February brings Valentine’s Day, a holiday that often means buying teddy bears, jewelry or flowers for someone special, on top of your routine purchases.
With so many things to buy, your pocketbook might feel the pinch. But don’t fret; you can find savings this month on some of the things you already plan to purchase. Here’s what to buy, and a few things to skip.
February is Super Bowl month, which means shoppers are searching for discounts on big-screen TVs.
The beginning of the year is traditionally one of the best times to purchase a new home entertainment item. We’ve already spotted sales on an assortment of TV sizes at retailers such as Costco and Best Buy.
You’ll want to shop soon — the Super Bowl airs Feb. 4.
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. If you insist on 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: Valentine’s Day clearance
Buying candy before Feb. 14 won’t be in your best financial interest, but stocking up afterward on treats for your pantry 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 Walmart. This year, look for similar savings opportunities on seasonal items immediately following the holiday of love.
Skip: Most electronics
Aside from TVs, avoid purchasing 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 ahead of the back-to-school season.
Buy: Winter products
From clothing to sporting equipment, now’s the time to stock up on winter products. You’ll still have time to use the items this year, and you’ll get them at a discount. Winter products are on their way out the door because many retailers have already released spring arrivals, which typically hit shelves at full price.
For instance, at Bath & Body Works, we spotted a three-wick candle listed for $24.50 as part of the spring collection. But you could get a similar one for half that: The aptly named “Winter” scent three-wick candle is just $12.25.
Shop: Presidents Day sales
There’s another holiday besides Valentine’s Day in February. Presidents Day falls on Feb. 19, and if this year is like previous ones, expect retailers to host holiday weekend sales. They’ll likely focus on home goods, such as bedding, furniture, mattresses and small kitchen appliances. You could score free shipping, too.
Last year, we saw deals across an assortment of retailers, including Ashley HomeStore, Mattress Firm, Overstock and more. Joss & Main offered a coupon code good for an extra 20% off categories such as rugs and wall art, and Sears discounted appliances up to 40%.
Bonus: National Frozen Yogurt Day
Finally, sweeten up an already sweet month with National Frozen Yogurt Day on Feb. 6. Last February, froyo fans ate up various deals and freebies.
Look for free or discounted yogurt at a business near you. For instance, TCBY has announced that it will give away 6 ounces of froyo (limit one per person) at participating locations on Feb. 6. The same day at participating Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt locations, you can buy one froyo and get one of equal or lesser value for free.
Updated Jan. 26, 2018.