The Ultimate Deal Hunter’s Guide to Sales Schedule

Wish you had a secret Cheat Sheet for sales?lady, binoculars

Did you know that sales are scheduled based on the season? Some products always go on sale at the same time each year. Wouldn’t it be great to have the retailers’ secret plans, so you can wait to buy stuff when the sale happens? Well, now you can. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide with the whole year’s sales schedule so you can get some killer deals!

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The Ultimate Deal Hunter’s Guide: Sales Schedule for the Whole Year

JANUARY

‘Tis the season for After-Christmas Sales, New Year’s Sales, and more!

Non-grocery Sales:

  1. Furniture – New furniture styles come out around February, so previous ones are on clearance. 
  2. Chinaware and appliances – Look for clearance deals.
  3. Linens – Bedsheets, throws, comforters, and tablecloths go on sale in this month too!
  4. Winter coats/clothes – Winter clothes are on clearance to make space for spring fashions.
  5. Electronics (TV’s, cameras, tablets, etc.) – The annual Consumer Electronics Show is in January. They show new technology, and so stores start clearing out old models. 
  6. Gym Memberships – At the beginning of the new year, everyone is motivated to set new goals and get into better shape. During this season, many gyms offer low prices on memberships. Some gyms even throw in a month or two for free or waive sign-up fees. Ask your local gym in January if they have deals going on!
  7. Cruise Packages – With the cold weather, we all start dreaming about going on a warm cruise escape. So, to kick the year off right, cruise lines start offering deals and promotions between January and March. 

Grocery Sales:

  1. Happy National Oatmeal Month! – The best time to stock up on oatmeal as well as cereal.
  2. Healthy Start food and Supplies – Food manufacturers push healthy stuff in January. Look for meal replacement shakes, protein shakes, frozen diet meals, and other weight loss and diet-related foods and bars.
  3. Medicines – Cold and flu season are in full force, so you’ll find deals on cough and cold medicines, cough lozenges, and vitamins.
  4. Super Bowl Sales – From January and into February you’ll start seeing sales on snack foods. Sales include -chips & dips, frozen chicken wings & other frozen snacks, sodas, cheese & crackers, sandwich trays, and makings.
  5. Produce in Season –
    Grapefruit, lemons, tangerines, and oranges, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, leeks, Rparsnips, rutabagas, and turnips.

FEBRUARY

So no one celebrates President’s day (although we’re all happy if we get the day off!) but this is a great long weekend to do some shopping.

Non-grocery Sales:

  1. Winter Coats  January is a great time to buy coats and winter stuff, but it of depends on the store. You may have a better chance of getting the style and size you want in January. However, February will probably have the lowest prices because this is when the stores have their final markdowns. So, you may get a better deal in February but may also get a smaller selection. Just keep your eyes peeled during these two months and get ready to get some hot deals!
  2. Jewelry – After Valentine’s Day, a lot of jewelry goes on sale and clearance! Jewelry stores get lots of extra stock for Valentine’s Day because of the high influx of sales. After the holiday there are many opportunities to get great deals, (up to 80% off) on things you might have paid a lot more for the week previous.
  3. Bedding and Linens – On sale as a part of President’s Day Sales. 
  4. Boats – Boat shows are happening, and this is when they offer the lowest prices.
  5. Humidifiers

Grocery Sales:

  1. Breakfast Favorites – Pancake mix, syrup, frozen waffles, bacon.
  2. Asian Foods/Products – With the Chinese New Year check out your local Asian store for sales, deals, and discounts on your favorite Asian foods and cooking supplies.
  3. Super Bowl Sales – Super Bowl snack food sales continue! You may even find clearance items after the big day like packaged cookies, snacks, and other made-for-game-day treats.
  4. Chocolate Alert!! – Before Valentine’s Day, you’ll get sales on candy and other treats. Check your local ads to find the best deals. After Valentine’s day is a GREAT day to buy all kinds of sweets and chocolates, especially the fancy brands that you usually can’t justify buying. (These almost never go on sale except after Valentine’s day.) Chocolates in Valentine’s packaging is the same stuff in the regular packaging but at a much lower price. A wise time to stock up!
  5. Produce in Season – Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, kale, leeks, lemons, oranges, parsnips, rutabagas, tangelos, and turnips.

MARCH

Non-grocery Sales:

  1. Luggage – As temperatures rise and vacation season rolls around stores get out new luggage styles and the old ones go on sale; lucky for you!
  2. Ski and winter sports gear – As the slopes close, ski shops and sporting goods stores try to get rid of some of their sports stock, and you can get great deals at this time of the year.
  3. Workout Equipment – Retailers offer sweet deals on things like weight sets, dumbbells, treadmills, etc. during the early spring in anticipation of people getting more motivated to exercise to get into shape before the summer and to work off all those holiday goodies from the last few months.

Grocery Sales: 

  1. Happy National Frozen Food Month! – You probably didn’t know that in addition to basketball March Madness, March is also National Frozen Food Month! Yes, it is a thing, and yes that means there are going to be sales! Check with your local grocery stores to get ads and info on the sales and get ready to stock that freezer!
  2. March Madness – Another time of year when people get together to eat snack foods and watch sports games! There are lots of good sales on chips & dip, cheese & crackers, dessert treats, frozen pizza & wings, and sodas.
  3. St. Patrick’s Day – Top O’ the Morning to ya! Or should we say top o’ the discount prices? A good time to get a deal on corned beef and cabbage. If your family are corned beef lovers, then you can stock up and freeze it to cook later in the year. After the holiday you’ll find clearance baked-goods like cookies and bread at your local grocery stores.
  4. Mardi Gras – If it’s a favorite holiday in your area you may find sales on holiday foods/products and party supplies.
  5. Case Lot Sales – Many areas have case lot sales twice a year (once in early spring and once in early fall). Check your local grocery stores to see what items they have in stock and when the sale will be. You can get amazingly low prices on all kinds of things from canned tuna, chili, peaches, pears & other fruits to vegetables like green beans, corn, carrots, and peas, as well as name brand canned soups and broths. 
  6. Produce in Season – Artichokes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, pineapples, radishes, rutabagas, and turnips.shopping cart, fruit

APRIL

Non-grocery Sales:

  1. Flights – Find cheap airfare for your summer vacations!
  2. Car Service & Items –Happy National Car Care Month! Check your local car care shops for deals and packages on car care services, tires, and even car parts.  
  3. Home Depot Spring Black Friday Sale – Black Friday doesn’t happen just in November at Home Depot. There is another big sale during April when you can get tools, home improvement items, and all kinds of other great stuff.
  4. Snow-Blowers – With snow the last thing on anyone’s mind for the next six months, stores offer great sales on snow clearing items.
  5. Sneakers and Running Shoes – Since summer is just around the corner and back-to-school is still far away, stores often have running sneakers on sale. Check out your local department stores for discounts during this month.
  6. Tax-Day Sales – With tax day coming up retailers usually have sales on various items going on. Keep an eye out!
  7. Spring Fashions – Spring clothing in most stores have been out since January or February. Take a look around as Spring items become discounted and moved out, and summer items fill up the racks.
  8. Carpet

Grocery Sales:

  1. Spring Holidays (Easter & Passover) – During spring holidays, you’ll find sales on candy and treats, ham, eggs, and seder foods.
  2. Organics – Organic products that usually never go on sale are sometimes discounted or have deals during Earth day. Check the stores in your area.
  3. Produce in Season – Artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, pineapples, radishes, rhubarb and spring peas.sales shower

MAY

A month full of sales, holidays, and parties! With Memorial Day, the beginning of graduation and wedding season, and Mother’s day you’ll find all kinds of wonderful sales and discounts.

Non-grocery Sales:

  1. Party supplies – On sale just in time for graduation and weddings!
  2. Mattresses – Don’t panic if you missed the President’s Day mattress sales. You’ll still find discounts during this time as retailers are clearing out old stock to make room for new items in their stores.
  3. Home Goods – Kitchenware, home goods, and grill items are priced low during Memorial Day sales.
  4. Strollers/High Chairs/Baby Goods – Baby needs on sale! 
  5. Office Furniture – Lots of sales during this month!
  6. Refrigerators – New models and styles roll out at the beginning of summer and retailers clear out old stock and last season’s items. Now’s the time to snag a new refrigerator without the high price!

Grocery Sales:

  1. Happy Memorial Day! – In addition to remembering our loved ones on this day, we also enjoy celebrating family and the warm weather with BBQs. On sale are BBQ and picnic foods and supplies like meats (hot dogs, hamburgers, brats, etc.), condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, salad dressings), chips & potato salad, plastic cutlery, plastic and paper plates, cups, and napkins.
  2. Feliz Cinco De Mayo, Amigas! (Happy Cinco De Mayo, friends!) – Even if you aren’t planning on having a big party you can stock up on all your favorite Mexican food items. Check the ads from your local grocery store to see what sales are available. You’ll probably find deals on chips & salsa, canned & dry beans, selects meats & cheeses, and Mexican candies & treats. 
  3. Mother Day Chocolates and treats – Chocolates and other candies are on sale! You’ll find coupons in your local ads and newspapers.
  4. Produce in Season – apricots, artichokes, asparagus, cherries, lettuce, mangoes, okra, pineapples, radishes, rhubarb, spring peas, strawberries, swiss chard, and zucchini.

JUNE

Non-grocery Sales: 

With Father’s day coming up soon you’ll see lots of sweet prices on a variety of favorite gift items like tools, restaurant packages, and other deals. 

  1. Gym Memberships: Alright, so January isn’t the only ideal time to sign up for a gym membership. So, if you missed it back in January, you don’t have to wait until next January. With the weather warming up, gyms are emptying out as many people head outside to exercise instead of working out inside. Gyms often offer good deals on memberships to fill up their facilities.
  2. Kitchenware & Dishware – Wedding Season is Spring and Early summer, and many of these gift items have discounts since the season is coming to an end.
  3. Camping Gear and Outdoor items – Most people have already bought new camping gear in the spring in anticipation of summer activities. So, you may find some discounts and low prices beginning in June and going through September.
  4. Laptops – Even though school just got out, stores are putting out back-to-school items and offering discounts on lots of tech including laptops and computer items through August.

Grocery Sales: 

High School graduation, College graduation, and Father’s Day are all going on which means sales on BBQ items again!

  1. More BBQs Mmmm! – 4th of July is coming up soon too, so don’t forget to pick up those sale items. (You can stock up and store BBQ fixings and supplies through July and August, so you’re all ready for birthdays, parties, and family and neighbor get-togethers for the rest of the summer!)
  2. Produce in Season – apricots, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, corn, kiwi, lettuce, mangoes, peaches, strawberries, swiss chard, watermelon, and zucchini.

JULY

Non-grocery Sales:

  1. Summer Fashions – After the 4th of July, retailers begin getting ready for fall and the holiday season, so you’ll see lots of clearance tags on summer clothes.
  2. Grills/Tools – If you missed Father’s Day sales, you might still grab some great deals on grills and tools since the summer is ending for retailers.
  3. Camping Gear – Find great deals through September!
  4. Furniture – Stores often bring out new items as part of their semi-annual release, and you can find good deals on past styles.
  5. Amazon Prime Day – Kind of like Black Friday, Amazon offers lots of great sales during this time.
  6. Jewelry – With Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day all past and next Christmas still five months away, jewelry stores offer sales to get more business during this slow time when most people are spending money on summer travel and activities.
  7. Decking/Siding/Interior & Exterior Paint

Grocery Sales:

  1. Happy National Ice Cream Month! – Yes, it’s real, and yes, we think you should celebrate this holiday! Ice cream and frozen treats may be on sale at your local grocery stores, and keep your eyes peeled for freebies and coupons from ice cream shops too!
  2. School Snacks and Lunch Foods – All on sale for back-to-school. Now is the time to stock up!  You’ll find deals on peanut butter & jelly, applesauce & pudding cups, individual sized bags of chips, crackers, cookies, juice pouches, and boxes.
  3. Produce in Season – Apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, green beans, kiwi, kohlrabi, lettuce, mangoes, okra, peaches, peppers, plums, raspberries, strawberries, summer squash, swiss chard, tomatoes, watermelon, and zucchini.blue credit card

AUGUST 

Non-grocery Sales:

  1. Backpacks/Office Supplies – Find great deals on back to school supplies at ridiculously low prices, as well as office supplies and backpacks.
  2. Bathing Suits/Summer clothes & Shoes/Kids’ Clothes – Retailers offer great discounts and deals on back-to-school clothes as well as huge clearance on summer clothes and shoes as well as super-cheap prices on bathing suits.
  3. College Dorm Supplies/Organizers – Even if you don’t know anyone who is going back to college, this is a great time to get college dorm items and organizational items for your home as well as hangers and closet organizers. Check out your local stores to find all kinds of great deals on home items you probably already have on your list.
  4. Camping Gear/Luggage/Grills – Summer has been over for retailers since July, and as the season comes to a close they are trying to get rid of summer stock. Run in to get camping gear and luggage (summer travel is about over, so prices are low!) and grills at their lowest clearance prices.
  5. Lawnmowers – August through September are great times to get a clearance priced lawn mower.
  6. Air Conditioner                                                                               

Grocery Sales:

  1.  School Snacks and Lunch Foods (continues through August) –  Peanut butter & jelly, applesauce & pudding cups,  individual sized bags of chips, crackers, and cookies, as well as juice pouches and boxes, are all on sale for back-to-school. Now is the time to stock up!
  2. Lunch Meat                                                                                  
  3. Produce in Season – Acorn squash, apples, apricots, blueberries, butternut squash, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, green beans, kiwi, kohlrabi, lettuce, mangoes, okra, peaches, peppers, plums, raspberries, strawberries, summer squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes, watermelon, winter squash, and zucchini.

SEPTEMBER

Non-grocery Sales:

  1. Labor Day Sales – You can find low prices on things from computers to jeans and larger home appliances.
  2. Mattresses (again!) – Mattress retailers have another big sale during Labor Day too!
  3. Cars/Bikes – The beginning of Fall marks the time when car dealerships (and department stores selling bikes) bring out new models and clearance the old stuff.
  4. Perennial plants/ Lawn & Patio Furniture – The very end of summer you’ll see big, big clearance prices on outdoor furniture and great deals on plants.                                                                                         

Grocery Sales

  1. Diabetic Foods/Supplies – Diabetic meal bars, shakes, cereals as well as glucose are all on sale this time of year.
  2. Fall Foods – In preparation for holiday baking things like sugar, flour, soups & soup mixes and cake & biscuit mix all start appearing on store shelves and often go on sale.
  3. Case Lot Sales – Many areas have case lot sales twice a year (once in early spring and once in early fall). Check your local grocery stores to see what items they have in stock and when the sale will be. You can get amazingly low prices on all kinds of things from canned tuna, chili, peaches, pears & other fruits to vegetables like green beans, corn, carrots, and peas, as well as name brand canned soups and broths. 
  4. Produce in Season – Acorn squash, apples, beets, butternut squash, cantaloupe, cauliflower, eggplant, figs, grapes, green beans, lettuce, mangoes, mushrooms, okra, peppers, persimmons, pomegranates, pumpkins, spinach, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, and tomatoes.couple shopping

OCTOBER

Non-grocery Sales:

  1. Back-to-school clothes – Lowest clearance prices
  2. Outdoor furniture – Still on sale through October, but soon gone until spring, so hurry in!
  3. Halloween Decor & Costumes – Sales start around the second week of October, and things get cheaper as the holiday approaches.
  4. Homes – Spring and Summer are quite busy home-buying periods and a time when many families are moving. While not something you’d frequently purchase, if you’re in the market, waiting until October could be a great idea since prices drop!

Grocery Sales:

  1. Halloween Candy – Lots of stores and drugstores have great deals on candy as the holiday gets closer. Keep your eyes open for deals in the ads at your local grocery stores and pharmacies to get the best prices.
  2. Baking Supplies/Fall Foods & Products – As Thanksgiving and Christmas get closer more baking and cooking supplies will be available and often on sale too! In addition to the items listed for September, you’ll also see pie crust, bread dough, cookie dough, baking chips of all flavors and colors, canned pumpkin, evaporated & condensed milk.
  3. Produce in Season – Acorn squash, apples, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, cauliflower, cranberries, grapes, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, persimmons, pomegranates, pumpkins, rutabagas, spinach, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, turnips.

NOVEMBER

Non-grocery Sales:

  1. Halloween Decor/Costumes – All on clearance the day after Halloween, so stock up on decorations and costumes for next year from 50 to sometimes 90% off.
  2. Wedding Dresses – Wedding season is long since over, and it’ll be months before the craze starts again. So, many retailers are clearing out old stock and offering sweet discounts on dresses and other bridal supplies.
  3. BLACK FRIDAY SALES – You can find deals all throughout the month on everything from TVs, cameras, laptops and other electronics to vacuum cleaners, bedding and home goods, furniture, small and large appliances and kitchenware/Cookware. Toys and clothes are also on sale. Smaller kitchen appliances like toasters, waffle irons, coffee makers, blenders and food processors are on sale for low prices. DON’T FORGET about online Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday! 

Grocery Sales:

  1. Halloween Candy – If you didn’t get quite enough sugar during the holiday you can get it all 50-70% off now. Even if you missed Black Friday, many retailers still offer sales and discounts on all kinds of holiday items and gifts. Decor and candy go on sale as the holiday approaches. Also, look for deals online! 
  2. Thanksgiving Foods/Baking Supplies – Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, and stores have everything out you’ll need! You will find canned items, gravies & broths, cranberries, stuffing, canned pumpkin & and yams, marshmallows, molasses. Also available are baking supplies like butter & creams, bread mixes, hams, and turkeys.
  3. Hors-d’oeuvres & Party Foods – Crackers & Cheeses, deli meats and platters, olives & pickles (sometimes)
  4. Hot drinks – Teas (black, herbals)  coffees, cocoa & cider mixes, and Keurig cups.                                                 
  5. Produce in Season – Beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cranberries, leeks, mushrooms, oranges, parsnips, pears, persimmons, pomegranates, pumpkins, rutabagas, spinach, sweet potatoes, tangerines, turnips, and winter squash.Happy lady with tablet

DECEMBER

Non-grocery Sales:

  1. After Christmas Deals! Deals! Deals! – Clearance and discounts can be phenomenal the day after Christmas. Stock up on candy and decor, as well as holiday-themed clothes and pajamas, and regular winter clothes. Check online for items that you didn’t get before the holidays that are now on clearance. 
  2. Cars – With the holiday frenzy, car dealerships are quite empty this time of the year. So, they are more willing to cut a deal to get a sale.

Grocery Sales:

  1. Christmas Eve/Christmas Day/New Years – Basically everything available in November is still in stores and at low prices. Canned pumpkin may get scarce after Thanksgiving though, so stock up in November. You’ll also find frozen pies and pastries, and baking supplies (like November). Turkeys are cheapest in November. If you plan on turkey for Christmas, purchase with your Thanksgiving turkey and freeze.
  2. Produce in Season – Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, kale, leeks, mushrooms, oranges, papayas, parsnips, pears, pomegranates, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, tangelos, tangerines, and turnips.

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