The Best Time To Buy Everything Month By Month
Ok. I want to let you in on a little secret…..are you ready for it???? Here goes!
Shopping seasonal sales will change your finances.
There, I said it!
Will this one little hack change your finances drastically???? No!
But, will it help you to have more money? Absolutely!
What is a sales cycle?
A sales cycle, also called seasonal sales, is when certain products are put on sale at specific times during the year. These are usually the times when the products will be priced at their lowest, so if it’s an item you like to buy frequently, you should buy it during that time.
Learning the cycle of seasonal sales is one of the best ways to cut down your regular spending. I like to wait to buy some of my fave products until I know the sale is likely coming, and then I can confidently buy it at the low price.
What stores have seasonal sales?
Are you wondering what stores have seasonal sales cycles? Well, you’re in luck because all of them do! Seriously! Or at least at MOST stores. You should be able to find a rotation of sales at clothing, grocery, furniture, hardware stores and more!
Items go on sale in cycles, typically the same products will be on sale the same time of year each year. Keep reading to find out exactly what goes on sale and when.
What’s on Sale in January?
Bedding and Towels: Many department stores will have sales on their bedding, towels and sheets during January as part of their “white sales.”
Holiday Decorations: As Christmas ends, you will find huge discounts on all things holiday. These usually begin right at the end of December/beginning of January. But make sure to be quick shopping for all things Christmas, as these items will go fast!
Gym Memberships and Equipment: With the turn of the New Years comes New Years Resolutions, and many goals revolve around fitness. Because of these goals retailers commonly mark down their gym memberships and fitness equipment.
Calendars and Planners: If you wait until after January 1 you will be able to get a cheaper price on calendars and planners for the upcoming year.
Toys: Another great seasonal sales cycle that comes in January is toys! You should be able to find markdowns on many toys as retailers are trying to decrease their stock of Christmas toys. This is a good time to stock up for next year or for birthdays!
Grocery Sales in January
Oatmeal Products: January is National Oatmeal Month, which means grocery stores will put their oatmeal products on sale. The sales will include granola bars, instant oatmeal, and oat cereal.
Diet Foods: As mentioned above, January is a popular month for dieting. A lot of stores take advantage of these new years goals by putting their diet foods on sale.
Party Foods: Towards the end of January, as the Super Bowl gets closer, you will be able to find markdowns on party foods. Look for deals on crackers, pizza, wings, chips, dips, soda etc.
In Season Produce: This month the cheapest produce to buy will be: apples, grapefruits, kiwi, lemons, clementine’s, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels spouts, celery, and leeks.
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What’s on Sale in February?
Winter Clothing: February is a great time to stock up on cold weather clothing, such as clothes, gloves, hats, etc. Many stores are trying to get rid of their supply to make room for summer/spring clothing.
TVs: The beginning of February is one of the best times (excluding Black Friday) to buy a new TV. The prices are heavily discounted right before Super Bowl week.
Furniture: If you are in the market for new furniture/mattresses, Presidents Day is usually a great time to buy these items!
Video Games: New video games are commonly released in November, right before the holidays. If you wait until February to buy these new games you will most likely get them on a discount!
Grocery Sales in February
Chocolate: Chocolate is heavily discounted after Valentines Day. Stock up for birthday gifts or yummy snacking!
Canned Food: February is National Canned Food month making it the perfect time of year to stock up on all the canned goods. Most grocery stores will be having sales on canned foods including beans, tomatoes, soup, fruit, etc.
In Season Produce: Seasonal produce in February includes asparagus, broccoli, carrots, celery, kiwi, avocados, lemons and grapefruit.
What’s On Sale in March?
Luggage: Luggage typically goes on sale during March, so if you are in need of a new suitcase, this is your month!
Craft Supplies: March is National Craft Month! Look for deals on all things craft supplies this month.
Winter Sports Gear: Now that spring is coming it is a perfect time to buy winter sports gear. Items like skis and snowshoes will be discounted at many sporting good stores.
Cleaning Supplies: Spring cleaning is just around the corner and many retailers will start discounting their cleaning supplies in March.
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Grocery Sales in March
Frozen Foods: National Frozen Food Month is in March, meaning many grocers offer deals on all things frozen foods. It’s the perfect time to stock up on ice cream, frozen veggies, pizza and more.
Breakfast Cereals: March 7th is National Cereal Day and with that comes discounts on both cold and hot cereals.
In Season Produce: This month is also a great time to buy broccoli, carrots, celery, mushrooms, cauliflower, oranges, pineapples, and strawberries.
What’s On Sale in April?
Easter: Stock up on all things Easter after the holiday is over. You will be able to find deals on Easter baskets, eggs, candy, stuffed animals, and decorations.
Vacuums: New vacuum models are typically released in April, and the older models will go on sale, just in time for spring cleaning.
Snow Blowers: April is not the month when most people have snow blowers on their mind, but it is the perfect time to buy one for a discounted price!
Cookware Sets: With graduation and wedding season approaching many department stores start discounting their cookware sets (which make perfect gifts)!
Grocery Sales in April
Ham: Many foods will be marked down immediately after Easter, including ham! It’s a great time to get a deal on this expensive meat.
Baking Items: You can usually find some good deals on baking items throughout the month of April.
Easter Candy: Make sure to stock up on Easter candy after the holiday is over.
In Season Produce: The produce in season during the month of April is: artichokes, beets, zucchini, peas, mushrooms, onion, avocado, and mangos.
What’s On Sale in May?
Furniture: Memorial Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to buy furniture. If you are needing any indoor furniture or mattresses, this is the month to do so!
Small Kitchen Appliances: May is the perfect time to get deals on small kitchen appliances as retailers mark them down for graduation and wedding season.
Paper Products: A lot of grilling/picnic items go on sale right before Memorial Day weekend, including paper products like plates, napkins, etc.
Grocery Sales in May
Cinco De Mayo: Cinco De Mayo is on May 5th which brings a lot of celebrations, and a few deals! At the beginning of the month look for sales on salsa, tortillas, and other Mexican foods.
Grilling Items: Condiments, hamburger buns, hot dogs and other grilling foods are commonly put on sale during May in preparation for Memorial Day BBQs.
In Season Produce: Make sure to look for these seasonal produce items: apricots, artichokes, beets, blackberries, carrots, cantaloupe, peas, radish, strawberries and watermelon.
What’s On Sale in June?
Bath and Body Products: Bath and Body Works always has their semi annual sale in June with fantastic markdowns! This is a great time to stock up on your favorite bath and body products, I also like to buy a few to gift as Christmas presents! This is one of my favorite seasonal sales cycles!
Tools: With Fathers Day in the middle of June, you will find prices on tools dropping. These make great gifts for Fathers Day, but you can also plan ahead for Christmas!
Workout Clothing: Many retailers put their workout clothing on sale in June as people tend to get more active during the summer months. This is a good time to get a deal on clothes for exercising or outdoor adventures.
Spring Clothing: June is a great month for shopping clothing clearance racks. Most of the spring clothes are put on sale to make room for all of the summer items.
Pain Killers: Did you know that June is National Headache Month (yes, this is a real thing!)? You can usually find a few deals on pain killers, sinus medications, aspirin, etc.
Grocery Sales in June
Dairy Foods: June is National Dairy Month and with it brings grocery deals on all things dairy, including milk, yogurt, eggs, ice cream and cheese.
Grilling Items: Like May you can find a lot of deals on foods for grilling, such as meats, condiments, buns, etc.
In Season Produce: Here are a few of the produce items that are in season this month: corn, cucumbers, squash, apricots, blueberries, peaches, strawberries and watermelon.
What’s On Sale in July?
Patriotic Items: Immediately after the 4th of July is the best time of year to stock up on supplies, decorations and clothing for next years celebrations. These sales will begin right before the holiday, but if you wait and buy after the 4th, the discount will be even greater.
Paint: Lowes and Home Depot typically have paint sales in July. If you’ve been wanting to paint a room in your house, this is a great month to do it!
Swimsuits: Near the end of the month you will start seeing discounts on swimsuits, stock up now before they get picked over!
Grocery Sales in July
Ice Cream: July is National Ice Cream Month (AKA: the best holiday ever!). Grocery stores will be having sales on ice cream, so be on the lookout for those throughout the month!
Hot Dogs: In addition to ice cream, July is also National Hot Dog Month! You will be able to find deals on hot dogs, buns and condiments.
In Season Produce: Seasonal produce this month include blueberries, watermelon, green beans, squash, swiss chard, tomatoes, corn and cucumbers.
What’s On Sale in August?
School/Office Supplies: August is a popular time for retailers to mark down their school and office supplies in preparation for back to school time. Stock up now and be prepared all year.
Patio Furniture: As summer comes to an end, you will be able to find good deals on outdoor patio furniture. It’s a great time to buy ahead to use for next year!
Yard Care Supplies: This is the perfect month for buying garden supplies, lawn mowers and other yard care items. Retailers are marking down yard care supplies to clear them out before winter comes.
Grocery Sales In August
Breakfast Foods: The first day of school will be starting soon, and typically the seasonal sales cycles include deals on easy foods for parents and kids. Breakfasts items is one of those foods. You should see sales on cereal, juice, and frozen waffles.
Cold Lunch Foods: In addition to breakfast, food items for cold lunch will also be going on sale. Make sure to stock up on fruit cups, lunch meat, lunchables, crackers and peanut butter.
In Season Produce: Stock up on these produce items in August: peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, raspberries and watermelon.
What’s On Sale in September?
Summer Clothing: September is the perfect month to stock up on warm weather clothing to use for next year. You will find big discounts at most clothing stores.
Luggage: Labor Day weekend typically brings great sales on luggage. Make sure to buy any suitcases you will need during the first weekend of September.
Grills: This is the perfect month to buy that new grill you’ve been eyeing. They will be marked down as part of the end of summer clearance sales.
Mattresses: Another popular Labor Day weekend sale is on mattresses. Check your local furniture store for this great seasonal sale cycle deal!
Grocery Sales in September
Canned Soup: Fall is just around the corner and you’ll begin seeing markdowns on fall comfort foods, such as canned soups.
In Season Produce: Make sure to watch out for good deals on these September produce items: apples, green beans, cantaloupe, beets, cauliflower, onion, tomatoes and pears.
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What’s On Sale in October?
Jeans: October is one of the best times of the year to buy jeans. They are commonly marked down as back to school season ends.
Camping Gear: If you like to camp, or want to start camping, October is the perfect month to stock up on new supplies. The discounts are heavy now that summer is officially over!
Grocery Sales in October
Seafood: October is National Seafood Month and grocers will offer sales on seafood throughout the month to celebrate.
Baking Sales: The fall baking sales are prevalent during October. You should be able to find many baking items on sale including canned pumpkin, chocolate chips, evaporated milk, flour, sugar, etc.
In Season Produce: You’ll find the best deals on these produce items during October: apples, potatoes, cranberries, grapes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, broccoli and cabbage.
What’s On Sale in November?
Halloween Costumes: Head into the store the first couple of days after Halloween to stock up on Halloween costumes. These are great to keep around for next years Halloween or for your kids to use when playing dress up.
Electronics: November is the best month of the year to buy electronics, especially during Black Friday sales. This is a great time of year to buy TVs, laptops, and other electronics.
Beauty Products: Black Friday is also a great time to buy beauty products like makeup and hair tools. Most beauty stores will have big sales all weekend.
Appliances: Appliances are traditionally included in the November Black Friday deals. You should find some of the lowest prices on refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, etc. this month.
Grocery Sales in November
Canned Food: Thanksgiving pantry staples will be on sale this month, so look for deals on canned pumpkin, canned cranberry sauce, sweetened condensed milk and canned vegetables.
Halloween Candy: All Halloween candy will go on sale the first week of November. You can stock up on candy to use for Christmas or other events throughout the year (or just to eat yourself….).
In Season Produce: Be sure to shop this months in season produce: beets, broccoli, pears, brussels sprouts, carrots, kiwis, oranges, potatoes and pomegranates.
What’s On Sale in December?
Gift Cards: Gift cards will be on sale throughout the month of December. This is the perfect time to buy gift cards to give as presents or to use throughout the next year. Look for gift card sales from retailers and restaurants. Last year I bought a few Target gift cards for 10% off!
Vehicles: December is a great time to buy a new vehicle. Many dealerships are more willing to negotiate at the end of the year to clear the lot for newer models.
Christmas Decorations/Wrapping Paper: Wait until after Christmas to shop for new holiday decorations and wrapping paper. They will be heavily discounted at the end of the month. I always like to stock up to save for the next year.
Grocery Sales in December
Baking Goods: Baking items continue to be on sale throughout the holidays. Watch for deals on items like flour, sugar, pie crusts, and whipped cream.
Party Foods: As the end of the month nears take advantage of grocery sales on party foods such as veggie trays, crackers and dips.
In Season Produce: Winter produce will be priced right this month, stock up on items like: pears, cauliflower, celery, grapefruit, oranges, and spinach.
If you regularly shop the seasonal sales cycles you will begin to see a decrease in your spending (which in turn increases the amount of money in your pocket!). It requires some patience and effort, but it’s worth the wait to score good deals on items you need and want!
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