February brings Valentine’s Day, which often means buying teddy bears, jewelry and other sentimental gifts on top of your usual purchases. With so many things to get, you need to ensure that your pocketbook won’t feel the pinch.
Use this list as your guide for what to buy (and skip) in February.
February is Super Bowl month, which means shoppers are searching for discounts on big-screen TVs ahead of their viewing parties.
The beginning of the year is traditionally one of the best times to purchase a new home entertainment item. Last year, Amazon and Wal-Mart held sales, among others. This year, Best Buy is already offering up to 25% off select LG 4K UHD televisions.
You’ll want to shop soon, as the Super Bowl happens Feb. 5.
Flowers are a Valentine’s Day staple, but if you’re not careful, they’ll cost you a pretty penny. If you can, opt for a more affordable gift, such as a stuffed animal or a candle. And if you insist upon sending your sweetie flowers, plan ahead. Some online flower shops offer free standard shipping on select arrangements. Delivery can get more expensive when you order closer to the holiday.
Buy: Clearance candy
Buying candy before Feb. 14 won’t be in your best financial interest, but buying it afterward certainly will be. It’ll still taste as sweet, and the price will be even sweeter. Last year, Valentine’s Day clearance events took place at stores such as Target and Walgreens. This year, look for similar savings opportunities immediately following the holiday of love.
Skip: Small electronics
Avoid purchasing small consumer electronics this month. Items such as laptops, desktops, tablets and video game consoles are best bought in November, during Black Friday sales. If you can’t wait until then, select retailers hold an early installment during “Black Friday in July” events.
Shop: Presidents Day sales
There’s another holiday in February, too. Presidents Day falls on Feb. 20, and if this year is like previous ones, expect retailers to host holiday sales, many focusing on home goods, such as bedding, furniture and small kitchen appliances. You could score free shipping, too.
Last year, we saw deals at retailers including Wal-Mart, Macy’s and J.C. Penney. Macy’s offered 20%-50% off select styles, plus free shipping on eligible orders of more than $75. Shoppers used a promo code to take an extra 20%, 15% or 10% off select products.
Bonus: National Frozen Yogurt Day
Sweeten up an already sweet month with National Frozen Yogurt Day on Feb. 6. Last February, froyo fans ate up freebie deals on their favorite frozen treat at participating locations of chains such as Yogurtland. Look for free or discounted yogurt this year at a business near you.
Updated Jan. 25, 2017.