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The Best Things to Buy Every Month of the Year

Written by Grace & Silas
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Many people prefer to go shopping during the holidays because it always comes with great sales. But did you know that you don’t necessarily need to wait for holidays to shop and save a lot? Depending on what you’re looking for, there’s usually a specific month when prices drop for certain items. By simply understanding the sales cycles, you can best plan your shopping and score products at their lowest possible price.

Down below is a list of all the best thing to buy in each month of the year. These are ideas that will save you so much time and money and make your life so much easier. So check them out and let me know what you think!

January

January is best for shoppers since you can find a lot of sales and discounted items from Christmas or New Years celebrations. You can score up to 75% off on great items and save a ton.

Here are some of the best things to get in this month:

  • Seasonal Produce- avocado, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, grapefruit, kale, kiwi, oranges, pears, spinach, and tangerines
  • Winter Clothing: Jackets, Sweaters, and Scarves
  • Diet Food: 100-Calorie Packs, Healthy Choice, Kashi, Lean Cuisine, Smart Start, South Beach, Special K, oatmeal and diet aids (shakes, weight scales, diet cookbooks, exercise equipment and weights)
  • Cold and Flu Medications: Cold medicine, vitamins, cough syrup

February

This month may be the shortest of the year, but it has a lot of opportunities to save. Lot’s of gift ideas, sweets, and it’s the best time to stock up on your pantry and kitchen essentials.

Here are some of the best things to get this month:

  • Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, grapefruit, kale, oranges, parsnips, pears, potatoes, turnips
  • Valentine’s items such as boxed and bar chocolate, candies, flower arrangements and candles
  • National Canned Food Month: Can fruit, vegetables, pie fillings, soups, meats: tuna, chicken, salmon
  • National Hot Breakfast Month: Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, frozen waffles, syrup, waffle & pancake mix, hash browns, bacon, sausage
  • Foods to Celebrate Chinese New Year: Soy Sauce and noodles

March

As spring is just around the corner, expect to have a seasonal sale on holiday essentials. Not to mention, March is also a National Frozen Food Month, which means it’s the best time to stock up on frozen food.

Here are some of the best things to get in this month:

  • Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celery, grapefruit, grapes, lemons, limes, mushrooms, onions, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach and strawberries
  • Frozen food such as frozen meals and entrees, veggies, side dishes, desserts, juice concentrate
  • St. Patrick’s Day: decorations and food such as corned beef, cabbage, Irish soda bread (after st.patricks day)
  • Chocolate and Candy after Valentines day
  • Luggage: March is where it’s at for sales on luggage. As new models hit the shelves, last year’s inventory has marked down prices, saving you a bundle.

April

Midway to Spring, we expect Easter sales to hit. Chocolate, jelly beans, and other candy are priced incredibly low, so grab it while you can.

Here are some of the best things to get this month:

  • Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, asparagus, avocados, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, grapefruit, mushrooms, onions, peas, rhubarb, and strawberries
  • Easter: Decorations, baskets & grass, toys, games, candy, chocolate, egg-dyeing kits, spring dresses and apparel
  • Earth Day items such as natural and organic food and personal care products, reusable bags and water bottles, Energy Star appliances and LED lighting
  • Spring: Gardening equipment and seeds, bird feeders, spring cleaning supplies, allergy medicine, rain boots, umbrellas, and raincoats

May

Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, and Mother’s Day all fall into May. So it’s a total weekend sale bonanza.

Here are some of the best things to get this month:

  • Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, asparagus, avocados, beets, blackberries, carrots, corn, green beans, onions, peas in the pod, potatoes, raspberries, strawberries
  • Cinco de Mayo: Salsa, shredded cheese, tortillas, tortilla chips, canned & refried beans, shredded lettuce, piñatas & piñata fillers, frozen Mexican entrees & snacks (taquitos, mini tacos, chimichangas)
  • Mother’s Day: Bouquets, gift sets, perfume, chocolate, photo frames and crafts, jewelry, candles
  • Memorial Day: BBQ sauce, charcoal, condiments, dips, ketchup, paper plates, plastic utensils, potato chips, salad dressing, sandwich fixings
  • Gardening: Compost buckets, flowers, plants, plant food, seeds, watering cans, soil, weed killers, mulch, water hoses

June

As Father’s Day approaches, we expect to find deals on tools and other gadgets for Dad. Also, seasonal fruits and vegetables are priced low in this month. The cost of cherries and blueberries can really drop — to prices as low as $2 a pound.

Here are some of the best things to get this month:

  • Seasonal Produce: Blueberries, apricots, red onions, blackberries, boysenberries, cherries, strawberries, grapes, corn, cucumber, eggplant, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, raspberries, summer squash, tomatoes, honeydew watermelon, sweet Vidalia onions
  • National Dairy Month: Milk (also look for free milk Catalinas when you buy cereal promos), ice cream, cheese, butter, eggs, yogurt
  • Fourth of July: Hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, BBQ sauce, ketchup, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips, mustard & mayo, relish, ice cream, Popsicles, frozen treats, soda pop
  • Summer Needs: Insect repellant, beach toys, sunscreen, sandboxes, outdoor furniture, shorts, sun hats, swimwear bird feeders, lawn mowers, barbecues and grilling utensils, kid pools, sandals
  • Gardening: Plants, watering cans, weed killers, flowers, seeds, soil, plant food, compost buckets, mulch, water hoses
  • Clearance: Jackets, sweaters, umbrellas, rain boots, floral wreaths from Memorial Day

July

During the month of July, you’ll find mark down products for Fourth of July, school supplies, and summer apparel clearance sales. So stock up with these products and you’ll be happy later!

Here are some of the best things to get this month:

  • Seasonal Produce: Asian pears, Bartlett pears, green beans, blueberries, summer squash, corn, cucumbers, plums, eggplant, figs, garlic, grapes, nectarines, red onions, peaches, sweet bell peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon, Valencia oranges, potatoes.
  • More 4th of July BBQ Sales: Hot dogs, potato chips, ketchup, condiments, BBQ sauce, hamburgers, charcoal, salad dressing, dips, picnic items
  • Back-to-School Sales: Crayons, pencils, folders, binders, backpacks
  • National Ice Cream Month: Ice cream, popsicles, fudgicles, drumsticks
  • Airfare: July seems to be a slow time for airports, according to studies, so we suggest taking advantage of their low ticket prices this month to plan your next getaway.

August

August means back to school so as expected, school supplies price will drop down. From scissors to bags, up to different lunch box sizes, you can save a lot.

Here are some of the best things to get this month:

  • Seasonal Produce: Avocados, berries, cherries, corn on the cob, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, grapes, green beans, melons, onions, peaches, peppers, plums, summer squash, tomatillos, tomatoes, watermelon
  • Back-to-school Supplies: Erasers, pens, crayons, paper, binders, backpacks, notebooks, markers, note cards, USB flash drives, glue, tissue boxes, paper, sticky notes, scissors, staplers
  • School Lunch Items: Pudding cups, lunch meat, single serve juices, Lunchables, PB&J, crackers, chips

September

This month is focused on Labor Day sales. Stores are eager to stock up on holiday items and get rid of what’s currently on the shelves, so expect the biggest sales.

Here are some of the best things to get this month:

  • Seasonal Produce: Apples, artichokes, beans, brussels sprouts, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, kale, onions, pears (Asian & Bartlett), peppers (bell and chili), squash, tomatillos, and tomatoes.
  • Back-to-School Items: Pens, pencils, paper (filter and printing), backpacks, erasers, folders, binders, dividers
  • Labor Day: Restaurant deals, movie theater perks (such as free popcorn, soda, and concession candy/snacks), shoes and apparel, weekend travel or park passes, party supplies and snacks
  • Summer Apparel: with fall just around the corner, you can get rock-bottom discounts on summer styles as retailers aim to get their remaining inventory off the shelves

October

With the holidays just a few months away, it’s a good idea to get a head start on gift shopping this month. Here are some amazing deals for October.

  • Seasonal Produce: Apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, chard, cranberries, mustard greens, parsnip, pears, pomegranates, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash, turnips and yams
  • Baking Goods (mid-October to late December): Canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, baking chips and pie crust (mix and ready-made frozen)
  • Outdoor Gear: Camping in October, anyone? For most, this is a “no,” and retailers want to offload their extra inventory
  • Snow Removal Gear: Snowblowers, shovels, de-icers
  • Jeans: Having hit shelves back in August for Back to School, retailers are now marking down denim.

November

As the month of November starts, retailers are bursting with holiday sales. Knowing that Black Friday and Cyber Monday fall in this month as well, sales are seriously best at this time.

Here are some of the best things to get this month:

  • Seasonal Produce: Apples of all varieties, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, cranberries, kiwis, lemons, oranges, pears (Anjou & Comice), potatoes, pumpkin, squash, yams, and pomegranates
  • Black Friday/Cyber Monday: Clothing, toys, electronics, appliances, housewares
  • Holiday staples such as turkey, canned pureed pumpkin, stuffing mix, boxed potatoes, gravy mixes, ready-to-bake rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, gelatin, marshmallows
  • Cooking Gear: Cookware, flatware, knives, pots, and pans
  • Toys and different gifts for kids.

December

Usually, we expect holiday necessities to be on sale now because Holidays are in full force in December. You can find a lot of discounted items from pantry supplies to holiday decorations up to electronics and furniture, everything is almost on sale.

Here are some of the best things to get this month:

  • Seasonal Produce: Apples, beets, broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, celery, carrots, cauliflower, citrus fruits, dates, kale, kiwifruit, leeks, mushrooms, onions, papayas, pomegranates, radishes, spinach, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, winter squash
  • Holiday Dinner: Eggnog, sparkling cider, deli platters, instant potatoes, gravy mixes, dinner rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, Jell-O, and marshmallows
  • Baking: Butter, cream, cake mixes, pie crusts, muffin mixes, bread, flour, brownie mixes, marshmallows, sugar, whipped cream
  • Canned Foods: Broth, vegetables, soup, condensed milk, spaghetti sauce, fruits
  • Clearance: Thanksgiving decorations, table settings, turkey carving products.

While there are plenty of discounted items that you can find anywhere, having this cheat sheet about the best things to buy every month, will definitely save you a lot of time and money. They’ll help you get the best for your cash and make your life so much easier. So give them a try and let me know what you think.

Now if you have any questions, just let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to hear about them!

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Silas and Grace always had a passion for travel. So in 2016, they started Chasing Foxes as an independent income source. 4 months after launch, they were making enough money from their blog to travel full-time, and in the past 5 years, they’ve been able to encourage others in their blogging journeys too. Learn more about Silas & Grace.

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