Monday, November 14, 2011

Grocery Sale Cycles- When Things Go On Sale

One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to stock up on items when they are on sale. Grocery stores tend to follow a sale cycle meaning an item will go on sale every so many weeks. It is during these sale times that you should stock up on the item. It has been suggested on more than one occasion that you stock up enough to last you until the next sale. But how do you know when items will be on sale? I have complied a list of when basic items go on sale based on the month. However, your best bet is to watch the sales in your own store. For example, January is National Oatmeal month, so oatmeal is on sale. February is National Hot Breakfast Month, so once again oatmeal is on sale. However, after February, there are no more food "holidays" that will almost guarantee the item will be on sale, so you'll have to keep an eye out. To help you get started, I have complied a list for you guys! As I mentioned, this is not exhaustive and may not be entirely accurate for your area. As a New Year's Resolution, I suggest you start keeping track of when items go on sale. Obviously you won't have to worry about EVERY item or even EVERY class of items because you don't buy the products. I will NEVER have to worry about dairy sales or meat sales because, obviously, we don't buy dairy or meat! Keep your sales list catered to you!


National Oatmeal Month: Oatmeal, especially Quaker
Diet Foods: Lean Cuisine, Special K, Kashi, 100 Calorie Packs, Yogurt, Healthy Choice, Smart Start, South Beach, etc.
Super Bowl Sunday: Pop (aka Soda or Coke) Products, Chips, Dips, Sandwich Items, Crackers, Cheese, Wings, and other Snack foods
Seasonal Produce: Pears, Oranges, Tangerines, Grapefruit, Broccoli, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Celery, Kale, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Spinach, Avocado, Kiwi
Flu Season: Cold Medicines and Vitamins


National Canned Food Month: Canned Food Items (Meats, Fruits, and Vegetables)
National Hot Breakfast Month: Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, Malt O Meal, Waffles, Syrup, Pancakes
Chinese New Year: Soy Sauce, Canned Water Chestnuts, Noodles, Teriyaki Sauce
Valentines: Candy, KY Lubricant (no joke...)
Seasonal Produce: Artichoke, Potatoes, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Chard, Kale, Celery, Asparagus, Avocado, Spinach, Kiwi, Strawberries, Raspberries


Frozen Food Month: Frozen Meals, Vegetables, Waffles, Pizza, Ice Cream, etc
Seasonal Produce: Asparagus, Avocado, Cabbage, Carrots, Artichoke, Broccoli, Celery, Collards, Fennel, Chard, Cauliflower, Leek, Kale, Mushrooms, Spring Onions, Radish, Spinach, Rhubarb, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Rhubard, Strawberries, Tangerine, Peas


Easter: Ham, Eggs, Baking Supplies, Spices, etc
Earth Day: Organic Foods, Reusable Items, Energy Savers, etc
Seasonal Produce: Asparagus, Beets, Cabbages, Broccoli, Artichokes, Carrots, Avocado, Mushrooms, Onions, Peas, Grapefruit, Rhubarb


Memorial Day: Cook Out Supplies and Foods including Paper Products
Cinco De Mayo: Salsa, Tortillas, etc
Seasonal Produce: Asparagus, Avocado, Artichokes, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Onions, Peas, Potatoes, Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries


National Dairy Month: Dairy Products
Forth of July Sales (end of the month): Cook Out Items
Seasonal Produce: Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Potatoes, Red Onions, Summer Squash, Onions, Apricots, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cherries, Grapes, Honeydew, Nectarines, Peaches, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon


National Ice Cream Month
Forth of Jule Sales
Back to School Supplies (end of June)
Seasonal Produce: Green Beans, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Red Onions, Sweet Peppers, Bell Peppers, Potatoes, Summer Squash, Pears, Blueberries, Figs, Grapes, Nectarines, Oranges, Peaches, Plums, Tomatoes, Watermelon


Back To School Items
Seasonal Produce: Avocado, Green Beans, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Onion, Bell Peppers, Summer Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Apple, Berries, Figs, Melons, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Raspberries


Back to School Supplies (ends Labor Day)
Diabetes Items
Baby Items
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Beans, Bell Peppers, Chili Peppers, Cucumber, Eggplant, Onion, Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Winter Squash, Apples, Grapes, Oranges, Pears, Pomegranate


Baking Supplies (especially canned pumpkin)
Daylight Savings Time: Alarm Clocks, Batteries, Smoke Detectors, etc
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month: dog food
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chard, Parsnip, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Spinach, Winter Squash, Turnips, Yams, Almonds, Chestnuts, Apples, Cranberries, Lemons, Pears, Pomegranates


Hot Cocoa, Tea, and Coffee
Baking Sales (in full swing now)
Canned Foods: Soup, Vegetables, Fruits, Spaghetti Sauce, Broth
Thanksgiving Items
Seasonal Produce: Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Potatoes, Squash, Yams, Pears, Cranberries, Kiwi, Lemons, Oranges


Holiday Dinner Items
Baking Items
Canned Foods
Seasonal Produce: Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Avocados, Kale, Cabbage, Sweet Potatoes, Rutabaga, Spinach, Winter Squash, Yams, Turnips, Potatoes, Pears, Dates, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Kumquat, Lemon, Oranges

Woo that was a long list! Want a printable version? Well, you got it!

I hope this comes in handy for everyone. If you are going to shop the cycles, keep this list handy and add to it to suit your needs. Good luck saving money and shopping the sales!

Look Alive!
<3The Mortician's Wife


  1. Such a useful post, I'm definitely saving the printable.

    On another note have you come over to Google + yet? They just openned up business pages and I've gotten more higher quality traffic that way then ever on FB.

  2. No, not yet. I don't even have Google+ for myself yet. Its just another social networking site that I'd have to keep up with. I don't even have Twitter. I've been contemplating getting Google+, but I'm probably going to hold off for a while. Good to know its working for you though!

  3. This is awesome! Thank you so much for doing this & sharing. ^-^



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