Save Money by Buying What’s on Sale When This Year.

Every year I redo our budget and every year I like to look ahead to plan for big and little purchases.   It is so helpful to have a list of the Sales Cycles for Grocery and Retail Stores!  It can be a huge way to save money!   It’s called Sales Cycles.  I don’t plan all my grocery and retail shopping around this BUT you can plan meals around the Grocery Store sales cycles and save big.  I’ve done this for years.  This list gives you a good idea of what will go on sale when.  Stores usually do the same thing over and over, year after year.

So save money by buying what’s on sale when this year from this 12 month sales cycle list!



Sales Cycles means that retailers plan ahead to know what will possibly be the greatest need for purchasers throughout the year.  So it’s really a win win as they all compete to win your business at certain times of the year.

This is just a partial list of course,  Companies have there own sales within all these sales.  This is just to get you thinking ahead…


  • All things related to dieting and healthy eating.
  • All kinds of Sodas, Chips, Dips, Cheese, Sandwich Items, Crackers, Snacks..because it’s Super Bowl Sunday
  • Cold Remedies, Vitamins and the like.
  • I just read that it’s also National Oatmeal Month you can assume Oatmeal will be on sale.


  • It’s National Canned Food Month…so LOTS of canned food on sale
  • Hot Breakfast Month
  • All things Valentine related.. i.e.…candy
  • It’s Chinese New anything related to cooking Asian style


  • Frozen Food Month – frozen foods of all kinds
  • St. Patrick’s Day – things like Corned Beef
  • Cereals


  • Anything related to Easter such as Hams, baking supplies,  eggs of course
  • Earth Day-organics, reusables, eco-friendly


  • BBQ ing supplies such at BBQ sauce, charcoal, condiments, chips and stuff like that for Labor Day
  • Cinco de Mayo – Mexican food ingredients,  such at tortillas, sauces, salsa’s etc.
  • Paper products such as paper plates, cups, plastic utensils
  • Mother’s Day is also this month so stores will run different specials for special meals


  • More BBQ sales – hotdogs, chips, condiments
  • Father’s Day – Meats like steaks and such
  • Dairy Month – all things Dairy..milk, yogurt, eggs, CHEESE etc. 


  • BBQ Sales – Meats
  • National Ice Cream ice cream of course
  • Back to school things start being promoted so sometimes snacks and foods like lunch items..tuna,
  • 4th of July!  Lots of outdoor foods


  • Back to School – Lots of snacky items,  cereal, peanut butter, jelly, deli meats


  • Back to School – More Snack foods and Cereals,  Breakfast items
  • Fall Cooking – Soup making products like soup starters, Promotion and sales of comfort foods i.e.. Chicken pot pies
  • Diabetic  foods


  • Start of Baking supply sales..Pumpkin, sugar, evaporated milk, Chocolate Chips
  • Halloween – Candy, Fresh Pumpkins, apples, Carmel apple supplies
  • National Seafood Month – Seafood!


  • This is a great Pantry Stock up Month..plan ahead!
  • Thanksgiving – canned vegetables, lots of other canned goods such as Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomatoes, Broth, Gravy, Fruit, Baking Supplies of all kinds, Turkey’s, Ham, Stovetop get the idea..stock up!
  • Crackers, party trays
  • Cocoa, Coffee and  Tea
  • Salami’s, Cheese’s
  • Butter..did you know Butter can be frozen?


  • Christmas/Holidays, New Year – More baking sales, crackers, party trays, Salami’s, Cheese’s, Butter, Eggnog, dessert mixes, Pie crusts, Ham

 Now with FREE  3 page Printable for your planning!

Printable Planner 4 Sales Cycles


You can print this PDF:  Printable Planner – Save Money

And here is the list if you would like to print that out too :) (it’s not on the PDF)

Printable Planner for Sales Cycles

Faithful Provisions has an amazing month by month listing of what’s on sale when, if you are interested in getting even more nitty gritty with your planning.


Do you have something you would add to this list?  You can help others save by sharing this list.

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  1. says

    It was years before I knew that frozen food month was in March and it was always the month that I was scheduled to thaw the freezer… I try to do in January or February which is a good reminder that I need to start planning for that soon!!!! I currently stocked up on flour and have about a dozen bags of bread flour and regular flour shoved in my cupboards because it is so much cheaper around the holidays. Every year I wish that I bought more. I love knowing what is coming and I never heard the canned good sale so I will keep my eyes out :)
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    • says

      You ROCK Alison! I love how you are already planning ahead for this New Year and how you are saving $$! It took me many years before I realized there were such things as Sales Cycles too..but once we! Big $$ savings!! Thanks for stopping by and blessings to you in this New Year!!

  2. Susan says

    I like to plan my shopping to hit the seasonal sales. Great comprehensive list. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  3. says

    oh my goodness! You just opened my eyes to a whole new world of grocery shopping. I’m definitely printing this out and seeing what I can find on sale :) Thanks for linking up at Babies and Beyond!

  4. says

    Hello there! I just wanted to let you know that this article will be featured on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week :) Thank you so much for sharing with us! I learned so much here!


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