As we enter into the season of Thanksgiving, couponers and strategic shoppers across the land are giddy with excitement. Why? We’re preparing for the absolute best time to stockpile baking and cooking items. This is the time of year to stock-up! Your grocery budget and tummy will thank you for months to come.
First, here’s a quick list of produce that’s in season in November and December:
Apples, Artichokes, Basil, Beets, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Celery, Carrots, Chard, Collard Greens, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Garlic, Grapes, Green Onions, Kiwi, Onions, Pears, Peppers, Persimmons, Pumpkins, Radishes, Sage, Satsumas, Spinach, Winter Squash, Zucchini
Next, here’s a list of items that will most likely be on sale November through mid-December:
:: Clearanced candy — If you use candy in baking, Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes (hard candy only) or just to have sitting in a dish during the holidays, be checking your store for clearanced Halloween candy. You can freeze chocolate items for future use. Centsible in Seattle has some cute ideas.
:: Cold & flu medication — These sales will start winding down in the next couple of weeks and won’t be back until allergy season in the early spring. We will also see store promotions for flu shots and special coupons and discounts for those who participate in their programs.
:: Baking items, baking items, baking items — Flour, sugar, chocolate chips, condensed milk, oil, etc. The best baking sales will be throughout November and into early December. We will not see another sale on these items until just before Easter and only for a brief time of 2 weeks or so.
:: Canned items — Vegetables, fruit, broth, soups, etc.
:: Thanksgiving dinner items — Stuffing, marshmallows, Cool Whip, whipping cream, dairy products, spices, fried onion thingys, etc.
:: Party foods — Soda, tea, coffee, chips, crackers, cheese, meats, cookies, etc. We won’t see these items on sale again until Super Bowl and then Memorial Day.
:: Turkeys and other meat — Turkey will obviously be on sale through November, but also look for ham and roasts starting in mid-December. Think about not only your holiday meals, but smaller cuts for dinners throughout the winter.
:: Batteries — There’s usually manufacturer’s coupons released during December and Amazon will continue to have great prices throughout the Christmas season.
For most of these items, we suggest you purchase as much as your budget and space reasonably allows. We will do our best to guide you through this season of stockpiling, especially if you’re just starting out!
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