GROCERY SALES CYCLES
Best Month to Buy
Best Time to Buy
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Grocery sales cycles are the time or times each year that a product will sell at its lowest price. Cycles vary depending on the product, and some products may cycle every 2 months, every 3 months, once per year, etc. Generally, sales cycles follow Produce Seasons, Holidays, Change of Seasons and Special Events. 

You could follow an individual grocery store's cycles by watching it's weekly sales flyer and logging which types of products go on sale each week for a year. You would then be able to see which months certain categories of products (such as: soap powder, canned soaps, coffee, dog food, etc.) will go on sale each year. Since most people do not have time to keep this type of log for each store, we've compiled a general listing that will show you the month that most categories of products are either on sale and/or at their lowest price.

This will assist you in knowing when to purchase at the right time or season to achieve your greatest discounts and savings. For maximum savings, you should combine sale prices with coupons and cashback offers. There’s a best time to buy almost everything in order to purchase it at its lowest price, or in the case of fruits and vegetables to purchase them at the peak of ripeness and when they are most plentiful and therefore at their lowest prices. Check back monthly to see which items you should be purchasing and/or stocking up on that particular month.

Also, be certain to check our Best Time to Buy/Best Month to Buy listings for Fruits, Vegetables, and non-food items.

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GROCERY SALES CYCLES
Best Month to Buy | Best Time to Buy

January

TYPES OF FOOD/OTHER:
• Bath Products
• Beauty Products
• Cheese
• Chili
• Cold Medicines
• Crackers
• Diet Foods & Products: including Lean Cuisine, South Beach, Healthy Choice, Special K, Kashi, Smart Start, 100 Calorie Packs
• Dips
• Hair Color
• Health Products
• Ketchup
• Makeup
• Mayonnaise
• Mustard
• Oatmeal
• Pain Relief
• Potato Chips
• Sodas
• Soups
• Supplements
• Vitamins
• Yogurt


HOLIDAYS/OCCASIONS & THINGS THAT TRIGGER SALES:
• New Year’s Day
• Super Bowl Sunday
• National Oatmeal Month


February

Sales Cycles - Candy

TYPES OF FOOD/OTHER:
• Aspirin
• Bacon
• Candles
• Canned Bamboo Shoots
• Canned Beans
• Canned Fruits
• Canned Pie Filling
• Canned Salmon and Tuna
• Canned Vegetables
• Canned Water Chestnuts
• Chinese Foods (other) 
• Chocolates
• Condoms
• Cream of Wheat
• Crunchy Noodles
• Dog Food
• Fish
• Flower Arrangements
• Hash Browns
• Low Cholesterol Oils and Spreads
• Oatmeal
• Pancake Mix
• Raman
• Sausage
• Seafood
• Soy Sauce
• Stir-fry
• Sparkling Cider
• Supplements
• Syrup
• Teriyaki Sauce
• Vaginal Moisturizers, Creams, Treatments, Lubricants
• Valentine’s Candy and Chocolates
• Waffles
• Wine


HOLIDAYS/OCCASIONS & THINGS THAT TRIGGER SALES:
• Presidents’ Day
• Valentine’s Day
• National Canned Food Month
• National Hot Breakfast Month
• Chinese New Year


March

Sales Cycles - Frozen Meals

TYPES OF FOOD/OTHER:
• Asparagus
• Baking Supplies
• Butter
• Cleansers
• Coconut
• Corned Beef
• Eggs
• Frozen Dinners/Meals
• Frozen Fruits
• Frozen Meals
• Frozen Pancakes
• Frozen Vegetables
• Frozen Waffles
• Ham
• Horseradish
• Ice Cream Bars
• Ice Cream Sandwiches
• Ice Cream
• Peanuts
• Popsicles
• Potatoes


HOLIDAYS/OCCASIONS – THINGS THAT TRIGGER SALES:
• Easter (can fall in March or April)
• Mardi Gras
• Spring Begins
• St. Patrick’s Day
• Frozen Food Month



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April

TYPES OF FOOD/OTHER:
• Asparagus
• Brown Sugar
• Brownie Mix
• Butter
• Cake Mix
• Chocolate Chips
• Coconut
• Cookie Mix
• Eggs
• Food Coloring
• Food Dyes
• Ham
• Horseradish
• Jewish/Passover Items
• Marshmallows
• Olive Oil
• Organic Foods
• Powdered Sugar
• Spices
• Sugar
• Turkey Breasts (Frozen)


HOLIDAYS/OCCASIONS & THINGS THAT TRIGGER SALES:
• Easter (can fall in March or April)
• Earth Day


May

Sales Cycles - Barbecue

TYPES OF FOOD/OTHER: 
• Allergy Medications
• Bbq Beef
• Bbq Sauce
• Buns
• Cat Food & Treats
• Charcoal
• Cheese
• Chicken
• Coffee
• Corn (fresh)
• Deli Platters
• Dips
• Dog Food & Treats
• Energy Drinks
• Ground Beef
• Hamburger Buns
• Hoagie Buns
• Hot Dog Buns
• Hot Dogs
• Ice Cream
• Ice Cream Bars
• Ice Cream Sandwiches
• Ice Tea
• Insect Repellent
• Ketchup
• Lettuce
• Marinade
• Mayonnaise
• Mustard
• Napkins
• Paper Plates
• Paper Towels
• Pickles
• Plastic Cups, Bowls, Plates
• Plastic Utensils
• Polska Kielbasa
• Popsicles
• Potato Chips
• Relish
• Ribs
• Salad Dressing
• Salad Greens
• Salsa
• Sausage
• Seasonings
• Sodas
• Spinach
• Steak Sauce
• Steaks
• Strawberries
• Sunscreen
• Taco Seasonings
• Tacos
• Tortillas
• Watermelon


HOLIDAYS/OCCASIONS & THINGS THAT TRIGGER SALES:
• Cinco de Mayo
• Graduation
• Memorial Day
• Mother’s Day
• Summer – Grilling/Picnics
• National Pet Week & Month


June

Sales Cycles - Barbecue

TYPES OF FOOD/OTHER:
• Allergy Medications
• Aspirin
• Barbeque Beef
• Bbq Sauce
• Beef
• Bottled Water
• Butter & Spreads
• Charcoal
• Cheese
• Chicken
• Coffee Creamers
• Corn
• Cottage Cheese
• Cream Cheese
• Cream
• Dips
• Eggs
• Energy Drinks
• Ground Beef
• Hamburger Buns
• Headache Medicines
• Hoagie Buns
• Hot Dog Buns
• Hot Dogs
• Ice Cream Bars
• Ice Cream Sandwiches
• Ice Cream
• Ice Tea
• Insect Repellent
• Juice
• Ketchup
• Lettuce
• Margarine & Spreads
• Marinade
• Mayonnaise
• Milk
• Mustard
• Napkins
• Pain Relievers
• Paper Plates
• Paper Towels
• Pickles
• Plastic Cups, Plates, Bowls
• Plastic Utensils
• Polska Kielbasa
• Popsicles
• Potato Chips
• Relish
• Ribs
• Salad Dressing
• Salad Greens
• Salsa
• Sausage
• Self-tanner
• Sinus Headache Medicines
• Smoothies
• Sodas
• Sour Cream
• Spinach
• Steak Sauce
• Steaks
• Strawberries
• Sunscreen
• Tortillas
• Watermelon
• Whipped Cream
• Whipping Cream
• Yogurt


HOLIDAYS/OCCASIONS & THINGS THAT TRIGGER SALES:
• Father’s Day
• Summer Begins – Grilling/Picnics
• National Dairy Month


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