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Best Time To Buy: When Items Go On Sale Throughout the Year

Each month shoppers have the opportunity to save when they stock up on items that periodically go on sale. Knowing when to expect the best prices on the items you buy can lead to getting a great deal. Most shoppers know that big holidays and events will trigger stores to drop prices on items. For example, chips and dip commonly go on sale before large sporting events like March Madness.
What you might not know is that there are some unusual and unique holidays that also impact the prices of the staple items on stores’ shelves. The Chinese New Year in February can shine good fortune on Asian grocery items, and National Frozen Food Month can freeze prices at their lowest points in March. The next time you are planning a shopping trip, think about how seasonality and holidays might open up a savings opportunity for you.
If you want to find the best time to shop by knowing when items go on sale through the year, use our cheat sheet.

WhenToBuyShoppingHack

January

Fitness and Dieting Items: Look for diet food brands like Lean Cuisine or Special K, vitamins, protein bars and meal replacement shakes
Winter Health Items: Cold and flu medications, cough drops, and vitamins
National Oatmeal Month: Oatmeal products
Post-Christmas Clearance: Wrapping paper, toys, holiday decor
Pre-Super Bowl: Chips, dip, sodas, chicken wings, cheese, crackers

February

Super Bowl: Chips, dip, sodas, chicken wings, cheese, crackers
Valentine’s Day: Chocolate, flowers
Chinese New Year: Asian foods, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce
National Hot Breakfast Month: Frozen waffles, pancakes, and breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, syrup
National Canned Food Month: Canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned meats, canned fish, pie filling

March

Frozen Food Month: Frozen breakfast items, frozen vegetables and fruit, ice cream, frozen pizza, frozen chicken
March Madness: Chips, dip, sodas, crackers, cheese, and finger foods
National Peanut Month: Peanuts, peanut butter

April

Easter: Eggs, ham, marshmallows, candy, baking supplies like sugar, spices, chocolate chips, and baking mixes
Earth Day: Organic foods, reusable bags and containers
Daylights Saving Time: Batteries

May

Cinco De Mayo: Tortilla, tacos, salsa, taco seasoning
Memorial Day: Hot dogs, hamburgers, grilling meats, buns, condiments, BBQ sauce,  chips, dips, salad dressings, paper plates, plastic utensils, charcoal, lighter fluid
Start of Summer: Allergy medication, sunscreen, bug repellent

June

National Dairy Month: Milk, cheese, cream cheese, ice cream, sour cream, yogurt, cool whip
National Headache Month: Aspirin, painkillers,  sinus medications
Father’s Day / Pre-4th of July:  Hot dogs, hamburgers, grilling meats, buns, condiments, BBQ sauce,  chips, dips, salad dressings

July

4th of July:  Hot dogs, hamburgers, grilling meats, buns, condiments, BBQ sauce,  chips, dips, salad dressings
National Ice Cream Month: Ice cream, ice cream toppings, popsicles
Back to School (begins late July): Lunchboxes, lunch meat, bread, cold cereals, fruit snacks, granola bars, school supplies like folders, pens, pencils, markers, glue, and paper

August

Back to School: Disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, lunchboxes, lunch meat, bread, cold cereals, fruit snacks, granola bars, school supplies like folders, pens, pencils, markers, glue, and paper

September

Back to School (sales normally last through Labor Day): Disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, lunchboxes, lunch meat, bread, cold cereals, fruit snacks, granola bars, school supplies like folders, pens, pencils, markers, glue, and paper
Labor Day: BBQ sauces, marinades, hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments
Tomato Season: Canned tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, tomato soup

October

Halloween: Candy, pumpkins
Daylight Savings: Batteries
Pre-Holiday Baking (sales begin late October): Sugar, flour, pie crust, spices, evaporated milk, chocolate chips, canned pumpkin
National Seafood Month: Shrimp, fish, crab, lobster

November

Thanksgiving: Baking items, canned cranberry, stuffing, frozen pies, turkey
Canned Holiday Items: Soup, spaghetti sauce, broth, canned vegetables, canned fruit
Flu Season: Cold medicine, cough drops, hand sanitizer
Black Friday: Gift cards, other savings across many categories

December

Holiday Meal: Stuffing, instant potatoes,  ham, turkey, egg nog, frozen pies, deli platters, gravy, dips, canned vegetables, canned fruit, broth
Holiday Baking: Sugar, flour, pie crust, spices, evaporated milk, chocolate chips, canned pumpkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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