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Sep 29 2016
2 years ago
6:00 PM MDT

Save BIG Throughout the Whole Year by Understanding Sale Cycles

Sep 29, 2016 @ 6:00 PM MDT
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It's easy to save money when you know when to stock up by understanding sale cycles.

[Updated April 6, 2018.] We’ve all been there. You run out of cereal, toilet paper, or paper towels, so you head to the store to buy it at full price, only to see it on sale the next week! The good news: when you know when to stock up by understanding sale cycles, you can avoid that situation.

First, there are Rotational Sales Cycles.

The rotational sales cycle is typically just the store’s way to rotate the stock on their shelves. For most products, this cycle runs approximately every 12 weeks, although some products, like cereal, have a shorter cycle of 6 weeks, while other items run on a longer cycle of 24 weeks.

Tracking your store’s ads for a few months can help you recognize the different cycles of items you buy most. When the sales come around, you should be stocking up just enough to get you through until the next cycle. Gotta keep your own stockpile fresh without running out. Makes sense, right?

And then there are the seasonal sales cycles.

When you think of seasonal sales, you might think of office supplies during back-to-school or chocolate in February, but there are MANY items that go on sale at specific times of the year.

Some of the best items to buy each month are…


  • Christmas Clearance: Toys, trees, ornaments, wrapping paper, lights, home decor, gift sets.
  • Diet Aids: Gym memberships, scales, workout clothes, yoga mats, weights, treadmills, vitamins, protein shakes, supplements, diet foods.
  • Home Organization: Closet systems, tote bins, shelving, etc.
  • Medications: Cold and flu products, thermometers, vitamins, probiotics.
  • Super Bowl Sunday: Televisions, soda, chips, dips, cheeses, chicken, snack foods, and team apparel.
  • Seasonal Produce: Everything citrus (oranges, grapefruit, tangerines), as well as some root vegetables, avocado, cabbage, broccoli, pears, spinach, celery, kiwi, cauliflower, kale, collards.
  • National Oatmeal Month: Watch for big sales and coupons on Quaker products! These generally have a great shelf life.
  • New Year’s Party Supplies: Noisemakers, fireworks, paper goods, wines, and sparkling juices.
  • Winter Clothing
  • Bedding: Linens and sheets.


  • National Canned Food Month: Canned fruit and vegetables, pie fillings, soups, meats like tuna, chicken, salmon (consider grabbing an extra case for donating).
  • National Hot Breakfast Month: Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, grits, waffle mixes and frozen waffles, syrup, breakfast meats, frozen hash browns.
  • Valentine’s Day: Chocolate, condoms, lubricants, chocolate, perfume, wines, chocolate, flowers, candles, steak, seafood– and did I mention CHOCOLATE?
  • Chinese New Year: Asian foods and condiments.
  • Furniture: Mattresses, recliners, some large appliances, sofas, air conditioners, humidifiers.
  • Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, grapefruit, kale, oranges, parsnips, pears, potatoes, turnips, kiwi, avocado.
  • Boats and Motorcycles
  • Zoo, Aquarium, and Museum Memberships
  • Winter clothing and sports equipment: Coats, ski equipment, and more.


  • Frozen Food Month: Frozen meals and entrees, pizza, fruits and veggies, side dishes, juice concentrates, ice cream and other frozen treats and desserts, chicken.
  • Winter Clearance: Snow shovels, skis, and sleds.
  • Spring/Easter: Decorations, baskets, candy, ham, eggs and egg dyeing kits, gift sets, dresses, and accessories.
  • Winter Clothes
  • Luggage
  • Golf Clubs
  • Digital Cameras and Equipment
  • Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, asparagus, Haas avocado, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, fennel, kale, leek, lemon, lime, mushrooms, spring onions, oranges, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, tangerines.


  • Easter Clearance: Decorations, baskets, grass, egg dyeing kits, stickers, candy.
  • Earth Day: Organic foods, natural cleaning products, reusable bags and water bottles, CFL and LED lighting.
  • Spring Gardening: Gardening equipment, seeds, greenhouses, bird feeders.
  • Carpet
  • Digital Cameras
  • Computers
  • Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, asparagus, avocados, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, grapefruit, mushrooms, onions, peas, rhubarb, strawberries.
  • Vacuums
  • Tires
  • Beauty Products
  • Allergy Medications
  • Spa Week
  • Tax Day Deals and Freebies
  • National Car Care Month Deals and Freebies


  • Cinco de Mayo: Chips, salsa, shredded cheeses, tortillas, beans, piñatas.
  • Memorial Day: Barbecues, charcoal, burgers and hot dogs, buns, chips, disposable plates and utensils, ketchup and mustard, chips, soda, Popsicles.
  • Mother’s Day: Flowers, perfume, gift sets, chocolate, jewelry.
  • Gardening Supplies: Plants, soil, seeds.
  • Summer Supplies: Sunscreen, insect repellent, etc.
  • Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, asparagus, avocados, beans, green beans, beets, blackberries, carrots, sweet Vidalia onions, peas, new potatoes, raspberries, strawberries.
  • Baby Supplies: Highchairs and strollers.
  • Interior and Exterior Paint and Stains
  • Pet Supplies
  • This is also a great month to consider adopting an animal from your local shelter. They’re usually overrun with kittens in the Spring.


  • National Dairy Month: Milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, eggs, whipping cream, and Cool Whip,
  • Father’s Day: Tools, ties, briefcases, beer, etc.
  • Fourth of July: Toward the end of the month you can score big on barbecue supplies, charcoal, burgers and hot dogs, buns, chips, disposable plates and utensils, ketchup and mustard, chips, soda, Popsicles.
  • Summer Sports Gear: Exercise
    equipment and sports attire.
  • Indoor Furniture
  • Camcorders
  • Seasonal Produce: Apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, honeydew, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, raspberries, red onions, squash, strawberries, sweet Vidalia onions, tomatoes, watermelons.


  • National Ice Cream Month: Ice cream, cones, etc.
  • Fourth of July: Fireworks, barbecue supplies, charcoal, burgers and hot dogs, buns, chips, disposable plates and utensils, ketchup and mustard, chips, soda, Popsicles.
  • Home Improvement: Now is the time to upgrade your deck and siding, as well as purchasing interior and exterior paints and stains.
  • Back-to-School Supplies begin to go on sale.
  • Seasonal Produce: Asian pears, Bartlett pears, green beans, blueberries, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, figs, garlic, grapes, nectarines, red onions, Valencia oranges, peaches, sweet bell peppers, plums, potatoes, summer squash, tomatoes, watermelon.

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  • Summer Clearance: Sunscreen, insect repellent, charcoal, gardening supplies, swimsuits, outdoor patio furniture, camping gear, pools, life jackets, swing sets, grills, etc.
  • Back-to-School: Now is the time to stock up on school/office supplies! Notebooks, pencils, crayons, markers, binders, folders, staplers, dry erase markers, etc.
  • Household Items: Ziploc bags, paper towels, disinfectants, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Lunch Supplies and Snacks
  • Breakfast Items: Frozen waffles, cereals, etc.
  • Dehumidifiers and Air Conditioners
  • Seasonal Produce: Avocados, beans, berries, cherries, corn on the cob, cucumbers, eggplants, figs, seedless grapes, melons, onions, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, summer squash, tomatillos, and tomatoes.


  • Back-to-School Clearance: Stores generally clearance BTS supplies relatively quickly in preparation for Halloween. Watch for deep clearance markdowns!
  • Diabetes Awareness: Diabetic care, socks, test strips, sugar-free products, vitamins, meters.
  • Labor Day Sales: Lawn mowers, tractors, barbecues.
  • Trees, Shrubs, Bulbs, and Other Plants: Fall is the best time to plant trees.
  • Snow Blowers
  • Summer Clothes
  • Printers
  • Seasonal Produce: Apples, artichokes, beans, cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, onions, pears (Asian and Bartlett), peppers (bell and chili), squash, tomatillo, tomatoes.


  • Halloween: Candy, pumpkins, costumes, etc.
  • Baking Supplies: Flour, sugar, mixes, canned pumpkin, canned pie fillings, prepared pie crusts, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month: All things “pink”.
  • Adopt a Shelter-Dog Month: Wet and dry dog food, dog toys, and chews.
  • Snow Tires
  • Bicycles
  • Large Appliances
  • Patio Furniture
  • Spa Week
  • Seasonal Produce: Apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chard, cranberries, parsnips, pears, pomegranates, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash, turnips, yams.


  • Halloween Clearance: Candy, costumes, and the super cool decorations you couldn’t bring yourself to buy before will all be discounted heavily (they want to get Christmas on those shelves ASAP). Stock up quickly!
  • Veteran’s Day: Home goods, furniture, mattresses, free meals for vets, etc.
  • Baking Supplies: Flour, sugar, mixes, canned pumpkin, canned pie fillings, prepared pie crusts, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.
  • Canned Foods and Broths
  • Spices
  • Holiday Staples: Turkey, canned pureed pumpkin, stuffing mix, boxed potatoes, gravy mixes, ready-to-bake rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, gelatin, marshmallows.
  • Baby Products
  • Cookware
  • Pajamas and Slippers
  • Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales: Doorbuster sales on electronics, toys, clothing, etc. Check out our best Black Friday tips.
  • Seasonal Produce: Anjou pears, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, carrots, celery, Comice pears, cranberries, kiwis, lemons, oranges, potatoes, squash, yams.


  • Holiday Dinner: Eggnog, deli platters, instant potatoes, gravy mixes, bake-and-serve rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, Jello, marshmallows, baking supplies, canned foods, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, reusable food containers.
  • Large Appliances
  • Electronics: E-Book readers, Blu-ray players, GPS devices, headphones.
  • Vehicles: Score the best new car deals in December when they’re making room for new models, and when business is slow due to the weather.
  • Tools
  • Bath & Body Works Candles
  • Batteries
  • Kitchen Cookware
  • Thanksgiving Clearance
  • Post-Christmas Clearance: Stock your gift closet with after-Christmas clearance items.
  • Seasonal Produce: Anjou Pears, bok choy, Bosc pears, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celery, dates, grapefruit, Hass avocados, kale, kiwis, kumquats, lemons, napa cabbages, oranges, sweet potatoes, red cabbages, rutabagas, savoy cabbage, spinach, winter squashes, yams, turnips, white potatoes.

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