Seize the Sale!

I’m all about reducing my grocery budget these days, and one of the ways I try to keep it in check is by taking advantage of seasonal sales. Last year, I was able to catch some awesome sales on pumpkin, pecans, and walnuts and didn’t have to buy any throughout the year. (I stored the nuts in the freezer to keep them fresh.)

This is the part of the post where I should compile a list of current seasonal sales, but since Living Richly on a Budget already did one for the entire year, why re-invent the wheel? They even offer it in a printable (and editable!) form!

For an instant reference, though, here’s what Living Richly on a Budget suggests for November, along with some editorial markups from me: :)

For November

Hot Cocoa, Coffee, Tea

Baking Sales in Full Swing: Nuts, Chocolate Chips, Evaporated Milk, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Coconut, Cake Mixes

Canned foods: Soup, Broth, Vegetables, Fruits, Spaghetti Sauce

Thanksgiving Items: Turkey, Canned Pumpkin, Stovetop Stuffing, Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes, Gravy Mixes, Frozen Pies, Cranberry Sauce, Jello, Marshmallows

Seasonal Produce: Anjou Pears, Beets*, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Carrots, Celery, Comice Pears, Cranberries, Kiwi, Lemons, Orange, Potato, Squash, Yams

Clearance: After Halloween Sales

* I reserve the right to come back and strikethrough the beets after I’ve tried roasting some next week. I know I don’t like them prepared conventionally, but I don’t want to judge them until I’ve tried them roasted.

Right now, I’m enjoying the celery, pears, and sweet potatoes the most. I found a bag of small Mississippi sweet potatoes (the best!) for $1.77 at the produce market a few weeks ago, and I’m enjoying them immensely., This time of year, especially, the sweet potatoes and yams are normally of the as-big-as-your-head size, but these recent finds are weighing in at 2-3 ounces apiece, or 50-75 calories. Score! My levels of Vitamins A & C have probably never been better. :)

What are your favorite foods of this season?

5 thoughts on “Seize the Sale!

  1. Cammy, roasted beets are WONDERFUL!!! I like to roast them with olive oil, pepper, and a little salt. Then, top with goat cheese and walnuts. Really, it’s a wonderful meal. I’ll be anxious to hear if you like them.

    • Thanks, Michele! You’ll pardon me if I withhold my excitement until after I’ve tried them. Considering my experience with the brussels sprouts, you know. ;)

  2. I’ve never really thought about seasonal sales, but I really need to incorporate this. It’s high time I paid more attention to our food budget.
    The only thing I’ve really noticed is that Trader Joe’s has really good prepared gravy that’s only available this season. Yum. Easy.

  3. Thx for the link to that site Cammy! My fridge is very old & really needs to be replaced. The freezer does not keep stuff that well so I have trouble leaving stuff in it too long….

    As for foods of the season – molasses spice cookies & gingerbread men! ;-)

    YES on those huge yams & sweet potatoes! If I can’t find a small one, I cook the large one & then just reheat pieces of it as I want to eat it… :-)

  4. Can I count pumpkin bread? I’ve started my list for Thanksgiving day, hoping to beat the crowds on the shopping that can be done early.

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