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The Sale Calendar of Groceries Throughout the Year

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Are you wondering what I mean by a sale calendar throughout the year? Keep reading on and I will show you!

Did you know there is actually a method to the things stores put on sale throughout the year? The things you will find at grocery stores, super stores, and drugstores follow closely to what the season currently is or the season that is fast approaching, much like you will see clothing hit the stores in preparation for the upcoming season.

I have been tracking this for awhile and consult this list several times throughout the year, although now the list is primarily in my head. If you are wondering when to buy what, now you will know. Of course this will vary slightly, but this is the general timeframe that stores use.


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New Year:

  • healthy foods
  • diet foods and weight loss foods, drinks, and supplements

The week prior to the Super Bowl:

  • typical snack items like chips and dips
  • things for grilling like hot dogs, brats, condiments and even charcoal
  • beer, wine, and mixed drink components
  • pop

Valentine’s Day:

  • steaks
  • wines and champagnes
  • of course cut flowers
  • speciality deli items and cheese or meat items

Spring, which starts by the end of February:

  • sunscreens and swim diapers for spring break
  • allergy medications
  • picnic supplies like paper goods, condiments, deli salads
  • powder drink mixes


  • ham
  • boxed potatoes and pastas
  • canned or frozen vegetables

Cinco do Mayo:

  • Mexican food items like taco shells, salsa, tortillas
  • margarita mixes
  • avocados
  • tomatoes
  • ground beef


  • sunscreens, bug spray
  • grilling items like hot dogs, brats, buns, condiments
  • beer and other bottled alcoholic drinks
  • baked beans
  • allergy medication
  • first aid items
  • chips, pretzels etc.

Back to school time which usually starts mid to late July:

  • cereal
  • snack foods
  • lunch items
  • pop
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • frozen prepared meals
  • deli meats
  • soups
  • canned and frozen vegetables
  • canned meals like spagheddios
  • frozen pizza

Labor Day:

  • picnic items and paper products
  • grilling items including charcoal


  • coffees and teas
  • cough and cold medications
  • lotions, soaps, body washes
  • facial tissue
  • cereal
  • oatmeal
  • baking supplies, especially during November and December
  • aluminum foils and saran wraps
  • ziplock bag items
  • frozen pizza

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