February’s three big shopping events will make this month a time of bargains – if you know what to buy and when. That’s where we come in. With our expert analysis, you’ll know exactly what to expect on the sales rack and which products are most likely to see a price drop. Plan your shopping strategies for February’s three big weekends and take advantage of the sales to score smart buys for less.

Buy: TVs and Select Electronics

Is there any better way to start the new year than shopping for electronics on sale? If you want a new laptop, TV, digital camera, or other electronic devices, this is the perfect time to find deals. After the holiday season wraps up, retailers are eager to rid themselves of leftover inventory and make room for new items. We suggest getting a jump on February’s electronics deals, since Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are long gone. The Super Bowl will bring discounts on flat-screen TVs as stores make room for Super Bowl party equipment.

Skip: Spring and Summer Apparel

As sweaters and winter boots disappear from store shelves, swimsuits and sandals will be taking their place. Unless you really need to buy spring or summer apparel, try to hold off for now. Sales will be average at best until new apparel has been on the shelves for a couple of months, so wait until the temperature really starts to warm up, to spend less.

Buy: Mattresses

The Presidents Day holiday weekend is the best time to buy a new mattress. According to a recent survey, 60 percent of shoppers plan to shop for a mattress during this three-day weekend. The survey stated that buyers could expect to purchase a mattress at an average discount of 45% over the course of the holiday weekend. Combine this sale and other occasional discounts, and you can end up saving hundreds compared to regular prices.

Skip: Luggage

Don’t buy luggage now. If you need to purchase new luggage because you’ve grown tired of your ratty old suitcases, then wait until next month. Retailers will have fresh merchandise by then, and you can scoop up the leftovers at a discounted price.