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Deal Diva


Find some lovely deals in February

By Tara McAlister
Tara McAlister
Tara McAlister is's Deal Diva, giving you loads of easy tips to save money.

Here are some deals to love in February:

Home: Furniture stores will release their new collections this month. These retailers will have excess 2013 inventory, so look for ground-breaking deals.

Tax preparation: With April 15right around the corner, many tax preparation services are offering big discounts before all the procrastinators start making their last-minute appointments. Be sure to check your financial institution for a discount; many offer a lower fee and make it easy to deposit your refund check. Find discounts on tax prep software at office supply stores.

Electronics: With the holidays over, look for good deals on laptops, video games and cellphones.

Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day: Find sales on flowers and chocolates as well as deep discounts at retailers such as Macy’s, Belk and J.C. Penney.

Other holidays: Did you know this month is National Hot Breakfast Month, Chinese New Year, American Heart Month and Canned Food Month? Grocers know it, which means great deals on items from Kellogg’s, General Mills, Post and Quaker on cereal and waffles, vitamins and heart-friendly foods and supplements, canned foods and Asian foods and seasonings. Be sure to look for corresponding coupons in your Sunday newspaper.

Coupons: In February, each week you will receive one to two inserts in your Sunday newspaper, including two this week from Red Plum and Smart Source.

In season: Save money by purchasing produce in season, such as arugula, bok choy and other Asian greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, lemons and oranges (blood, Cara Cara, Navel and Valencia).

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