Keep an eye open for clearance sales at your local grocery store next week. Many regular grocery items will be marked down to amazing prices making for a great time to stock up.
In no way do I want to detract from Christmas itself. But, at the same time, I do want to alert you to the fact that Monday and the early part of next week will be great days to grocery shop. NOT because the regular sales will be great, but because the clearance racks will be.
You may think that only Christmas-y items go half-price after Christmas, but you’d be wrong. All kinds of food and food-related items are packaged for the holidays. And since marketers never want “out of season” items on the shelves, those are unloaded quickly — to make room for Valentine’s Day.
Here’s the short list of things I bought last year on December 26th or 27th:
- butter: $1.24/pound
- fresh cranberries: $0.59/lb
- cranberry sauce: $0.42/can
- canned organic pumpkin: $0.50/can
- boxed stuffing mix: $0.50/box
- heavy duty aluminum foil (with snowmen on the box): $1/roll
- holiday cake mixes: $0.30/can
- holiday frosting and decorations: $0.40/can
- Starbucks “Christmas” coffee blends: $2/bag
- paper plates: $0.25/package
Please note that I did check expiration dates on all items. In most cases, I had up to a YEAR to use the items I purchased.
Get a discount on items to use all year long.
This year, I noticed that several grocery brands are offering holiday themed packaging. This means that the stores will want to move it asap. They will most likely start discounting it at 50% and then increase the discount as they diminish their supplies.
Products you might consider?
- baking items: use them creatively through the year
- seasonal fruits, like canned pumpkin or cranberry products
- wraps and foils, like ziploc bags, aluminum foil, plastic wrap
- some dairy products, like butter or egg nog
- surplus turkeys, hams, and roasts
- party platters of meats, cheeses, or vegetables
- and, of course, cookies, cakes, and candies that you might be able to store and repurpose for future events (check expiration dates)
You will be pleasantly surprised at how you can build a frugal pantry by stocking up on food items after the holidays.