Delayed gratification can really pay off, especially when you keep lists to help you remember items you want to buy. The two scenarios you’ll find when scoring deals are when items are currently in season and when items that have just gone out of season.
Let’s use a popular baking supply like nuts as an example. Nuts are in high demand right now since they go in popular holiday desserts and dishes. Stores will offer a lower sale price because they can still make a profit from the high volume of sales that come around the holidays. Once this peak season is over nuts will stay on the shelves but the cost will go back up.
You could buy a brand new patio set at full price during the summer or wait until fall when stores are trying to clear out the summer stuff to make room for fall items. The same goes with items that are only popular for a few weeks out of the year and have specific themes like Halloween or Valentine’s day candy. Once the season is over you’ll find sale prices because stores need to make room for the next season’s items.
5 Items That Are Cheaper Because of the Holidays
Considering both of these scenarios, here are a 5 categories of items that are cheaper right now than any other time of the year
1. Baking supplies
Cookie exchanges and holiday baking are about to be in full swing. Every dish you can think of will have the word “pumpkin” in it. Now is the time to stock up on baking supplies like chocolate chips, nuts, cake mixes, coconut, evaporated milk, and canned pumpkin. These items are shelf stable so you can stock up (and even try out my homemade pumpkin pancakes!).
Turkey is at an all-time low price right now (cheaper because of the holidays of course), so I highly recommend buying TWO turkeys; one for your Thanksgiving dinner and one to cook on a cold, December day. I prepared my first turkey ever this past January with a turkey I bought around Thanksgiving and stored in my deep freezer. It made so much that I was able to freeze extra in quart-size bags to use for future soups, casseroles, and other dinners. Other thanksgiving items you’ll find cheaper because of the holidays are stuffing, gravy mixes, marshmallows, cranberries, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, broth, and more.
3. Warm drinks
Even warm drinks are cheaper because of the holidays! Hot chocolate, coffee, tea. Tis’ the season for a warm cup of Joe by the fireside. Forget spending $5 for one cup at a coffee shop.
4. Household items
If you need to stock up on blankets, quilts, and pillows for guests staying with you over the holidays then now is a great time to do so. Cheaper because of the holidays, you can actually save quite a lot of money by purchasing these items now rather than later.
5. Halloween items
Halloween candy is on clearance right now! Be careful though; only put it in your cart if you have the self control to not eat the entire bag on your own. If you’re a planner then now is the ideal time to pick up a costume for next year while it’s a clearance item along with any decorations you may want.
Don’t let the hype of a holiday or new season suck you in to buying items at full price. Most of the things I listed above are not urgent things that go on your grocery list, so why not wait until they are at a peak low and then stock up? It pays to be strategic with your shopping habits!
What items do you stock up on or buy in the winter?
This post has been written by Jessica from BudgetForHealth.com
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