When is the best time to buy….?

Here is a post from another site that I ran into.

Know Your Seasons
Shopping Seasons That Is!
Here is another look at how you can specifically plan shopping trips and save month by month. You might want to copy and paste into a word document and print so you have a copy in your coupon organizer.
You all know, that in general terms, grocery sales are cyclical. You can bet if something is on sale this week, in about 4 – 6 weeks it will be on sale again. This is why couponing works so well. You stack your coupons on top of a sale price and poof, you have saved around 50% shopping least. You can’t save 50% at the gas pump or on your mortgage payment or rent, but you can at the grocery stores or drug stores to help pay the other bills you have. Don’t just think about food either! There are shopping seasons for everything!

National Oatmeal Month:
Quaker, Diet Foods including: Healthy Choice, South Beach, Lean Cuisine, Special K, Kashi, Smart Start, 100 Calorie Packs

Annual White Sales: Get all of your linens for the bed, bath or kitchen!

Super Bowl Sunday:
Pepsi, Coke, Chips, Dips, Cheese, sandwich items, crackers, snacks, wings. Clearance items will include party goods, serving dishes, etc.

Seasonal Produce:
Oranges, Pears,Grapefruit, Tangerines, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Kale, Kiwi, Avocado, Cabbage, Spinach

When shopping in early January look for Christmas Decorations, Toys, Wrapping Paper, gift tags, Christmas cards, outdoor decorations, holiday clothing, accessories and winter clothing, shoes, & accessories

Winter Health: Cold Medicines and Vitamins

National Canned Food Month:
Canned Fruit, Vegetables, meats: Tuna, chicken, salmon, pie fillings

National Hot Breakfast Month:
Malt O Meal, Oatmeal, Eggo Waffles, Syrup

Valentines: Chocolate, Hershey’s, KY Lubricant, etc. Also decorations, clothing, cards.

Chinese New Year: Soy Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Noodles, water chestnuts

Seasonal Produce:
Artichoke, Asparagus, Raspberries, Potatoes, Strawberries, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Kale, Kiwi, Avocado, Spinach

While shopping you should watch for the beginning of everything Valentine’s related going on sale.

Frozen Food Month:
Frozen Meals, TGI Fridays, Contessa, Foster Farms Chicken, Eggo, Sara Lee, Healthy Choice, DiGiorno, Freschetta, Breyers, Dreyers, Marie Callendars

St. Patrick’s Day: Anything Irish should be on sale so watch for items while shopping that may not be on sale any other time of the year.

Seasonal Produce:
Artichoke, Asparagus, Avocado, Haas, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Fennel, Kale, Leek, Lemon, Lime, Mushrooms, Onions, Spring, Orange, Peas, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries, Tangerine

Ham, Eggs, Some Baking Supplies: sugar, spices, baking mixes, chocolate chips

Earth Day: Organic foods, Energy saver items like light bulbs, water filtration & more.

Seasonal Produce:
Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbages, Carrots, Grapefruit, Hass Avocado, Mushrooms, Onions, Peas, Rhubarb

After Easter shopping yields sales to stock up on decorating, baskets, for the next year or for home decor. My daughter loved rabbits so I got some nice items for her room during this time of year.

Memorial Day:
BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips
Paper Products: plates, utensils, insect repellant, sunscreen

Cinco De Mayo:
Salsa, tortillas, seasonings and other Mexican foods

Mother’s Day:
Cologne’s, perfumes, handbags, women’s clothes, women’s shoes, small appliances, personal appliances like hair dryers, curling irons; jewelry boxes. This is a good time to do mid-year Christmas shopping.

Seasonal Produce:
Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocado, Beans, Green, Beets, Blackberries, Carrots, Onions, Sweet Vidalia, Peas, Edible Pods, Peas, English/Shelling, Potatoes, New, Raspberries, Strawberries

National Dairy Month:
Eggs, Milk (Free Milk Catalina, wyb cereal), Ice Cream, Cheese, Butter, Yogurt, cool whip, In-store dairy coupons or booklets

Father’s Day:
Men’s clothing, shoes, tools, sporting equipment. This is another great mid-year shopping opportunity for birthday or Christmas gifts.

End of June is Fourth or July Sales:
Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips

Seasonal Produce: Apricots, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cherries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Grapes, Honeydew, Nectarines, Peaches, Potatoes, Raspberries, Red Onions, Squash, Summer, Strawberries, Sweet Vidalia Onions, Tomatoes, Watermelon

National Ice Cream Month:
Ice Cream, Cones, Toppings, Ice Cream Freezers

More 4th of July BBQ Sales: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips

End of July:
Back to School Sales begin: crayons, pencils, folders, binders

Target Toy Clearance – Last Thursday of the month.

Seasonal Produce:
Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, Beans, Green, *Blueberries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Garlic, Grapes, Nectarines, Onions, Red, Oranges, Valencia, Peaches, Peppers, Sweet/Bell, Plums, Potatoes, Squash, Summer, Tomatoes, Watermelon

Back to School: Be sure to watch for tax-free weekends around the country according to state.
Pudding cups, Lunch meat, snacks, etc
Staples and Office Depot school supplies “Penny Items”

College dorm items:
bedding, lamps, desks, computers, calculators

Clorox, Purell

Insect Repellent, Sunscreen, charcoal, gas grills, patio furniture, pool chemicals, pool toys, swim suits, summer clothes, summer shoes, lawn care – stick tools to riding lawn mowers. Camping gear!

Seasonal Produce:
Apples, Avocados, Beans, Green, Berries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Onion, Peaches, Pears, Bartlett, Pepper, Bell, Plums, Raspberries, Squash, Summer, Tomatillo, Tomatoes

Back to School Shopping Sales through Labor Day:
crayons, pencils, folders, binders etc. All those over sized display areas will have to sell down to accommodate the incoming Holiday displays.

Bayer Glucose Meters, Glucerna Cereal. Great stock-up shopping opportunities.

Seasonal Produce:
Apples, Artichokes, Beans, Bell Peppers, Chile Peppers, Cucumber, Eggplant, Grapes, Onion, Orange, Valencia, Pears, Asian, Pears, Bartlett, Pomegranate, Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Winter Squash

Candy, Costumes, decorations

Beginning of the baking sales: Canned pumpkin, evap milk, baking chips

National Seafood Month: shrimp, scallops, talapia, grouper, salmon etc.

Adopt a Shelter-Dog Month:
Most if not all dog foods will be on sale. Watch for opportunities on the national brand websites to sign up for special coupons etc. If you have storage room, this is a great shopping opportunity to shop for your pets.

Seasonal Produce:
Almonds, Apples, Artichokes, Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Chard, Chestnuts, Cranberries, Lemons, Parsnip, Pears, Pomegranate, Potatoes, Potatoes, Sweet, Pumpkin, Spinach, Squash, Winter, Turnips, Yams

Baking Products Sales:
nuts, chocolate chips, evap milk, sweetened condensed milk, coconut, cake mixes, sugar, flour, yeast, frosting and more

Canned foods – soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, spaghetti sauce
Turkey, canned pumpkin, stovetop stuffing, Betty Crocker boxed potatoes, gravy mixes, Rhodes rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, Jello, marshmallows

Meat: turkey, ham, whole roasting chickens, rump roasts etc.

Kitchen Appliances: Ovens, ranges, dishwashers, counter-top appliances all for those holiday meals will be on sale.

Black Friday Shopping:
Everything including the kitchen sink will be on sale for your shopping pleasure. Don’t forget that many stores will price match so know who will and go to the one store where you can get the most merchandise when you price match to save on your sanity.

Cyber Monday:

This is the online version of Black Friday. Typically you can find anything you need online on this day that you didn’t get on the previous Friday. Be ready to shop immediately after midnight on Sunday to find the most items and the fastest Internet connection speed.

Seasonal Produce:
Anjou Pears, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Carrots, Celery, Comice pears, cranberries, kiwi, lemons, orange, potato, squash, yams

Clearance: After Halloween sales are the time to stock up on things for the next year. I like to buy the Halloween candy-alternatives like halloween crayons, erasers, watches, spinning tops, etc. Grab and use as party favors in many cases or for next year’s Halloween loot.

Also after Thanksgiving shopping should reveal immediate clearance items. Grab serving pieces, roasters, napkins, paper plates, decorations, greeting cards and more. Some will make great Christmas gifts.

Holiday Dinner:
Egg Nog, Deli Platters, Instant Potatoes, gravy mixes, Rhodes rolls, frozen pies, , Jello, marshmallows, ham, turkey, etc.

Flour, Sugar, Butter, Cream, Cake mix, Brownie mix, Muffin mix, Breads, Pie Crust, Marshmallow, Whipped cream, vanilla, yeast

Canned foods:
Soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, spaghetti sauce, cranberry sauce

Every gadget, TV, DVD/Blu-ray player, iPods, iPads, computers, printers, computer storage units, movies, movies, movies, hand-held games, X-Box, Nintendo, Play Station and all the games!

Bicycles/Ride-on Toys:
Every type and kind imaginable will be on sale from Black Friday until Christmas Eve.

Clearance: Buy all your Thanksgiving Decorations, extra table settings and turkey carving products now once they’re at least 50% off.

This is by far not the most extensive list but it is a good start. What can you think of that I missed and can be added? Let me know and I’ll get it added as soon as I can. If you are looking for specific info on Target Clearance, I have info on that too.

Thanks – The Krazy Coupon Lady
Enjoy your shopping savings!



About skirnirh

I am a wife and mother of one who lives in San Jose, California. I enjoy couponing, walking/biking outside, financial matters, exercise, cooking and health news.
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