Friday, January 13, 2012

Strategic Shopping: The best months to buy foods

"We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls."
~Bill Bryson
The has an excellent article entitled Strategic Shopping: A Month-by-Month Analysis by M.D. Creekmore.  Here's a summary of the best months for certain food specials and deals:


  • After Christmas Sales (wrapping paper, tape, bows, winter clothes)
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • National Beef Month
  • National Meat Month
  • National Tea Month
  • National Soup Month
  • Super Bowl (excellent prices on chips, salsa, soda and snacks)


  • National Canned Food Month
  • National Hot Breakfast Month (pancake mix & maple syrup)
  • National Snack Food Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • National Potato Lover’s Month
  • Sweet Potato Month
  • Celebration of Chocolate Month
  • Valentines Day Sales (candy)
  • Chinese New Year (soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, noodles, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts)


  • St. Patrick’s Day (corned beef & cabbage)
  • National Red Cross Month (CPR class & first aid items)
  • National Noodle Month
  • National Frozen Food Month
  • National Peanut Month
  • National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
  • National Celery Month
  • National Flour Month
  • Spring Cleaning (cleaning products)


  • After Easter Sales (candy & ham)
  • Daylight Savings Time (batteries, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide monitors)


  • Memorial Day Sales (condiments, picnic items, chips, soda)
  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Hamburger Month
  • National Salsa Month
  • National Strawberry Month
  • National Salad Month


  • National Dairy Month (butter)
  • National Iced Tea Month
  • National Seafood Month
  • Adopt-a-Cat Month (buy one cat, get one free? :-)  (cat food)


  • Fourth of July (picnic/party items)
  • National Hot Dog Month
  • National Baked Bean Month
  • National July Belongs to Blueberries Month


  • Back to School Sales
  • National Peach Month
  • National Coffee Month
"Summer items begin to go on clearance. Keep an eye out for charcoal, lighter fluid, paper plates and plastic utensils, sunscreen and insect repellent."


  • Labor Day (last of the picnic/BBQ sales)
  • National Chicken Month
  • National Honey Month
  • National Better Breakfast Month
  • National Mushroom Month
  • National Rice Month
  • National Preparedness Month
  • Summer Clearance Sales (clothes)


  • Halloween
  • National Apple Month
  • National Tomato Month
  • National Pasta Month
  • National Dessert Month
  • National Seafood Month
  • National Pork Month
  • National Eat Country Ham Month
  • National Chili Month
  • Adopt-a-Dog Month (dog food)


  • Thanksgiving Sales ( Baking goods such as butter, sugar, flour, chocolate chips, etc.)
"The week of Thanksgiving is the best sales week of the year."
Expect cooling weather sales on canned soups, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.


  • Christmas Sales (hams)
Bottom Line

A food storage is not just a wise precaution for preparedness, it can also save you money if you buy and stockpile items when prices are low and use them later in the year.

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