Grocery Store Tips – Shop in Season & Stockpile to Save

Everyone knows it’s best to buy in-season fruits and vegetables – apples in the fall, berries and melons in the summer, etc.  But did you know there’s a “right” time of the year to buy almost everything at your local grocery store?  In Frugal Living For Dummies, author Taylor Hough provides the following list of the best items to buy each month in terms of cost and quality.  Take a look, we were surprised by some of her findings!


January: turkey, apples, grapefruit, oranges, and pears

February: candy and chocolates (after Valentine’s Day)

March: frozen food

April: broccoli, cauliflower and eggs

May: soda, hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, asparagus, and pineapples (freeze hot dogs, burgers & buns to use at all your summer BBQs)

June: dairy products and tomatoes

July: berries, corn, cherries, squash, watermelons, cantaloupes, tomatoes, plums, peaches, and nectarines

August: squash, green peppers, lettuce, berries, apples, peaches, apricots, and fresh fish

September: apples, broccoli, cauliflower, and canned goods

October: pumpkins, cranberries, grapes, oranges, sweet potatoes, and yams

November: turkey, sweet potatoes, yams, and post-Halloween candy

December: oranges, apples, and grapefruit

This list shows that it is definitely possible to let seasonal prices guide your shopping habits, especially considering the variety of produce available at a good price even throughout the winter.  Don’t forget that freezing meats, breads and vegetables is also a great way to enjoy items out of season, while staying on budget.

It’s important to eat fresh foods, but also supplement with non-perishables that can be bought throughout the year in bulk and used when needed.  Here are 18 grocery items you should find on sale and fill your pantry with, according to the Seattle Times (some can even be found for free with coupons!):


  1. Pasta (often free when a coupon is matched with a sale)
  2. Peanut butter (staple item with long shelf life)
  3. Canned tuna, salmon and chicken
  4. Bottled water, sports drinks and juice (much cheaper in bulk)
  5. Granola bars and power bars (matching coupons with a sale will often make these free)
  6. Cereal (stock up when you can get it for under a buck – preferably $.50 or less) – compared to its usual $5.00 price)
  7. Oatmeal
  8. Nuts and trail mix
  9. Beans, canned and dried
  10. Rice
  11. Canned and frozen vegetables (affordable way to eat out-of-season veggies)
  12. Salad dressing, marinades and soy sauce (can be found for free with a sale and coupon matchup)
  13. Crackers and chips
  14. Coffee (you can find it for $4.50 per pound or less by combining a sale with a coupon)
  15. Olive oil, seasonings, herbs and spices
  16. Condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce and relish (these can often be purchased for free or less than 30 cents a bottle in the summer months & unopened bottles can last throughout the year)
  17. Gum and candy (pick up sugarless gum through the year when it’s free and stash it away until Halloween)
  18. Flour, sugar, yeast and other baking essentials

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Happy Saving!

The Savvy Staff



  1. thanks for such a great post and the review, i am totally impressed

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