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-Store wide clearance , Christmas items
• Diapers (stock up for whole year!)
• White Sales  (sheets, blankets, pillow cases,  quilts,   tablecloths and towels.
• Sports and Weight Loss Equipment
• Computers
• Winter Apparel (Clothing) Coats and Accessories
• Furs (old days)
• Air conditioners
•• 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, costume jewelry, dishes, dresses, freezers, 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

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) sharis-berries-recipe-for-chocolate-covered-strawberries/

Air conditioners, art supplies, used cars, bedding, bicycles, car-seat covers, carpets, china, clothes dryers, coats, curtains, dishes, drapes, fabric, floor coverings, 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 specials??)

• 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, as 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, housewares  hosiery, houses, luggage, paint, rain wear, girls’ and boys’ shoes, winter sports equipment
(ice skates and skis), storm windows, sunglasses and washers and dryers.

• 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 and clothing, housecoats, women’s and girl’s dresses, ham, stoves

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  and fix up 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 lingerie.

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??)

• 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.


• Summer Sports Equipment
• Sportswear

Air conditioners, used autos, bathing suits, summer clothes, bedding, carpeting, craft supplies, fabrics, furniture,  garden supplies, home appliances, July 4 post-holiday decorations and food, hosiery,  (hotdogs and ground beef, condiments, sodas), lingerie, paper goods, radio and stereo equipment, refrigerators, rugs/floor coverings,  shoes, swim suits, summer sports equipment and sportswear and washers and dryers.


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??)


• 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, gardening equipment, housewares, lamps, lawn mowers, paint, patio and lawn furniture, rugs,  shoes (casual summer), sprinklers, tires, vegetables, yard tools and “white sale” towels and linens.

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.


•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.• Canned Goods
Auto batteries and mufflers, back-to-school supplies and apparel, bicycles, carpet, china, children’s clothing, dishes and dishwashers, favrics,gardening equipment and supplies, 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??)

•Stock up on holiday foods –
•Stove Top
• instant mashed potatoes
• cranberries
• marshmallow
• ice cream
• pie shells
• whipped cream
• pudding
• 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)

• Houses
• Fishing Equipment
• Crystal, Silver, and Glassware

• Cars, especially last year’s autos (bargain prices), coats, school clothes and clothes dryers, evening wear, fabrics, fishing equipment, furnaces, gift items,glassware, hosiery, housecoats, houses, lingerie, ranges, rugs, school supplies, silverware, ski equipment and winter outerwear.

• Winter Apparel and Accessories
• Quilts and Blankets
• Heating Devices
• Pre- Christmasa value promotions
• Turkey, Sweet Potatoes,  Canned goods (soup, chicken broth, condensed milk, veggies etc) Baking goods Grocery Sales -stock up starting before Thanksgiving through Christmas

Appliances (kitchen), autumn and Halloween decorations, baking needs (flour and sugar), blankets, boots, Christmas items, fancy clothes, coats, cranberry sauce, games, dresses, 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.

Grocery Sales -stock up starting before Thanksgiving through Christmas


• Toys
• Gift Items
• Party ware
• Post-Holiday Sales -Christmas items
• Party Foods, Baking Goods, and Various Meat
• Canned goods (broth, soups, etc)
• General store clearance

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.

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

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

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


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

Best savings based on the day of the week

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

  1. February Sales says:

    … always on the lookout for great deals at favorite stores… sign up for every deal email , and regularly check out RetailMeNot and other coupon sites.

    keep a close eye on the calendar, and not just for the big shopping holidays like Memorial Day. The month you shop can make a big difference in what kind of deals you can get for certain items. For example, it makes sense that summer brings the best deals on winter clothes, technology has similar rules…in February.

    President’s Day is also a day for sales, and historically more than 30% of the sales are on electronics.

    Office Depot, Staples and Dell Small Business typically offer coupons for $10 to $50 off entire purchases. If you’ve got your eye on a tech gadget, I’d wait until at least the middle of the month to buy. There are, however, one or two exceptions.

    1. TVs The other big event of February is the Super Bowl.. Of course, retailers know you don’t want to watch the biggest game of the year on a tiny TV, so they offer deals on newer, bigger TVs. Learn what else you need besides a nice TV to throw the best Super Bowl party of the year.

    Unlike Black Friday, these deals focus more toward larger sets and more recognizable brands like Samsung, Sony and LG. Depending on the TV, you can save anywhere from $100 to 40% or more. So it’s a good time to buy a new TV for your living room, and shuffle your current TV off to a bedroom.

    Before you hit the store, make sure you know the general details of what you want, such as size, 4K vs. 1080p, smart vs. dumb, etc. Read my comprehensive TV buying guide to help you figure out the answer to these questions and more.

    2. Smartphones-In general, February isn’t the best time to buy a smartphone. New models are often announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, or shortly afterward, but aren’t available until spring. You typically want to wait until those go on the market so you can buy today’s models at a steep discount. For example, if you’re looking at a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S5, you should wait for the S7 to become available in a few months. Then, both of those models will drop another hundred dollars or so.

    That being said, around Valentine’s Day you’ll often see “his & hers” offers on smartphones and cellular plans. With Verizon, for example, if you buy a Droid Turbo 2 or Droid Maxx you get 50% off a second one. It’s also offering $200 off on iPads and deals on smartphone accessories like battery cases.

    You might find similar or better deals from other carriers, so be sure to look around as Valentine’s Day approaches. If you need new smartphones now, the savings could be enough to make them a good buy.

    3. Tax software and service-Tax preparation companies are already trying to grab your attention. They do that by offering services and software at a discount, or special promotions.
    4. Computers-Historically, February is a good month for buying computers. With new models appearing at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, retailers offer deals on older models to try and clear the shelves for new items. You might not get as many deals as the back-to-school sales over the summer, but it’s still a good time to buy.

    5. Plenty of retailers stocked up on fitness items in December to capitalize on the “lose weight/get fit” New Year’s resolutions. Now that January has come and gone, they need to get rid of the rest. Check out my fitness tracker comparison chart to see which fitness tracker is right for you.
    More thoughts

    There are going to be plenty of other tech deals this month if you keep your eyes open. Make a list of things you want and the current prices. That way, you’ll know what kind of deal you’re really getting. You can even use a site like CamelCamelCamel to keep track of prices for you and let you know when they drop.


    Also check these: http://thekrazycouponlady.com/tips/couponing/the-best-time-to-buy-everything-by-month-of-the-year

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