With family members in the grocery industry, I know that grocery stores have specific sales cycles. Certain items typically go on sale every six weeks and in addition to those six-week sale cycles there are month by month sales that provide shoppers with year ’round savings. Knowing what goes on sale in which month can help you buy low and stock up on oft-used items.
January is the month New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get into shape are made. It is also Super Bowl month, so all food items related to weight loss or Super Bowl parties will be on sale in January. Look for reduced prices on low-fat and low-carb foods and Super Bowl favorites like sodas, frozen appetizers and pre-cooked frozen meat items like chicken nuggets.
February is the month of love (Valentine’s Day) and the month to stock up canned foods and cold medicines. This is the month when folks seemed to be most prone to colds and have a lack of energy to cook big meals, so canned soups and fruits are on sale along with over-the-counter cold remedies and vitamins.
Load up on protein when March winds blow in sale prices on frozen meat products and peanut butter.
The month of Easter means a good deal can be found on ham. Equal savings is given to vegetarians during the month of April as soy products also go on sale this month.
May ushers in Memorial Day and a desire for a picnic. Most foods associated with a picnic or a backyard BBQ will be on sale during May. Chips, dip, soda, buns, grilling spices, condiments and paper products will be going at the lowest prices of the year.
June is dairy month so all dairy foods will be on sale. Ice cream, cheese, milk and yogurt will be sold at the year’s lowest prices. Seafood typically goes on sale in June also.
Necessities for a Fourth of July blowout go on sale in July. Stock up on hot dogs, ground beef, buns, condiments and soda while the prices are low.
Back-to-school lunch items are the August sale goodies. Juice boxes, canned fruit, refrigerated lunch items and individually portioned snacks items are this month’s sale bonanza.
Breakfast foods and Labor Day goodies are on sale in September. School has started and early morning family breakfast is back in swing, so look for hot and cold cereal savings and frozen breakfast sandwich sale prices. Labor Day heralds the last hoorah of the summer, so backyard BBQ foods will be going to low prices too this month.
October brings in sale prices on candy for Halloween and pet food for our four-legged friends.
All things related to Thanksgiving are on sale in November. Turkey, stuffing mix, yams, canned vegetables and baking goods like flour and cake mixes.
Paper products, like foil and wax paper, along with disposable plastic containers are on sale in December, since it is the month for giving and sharing homemade goodies. December parties also encourage the sale prices on certain alcoholic beverages.