisture that may accumulate there.

Asian Ingredients

February Asian Foods on sale

The Chinese New Year starts every February and lasts for several days or some celebrate the entire month. So, this is a perfect time to stock up on soy sauce, rice vinegar, rice, ramen, canned chestnuts, bamboo shoots, Chinese sauces, and teriyaki sauce. Thanks to Sharona: Lunar New Year (not just for Chinese folks). It is based on the lunar calendar and starts on a different day each year. Most Asian & Buddhist communities will celebrate the first few days, while others celebrate an entire month.

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Mattresses

Here’s the deal, every President’s Day you will see sales in most retail furniture stores on furniture, appliances, and mattresses. I realize mattresses are a big purchase. This is one purchase I always dread because of the price. Remember that they will last a long time if you care for them properly.

The retailers know it’s a three-day weekend for some people, so therefore they have more time in the store to check out those high priced mattresses.

You know the drill, you walk into the store and you want a mattress when the time has come to replace the one you have. You walk into the mattress area and you want to lay on the mattresses to make sure they are comfortable, right?

I get the giggles just thinking about laying on a mattress in front of dozens of people and the salesperson. And I don’t have my pillow with me, but we have to lay on it in order to see if the darn thing is comfortable.

Then you hop (not literally) from one mattress to another mattress and go back to the “one” that we think is just right.

Then it’s the price, how much do we want to pay for a mattress. This one is tough because I know I’m going to have that mattress for years, yes, years.

Snowblowers

This is the month that retailers slash the price of the snowblowers because they need to unload snowblowers and snow shovels to get ready for barbecues and lawn furniture.

So, if you are tired of shoveling all that snow this may the month to check out the discounted snowblowers in the stores near you.

Tax Software

Watch for sales on software if you use it to do your taxes. April 15th is right around the corner so you may as well save money on the software if you plan to use it.

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Unique February Holidays

  • February 1: National Dark Chocolate Day
  • February 2: Groundhog Day
  • February 3: National Carrot Cake Day
  • February 5: National Chocolate Fondue Day
  • February 5: World Nutella Day
  • February 6: National Frozen Yogurt Day
  • February 7: National Bubble Gum Day
  • February 7: Super Bowl Sunday
  • February 8: National Kite Flying Day
  • February 9: National Pizza Day
  • February 10: National Umbrella Day
  • February 12: National Plum Pudding Day
  • February 13: National Tortellini Day
  • February 14: Valentine’s Day
  • February 16: National Almond Day
  • February 17: Ash Wednesday
  • February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • February 20: National Love Your Pet Day
  • February 21: National Sticky Bun Day
  • February 24: National Tortilla Chip Day
  • February 25: National Pancake Day
  • February 26: National Pistachio Day
  • February 27: National Chili Day
  • February 28: National Chocolate Soufle Day

In February, we also celebrate Black History Month and American Heart Month.

What To Stock Up On In February

Final Word

I hope you enjoy my monthly series like today, what to stock up on in February. Stayed tuned for March 1st for more good buys.

If we buy things we need when they are priced at the lowest price possible we can purchase preps we need to use after a disaster or unforeseen emergency. What other things have you found to be discounted during February each year? Please stay safe and stay well. May God bless this world, Linda

31 thoughts on “What To Stock Up On In February

  • February 4, 2020 at 10:19 am
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    I, too, live in the desert & we do anything to keep a little moisture in the air. I open the dishwasher to let dishes air dry & the moisture to escape into the kitchen. My daughter live in Mississippi & they’re constantly fighting the humidity in the house. I also have a lot of house plants as that helps with moisture. Think I’ll check out a humidifier while they’re on sale. Thanks!

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    • February 4, 2020 at 10:53 am
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      Hi Linda, the dry humidity is so hard on my sinuses. I have a humidifier going all the time. Great tip on the plants with moisture. Stay well, Linda

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  • February 4, 2020 at 6:00 pm
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    Hi Linda, how do you know weather to use a warm mist or a cool mist humidifier?

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    • February 4, 2020 at 7:36 pm
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      Hi Cheri, this is a very good question. When I was raising my daughters the doctors always said to use a COOL humidifier. I grew up with a WARM vaporizer. I used a COOL humidifier for years. Now I use both types. I would ask your medical caretaker. I’m not sure why one may be better than the other. I use whatever makes me breathe easier or cough less. I hope this helps you, Linda

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      • January 21, 2021 at 12:42 pm
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        The old style warm mist actually were pretty hot and you could be scalded if you got up close to the unit’s exhaust port. I’m assuming that more modern units don’t get that hot anymore….but I always worry that the warmer the water the more risk for stuff growing in it. So I always stick with cool mist humidifiers and am careful to sanitize them periodically….last thing I want is the humidifier spewing fungal spores into the air!

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        • January 21, 2021 at 1:43 pm
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          HI DmWalsh, I have two cool mist humidifiers and warm ones. Yeah, the new ones do not even heat the water. Yeah, I gently bleach mine every Sunday. We do not need fungal spewing!! Linda

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      • January 21, 2021 at 4:19 pm
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        Cold is better because bacteria and mold will grow fast in the heated humidifier.

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        • January 21, 2021 at 5:16 pm
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          Hi Mitch, I bet you’re right! It makes sense! Thank you, Linda

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  • January 21, 2021 at 5:08 am
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    Love this list, thanks!
    1 of our grocery stores has body wash on sale this week & with my coupons they come out to 3/$1.00. I’m stocking up for a year!
    I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for soup coupons & sales in February. We use a lot of the cream soups for cooking, & those darn things can be expensive!

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    • January 21, 2021 at 5:30 am
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      Hi Amy, wow, that is a good buy!! I live in Utah and we have case lot sales on many items about three times a year. I can get all my soup in one sweep when they have those. I need to go look for the body wash, now!! Thank you!! Linda

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      • January 21, 2021 at 1:38 pm
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        The winter clothing is on sale here in Florida. I hardly ever see a sale on Emergency Essentials foods but they are having one now on #10 cans. So of course I got some. I buy in lots of 6 cans because that is the size of the shipping box and they are packed nice and tight. If you get only 4 or 5, they roll around in shipping and the cans are more likely to be dented or the box half torn up. I never have a problem since I figured that out.

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        • January 21, 2021 at 1:54 pm
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          HI Angela, I like to buy cases as well. I always open the boxes to make sure they are what I paid for and place them on shelves or tape them up and label them. I love hearing you are stocking up. Winter clothes on sale are the best time to buy them!! I love it! Linda

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  • January 21, 2021 at 9:38 am
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    Did I do something wrong Linda? If so I am sorry. I appear to have been dropped from your list since I have not received the last two days. I apologize for anything I may have said wrong.

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    • January 21, 2021 at 11:52 am
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      Hi Chris, no I don’t drop anyone. Yikes, I wonder if my newsletter company isn’t working. Thanks for letting me know. I will add this email. Thank you!! Linda

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    • January 21, 2021 at 12:26 pm
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      Hi Chris, thank you for letting me know, we are fixing it right now. Thank you so much!! Linda

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  • January 21, 2021 at 1:01 pm
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    Cereals may already be on sale…I was shocked to see Wheaties (aka breakfast of champions) was almost 15% off the regular price last weekend. I never see it go on sale, so I stocked up. 🙂 Fortunately we are known as regular food pantry donators so the cashiers at the market don’t look at us twice when we come with 10+ boxes of cereal to the registers. Of course I never mention which food pantry, mine or the town’s pantry. 😛

    And I love stocking up on chocolate right after the major candy holidays: Halloween, Valentines Day and Easter. I’ve lost track of how many chocolate bunnies I have at home right now. Thank goodness for mylar bags and O2 absorbers! I store those right next to my bag of Sweet tarts and bags of Pez. Got to be ready for any emergency. 😉

    Thanks for these articles!

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    • January 21, 2021 at 1:47 pm
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      Hi DmWalsh, oh my gosh, we can never have too much chocolate, right! I need to stock up on chocolate bunnies!! I haven’t heard Pez or Sweet Tarts for years, I love it! Linda

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      • January 21, 2021 at 2:02 pm
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        Sweet Tarts are my go-to travel candy. Very easy for the passenger to hand one to the driver without risking taking their eyes off the road. I get them in the wrapped tubes for longevity…the boxes aren’t air tight and go bad MUCH faster than the tubes…although the ones I store in mylar should be good for years.

        Yeah, I hadn’t thought of Pez for years then saw some at a dollar store, then on a (pre-COVID) road trip through Connecticut my wife and I stopped at their visitor center and brought home some of their mini-buckets of Pez. After that I had to buy more so I found that you can buy bulk 5 pound bags of Pez assortments on Amazon….

        And, yes, I do stock a number of tooth brushes, an assortment of toothpastes and a bunch of dental floss…. 😛

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        • January 21, 2021 at 5:15 pm
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          Hi DMwalsh, 5 pounds of PEZ, now you’re talking! LOL! Of course, we stock toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss because we need them after we enjoy our Sweet Tarts, Pez, and chocolate! LOL! Now I will be looking for the mini buckets! I Love it! Life is good! Linda

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          • January 22, 2021 at 5:48 am
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            The mini-buckets we got were a fill it yourself deal from the bulk dispensers at the visitor’s center. Never seen anything else like it before, and with all the COVID restrictions I’m willing to bet if they haven’t been removed, then they are empty and/or locked up. But I’m glad we got them as they are great conversation pieces even if they are just the size of a small flowerpot.
            Yep, I’m officially old, pining for the olden days, pre-pandemic. 😛

          • January 22, 2021 at 6:26 am
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            Hi Dmwalsh, I bet they are empty or locked. They would be great conversation pieces for sure. Stay safe, Linda

  • January 21, 2021 at 5:16 pm
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    I’m definitely looking into a humidifier. I haven’t got one so far because we sleep with our BR windows at least partially open so I’d be humidifying the outdoors. May be time to change that habit.

    Re veggies: Here in AZ lettuce, bell peppers and broccoli are so cheap I’d buy some if I wasn’t growing my own–lettuce and broccoli anyhow.

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    • January 21, 2021 at 5:47 pm
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      Hi Ray, I wish those veggies were cheap here in So. Utah. Growing your own is always better anyway! Oh, the fresh air is awesome! I use mine year-round, with heat, A/C, even when the windows are open. I have to have the moisture, I actually bought one from Costco. It’s a little pricey, but well worth the money. https://www.costco.com/objecto-hybrid-humidifier-w4.product.100509290.html I have a reverse osmosis system that I use it in. I love it! Linda

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      • January 23, 2021 at 7:25 am
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        Does it have both warm and cool mist? I don’t need the aromatherapy option as neither my wife nor I like scented anything (soap, detergent, etc.) with vanilla and bay leaf candles being the sole exceptions.

        What kind of reverse osmosis system do you have?

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        • January 23, 2021 at 10:48 am
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          Hi Ray, I never use the scented area. I just need the cool mist. It only does cool. My reverse osmosis system is under the sink, not the whole house. I use it for drinking, my humidifiers, cooking, and baking. If you are handy you could install one yourself. I saw them on Costco online. I have someone who cleans the tubes and replaces the filters once a year. I can’t see the brand name. It looks kind of like a propane tank with some filters next to it. You will never buy bottled water again, I love it! Linda

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          • January 23, 2021 at 10:53 am
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            Linda, thanks. We don’t buy bottled water (except for storage) as our tap water is fine to drink. It is a bit hard which is why I asked about your RO system. I’m considering one for the entire house. I use distilled water in my CPAP and I do buy that. Not sure if RO water would be okay in it or not.

  • January 23, 2021 at 2:51 pm
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    Hi Linda, I just re-submitted my email to be able to get your posts. I don’t know what happened, but when I was just reading a post about prepping, I suddenly realized that I hadn’t gotten any of your posts for nearly a month.
    Now that I’m re-subscribed I hope to hear from you soon. Think I’ll go back and look at all of your recent posts.
    SuzyQ

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    • January 23, 2021 at 3:58 pm
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      Oh Suzanne, I wonder what is going on!!! You are the fourth person to tell me this. I never delete emails. If the email spot lets you put your email in and accepted it, then something is for sure wrong. It won’t take duplicate emails. I’m so glad you mentioned this. I better check out what is going on. I thought it was just one post that put the wrong time. Darn, please let me know tomorrow if you get the post. It is on Sauerkraut. I will watch for a comment from you. I write 7 days a week. Thank you for letting me know!! Linda

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  • January 29, 2021 at 12:22 am
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    Lunar New Year (not just for Chinese folk) does not “always start on February 5th” . It is based on the lunar calendar, and starts on a different day each year. This year it begins on February 12th. Most Asian & Buddhist communities will celebrate the first few days, while others celebrate an entire month.

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    • January 29, 2021 at 5:48 am
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      Hi Sharona, thank you for sharing that information with me. I’m changing it right now. I love it when I learn new things!! Thank you so much! Linda

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