February is a short month, but thanks to big events like the Super Bowl and Valentine's Day, some families still struggle to stay within a monthly budget. If you're looking to keep your family spending in check during February, these small strategies can make a big difference.

1. Stock up on Super Bowl savings.

Grocery stores load their shelves with chips and dips in advance of the big game, but once it's over, they often have extra they need to sell quickly. If your family likes snack foods, take advantage of post-game sales and stock your pantry with plenty of potato chips.

2. DON'T shop for jewelry or flowers.

According to the money-saving site Dealnews, jewelry and flower prices go up during the month of February, because, well, Valentine's Day. You can still celebrate the holiday with a gift for that special someone, but consider a gift from the heart that won't cost you a penny.

3. Make homemade Valentines.

Store-bought Valentines are expensive, especially when you're buying several. If you have craft materials on hand, you can make your own for a fraction of the cost. These Valentine Candy Cane Cards, for example, transform leftover candy canes into cards that will melt your heart.

4. Visit the dentist.

A trip to the dentist can save you money? Yes, when you're investing in preventative care. Routine cleaning and exams prevent the need for costly fillings and root canals, and can save you big bucks in the long run. And since February is National Children's Dental Month, now is the perfect time to make sure your entire family is taking care of those pearly whites.

5. Shop President's Day sales.

President's Day is more than just another day off school; it's also a great day to shop for some deep discounts on winter apparel, furniture, and household goods. Big department stores are most likely to offer the best sales.

6. Revisit your budget.

While January is the best month to create a budget for the year, February is the perfect time to tweak it. Look at your current spending, and decide where you've spent more than you should and where you can afford to cut back. By constantly reevaluating your goals for saving and spending, you can stay in better control of your family's finances — which means worrying about money less and enjoying time with your family more.