Bargains & Loss Leaders in January

If you’re looking for ways to maximize your savings in 2015, here are the items you’ll find at their lowest price in January:

Healthy Foods and Diet Items:

  • Slim Fast, Weight Watchers and the like
  • Kashi and other high fiber foods
  • Low calorie snack items

Super Bowl (end of month):

  • Soda
  • Chips
  • Dip
  • Misc snack foods

Non Grocery:

  • Holiday Decor
  • Winter fabric
  • Organizing items – rubbermaid boxes, shelving, etc.
  • Linens
  • Cold and Flu Medicine
  • Stop Smoking Aids
  • Bicycles – getting rid of previous year models and leftovers from Christmas
  • Toys – think birthdays and gifts
  • Home Furnishings – February and August are the months when the furniture stores receive new styles, so January and July are when you’ll get the best deals.
  • Winter Apparel – think next season!
  • Electronics – new models arriving means the old ones are at rock bottom prices
  • Video Games – last years games that went unsold at Christmas are deeply discounted

You can also find extra coupons and low prices on soups, stews, hot chocolate and tea. Anything that’ll warm you up during cold winter months.

Bargains & Loss Leaders for November

November is a favorite month for bargain shoppers, with Black Friday and tons of clearance offerings going on.

  • Holiday Baking – We’ll see loads of coupons along with the lowest prices of the year on sugar, flour and just about every baking item you can think of. Chocolate chips have a shelf life of 18-24 months (check expiration dates), so this is the perfect opportunity to snag a years worth. In addition, many other baking essentials are good for 6-36 months, so check the dates and stock up appropriately.
  • Holiday Dinner Items – If you have room in your freezer, this is a great time to stash away an extra turkey or two as prices fall to around $0.50 per lb or less. Look for store deals offering a free turkey with other purchases. You can also get some of the lowest prices on canned gravy, pumpkin, stuffing, broth, canned veggies, rolls and all the fixins for your feast.
  • Cold and Flu Season – Fill your medicine cabinets with the lowest prices on cough drops, lip balm and over-the-counter cold and flu aids. Usually your best deals will be found at the drug stores where rewards offers will match up nicely with sale prices and coupons.
  • Halloween Clearance – Costumes really do make great Christmas gifts for kids who like to play dress-up, and the first days of the month you can find them for up to 90% off. I like to snag things like capes, hats, badges, shields, tutus, etc. Don’t forget to look for holiday themed storage bags, napkins, paper towels, plates, cups and other items storewide that may not be in the clearance aisle but will come with a deeply discounted price tag.
  • Autumn Decor – The thing about fall decor is that once Thanksgiving is over, the stores want to clear the shelves fast to make room for Christmas counterparts. That means you don’t need to wait for gigantic price cuts on centerpieces, mantle display items, signs, linens and wreaths. I’ve even found clearance prices the day before Thanksgiving on these items.
  • Black Friday and Cyber Monday – Once upon a time, Black Friday deals started in the wee hours of the morning. But today, clever marketers try to snag your first holiday dollars by starting the bargaining on Thanksgiving day or at midnight on Black Friday. Very often these deals are available both in-store and online. Last year Cyber Monday deals were good, but Black Friday online deals were as good or even better. If you plan to shop online, start scoping out the deals on turkey day and follow them all weekend. You’ll always find a thorough list of coupon codes and the hottest deals here on MomsbyHeart. Specifically, look for the lowest prices on computers, televisions, tablets, tools, cookware
  • Toys – All month long we will see sale after sale on the holidays hottest toys. Look to sweeten your savings with coupons, rebate offers and the occasional store rewards deal. Just be sure to keep in mind that your biggest discounts will come 1-2 weeks before Christmas. I generally don’t wait that long for anything other than a few fill-in gifts and stocking stuffers because to be honest, I get a little jittery in toy aisles jam-packed with bargain crazed shoppers. If you’re mindful, you can get similar deals now by watching the sales and grabbing a thing or two each week.

SEASONAL PRODUCE

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  • Apples
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cranberries
  • Pomegranates
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Yams

Bargains & Loss Leaders in October

The deals are about to hit the fan as the holidays approach. Here’s what you can expect to find in the month of October:

  • Halloween – If previous years are any indication you’ll find the national drug stores to be the best prices for candy. Using coupons along with sale prices and store rewards will get you loaded up for a fraction of retail.
  • Holiday Foods – You’ll start to see some discounts on baking items and holiday meal essentials.
  • Cold Weather Food – Think soups, stews, broths and warm beverages.
  • Bushes, Trees & Bulbs – Look for end of season sales at your favorite nurseries to pick up some bargains.
  • Columbus Day – means another 3-day weekend, which always causes a flurry of deals online. Look for loads of free shipping codes and high value coupons.
  • Toys – shelves need to be cleared to make room for the latest and hottest holiday toys, which means the old models will see some price drops.

SEASONAL PRODUCE

Find a local you-pick farm HERE.

  • Acorn Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Buttercup Squash
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cauliflower
  • Cranberries
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Pear
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Turnips

Bargains & Loss Leaders in September

This month, the bargains center around the end of summer, back to school, diabetes awareness and the release of 2015 models for some items.

  1. With summer ending, we’ll see some big deals on yard and garden items. Look for clearances in patio and barbecue departments, as well as shrubs, gardening supplies, sprinklers and more. You’ll also find cheap prices for sunglasses, bug spray, sunblock, swimming supplies, bikes and the like.
  2. With the kiddos back in school, the remaining inventory of school-related supplies will be moved out. You’ll start to see some great price breaks on shoes and denim as well as clearance prices on remaining summer apparel. In grocery, stock up on snack items and lunchbox necessities as prices drop and coupons pop up for these products.
  3. National Diabetes Awareness Month will bring rebates, coupons and store rewards deals on glucose monitors and special dietary items.
  4. White sales generally happen in September, so look for deals on bedding and bath items. Many stores will offer additional incentives, like printable coupons and store rewards during these sales to sweeten your savings.
  5. Look for the best annual discounts on new vehicles, as 2015 models are released this month.
  6. Typically September is the best month to purchase airfare, with some one-way tickets to select destinations found for under $50.
  7. The end of September, we will celebrate National Coffee Day. In the past we have been able to take advantage of free coffee offers at some national chains!

SEASONAL PRODUCE

Find a local you-pick farm HERE.

  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Berries
  • Cucumbers
  • Pears
  • Potatoes

Bargains & Loss Leaders in August

This month, discounts are centered around office supplies, dorm essentials and outdoor clearance items. We will start to see some deals on denim, and some rock-bottom clearance sales on summer apparel.

  1. August is another big month for bargains on printer paper, folders, pens, pencils and just about every office supply you can think of. With sale prices so low, think about purchasing enough for Christmas and birthday gifts, mid-school year replacements and donation items.
  2. With students heading back to college soon, you’ll find some of the best discounts on organizational items such as shelving, closet organizers, bins, under-bed storage and desktop organization. You’ll also see some of the lowest prices on laptops and MP3 players, rivaling black friday deals.
  3. Sales of athletic apparel begin to dwindle as summer nears its end, and retailers respond with huge discounts and clearance events. Keep your eyes peeled for some deals on athletic clothing, shoes and equipment the likes of which will not be seen again until January.
  4. Look for lawn mowers, swimming pools, landscape supplies, swing sets, grills and patio furniture to be deeply discounted this month. You’ll also find a few remnants of swimsuits and summer apparel on clearance.

Here are the best deals by category. Be on the lookout for corresponding coupons to sweeten your savings:

GROCERY

  • Fruit and pudding cups
  • Lunchmeat
  • Crackers
  • Chips
  • Lunchables
  • Single serving juice boxes
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly

RETAIL BARGAINS

  • Office supplies
  • Organizational items
  • Athletic equipment and clothing
  • Laptops
  • MP3s
  • Patio Furniture – even better prices later in the fall
  • Landscaping items
  • Lawn Mowers
  • Swimming Pools
  • Swing Sets
  • Grills
  • Summer apparel and swimwear

SEASONAL PRODUCE

Find a local you-pick farm HERE.