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?