Yearly Sale Cycles: Know When to Buy & Stock UP

by Tiff on November 7, 2011

Learning sale cycles can seem like a daunting coupon chore. I have preached about keeping a price book, and this will help tremendously, especially with specific items, but I am going to share with you what is on sale the cheapest each month of the year, so you will know when to stock up.

** feel free to print this and keep on your fridge or in your Coupon Binder**

January
New Year’s Resolution: Diet Foods, Health Foods, Low Fat Brand items
Oatmeal
Soups
Super Bowl: Salsa, Chips, Crackers, Soda, Condiments, Sandwich Foods, Frozen Pizza & Wings
Storage & Organization Items, ( Rubbermaid totes…etc)
Medicine: Cold & Pain Relief items & Vitamins
Christmas Clearance Items: Baking goods, sprinkles, cupcake liners, towels, baking pans, candy molds, decorations, wrapping paper, etc
After Christmas clearance Toys
Clearanced Winter Clothes & Accessories
oranges, pears, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, papayas, cabbages, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower

February
Chinese New year: Soy Sauce, Noodles, Terriyaki sauce
canned Foods ( National Canned Food month)
National Hot Breakfast Month: Oatmeal, Frozen Waffles & Breakfast items
Valentine’s Day: Candy
Clearance Valentine’s Items: Sprinkles, pencils, goody bag fillers, cards, candy, baking pans, etc
Christmas Toy clearance : Should hit 75% off this month if not already
artichokes, asparagus, oranges, tangelos, grapefruit, lemons, papayas, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, kiwi, avocado, spinach

March
Frozen Food Month: Frozen Foods of all sorts will be on sale & coupons will be out for many
Easter Food Items
Spring Cleaning Items
Gardening Items
pineapples, mangoes, broccoli, lettuce, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, fennel, kale, leeks, lemons, limes, mushrooms, onions, strawberries, tangerines

April
Easter Food Items ( If it is a year for a late Easter)
Earth Day: Organic and Eco Friendly Items ( Energy Saver Items, Light Bulbs etc)
Clearance Easter Items: Time to stock up on baskets, decor, novelties for next year
pineapples, beets, mangoes, zucchini, peas, rhubarb, artichokes, asparagus, spring peas, broccoli, lettuce

May
Grilling Items
Condiments
Cinco De Mayo: Mexican Foods, Salsa
Paper Products, Utensils
Insect Repellant
cherries, blackberries, raspberries, pineapples, apricots, okra, zucchini, rhubarb, artichokes, asparagus, spring peas, broccoli, lettuce

June
National Dairy Month: Eggs, Milk, cheese, Butter, Ice Cream
Start of 4th of July Sales: Picnic Items, Grilling Items
watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes, honeydew, nectarine, squash cherries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, corn, lettuce

July
School Supply Items Start: (Office Store Penny Items, remember you can price match)
4th of July Items Continued
Toy Clearance ( Target has 75% off, and KMart usually has additional 50% off clearance toys)
Summer Clothing Clearance
Patio Furniture, Garden Decor
watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, green beans, peaches, apricots, kiwi, raspberries, plums, cucumbers, tomatoes, summer squash, corn, green beans, lettuce

August
Lunch Box Food Items
Back To School Snacky Foods
Antibacterial Hand Sanitizers, Kleenex, Cleaning Wipes
Clearance Sunscreen or Tanning Lotions or Insect Repellants
Clearance Grilling items
watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, peaches, apricots, kiwi, raspberries, plums, cucumbers, tomatoes, summer squash, corn, green beans, lettuce, figs

September
Finishing up Back To School Deals
Tomato Products
Diabetes Test Supplies
apples, grapes, pomegranates, persimmons, eggplants, pumpkins, tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, peppers

October
Halloween: Candy Deals
Start of Baking Items: Apples, Pumpkins, etc.
almonds, cranberries, apples, pomegranates, grapes, sweet potatoes, turnips, yams, pumpkins, winter squash, broccoli, spinach, lettuce

November
Halloween Clearance Items: Costumes, Decor, Candy, Goody Bag items (pencils, stickers, rings, erasers… great for adding in your candy bowl!)
Baking Food Items ( Thanksgiving Ingredients)
–Chocolate morsels, nuts, baking powder, Evaporated milk, Condensed Milk, Cake & Brownie Mixes, Syrups, Butter, etc
Canned Foods: Broth, Soups, Vegetables, Gravy
Cocoa, Coffee
pears, oranges, tangelos, grape fruit, tangerines, papayas, pomegranates, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, celery

December
Fall Decor 75% off ( Buy all your Thanksgiving platters, Carving tools, and table-settings for next year)
Baking Goods
Christmas Dinner Ingredients
bananas, potatoes, mushrooms

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{ 2 comments }

1 adriennefriend November 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm

So helpful!!! And you compiled this list based on personal experience? Wow.

2 Tiff November 8, 2011 at 10:52 am

Adrienne – Yes, mostly from experience over the past few years. Keeping a price book really helps you to know sale cycles.

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