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Here's where to tap into Valentine's Day gift discounts and score fantastic deals on certain necessities such as winter coats and tax software.

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s certainly not lacking in savings. You might not score as big of a discount as you would prefer on a Valentine’s Day gift, but this month you’ll find deals on several necessities, such as winter coats and tax software. We’ve sorted through the DealNews archives of sales, coupons and daily deals to determine the best and worst things to buy in February.

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V-Day deals won’t shine, but savings will be sweet

Because many Valentine’s Day gifts are at their most in-demand during the first two weeks of February, the discounts on these items are generally pretty modest. However, that doesn’t mean you should give up and pay full-price; at the very least, you should be able to find a coupon that slashes 20 to 30 percent off the gift of your choice.

Of the many deals we listed last year, jewelry and flowers were the most dominant category-wise, respectively accounting for 35 percent and 17 percent of all Valentine’s Day deals. For jewelry, expect to see aggressive discounts ranging from 60 to 94 percent off. Retailers to look out for include Szul, Jewelry.com, Blue Nile, Sears and Amazon.

Additionally, lingerie stores such as Victoria’s Secret will likely offer some kind of promotion; last year we found 20 percent off coupons at VS and Frederick’s of Hollywood during the first week of February. Even department stores are worth sorting through, if you can find a storewide shopping pass that applies to V-Day worthy goods. For more details on what kind of deals to look for, check out our full Valentine’s Day buying guide.

Prepare for Presidents’ Day sales

The best part about a holiday weekend isn’t necessarily the day off, but rather the inevitable sales. You can expect quite a few Presidents’ Day sales during the upcoming three-day weekend, and they’ll take as much as 85 percent off on a plethora of apparel, home items and furniture. Some retailers tend to offer deeper discounts on existing sales, while others will lean toward modest coupons (likely an extra 20 to 30 percent off) that are applicable sitewide. Look to clothing and department stores for a big Presidents’ Day sale push. Check out of Presidents’ Day sales guide for more information about what stores to hit up, and what discounts to expect.

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