Best Items To Buy On Sale - A Month by Month Guide To Sale Prices
If you enjoy saving money, and stockpiling, you know that the key to doing this is finding great deals on items you need and buying enough to last until the next sale. For many people it is difficult to figure out when these sales will happen so you can plan accordingly.
Buying without a plan is probably costing you a lot of money so here is the plan. This is a handy month by month guide of when items will typically be at their lowest prices so you can save money and start or build that stockpile.
Most people know that early January is a fantastic time to grab up those holiday clearance items with sale prices from 50-75% off and even up to 90% off as well. You can stock up on wrapping paper, decorations, candy and food gift items.
January is also one of the best times to buy fresh blueberries, often as low as $1-2, since it is summer in South America. You can stock up on these and freeze for use all year! (check out my hub on freezing items to stockpile).
Other great January buys:
Seasonal Produce:Oranges, pears, grapefruit, tangerines, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, kale, kiwifruit, avocados, cabbages, and spinach
Diet Foods: Healthy Choice, South Beach, Lean Cuisine, Special K, Kashi, Smart Start, 100-Calorie Packs, oatmeal and diet aids (shakes, weight scales, diet cookbooks, exercise equipment and weights) - take advantage of these deals targeted for new year resolutions
Winter Health: Cold medicines, vitamins, cough syrup
Super Bowl Sunday: Soda, chips, dips, cheese, sandwich items, crackers, snacks, wings, cut fruit and veggie trays
Other Items on Sale: Tea, bedding during Winter White Sales, calendars, discount gift cards
This may be the shortest month of the year but there are some great deals that have it packed with potential. Of course the huge Valentine's clearance can have you saving on everything from candy and foods to apparel, accessories and fun decorations and cards. But don't forget this is also the month for sales related to the Super Bowl, President's Day and Chinese New Year and you can find amazing and fun deals related to these events. Hass avocados are also at their lowest prices as well, often for as little us $0.57 each!
More great items for February:
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, grapefruit, kale, oranges, parsnips, pears, potatoes, turnips
National Canned Food Month: Canned fruit, vegetables, pie fillings, soups, meats: tuna, chicken, salmon
National Hot Breakfast Month: Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, frozen waffles, syrup, waffle & pancake mix, hash browns, bacon, sausage
Valentine’s Day: Boxed and bar chocolate, lubricants & KY jelly, perfume, cards, stuffed animals, gift sets, wine/sparkling cider, candles
Other Items on Sale: Sports gear, flowers (other than red roses), big screen televisions from the previous year, soy sauce, canned water chestnuts
March is frozen food month and you can score some outstanding deals on frozen foods, especially bags of frozen vegetables. This is when I stock up on frozen foods for the year! This is also a month with good deals on foods related to March Madness and St. Patrick's Day.
Here are more March deals:
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celery, grapefruit, grapes, lemons, limes, mushrooms, onions, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach and strawberries
Frozen Food Month: Frozen meals and entrees, veggies, side dishes, desserts and juice concentrate
March Madness: Soda pop, chips, dips, cheese, crackers, sandwich items, snacks, wings, cut fruit and veggie trays
St. Patrick’s Day: Decorations, corned beef, cabbage and Irish soda bread
Clearance: Winter clothing, snow shovels, ski and sledding equipment
Spring/Easter: Decorations, baskets, candy, ham, eggs and egg dyeing kits, gift sets, dresses and accessories
Other Items on Sale: 5 for $5 deals on bags of fruit, luggage
This is the month for Easter deals and the start of spring sales. You can find amazing clearance deals in Easter items from baskets to décor to candy. You can usually find the lowest prices of the year on eggs as well. I like to stock up and freeze eggs for the year at these great prices.
Here are some other April deals:
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, asparagus, avocados, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, grapefruit, mushrooms, onions, peas, rhubarb, and strawberries
Easter: Decorations, baskets & grass, toys, games, candy, chocolate, egg-dyeing kits, spring dresses and apparel
Spring: Gardening equipment and seeds, bird feeders, spring cleaning supplies, allergy medicine, rain boots, umbrellas, and raincoats
Earth Day: Natural and organic foods and personal care products, reusable bags and water bottles, Energy Star appliances, CFL and LED lighting
Other Items on Sale: Last-minute cruise deals, discounted gym memberships, end-of-fiscal-year electronics, tax discounts, and secondhand items at garage sales
This is a great month for savings related to holidays starting with Cinco de Mayo then Mother's Day and ending with Memorial Day. This is also the month that people start firing up their grills and there are great sale prices on sauces, hot dogs and other grill seasonings and accessories.
These are some more May deals:
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, asparagus, avocados, beets, blackberries, carrots, corn, green beans, onions, peas in the pod, potatoes, raspberries, strawberries
Cinco de Mayo: Salsa, shredded cheese, tortillas, tortilla chips, canned & refried beans, shredded lettuce, piñatas & piñata fillers, frozen Mexican entrees & snacks (taquitos, mini tacos, chimichangas)
Mother’s Day: Bouquets, gift sets, perfume, chocolate, photo frames and crafts, jewelry, candles
Memorial Day: BBQ sauce, ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips, paper plates, plastic utensils, sandwich fixings
Summer Needs: Insect repellent, sunscreen, outdoor furniture, shorts, sun hats, beach toys, bird feeders, lawn mowers, barbecues, and grilling utensils
Gardening: Plants, flowers, seeds, watering cans, plant food, soil, weed killers, mulch, compost buckets, water hoses
Other Items on Sale: Mattresses, military discounts
Bring on the summer and steep dives in the prices of summer fruits and vegetables. This is a great time to buy these in bulk and make frozen smoothie mixes, jams, and can pie fillings. A little effort can have you set with flavorful fruits and vegetables for the rest of the year at super low prices.
June is also Dairy Month with great deals available and don't forget about savings for Father's Day you can score. Also, mark your calendar for National Donut Day on June 5th!
Seasonal Produce: Apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, corn, cucumbers eggplant, grapes, honeydew, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, raspberries, red onions, summer squash, strawberries, sweet Vidalia onions, tomatoes, watermelon
National Dairy Month: Milk (also look for free milk Catalinas when you buy cereal promos), ice cream, cheese, butter, eggs, yogurt
Fourth of July: Hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, BBQ sauce, ketchup, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips, mustard & mayo, relish, ice cream, Popsicles, frozen treats, soda pop
Summer Needs: Insect repellant, sunscreen, outdoor furniture, shorts, sun hats, beach toys, bird feeders, lawn mowers, barbecues and grilling utensils, swim wear, kid pools, sandboxes, sandals
Gardening: Plants, flowers, seeds, watering cans, plant food, soil, weed killers, mulch, compost buckets, water hoses
Clearance: Jackets, sweaters, umbrellas, rain boots, floral wreaths from Memorial Day
Other Items on Sale: Tools, free donuts in honor of National Donut Day on June 5th
July is the best month for tomato and strawberry prices and this is the time to really stock up and can or freeze these for use all year! You can also find some early back to school deals so keep an eye out for these early bird specials and save. Of course since it is also a major holiday with 4th of July you can score some great deals on picnic foods and drinks as well as decorations. Don't forget that July is National Ice Cream month so you can expect some great prices on these desserts.
Here are some more July deals:
Seasonal Produce: Asian pears, Bartlett pears, green beans, blueberries, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, garlic, grapes, nectarines, red onions, Valencia oranges, peaches, sweet bell peppers, plums, potatoes, summer squash, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon
More 4th of July BBQ Sales: Hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ sauce, ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips, picnic items
Back-to-School Sales: Crayons, pencils, folders, binders, backpacks
National Ice Cream Month: Ice cream, popsicles, fudgesicles, drumsticks
Other Items on Sale: Sunscreen, bug repellent, paper goods
Time for back to school shopping and this provides the best prices possible for all back to school supplies. Definitely a time to really stock up on pens, pencils, paper and folders for the rest of the year! This is also the best month for grapes both because of the low prices but also great flavor after they have been enjoying the heat of summer for ripening!
Here are some more deals:
Seasonal Produce: Avocados, berries, cherries, corn on the cob, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, grapes, green beans, melons, onions, peaches, peppers, plums, summer squash, tomatillos, tomatoes, watermelon
Back-to-school Supplies: Erasers, pens, crayons, paper, binders, backpacks, notebooks, markers, note cards, USB flash drives, glue, tissue boxes, paper, sticky notes, scissors, staplers
School Lunch Items: Pudding cups, lunch meat, single serve juices, Lunchables, PB&J, crackers, chips
Disinfectants: Clorox and Lysol wipes and sprays, hand sanitizer
Other Items on Sale: Sunflowers, laptops, insect repellent, sunscreen, charcoal, swimsuits, gardening supplies and seeds, fans, camping gear
This month you will find the best prices based around Labor Day and the end of summer. You can also find some clearance prices on back to school supply items. September is the last time you will see big sales until Black Friday so keep a look out for specials and low prices on pools, inflatable boats and other summer items.
Seasonal Produce:Apples, artichokes, beans, cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, onions, pears (Asian & Bartlett), peppers (bell and chili), squash, tomatillos, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, squash, kale, collards
Back-to-School Items: Pens, pencils, paper (filler and printing), backpacks, erasers, folders, binders, dividers
Labor Day: Restaurant deals, movie theater perks (such as free popcorn, soda, and concession candy/snacks), shoes and apparel, weekend travel or park passes, party supplies and snacks
Kids’ Health Items for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Healthy foods for kids, prepackaged kids’ health lunches and snacks, lunch boxes, kids’ first aid supplies
Summer Clearance Items: Camping gear, gardening supplies, bug spray, fans & air conditioners, BBQ supplies including grills, charcoal and lighters/lighter fluid
College Savings for: College supplies, incentives to open 529 savings plans, incentives to open college savings accounts (for parents and students)
Other Items on Sale: Fresh-cut flowers and bikes
Time to look forward to the colder weather and holiday seasons. You can find discounted prices on Halloween candy, décor and costumes the last few days before the holiday. October is also a great time to stock up on spices before the prices on them get raised for the holiday baking season.
Here are some more deals:
Seasonal Produce: Apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbages, chard, cranberries, mustard greens, parsnip, pears, pomegranates, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash, turnips and yams
Baking Goods (mid-October to late December): Canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, baking chips and pie crust (mix and ready-made frozen)
Outdoor Gear: Camping gear
Snow Removal Gear: Snowblowers, shovels, de-icers
Swimwear: Swimsuits, cover-ups, shorts, flip-flops, goggles
Other Items on Sale: Oils and broths
This is when all attention turns to the deals of Black Friday and Cyber Monday but don't forget the great clearance deals on Halloween items that start at the first of the month. The week before Thanksgiving is also an excellent time to stock up on all your holiday baking and cooking needs with unbelievably low prices on foods and accessories that you can stockpile for the year.
More November deals:
Seasonal Produce: Apples of all varieties, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, cranberries, kiwis, lemons, oranges, pears (Anjou & Comice), potatoes, pumpkin, squash, yams and pomegranates
Baking Goods: Nuts, chocolate chips, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, coconut, cake & brownie mixes
Cooking Gear: Cookware, flatware, knives, pots and pans
Canned Foods: Soup, broth, vegetables & fruits, spaghetti sauce
Cold & Flu: Nyquil, Hall’s, Tylenol Cold & Flu, tissues
Black Friday/Cyber Monday: Clothing, toys, electronics, appliances, housewares
Seasonal Clearance: Rakes, outdoor furniture, bikes, Halloween clearance
Other Items on Sale: Peanuts, peanut butter, flower bulbs, athletic shoes, kids’ toys, wedding gowns and accessories
December brings in the full force of holiday shopping but savvy buyers know the real deals will be after the holidays but you can still pick up some great prices on baking mixes, citrus fruits and nuts so keep an eye out for these sales.
Here are a few more to finish the year:
Seasonal Produce: Apples, beets, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celery, citrus fruits, dates, kale, kiwifruit, leeks, mushrooms, onions, papayas, pomegranates, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, winter squash
Holiday Dinner: Eggnog, sparkling cider, deli platters, instant potatoes, gravy mixes, dinner rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, Jell-O and marshmallows
Baking: Flour, sugar, butter, cream, cake mixes, brownie mixes, muffin mixes, breads, pie crusts, marshmallows, whipped cream
Canned Foods: Soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, spaghetti sauce
Clearance: Thanksgiving decorations, table settings, turkey carving products
Golf gear: Clubs, gloves, apparel
Other Items on Sale: Jewelry, toys, sparkling wine, gift cards, electronics