Valentine's Day is just ahead. Don't be a stupid Cupid and overspend on cards, roses, chocolates and gifts. Shower your sweetie with love for less with these red hot deals.
At the newly opened The Fresh Market in Avon, roses are $15 a dozen. Starting Sunday, get a dozen roses at Target for $16.99. Feb. 12 through 14, buy a dozen roses for $19.99 at Walgreen's stores and at Geissler's Supermarkets. ShopRite stores are offering a dozen long-stemmed roses arranged with baby's breath and greens in a gift box or glass vase for $29.99. (Available Sunday, Feb. 12 through Tuesday, Feb. 14. Limit four.) JCPenney has heart-shaped boxes of Godiva truffles for $10.
Not into candy or flowers? Get a cute case for your smart phone. Starting Sunday, Feb. 12, Radio Shack will have passionate pink, purple and red iPhone cases, two for $10. Bring on the bling for less. JCPenney has a Liz Claiborne, pink-and-silver, heart-shaped ring for $9.
Pick up books of love at area library books sales. Burlington Library, 34 Library Lane, holds a Books to Warm the Heart used book sale on Saturday, Feb.11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Friends of the Wethersfield Library, 515 Silas Deane Highway, hold a romance book sale on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 12 from 1 to 5 p.m Information: http://www.wethersfieldlibrary.org
Romance novels are free at The Friends of the Cheshire Library, 104 Main St. The book giveaway takes place throughout the month of February. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 203-272-2245.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, gift certificates are discounted at WhiteFlowerFarm.com. Purchase a gift certificate of $50 or more by Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. and you'll get 20 percent off. Use code "2S513" at checkout.
Valentine's Day cards are just $1 each at Swag, 117 Main St. in Old Saybrook. At The Final Markdown, 1404 Tolland Turnpike in Manchester, greeting cards are three for $1.
Show the love with free Valentine e-cards from 123Greetings.com, Hallmark.com and egreetings.com.
The New To You Shoppe, 1618 Hopmeadow St. in Simsbury, holds red hot heart sale with special savings on Valentine's gifts and décor. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Information: 860-264-1617.
Collinsville's Carol & Company has a sale through Sunday, Feb. 12, featuring savings of 10 percent to 50 percent on select jewelry, handbags, lamps, gifts, tabletop decor and more. The store is at 107 Main St. in the Collinsville section of Canton. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 860-693-1088 or http://www.carolandcompany.us.
Resale shoppers, check this out. Sign up for the Super Savers Club at http://www.Savers.com, and you'll get special member's discounts and coupons, and emailed notices of sales at Savers stores. (Click on the "Club Card Sign-Up" link to register.)
Aeropostale stores have partnered with Do Something, a nonprofit teen-aid organization, to collect thousands of pairs of donated jeans for local teen shelters and charities. Here's how you can help: Through Monday, Feb. 13, bring gently worn jeans to any Aeropostale store. As thanks, you'll get 25 percent off the price of a new pair. Information and store locations: http://www.aeropostale.com or http://www.dosomething.org.
SHOPPING TIPS: Stores can close unexpectedly, hours can change and sales can be canceled. Always call ahead. Check on payment methods and return policies; some sales are cash-and-carry only, and marked-down items are often final sale.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times