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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RMN = Retail Me Not
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Earlier, we talked about sales cycles and stocking up for 6 weeks worth. While this works great for most items, there are some items that do not follow this traditional cycle.  You really already know most of these items, but just so you don’t come back and yell at me that your peeps are never on sale… let’s cover it.

For items that go on sale less often, you will need to stock up for longer. Having a large freezer does come in handy for this, but many items will be fine in the pantry.

Things like baking ingredients, produce, holiday-specific foods and more run on non-traditional sale cycles.  Learn when to buy so you can get the best deal.

Baking Goods

Baking goods such as flour, sugar, butter, chocolate morsels, etc. tend to go on sale around Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s it. So, whenever a sale period happens you need to stock up until the next sale period.

How much you will need will vary based on what your family will use. Keep in mind that some items, like butter and chocolate, will freeze.

You can see a full list of items baking goods to stock up on.


Produce is at it’s lowest price when it is in season. Some type of produce will always be on sale, but you should stock up on family favorites. You will need to preserve it to keep it from rotting though.

Some great methods are freezing, canning, or making things like jelly. I am personally a huge fan of freezing as it is very simple and easy.

To get the best price you should buy in bulk from somewhere like your local farmer’s market. You can learn more about saving on produce here.

Temperature Specific Foods

Foods that are more temperature specific don’t come on sale certain times of the year.  No one wants soup when it’s 110 degrees outside. 

– Soup & Chili (Not on sale May-Aug)
– Frozen Ice Cream & Novelty Treats (Not On Sale In Winter – Jan-Mar)
– Charcoal (Only In Summer & Grilling Holidays)
– Hot Drink Mixes (Only During Winter)
– Diet Foods (Best Deals in January)

Holiday Specific Foods

There are certain grocery items and meats that only go on sale around holidays.

– Spiral Ham
– Turkey
– Stuffing
– Cranberries
– Corned Beef
– Eggnog
– Fried Onions
– Candy (Best Deals Around Holidays)

Now that we have the sale and cycle part down, tomorrow we are going to figure out where to get all those coupons that make great deals!