How and when to stockpile can be very tricky sometimes. knowing when items will be on sale/free again can help you decide whether to stockpile for 3, 6, or 12 months. Who wants to run out of anything and have to pay full price?? :)
The best way to start a new stockpile item is when it is brand new. Manufacturers typically launch promotions around new products. Look for clearance prices right before a new product is announced. Stores need to make room for new products by selling off the old products.
Once a new product arrives, look for major promotions to clear the first wave of the product. Stores don’t stock products that don’t sell, so companies want to “prove” that the product should be stocked.
New Packaging: No one likes to purchase “old” products, so any products packaged in holiday, special occasion, sporting event, or special promotion packaging will go on clearance after the event. Some of the largest packaged events include Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, but also Super Bowl/Football, World Series/Baseball, Olympics, etc. Special packaging is common for any “party foods”, like Pepsi, Coca-Cola, crackers, and chips.
To stockpile an item when it isn't new, wait for it to go on sale, then stock up!!!
Here is a monthly list of when certain items usually go on sale and when you can expect the best prices:
JANUARY sales and deals:
Diet foods and products (New Years resolutions!!)
100 cal. packs
Super Bowl party foods--
OATMEAL!! (national oatmeal month)
FEBRUARY sales and deals:
**national canned food month
Valentines day promos (Chocolate)
Chinese New Year promos--
**Frozen food month
spring cleaning month--
sugar (white, brown, powdered)
*look for clearance olive oil
chips and dip
paper plates, napkins etc.
**National Dairy month--
**best BBQ sales of the year--
**back to school sales--
lunch box foods
school and office supplies
more back to school sales
baby item month--
look for sales on major purchase baby items (strollers, carseats etc.)
I am excited for November's sales. I am running out of my soup and broth that I stocked up on last year. I am also looking forward to all the baking sales since December is definitely the month I do just about ALL of my baking (I think I do enough in December to cover the rest of the year ;) )
What are you looking forward to adding to your stockpile?