Local frugal living blogger talks big deals for February

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When you need life advice you can always rely on your mother.

"I am a mom-of-three and I'm a stay-at-home mom," Mary Hoover said.

Hoover has a unique job.

"If I can find different ways to save, then I'm really looking at that as my job for the family," she said.

Hoover runs www.missiontosave.com. She specializes in frugal living and focuses on everything from saving on groceries, to finding the best deals online, recipes and do-it-yourself projects.

By doing these little things, she saves big.

"I'm probably around $3,000 to $7,000 worth of deal hunting [per year] for my family," she said.

And now she's helping you do the same with her best bets for February.

First, look for winter clothing. With Spring around the corner, Hoover says stock-up now on what you need for next winter because right now there are great deals, including 30-50 percent off.

Another good buy is tax software. Hoover says programs are being discounted, now, well before that April deadline. You can also file for free online.

And, if you're in the market for a new mattress or dining set, Presidents Day means sales. Hoover said to look for furniture to be marked way down around Feb. 20.

As for the things you shouldn't buy - Hoover said to stay away from anything Valentine's Day related.

"If you can wait a couple days afterward, all of those items are going to be drastically reduced," she said.

That goes for flowers, jewelry, candy and chocolates.

"If you want to buy them, that's great, but you're not going to be getting a deal," she said.

Hoover says if you can wait a day or two, do it. The prices will go down. And, she says it will be a cheaper start for events down the road.

"It'll be a red package or a pink package and, if you don't really care about that, you can throw it in the next Easter basket or the goodie bag for the birthday parties, or things like that," Hoover said.