It is hard to believe we just started 2018 and February is right around the corner. This upcoming month is filled with love, school vacations and cold winter days. It is also a great month to buy certain things and to stay away from other items.

Are you looking to upgrade your mattress? February, May and September are the three best months to purchase a new mattress. And the best deals will fall around President’s Day. Because you will find great prices, you may be able to upgrade to a better model, or what would be a more expensive mattress. Make sure to consult a salesperson about what you are looking for. You will have this purchese for many years, so you want to be happy with it.

Outerwear, ski and snow gear will be making their way to a clearance rack shortly. A lot of these items, just like winter coats, change style from year to year.

The amount of inventory left over will determine the discounts. If a retail place or ski resort has a lot of inventory, the discount will be higher so they can move it and not have to store it for the next season. If their leftover merchandise is limited, the items will still be discounted, but they can take more time lowering the price. Check around town, and don’t forget to look online as well.

Think ahead for next year when it comes to your children. Buy items that are a little bigger and in a neutral color that can be handed down. I always bought black snow pants for my daughter so that my son could use them once she grew out of them.

However, hold off on buying new skis or snowboards. There is plenty of winter left, so there will be better discounts at the end of March.

Some other things to hold off on buying are new electronics and luggage. There are no discounts on iPads, iPhones and Androids during the month of February, so if you can wait, you should do so. And this is not the month to buy new luggage. If you are going to be traveling, use that old set in your closet, or borrow someone’s for your trip. You will save hundreds by waiting until these go on sale later in the year.

In my monthly class at The Post-Star, I go into detail about using coupons, saving money, finding monthly deals and how they will benefit your family and your pocketbook. There are free giveaways during the class as well. I would really like you to join me for my next class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Feel free to call 518-742-3309, or go to poststar.com/couponclass.

Head over to my blog at Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing to find some great deals around the region this week. These will point you in the right direction to saving more money. Post your questions, comments and deals in the comments section. Let’s start saving money together.

Kimberly Butler is a mom, wife and child care provider located in Queensbury and writes a weekly column for The Post-Star. Write to her at kimberlybutlerthepoststar@gmail.com or visit her Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing Blog at www.poststar.com/blogs/making_cents.

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