Shopping Smartly: Using the Cycle of Sales to Save Even More!

Manufacturers and stores use holidays or events to entice people to spend more in their stores by offering sales, coupons, cashback offers. I have listed below, by month which types of items are on sale. Not only food, but home goods, furniture, and electronics.

I recommend checking out sale flyers (most can be found online) and cashback apps (A list of my favorites can be found here) before each shopping trip.

JANUARY

  • Diet Food and Weight Loss Equipment (New Year’s Resolutions)
  • Gyms have sales and free trials
  • Healthy Food including Veggies
  • Television and other Electronics (Super Bowl Sunday)
  • OTC Medications (FSA’s expire in Jan./Feb.- Use it or Lose it!)
  • Winter Clothing and Shoes (Formal clothes are usually 75%+ off)
  • Organizers (totes, Christmas ornament storage containers)
  • White Sales (Sheets/Towels)
  • Snack-y food for Super Bowl parties: chips, dip. Velveeta, salsa, taquitos. There are often times really great rebates for snack food and beer or soda around the Super Bowl.

FEBRUARY

  • Diet Food and Weight Loss Equipment (New Year’s Resolutions)
  • Healthy Food including Veggies
  • Furniture and Housewares
  • Candy and Chocolates

 

MARCH

  • March is National frozen food month. Many Stores like Albertson’s have a “fill a bag” sale where you are given a paper or plastic bag and you receive a discount (typically 15-25%) on each frozen item in that bag.
  • Spring Apparel (Easter Dresses and Suits)
  • Depending on when Easter falls, look for sales on Easter Dinner food: Ham, Prime Rib, stuffing, veggies, eggs, and Easter Basket Supplies.
  • Luggage and Travel (Spring Break)
  • Spring-cleaning sales will start and there will be rebates for cleaning supplies- especially with SC Johnson Products.
  • Between March 13-17th (St. Patrick’s Day) Corned Beef, Potatoes and Cabbage are all Dirt Cheap. Stock up!
  • During Lent, seafood is inexpensive.

 

APRIL

  • More Spring cleaning sales and rebates
  • Paper products (plates, napkins) start to have really good sales.
  • Paint & Wallpaper (In the same vain as spring cleaning, a lot of people start to spruce up their homes in the spring)
  • Jewish Foods and Eggs (Passover)

 

MAY

May is the start of picnic season. Barbeque food, Hotdogs, hamburgers, ribs, condiments will all be on sale throughout the summer and will be until September.

  • Auto Maintenance (tires, oil changes, tune ups)
  • Beverages, Hot dogs, Ground Beef, BBQ sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, Ribs (Often times there are some really great rebates WYB beer or soda)
  • Bug repellents – Sprays and Candles
  • Home Maintenance (carpet cleaning, duct cleaning)
  • SPF and After Sun products (like Aloe)

 

JUNE

  • Summer Clothes
  • June is National Dairy Month- Dairy Products
  • Summer Activities (local attractions sometimes have “locals only” days or rates)
  • Beverages, Hot dogs, Ground Beef, BBQ sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, Ribs (Often times there are some really great rebates WYB beer or soda)

 

JULY

  • Air Conditioning units
  • Summer Sports Equipment & Craft Supplies (things for families to do together)
  • Beverages, Hot dogs, Ground Beef, BBQ sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, Ribs (Often times there are some really great rebates WYB beer or soda)

 

AUGUST

  • BBQ and Patio Equipment (Just in time for Labor Day!)
  • White Sale – Linens and Towels
  • Back to School Supplies – Sales may Start in Late July, Depending on when school starts in your part of the world)
  • Bathing Suits and the last remnants of summer clothes
  • Back to school clothes
  • Jackets and light coats for fall
  • Beverages, Hot dogs, Ground Beef, BBQ sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, Ribs (Often times there are some really great rebates WYB beer or soda)
  • Breakfast foods (cereal, oatmeal, juice, bars) Cereal sales will start this month and continue into September as school starts up.
  • Lunch box food- juice boxes, lunchables, snacks, chips, yogurt

 

SEPTEMBER

The traditional Back to School Sales will start. For most schools, classes begin the Tuesday after Labor Day. This is a great time to stock up on snacks that are healthy and shelf-stable. 100 calorie snack packs, fruit leathers, 100% juice boxes, bottled water, peanut butter. Watch the inserts for Lunchables coupons too- they will start going on sale!

  • Back to School Supplies (Office Depot, Staples, and Walgreen’s often have Freebies)
  • Canned Goods. Canned soup and spaghetti sauce also starts to go on sale in September.
  • Frozen Pizza

There are LOADS of rebates and special cashback offers through apps like Ibotta and Checkout51 in the last quarter of the year. Why?

The last three months of the year are packed full of holidays and entertaining possibilities. Sales, rebates, and cashback offers will most likely be for the types of food and beverages that are associated with entertaining: crackers, cheese, wine, beer, candy, nuts, etc. Many of these food items are shelf-stable and it can be a good opportunity to buy a few extra to stock up, especially if it’s something that your family consumes regularly.

OCTOBER

  • Home goods such as serving dishes, and glassware (to prepare you for the onslaught of entertaining you will be doing for the holidays)
  • Candy, nuts
  • Baking/candy-making items (choc chips, sprinkles, vanilla, corn syrup, nuts, etc)
  • Fall/Winter clothing
  • Fabric, Patterns, sewing machines (Halloween)
  • Coats/Jackets

NOVEMBER

  • Winter Clothing
  • Blankets and flannel sheets
  • Heating Devices
  • Turkey, ham
  • Canned goods (soup, chicken broth, condensed milk, veggies, etc)
  • Baking goods (flour, sugar)
  • Baking wear

DECEMBER

  • Toys- there are usually deals through Target’s app, and online as well
  • Gift Items-Stock up and fill your stockings and keep your wallet full.
  • Post-Holiday Sales- I like to stock up on plain colored paper goods after each holiday and stockpile them to use throughout the year for parties and events. No one will know the red napkins are from Valentine’s Day, not from Christmas. Light Blue gift paper from Chanukah will wrap a present for a baby shower gift just the same.
  • Party Foods, Baking Goods, and Various Meat There will be a lot of rebates, keep your eyes open!
  • Canned goods (broth, soups, etc)
  • Prime Rib, Turkey, Ham

 

Year-round after a holiday, you can always pick up cheap cookie dough. Cookie dough freezes really well for about two months.   You can also find plain colored paper goods, including plain-colored wrapping paper and tissue paper after each holiday in the clearance section.

 

 

Dollar Tree has Disposable Masks In Stock!

 

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Dollar Tree has masks in-stock, and only available online! I’ve been making masks, but I do keep the disposable masks on hand in our car (in case our reusable/washable masks get sweaty or soiled, or if we happen to forget them when we leave home).

These masks are a great price too!  .50/each, with a minimum of 25 masks.

3-Ply Thermosealed Disposable Face Masks: Made of 3 layers of fluid-resistant, antistatic, hypoallergenic non-woven fabric, these pleated disposable face masks are soft to the touch. The elastic ear loops on either side of the face masks are thermally sealed and help to conform comfortably to adult-sized faces, and the pleats expand to provide coverage of the nose and mouth. The non-woven fabric of these face masks makes them breathable, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. Light blue shade of the face mask may vary slightly.

Orders are limited to 600 units (3 cases) per customer.

In addition to masks, Dollar Tree has started carrying some really great art and craft supplies! I’ve been working on some home decor projects with supplies from Dollar Tree- I’ll be posting pics on Instagram in the next few days.

Cents of Style Jewelry Sale!

Ok, I’m late on posting this, but if you are up late and love Jewelry, this deal is for you!

The Coupon code is ACCESSORIZE and it makes the final price just $6 when 3 or more pieces are purchased! Making each piece ONLY $2 each! Don’t forget the FREE Shipping! The code is active until 7/19/20 at midnight!

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I am in love with the state necklaces!  And check back throughout the week- Cents of Style is having an incredible deal each day this week!

Warrior Shirts from Cents of Style!

GraphicsI love the shirts from Cents of Style! I am super excited that today’s weekly sale is some incredible Warrior Women shirts. While these shirts are in ladies’ sizes S-3XL, a lot of these shirts are great for anyone!

They sent me this shirt with a quote attributed to Joan of Arc: “I am not afraid. I was born to do this.”

Right now, we are all warriors, fighting for ourselves, our families, our health. In the past 6 weeks, our lives have all changed so drastically. We have all had to step up in various ways. I am proud of all of you. I see so many friends and family members struggling, and I am proud of what you do every day: Going to work as essential employees, taking care of family and friends, supporting and lifting up others in need.

Here is my other favorite shirt:

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If you want to express your inner warrior, Cents of Style is having a sale on these shirts right now:

Take $9.95 Off + FREE Shipping w/code: IAMSTRONG

This sale is going on through 4/30/2020.

I will be picking up a couple of these shirts for friends and family members during this sale. If you want to see how the shirt fits on me, check out my Instagram feed here. I took a few pre-coffee pics with Little Bit this morning. For reference, I ordered a size 3xl because I like my shirts loose/baggy. Let’s face it, I am not an Instagram model, but I am digging this shirt.

 

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Talk Back: I would love to hear about how you are a warrior through these crazy times. 

Penzey’s: Great Spice Sale!

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I love Penzeys. They have an amazing selection of herbs and spices. And this weekend through March 8, 2020, you can score Joy of Cinnamon pack or the Salt & Pepper time packs for just $5 each, either online or in-store!

In addition to the Regularly $4.69 Arizona Dreaming for only $2 and $2.95 Cracked Rosemary for $1 each they are offering two gift boxes great for introducing new customers to Penzeys for just $5 each! Arizona Dreaming is great on meat, roasted veggies, or in chili.

The regularly $18.95 Joy of Cinnamon Gift Box is fun and is an awesome way to show the difference really good Cinnamons make to life. And the regularly $22.95 Salt & Pepper Time Gift Box  makes a great addition to any kitchen!

And because Penzeys is all about giving back, for every Jar of Penzeys Pepper they sell, even in a discounted offer like this one, another is given to those who feed those in need.

We have a pretty good selection of Penzeys herbs and spices in our cupboard, but I am always adding more when they have deals like these.

 

Talk Back: What are your go-to seasonings?

Mabel’s Labels Birthday Month- 40% off!

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This month, Mabel’s Labels is celebrating their birthday with new deals each week! 40% off a different bestselling product each week!

I live for their sales! it’s a great chance to stock up in labels- I have at least one set per family member (grown-ups included!)

March 1-March 7 Offer: 40% off Small Rectangle Labels

Small Rectangle Labels are waterproof custom name labels that are perfect for identifying even the smallest school supplies, toys, toiletries and much more. With these tiny peel-and-stick labels, you can be sure to easily identify any size of item. They’re custom, durable and totally adorable!

Includes 80 labels.

I ordered a new pack for the littlest kiddo- She’s starting Kinder in the fall and everything has to be labeled!

12/27/19 Freebie Friday!

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This is the last freebie Friday before Christmas! I’ve tried to include a variety of fun samples, events, and a couple deals.

Freebies:

Free Sample of Truvia Natural Sweetener
FREE One Month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate from Microsoft
Free 2 lb. of Paper Shredding at Staples
FREE Amazon Baby Box Samples – Back in Stock
Free Samples of Q Mixers
Receive Free Samples from Amazon
Free $10.00 at Zulily
Free Sample of Garnier Ginger Recovery Hair Conditioner
Starbucks Pop Up Party – Free Espresso Drinks 12/27-12/31
Students & Teachers – Free Microsoft Office 365

Deals:

Lip Smacker Frozen 2 Lip Balm Vault 16-Pc ONLY $7.44 (Reg $30)
Dreamworks Toothless & Hiccup ONLY $6.19 (Reg. $15)
Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug ONLY $14.23 (Reg. $25)
OlarHike Air Mattress ONLY $42.67 (Reg. $120)
Crayola Chemistry Set ONLY $12.58 (Reg. $25)

I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays! I’ll be back to writing more about ways to reign in an out of control family budget tomorrow.

12/20/19 Freebie Friday!

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This is the last freebie Friday before Christmas! I’ve tried to include a variety of fun samples, events, and a couple deals.

Freebies:

Deals:

 

Tea Collection $15 or Less Sale!

Tea Collection Black Friday Sales Event starts today (Monday 11/25/19).

Tea Collection clothes are so cute and unique- I love that they gather their inspiration from cultures all over the world! And they are so well made!

They have more styles than ever all for just $15 or less! This is the one you have been waiting for, their biggest sale of the year!

Fine print:
Black Friday Event applies to select styles only. Offer ends on 11/30/2019 at 11:59pm PST. Limited to stock on hand. Restrictions apply

99 Cents Only Tuesday Dealsday!

99 Cents Only has been running special deals each Tuesday for the past month or so. Sometimes it’s meh, but I am excited about this week’s deal.

dealsdayIt’s a perfect deal, with Thanksgiving coming up next week. Today only, bottles of Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider are just $0.99 each! Limit four per household. Shop Dealsday in every store, while supplies last.

To learn more about Dealsday, and sign up to win a $100 99 Cents Only Gift card, click here.

I love shopping at 99 Cents Only. I save money on groceries each week, buying the same name brand snacks and treats that are sold at major grocery chains.