What to Buy.. and When: A Month by Month Breakdown of Sale Cycles!

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What-to-Buy.Do you know which items are on known for being on sale each month? Believe it or not, there is a formula for What to Buy. Certain products go on sale at certain times of the year. Knowing how to understand sale cycles is the best and smartest way to shop. In this case you wait until a product is on sale and then stock up, using coupons of course! You may have noticed that the item may not go on sale again for another few months, so you don’t want to miss the chance to snag it for a deal. By understanding sales cycles, you can best plan your shopping and score items at their lowest price.

Below, we break down these sale cycles for you and give you a “cheat sheet” so you know What to Buy, which items go on sale and when! Take a peek, print it out, and plan your shopping strategy month by month!

January

  • Rolled, and steel-cut oats, ready to cook oatmeal packets
  • Diet aids: shakes, weight scales, diet cookbooks, exercise equipment
  • Organization aids such as shelving, plastic tubs & containers, labels
  • Seasonal produce such as oranges, pears, grapefruit, tangerines, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, kale, kiwi, avocado, cabbage, spinach

Also see: How To Grow and Maintain a Stockpile

February

  • Super Bowl Sunday items such as pop, chips, dips, cheese, sandwich items, crackers, snacks, wings, cut fruit & veggie trays
  • Hot breakfast items such as oatmeal, frozen waffles, syrup, waffle & pancake mix, hash browns, bacon
  • Valentine’s items such as boxed and bar chocolate, flower arrangements, candles
  • Seasonal produce such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, grapefruit, kale, oranges, parsnips, pears, potatoes, turnips

March

  • Frozen food such as frozen meals and entrees, veggies, side dishes, desserts, juice concentrate
  • March Madness supplies such as soda pop, chips, dips, cheese, crackers, wings, cut fruit & veggie trays
  • St. Patrick’s Day decorations and food such as corned beef, cabbage, Irish soda bread

April

  • Baking supplies such as sugar, spices, baking mixes, flour, chocolate chips, refrigerated cookie dough
  • Earth Day items such as natural and organic foods and personal care products, reusable bags and water bottles, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting
  • Seasonal produce such as artichokes, asparagus, avocados, beets, broccoli, cabbages, peas, rhubarb, strawberries

May

  • Memorial Day supplies such as BBQ sauce, ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips, paper plates
  • Gardening supplies such as plants, flowers, seeds, watering cans, plant food, soil, weed killers, mulch
  • Seasonal produce such as artichokes, asparagus, avocado, beets, corn, green beans, onions, peas in the pod, potatoes, raspberries, strawberries

June

  • Fourth of July supplies such as hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ sauce, ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips
  • Seasonal produce such as apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, honeydews, raspberries, red onions, summer squash, strawberries, sweet Vidalia onions, tomatoes, watermelons

July

  • 4th of July BBQ items such as  hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ sauce, ketchup
  • Back to School supplies such as crayons, pencils, folders, binders
  • Seasonal produce such as Asian pears, Bartlett pears, green beans, blueberries, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, figs, garlic, grapes, nectarines, red onions, Valencia oranges, peaches, sweet bell peppers, plums, potatoes, watermelon

August

  • Back to school supplies such as erasers, pens, crayons, paper, binders, backpacks, notebooks, markers, note cards
  • Seasonal produce such as Avocados, beans, berries, cherries, corn on the cob, cucumbers, eggplants, figs, seedless grapes, melons, onions, peaches, pears (Bartlett), peppers

September

  • School supplies such as  pens, pencils, backpacks, erasers, folders, binders, dividers
  • Diabetes supplies such as glucose meters, Glucerna cereal, diabetic care
  • Seasonal produce such as apples, artichokes, beans, cucumbers, eggplants

October

  • Halloween candy, costumes & accessories
  • Baking items such as canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, baking chips, pie crust
  • Seasonal produce such as apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chard, cranberries, parsnip, pears, pomegranates, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin

November

  • Holiday staples such as turkey, canned pureed pumpkin, stuffing mix, boxed potatoes, gravy mixes, ready-to-bake rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, gelatin, marshmallows
  • Seasonal produce such as apples, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, cranberries, kiwis, lemons, oranges, pears, potatoes, pumpkin, squash, yams

December:

  • Dinner items such as egg nog, deli platters, instant potatoes, gravy mixes, rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, Jello, marshmallows
  • Baking items such as flour, sugar, butter, cream, cake mixes, brownie mixes, muffin mixes, breads, pie crusts, marshmallows, whipped cream

With some careful planning, you can easily plan out your trips so that you are buying what you need at the greatest discounts possible. Good luck!

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  1. Jennifer Huebner says

    Pay close attention to sales in November. I often think I’ll wait for December to purchase baking items only to realize the prices in November were better.

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