I remember when I first started couponing, I’d jump and run to the store for every sale. “No way the price will EVER get that low again!”. Once you dive in and get your feet wet you realize the same sales come around again. No need to buy 10 years worth, just enough to get you through til the next sale.
Have you ever noticed that produce prices vary wildly throughout the year? For instance strawberries are crazy high in my area right now, about $5-$6 for a pound. All spring and summer I could get them for about $1.50 per pound. You can either:
- Stock up and attempt to freeze extra produce. I have not personally tried this so I’m not sure what the quality will be like.
- Or, choose fresh fruits and veggies that are in season and priced lower.
In this article, we’re going to show you what to expect each month of the year: what produce is in season when (keep in mind some regions of the country there can be variations.) Certain products get deeply discounted each month of the year and typically, manufacturer’s are in sync and put out coupons. Ready?
January: National Oatmeal month, Get Organized and Get Healthier!
Seasonal Produce: oranges, pears, grapefruit, tangerines, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, kale, kiwi, avocado, cabbage, spinach
National Oatmeal Month: Expect sales and coupons on instant oatmeal single serve cups, boxes of single serve pouches, old fashioned, rolled, and steel cut oats.
Diet Foods: cereal, frozen entrees, protein and granola bars, diet shakes. Also many deals are common on workout DVDs, home workout equipment, scales, and activewear.
Organization aids– shelving, plastic tubs, containers
Super Bowl Sunday: Soda, chips, dips, cheese, sandwich items, crackers, snacks, wings, prepared fruit & veggie trays. Cake Mixes, frosting, brownie mix, and cookie mix. Many grocery stores run specials on their bakery cakes and cookie platters.
Clearance to watch for: Anything Christmas! Decorations for inside and out, Christmas themed clothing, stocking stuffers, artificial trees, ornaments, gift wrap, gift bows, gift bags, New Year’s party supplies– noise makers, hats, party favors, wines & sparkling juices.
Winter Health: cold medicines and vitamins, cough syrup, cough drops.
February: National Canned Food Month, National Hot Breakfast Month, and Valentine’s Day!
Seasonal Produce: artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, raspberries, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, grapefruit, kale, kiwi, oranges, parsnips, pears, potatoes, turnips, and spinach.
National Canned Food Month: canned fruits, veggies, pie fillings, and soups.
Super Bowl Sunday: Soda, chips, dips, cheese, sandwich fixings, crackers, snacks, wings, prepared fruit & veggie trays. Brownie and cookie mixes, cake mix and frosting.
National Hot Breakfast Month: oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, frozen waffles, syrup, waffle & pancake mix, hash browns, bacon, sausage
Valentine’s Day: Chocolate, lubricants & KY jelly, perfume, cards, stuffed animals, gift sets, wine/ sparkling cider, fresh flowers, candles
March: Frozen Food Month, St. Patrick’s Day and Get Ready for Easter!
Seasonal Produce: artichoke, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, grapefruit, grapes, lemon, lime, mushrooms, onions, peas, radish, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries.
Frozen Food Month: frozen meals and entrees, veggies, side dishes, desserts, juice concentrate. (also be watchful for modest sales on chest freezers. This is the time of year I bought mine.)
March Madness: soda, chips, dips, cheese, crackers, sandwich fixings, snacks, wings, prepared fruit & veggie trays. Also things like cookie and brownie mixes, cake mix and frosting.
St. Patrick’s Day: decorations, corned beef, cabbage, Irish soda bread
Clearance to watch for: winter clothing, hats, gloves, mittens, coats, snow shovels, snow blowers, winter sports equipment.
Spring/ Easter: Decorations, baskets, candy, ham, eggs and egg dyeing kits, gift sets, dresses and accessories.
Seasonal Produce: artichokes, asparagus, avocados, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, grapefruit, mushrooms, onions, peas, rhubarb, strawberries
Easter: Ham, eggs, dyeing kits, toys and “Easter basket filler toys”, candy, chocolate, baskets, decorations
Baking supplies: sugar, spices, cookie and brownie mix, cake mixes, flour, chocolate chips, refrigerated cookie dough
Earth Day: natural and organic foods and personal care products, reusable bags and water bottles, Energy Star appliances, CFL and LED lighting
Spring: gardening equipment and seeds, bird feeders, spring cleaning supplies, over the counter allergy relief.
Clearance to watch for: Easter items! Buy ahead as high as 90% off for next year’s baskets!
May: Mother’s Day, Cinco De Mayo, and THINK SUMMER!
Seasonal Produce: lettuce, artichokes, asparagus, beets, blackberries, corn, green beans, onions, peas in the pod, potatoes, raspberries, strawberries
Cinco De Mayo: salsa, tortillas, tortilla chips, shredded cheese, canned beans, refried beans, frozen Mexican entrees & snacks
Mother’s Day: gift sets, perfume, chocolate, jewelry, candles, clothing (stores like JCP & Kohl’s often have great clothing sales!)
Memorial Day: ketchup, mustard, relish, BBQ sauce, salad dressings, charcoal, potato chips, dips, paper plates, plastic utensils,
Summer Items: insect repellent, sunscreen, outdoor furniture, sun hats, beach toys, bird feeders, lawn mowers, barbecues and grilling utensils
Gardening: plants, flowers, seeds, watering cans, plant food, soil, weed killers, mulch, compost buckets, water hoses
June: National Dairy Month
Seasonal Produce: corn, lettuce, cucumbers, grapes, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, peaches and apricots.
National Dairy Month: eggs, milk, ice cream, cheese, butter, yogurt, Cool Whip, (keep your eyes peeled for in-store dairy coupons)
End of month brings 4th of July sales: hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments, BBQ sauce, ketchup, charcoal, salad dressings, chips, dips
July: National Ice Cream Month, anything and everything summer!
Seasonal Produce: Plums, pears, corn, green beans, blueberries, cucumbers, grapes, nectarines, red onions, watermelon, bell peppers, summer squash, kiwi.
More 4th of July BBQ Sales: hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, relish, hamburger & hot dog buns, charcoal, salad dressings, chips, dips. Graham crackers, Hershey’s Chocolate and marshmallows.
Look for Back to School sales starting month end: paper, pencils, backpacks, folders, crayons, etc.
August: Back to School!
Seasonal Produce: Avocados, blueberries, cherries, corn, cucumbers, grapes, onions, peaches, pears, bell peppers (sweet bell), plums, summer squash, tomatoes, watermelon
Back to school supplies: paper, binders, backpacks, erasers, pens, crayons, pencils, pencil cases, notebooks, markers, note cards
Cleaning supplies: Clorox and Lysol wipes & sprays
Clearance Items to Watch for: insect repellent, sunscreens, charcoal, swimsuits, gardening supplies and seeds, fans, camping gear, outdoor and beach toys.
September: Back to School
Seasonal Produce: apples, artichokes, cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, onions,bell peppers (bell and chili), squash, tomatoes
Back to School sales: pens, pencils, paper, binders, backpacks, erasers, folders, dividers, post it notes, markers, highlighters.
Labor Day Sales: Many clothing & shoe sales.
Clearance: camping gear, gardening supplies, bug spray, fans & air conditioners, BBQ supplies– grills, charcoal, lighters
October: Halloween and All About Autumn!
Seasonal Produce: apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbages, cranberries, pears, pomegranates, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, squash, turnips, yams
Halloween: candy, costumes & accessories, makeup.
Baking sales start: canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, baking soda, chocolate chips, cookie, cake and brownie mixes.
National Seafood Month: fish, shrimp, lobster, crab
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: promotions & deals featuring participating “pink” products
November: Halloween Clearance, Gear up for Thanksgiving & Black Friday!
Seasonal Produce: Apples, Beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, collard greens, chard, kale, pears, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, yams.
Baking goods: nuts, chocolate chips, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, coconut, cake, cookie and brownie mixes.
Canned foods: soups, broth, canned vegetables & fruits, pasta sauce
Holiday staples: turkey, canned pumpkin, stuffing mix, boxed potatoes, cranberry sauce, canned gravy, gravy mix packets, ready-to-bake rolls, frozen pies, gelatin, marshmallows.
Halloween Clearance: Get everything for next year if you can! Costumes, make up, accessories, candy-alternatives (like small party favors: bouncy balls, pencils, erasers, stickers, etc). Candy bowls, spider webs, silly string, decorations, lights.
Black Friday/ Cyber Monday: Crazy deals on doorbusters and advertised items ranging from clothing and toys to electronics and appliances. Check Creative Couponing and Yes We Coupon daily for all the best deals laid out for you!
December: Christmas is here!
Seasonal Produce: beets, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, tangerines, kale, parsnips, pomegranates, potatoes, radishes, sweet potatoes, turnips, and winter squash.
Holiday Dinner: Egg Nog, sparkling cider, deli platters, instant potatoes, gravy mixes, ready-to-bake rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, Stove Top, Jello.
Baking needs: flour, sugar, condensed milk, butter, cake, cookie, muffin and brownie mixes, breads, pie crusts, marshmallows, whipped cream
Canned foods: soups, broth, , vegetables, fruits, spaghetti sauce
Clearance to Watch for: Thanksgiving decorations at the beginning of the month, buy all your gift wrap supplies and decorations for Christmas at month end once they are at least 50% off.