When to stock up (list of when items typically go on sale!)

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Seasonal Shopper’s Calendar.

Listing of what & when the Seasonality Sale Cycle of Retail Operations are to assist you in maximizing planning/stretching food storage dollars.

Seasonal Sales Cycles

JANUARY - Historically,
• Quaker has hot deals on cereal/all items.
• Pepsi/Tostitos go on sale mid-January (again, rebates abound for these). Probably due to Super Bowl game. Other items of note this time of year are chili, side dishes, anything for hearty/warm meals.
• Post-Holiday Sales
• Diapers (stock up for whole year!)
• White Sales
• Sports and Weight Loss Equipment
• Computers
• Winter Apparel and Accessories
• Organizers, Rubbermaid totes, shelf organizers, planners, filing cabinets
• Tuna sale mid/late January 2010 (watch for this again.)

Small appliances, art supplies, bicycles, books, carpet, carriages, china, clothes dryers, infant clothing, winter clothing, coats, computers , costume jewelry, dishes, dresses, freezers, fur, furniture, glassware, handbags, men’s hats; holiday cards, decorations and gift wrappings; home furnishings, housewares, costume jewelry, lingerie, radios, refrigerators, rugs, men’s shirts, shoes, sportswear and equipment, stereos, storm windows, swimwear and luggage for resort season, toiletries, toys, Valentine’s Day gifts, water heaters and “white sale” blankets, pillowcases, quilts, sheets, tablecloths and towels.

Behr paint goes on rebate every three day weekend at Home Depot and has a better color selection. It is also highly rated on Consumer Reports as best paint for your $$. (So Martin Luther King Day to start??)

FEBRUARY – many of the same food items as January
• Electronics
• Floor Coverings
• Housewares
• Furniture
• Candy and Chocolates (Think Valentines)

Air conditioners, art supplies, used cars, bedding, bicycles, car-seat covers, carpets, china, clothes dryers, coats, curtains, dishes, drapes, fabric, floor coverings, furniture, garden seed, glassware, women’s hats, home furnishings, housewares, lamps, mattresses, radios and CD players, rugs, men’s shirts, silverware, sportswear, stereo equipment, storm windows and toys.

Behr paint goes on rebate every three day weekend at Home Depot and has a better color selection. It is also highly rated on Consumer Reports as best paint for your $$. (Presidents Day??)

MARCH -
• Frozen food month. You’ll find many stores are offering free freezers or fill-a-bag deals.
• Between March and April, look for spring cleaning deals, so many cleaner items will be on sale.
• With Easter, look for eggs, ham, Kraft products to cycle into good sales.
• Paper products like towels, napkins, plates are starting to come on strong.
• Beverage items.
• Spring Apparel and Accessories
• Winter Sports Equipment
• Gardening Supplies
• Luggage

Air conditioners, china, clothing (infants’ wear and spring), winter coats, corned beef (just before St. Patrick’s Day), frozen foods, garden supplies, glassware, hardware, home supplies, hosiery, houses, luggage, paint, rain wear, girls’ and boys’ shoes, winter sports equipment
(ice skates and skis), storm windows, sunglasses and washers and dryers.

APRIL –
• Spring Apparel and Accessories (Easter clothing)
• Coats and Hats -women’s and children’s
• Paint, Wallpaper home-building and home improvement supplies
• Spring cleaning supplies
• Jewish Foods
• Eggs
• Early season gardening and lawn supplies

(men’s and boys’ suits, housecoats, women’s and girl’s dresses, ham, stoves

MAY –
get ready for summer!
• Loads of deals on BBQ sauce
• frozen veggies
• baked beans
• condiments of all kinds,
• summer-time meats (ribs, hotdogs, and ground beef).
Also with all the holidays, look for tons of paper goods that match the holiday and pick them up after clearance. These deals generally continue through September!
• White Sale – Linens, Blankets, Towels
• Spring Cleaning Supplies
• Auto Maintenance
• Home Maintenance
• Sodas & Bottled Water, Hotdogs, Hamburger Meat, Condiments, Paper & Plastic plates & cups
• Raid/Off bug repellents and sunscreens

Costume jewelry, handbags, picture frames, luggage, outdoor play equipment, radios, silver, sportswear, spring-cleaning supplies, stereos, sportswear, tires, TV sets, watches and women’s undergarments.

Behr paint goes on rebate every three day weekend at Home Depot and has a better color selection. It is also highly rated on Consumer Reports as best paint for your $$. (Memorial Day??)

JUNE –
• Summer Apparel and Accessories
• Pianos
• Television Sets
• Building Materials and Hardware
• Dairy Products

Small appliances, bedding; bridal goods (white sale items, silverware and clocks), building materials, camping supplies, summer clothes, dresses, fabrics, fishing and camping gear, floor coverings, furniture, lumber, menswear, pianos, refrigerators, storm windows and TV sets.

JULY –
• Air Conditioners
• Summer Sports Equipment
• Sportswear
• Craft Supplies
• Sodas
• Hotdogs
• Hamburger Meat
• Condiments

Air conditioners, used autos, bathing suits, summer clothes, bedding, carpeting, craft supplies, fabrics, furniture, furs, home appliances, July 4 post-holiday decorations and food ( hotdogsand ground beef), lingerie, paper goods, radio and stereo equipment, rugs, shoes, summer sports equipment and sportswear and washers and dryers.

Pick up school supplies at bargains in August
The Christmas shopping season really begins in August when people are coming back from vacation and getting ready for kids to return to school. All sorts of things are on sale to make way for coming fall and winter goods.

Behr paint goes on rebate every three day weekend at Home Depot and has a better color selection. It is also highly rated on Consumer Reports as best paint for your $$. (4th of July??)

AUGUST –
• White Sale – Linen and Towels
• BBQ and Patio Equipment
• Back to School Supplies
• Bathing Suits
• Fresh Fish and Vegetables
• Breakfast foods (Cold cereal-Juice-Waffles-etc)
• Cold lunch items for in lunch boxes

Air conditioners, new autos; back-to-school sales (pens, pencils, paper, etc.); barbecue tools, bathing suits, camping equipment, school clothes, coats, fans, freezers and refrigerators, furniture, housewares, lamps, lawn mowers, paint, patio and lawn furniture, rugs, casual summer shoes, sprinklers, tires, vegetables, yard tools and “white sale” towels and linens.


SEPTEMBER –

•back to school; time to fill up on snacks!
• Pudding cups
• Capri suns,
• fruit snacks,
• cereal sales start up hard again
• peanut butter/jelly.
• there will be Prego coupons in August, and plan on getting lots and using them in a hurry before they expire in September when the spaghetti sauce goes on sale. Sauce wars between Ragu and Prego this month. Campbell’s soups will go on as well and there will be coupons in the end of August for these as well.
Lunchables are on sale this time of year, too.
• Back to School Supplies and Apparel
• Gardening Supplies
• Housewares
• Bicycles
• Canned Goods

Auto batteries and mufflers, back-to-school supplies, bicycles, carpet, china, children’s clothing, dishes and dishwashers, gardening equipment, glassware, grills, hardware, housewares, hunting equipment, lamps, lawn furniture, paints, radios, rugs, sports goods, tools and root vegetables.
Behr paint goes on rebate every three day weekend at Home Depot and has a better color selection. It is also highly rated on Consumer Reports as best paint for your $$. (Labor Day??)

OCTOBER –
•Stock up on holiday foods –
•Stove Top
•turkey
• instant mashed potatoes
•broth
• cranberries
• marshmallow
• ice cream
• pie shells
• whipped cream
• pudding
• Look for great Kraft deals again this time of year. Piggyback those Kraft coupons when you can.
• Crackers are a biggie – going on for $1 or less a box. Lots of extra deals like $ off cheese WYB crackers.
• The real kicker is the after Christmas food deals! Save your coupons because pie fixings, fried onion, broth and canned green beans will be on deep discount. I got those onions for .50 a can, normally almost $4. These generally continue through December.
• Candy
• Baking/candy-making items (choc chips, sprinkles, vanilla, corn syrup, nuts, etc)
• Cars
• Houses
• Fishing Equipment
• Crystal, Silver, and Glassware

Last year’s autos (bargain prices), school clothes and clothes dryers, evening wear, fabrics, fishing equipment, furnaces, glassware, hosiery, housecoats, houses, ranges, rugs, school supplies, silverware, ski equipment and winter outerwear.

NOVEMBER –
• Winter Apparel and Accessories
• Quilts and Blankets
• Heating Devices
• Turkey, Sweet Potatoes
• Canned goods (soup, chicken broth, condensed milk, veggies etc)
• Baking goods

Appliances (kitchen), autumn and Halloween decorations, baking needs (flour and sugar), blankets, boots, Christmas items, fancy clothes, coats, cranberry sauce, games, ham, home furnishings, houses, liquor, men’s clothing, quilts, shoes, space heaters, men’s and boys’ suits, toys, turkeys after Thanksgiving, wine and water heaters.

DECEMBER –
• Toys
• Gift Items
• Party ware
• Post-Holiday Sales
• Party Foods, Baking Goods, and Various Meat
• Canned goods (broth, soups, etc)

Used autos, blankets, candy, Christmas decorations, men’s and children’s clothing, women’s and children’s coats, flour, gift items, children’s hats, houses, party items, quilts, men’s and women’s shoes , sugar, men’s and boys’ suits, toys and turkeys.

(After a holiday, year round) cheap cookie dough and any food related to a holiday.

Continual sales- candy, popcorn, chips, anything snacky, cereal (heavier in the fall/winter, but still around in the spring).

Frozen food sales seem to centralize on a brand and the brands switch next month. Manufacturers may buy slot time for sales. One month, Stouffers was on sale heavy, another month it will be Lean cuisine. Save all your frozen coupons and then keep checking back for the brand of the month.

Frozen pizzas go on sale in the fall and then again the spring; not often in the summer because people don’t want to turn their ovens on in the summer.

This isn’t everything that you can get on sale, but if you follow the cycle and stock up (never buy BBQ sauce in the winter), then you can get where you have enough on hand and only need to refill when the items are in season. The result is that you spend less and less with each successful cycle


Seasonal Shopping:

Buying fruits and vegetables in season saves you money and gets you the best flavor.

Spring
asparagus, blackberries, green onions, leeks, lettuces, new potatoes, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, watercress

Summer
apricots, blueberries, cherries, eggplant, fresh herbs, green beans, melon, peaches, plums, corn, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini

Fall
apples, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collards, grapes, kale, pears, pumpkins, winter squash, yams

Winter

beets, cabbage, carrots, citrus fruits, onions, rutabagas, turnips, winter squash

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