It’s the month of love, but it doesn’t need to be a month of big spending. Here's how to save money in February.

1. Skip the Valentine’s Day Hot Ticket Items

People spend a lot of money on Valentine’s Day each year. Special dinners out, roses, and chocolates, but do we really need all of that? This year, save yourself some cash by going for homemade gifts and romance. Make dinner for your wife at home. Send the kids on a sleepover. Watch a movie on Netflix. And then on February 15, when all those chocolates and roses go on sale, surprise your significant other with a gift.

2. Stock up on Meat and Seafood

Grocery stores order extra meat and seafood during February, thanks to people shopping for those romantic at-home Valentine’s Day meals. On February 15, anything that didn’t sell will likely be on sale. Stock your freezer for future meals at discounted prices.

3. Buy What’s in Season

Try out some new veggies this month by purchasing produce that’s in season and therefore, priced better. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, rutabagas, and turnips might not be on your everyday menu, but a quick online search will help you find great recipes for what could become your new favorite dish.

4. Stock up on Snacks

The Super Bowl is here and that means savings on snack foods. Stock up and stash them away for your upcoming family and birthday parties. 

5. Use Your Coupons

Stores will be putting out some great coupons this month thanks to Presidents’ Day sales. Use them! Don’t toss them in the recycling bin. If you’ve got something to buy, there’s probably a coupon for it. Think of coupons as free money and put them in your wallet.

There are ways to save money around every corner, you just have to look. 

How are you saving money this month? Share with us in the comments!

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