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Old 01-11-2016, 09:19 PM
 
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Hi all, I'm making a list of the best foods to buy in bulk per month to save money overall. Here's some suggestions for getting the best bulk deals I've gathered from a frugal book I read:

January: Oatmeal (National Oatmeal Month), Superbowl treats (soda, dips, crackers, and other snacks), holiday clearance items.

February: Canned items (fruit, vegetables, and meat). Valentine's day goods.

March: Frozen food

April: Ham, eggs, baking goods, butter, and other popular Easter items. Organics (for Earth Day promotions).

May: Barbecue sauce, condiments, chips, grilling meat, and hot dogs (for Memorial Day).

June: Cheese, cream cheese, butter, yogurt, and eggs.

July: Hot dogs, barbecue items, chips, and dip (for 4th of July).

August: Back-to-school items like lunch meat, snacks, and fall clothes. Clearance on summer gear.

September: Clearance on back-to-school supplies. Baby items.

October: Baking goods. Seafood (October is national seafood month).

November: Coffee. Canned goods. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, and other Thanksgiving items.

December: Party snacks. Baking goods. Post-Thanksgiving and post-Christmas sales.


Please list any more suggestions you have.

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Old 01-11-2016, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Blueberries late June. Clementines December. October for fresh canned vegetables, fresh pecans.
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Old 01-11-2016, 10:58 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I buy 40 pound boxes of yams in November.

Prime rib is always on sale the week before Christmas and I buy my rib steaks for the following summer. Sometimes butter and cream cheese are on sale for Christmas; if so, I stock up.

Produce in season is fine but it is rarely cheap enough to make it worth while to can or preserve it. I freeze the asparagus and snow peas that I grow myself.

It's not food, but I buy my pens and sharpies right before school starts in the fall because there are always good sales on school supplies. The day after Christmas, I buy wrapping paper and candy at the half price sale.

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Old 01-11-2016, 11:23 PM
 
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I buy anything I can in "bulk" (I don't have a lot of space) whenever there is a good price, period.

Cheese: Fall and through at least the beginning of winter. I will buy and freeze. I never see cheese on sale in June.
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:44 AM
 
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Among the things we buy seasonally
  • canned and other pre made soups in winter, they're seldom as cheap in warm weather and keep for a long time and,
  • local farm blueberries by the bucket in June/July, eating them in bunches and freezing them in packages and,
  • fresh cherries starting from South America and then the US West Coast when available...eating them in bunches and,
  • local corn and tomatoes in summer, until we are tired of eating them,
then miss them until next year
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:18 AM
 
Location: The analog world
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Butter, beginning around Thanksgiving through December. Always seem to find good sales then because of holiday baking. I keep butter in the freezer until it's needed. Keeps for a very long time.
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:30 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I just buy things as I see them on sale or clearance.

For example, I bought four turkeys the other day for $5 each. And some frozen pies that were on clearance for $2, and cans of pumpkin for 50 cents each. I can use the pumpkin for muffins or empanadas, it's not just for pies.

I don't have a monthly plan for stocking up, because our tastes change sometimes and then I end up with food we can't use. I buy fruit when it's in season and I buy fresh veggies when they're a good price, but I buy frozen veggies the rest of the time.

And butter is always more expensive here starting just before Thanksgiving. I can get 4lbs for $10 at Sam's then, but in Jan. it will go back to being $9 for 4lbs.
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:35 AM
 
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I buy a lot of the same things as others. I buy apples in the fall and preserve them. Unfortunately, I love after holiday candy sales.
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:07 PM
 
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Just got back from the grocery store. Christmas hams were $.99/lb and salad fixins and veggie trays marked down to $2 instead of $10. Salad to go with spaghetti for tonight and stir fry tomorrow night. One ham for Easter and another before then.
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:16 PM
 
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Other than canned chicken stock and maybe a frozen turkey or two at Thanksgiving, I don't buy anything bulk at a particular time of year like that.
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