A Month By Month Guide to Grocery Sales
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A Month By Month Guide to Grocery Sales

Posted on Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 6:12 am
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Do you ever find yourself wondering when your favorite grocery items are going to go on sale? Figuring out sales cycles is actually quite simple – you just have to ask yourself what is going on during the time of year you are shopping. This month-by-month guide will direct you through the sales.

January

January is the month of New Year’s resolutions, so now is the time to look for sales on diet foods such as Kashi, South Beach, Lean Cuisine, et cetera.

Super Bowl Sunday is also just around the corner, so there will be sales on items such as sodas, chips, dips, wings, burgers, BBQ items and other sports snacks.

National Oatmeal Month: Look for sales on Quaker products.

Produce: Seasonal produce includes citrus fruits, pears, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, leafy greens, avocado and kiwi.

February

Love is in the air! Look out for sales on Valentine’s Day items, such as chocolate, strawberries and champagne.

Less publicized in February is the Chinese New Year, which includes sales on all kinds of Asian cuisine ranging from soy sauce to noodles.

National hot breakfast month and canned food month: Look out for sales on Eggo, Malt O Meal, canned fruits, canned meats, etcetera.

Produce: Seasonal produce includes artichokes, asparagus, strawberries, potatoes and raspberries.

March

March is frozen food month, so keep your eyes peeled in the frozen aisle. You’ll find sales on frozen fruits and vegetables, juice concentrates, ice cream, frozen meats, frozen entrees, and more!

Produce: Seasonal produce includes carrots, lemons, limes, mushrooms, citrus fruits, celery, peas and strawberries.

April

Easter sales happen in April. Look for sales on ham and eggs, as well as various baking ingredients and candy. And don’t forget the clearance sales after Easter!

Earth day, although often overrun by Easter, also brings a few sales in April. You might find sales on organic groceries and natural foods.

Produce: Seasonal produce includes beets, cabbage, avocado, asparagus and rhubarb (in addition to many of the previous month’s seasonal produce).

May

Memorial Day sales will include BBQ supplies, condiments, paper products, chips, dips, sodas, and salad supplies.

Also in May is Cinco de Mayo which is the perfect opportunity to stock up on tortillas, chips and salsa.

Produce: In addition to April’s seasonal produce, look out for beans and blackberries to hit the shelves at seasonal prices.

June

Start looking out for 4th of July sales toward the end of June.

June is also national dairy month, so there will be great sales on all dairy kinds of dairy products – milk, cheese, cream, butter, yogurt, etcetera.

Produce: June is a great time for seasonal fruits – look for berries, apricots, cherries, peaches, grapes and melon. Corn, eggplant, cucumber, onion, squash and tomatoes are also in season this time of year.

July

4th of July sales will be in full swing the first few days of July. Following the 4th, back to school supply sales will begin to inch their way onto the shelves.

Produce: Hitting the shelves at lower prices this month are figs, nectarines, plums, and garlic.

August

Back to school sales will now be in full swing so you can stock up on snacks and lunch items, as well as school supplies. Now is also a good time to find summer clearance sales.

Produce: Start looking for seasonal apples and bell peppers this month.

September

Back to school sales will continue, winding down toward the end of the month.

Produce: My favorite seasonal produce this time of year is pomegranates! Also look for winter squash to appear on the shelves.

October

In October you can find sales on Halloween candy, of course. Additionally, you might begin to find sales on baking supplies so that you can start stocking up for the holidays.

October is also national seafood month, so make sure to grab the catch of the day as you pass by the meat counter.

Produce: New this month are Brussels sprouts, chestnuts, almonds, cranberries, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yams and turnips.

November

Thanksgiving is in November, and thus there will be plenty of sales on turkey, ham, baking supplies, pumpkins, squash, stuffing, potatoes, canned foods, cranberries, pies, marshmallows and more.

Also, keep an eye out for Black Friday sales the day after Thanksgiving. This is the biggest shopping day of the year, with a plethora of amazing sales on everything from groceries to electronics. Don’t miss this opportunity to stock up and get ahead on your Christmas shopping!

Produce: Look for sales on celery, cabbage, pears, carrots, kiwis, potatoes and yams.

December

December is a great time to stock up on all your favorite Holiday foods. With the holiday season in full swing, there will be sales on pie, ham, turkey, salads, entertaining platters, baking goods, gravies and canned foods.

Once the holidays are over is when the real sales take place – be sure to grab the holiday clearance while you can!

Produce: Seasonal produce this month includes various pears, papaya, dates, cabbage, and the return of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and some citrus fruits.

 

Now that you are aware of the month-by-month trends in grocery sales, you can plan the best times to buy and save.

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