An important aspect of practicing stewardship at home is spending and saving money wisely. The Savvy Shopper’s Guide is a month by month manual to help you determine what time of the year is the best time to buy the things you need – from groceries to clothing to appliances and electronics. It’s intended to help you save the most money!
Throughout the year, stores offer fairly regular sales on specific items, centered around special events, seasons and holidays. During these sales, stores will offer rock bottom prices on categories of items to get you in the store (think Super Bowl, spring cleaning, Earth Day, back to school, Black Friday etc.). These items are called “loss leaders.”
Knowing your loss leaders as well as what to look for on clearance will help you recognize the best buy price, which coupons to look for and when to use them, as well as what to stock up on for next year.
For example, I buy my Christmas wrapping supplies AFTER Christmas. I know that these items will be on clearance for as much as 90% off. So I wait until then to buy wrapping paper, bows and name tags. Then I buy as much as I’ll need for the next year or two. I never pay full price for these things and I am able to buy much higher quality products for a steal.
When school supplies are at rock bottom prices in August, I buy extra according to what my budget will allow. This way I have a year’s supply of mechanical pencils and notebook paper in the closet instead of having to buy more halfway through the year at a much higher price. And if you’re a Sharpie junkie like me, this is the perfect time to stock up on those as well!
The same principles apply to food and household items. November and December are great months to stock your pantry with baking supplies to see you through the rest of the year. June, July and August are the months to stock up on condiments, charcoal and other picnic items. January, February and March are great for finding cleaning supplies at low prices since the focus is on purging, getting organized and spring cleaning.
Manufacturers also have designated times during the year when they market the new version of specific products. Right before the new comes in, retailers drastically mark down the old. Knowing this information can save you quite a bit on big purchases like vacuum cleaners, law mowers, digital cameras, etc.
And this brings us back to the Savvy Shopper’s Guide. From January through December, this is your basic go-to list of monthly loss leaders, clearance items and mark downs, as well as in season produce.
Click on a link below for an extensive list of the things you’ll find on sale during that month.
Want to take your household savings to the next level? Check out my Learn to Coupon series and find out how you don’t have to be an extreme couponer to save big!