What to buy in February

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In February, shoppers scramble to find gifts for their loved ones. But the discounts are generally better on items not traditionally associated with Valentine's Day, say the experts at DealNews.com.

If you didn't shop early for Valentine's Day gifts, you may find modest deals this month on items such as lingerie. Last year, retailers like Victoria's Secret and Frederick's of Hollywood offered 20 percent off coupons in the first week of February.

Buying jewelry will present more of a challenge, they say, but if you shop sites that focus on value, such as Netaya, ICE.com and Ross-Simons, you may find coupons to bring down the cost. Some may even offer guaranteed delivery by Valentine's Day.

Another trick to getting Valentine’s Day discounts is to use department store shopping passes when you shop for Valentine’s Day gifts. Some stores may be offering storewide discounts right up until Feb. 14.

If you’re more interested in taking your sweetie to a nice dinner, look to chain restaurants for two-for-one coupons that can help bring down the overall cost of meals on a day when some eating establishments may boost prices.

President’s Day is another big shopping day for February and this year, you may see discounts of up to 85 percent off on apparel, tools, bedding and furniture. The discounts will include deeper savings on existing sales or discounts of 20-30 percent off your total purchase, according to DealNews data.

With tax season in full swing, deals on tax software should be abundant. Promotions offered throughout the season by companies such as TurboTax and H&R Block, may reduce the price of tax preparation and filing software by 30-50 percent.

As the winter season begins to wind down, retailers will dramatically discount winter apparel and accessories. The colder than normal winter weather this year may mean less choice on these items, but retailers such as Express, Loft, and Urban Outfitters will have strong sales. Already, Dealnews editors have spotted many stores offering an additional 30 - 60 percent off sale items that have already been marked to 70 percent off.

Finally, if it’s a television you’re after, check out 55-inch 3D 1080p LCD HDTVs. In recent months, prices for the 3D sets have hovered around $700 (standard 55-inch LCDs are down to $500) and it’s just a matter of time before they drop even lower.