Grocery Store Sale Cycles to Know About – EP 70

Groceries are one of our biggest monthly expenses, so it makes sense that we want to cut costs and save money where possible; while still eating well of course! Beyond clipping coupons and shopping discount grocers, we learned that tracking sales cycles can be a big money saver! Listen in as we chat about shopping in season and staying on top of discounts.

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Carpooling: This sounded fun as a kid – mostly because I expected an actual pool to be a part of the equation at some point – but really what I got were my friends parents scolding me for the way I climbed over their seats or the types of descriptor words I chose. Well, here you have it – we’re all adults now and carpooling is still a good idea! I’m sorry to report there is still no pool and your driver still may have very specific requests about what you do in their car BUT it’s the frugal way. Carpooling: If you’re both going there, travel together!

Notable Notes:

What the Internet has to say:

This article from Reader’s Digest provides a list of fruits and veggies and what’s in season (a.k.a. on sale!) month to month. And Inspiring Savings walks us through grocery store sales cycles and what to be purchasing each month.

What Jen+Jill have to say:


  • Winter Produce: citrus fruit, root vegetables, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower
  • Spring Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, lettuces, spring peas, berries, pineapple
  • Summer Produce: berries, watermelon, cherries, mangoes, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, green beans
  • Fall Produce: sweet potatoes, beets, apples, pumpkin, cranberries, squashes, pomegranates, eggplant


  • January: Cold & flu products, health foods, “game day” type snacks, national oatmeal month, diapers
  • February: Post valentine’s day chocolate, national canned food month
  • March: Irish foods, national frozen food month, march madness snack foods
  • April: easter sales on eggs, easter clearance sale on hams
  • May: memorial day grilling foods, mexican foods, gardening supplies
  • June: bbq items, national dairy month
  • July: 4th of july sale and clearance, national ice cream month
  • August: office/school supplies (tax free weekend), school lunch items
  • September: labor day grilling & clearance, school supply clearance
  • October: National seafood month
  • November: halloween clearance candy, pantry staples, thanksgiving dinner and baking items
  • December: baking supplies

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Lightning Round

Our favorite seasonal recipes:

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Frugal Friends Book Club:

This month for book club we’re reading The Simple Path to Wealth by J.L. Collins

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  • We’ll select the winners at the end of the month.

See ya next week!

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