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Guide to Grocery Sale Cycles – Getting the Best Prices

Guide to Grocery Sale Cycles – Getting the Best Prices

Using coupons is a great way to save money however, using coupons alone does not give you the best bang for your buck. To really save money, you need to know when the best time is to use those coupons and when you should expect to pay some of the lowest prices of the year.

A lot of prices are effected by holidays when things like baking products are sold at great prices or occasions like the Superbowl when you’ll find stock up prices on snacks and finger foods. And even during the winter months when soups are at great prices or in the summer when you’ll find great deals on BBQ items and condiments.

Knowing when products will be at their lowest prices and combining them with coupons allows you to stock up until the next great sale rolls around.

The Grocery Sales Guide shows you all the monthly holidays which usually dictates what type of products you can expect to see sales on for that month. Also included is a list of produce that is in season for that month as well as sale items you can expect along with clearances & seasonal sale items.

Also, be sure to check the Grocery Price Comparison Tool to search for the best prices on groceries at your local store.

Happy Savings!

  • Mike

    Hi Cindy,
    Thanks sooo much for this breakdown. Is there anyway we can print it? If not I will just write it down…I just got so used to you making it so easy to print everything I am getting lazy…btw, I ran into a fellow LRWC Couponer and its always exciting to see a fellow “member”:)

    • Cindy

      I actually had a print icon available to print things in PDF instead of through the print list. I took it down when we switched the server over the other day. I will try to add it back.

      • Mike

        That would be great! Thanks again for everything.

      • amber

        may b you can have a link to this for all the new people that will join this year…it would be healpful to them as well. (mayb at the top somewhere with the coupondata base and other things up there)

        • Cindy

          It’s linked in the Extreme Couponing/Beginners as step 9. Thanks for the suggestion.

          • Sobeida

            Hi Vindy, so you change the server… Good to know, I was wondering why the changes when reading on my iPad, so difficult to read, but is all worth it. Thanks for all the work you do.

            • Sobeida


            • Cindy

              I am actually trying to have the iPad issue fixed. Not sure why it’s doing that.

    • Anonymous

      I would love to know too! Need to save to my Phone… No Internet services. Ow!

    • Kit

      Copy and paste to Microsoft word and then print. That’s what I did.

  • Tiara Spooner

    You are awesome!! This is exactly what I have been needing! Thank you sooo much :)

  • Denise

    this is awesome!! Thanks Cindy!!!

  • Lauren

    Thank you so much for all your helpful posts. I’ve been using coupons for about 6 years but have never been as successful as I have in 2011 because of your helpful hints and the time you put into your posts. Your hard work is a blessing to others!

  • Gretchen

    WOW! FANTASTIC post. I have been wondering about the sale cycles and trends. Now I’m wonderfully informed! Thank you!

  • Tammy

    Thank you so much. I am working on getting things together to do a coupon class in my area. This definatley will help a bunch. Any more ideas like this or anything else to add to the class will be great. Thanks again.

  • Laura D.

    Ooooooooo ….. this is good! Thank you!

  • Kawana

    U are so on it!!!(: I love this much needed list. This will really come in handy for us. Thanks a million for your devotion and hard work!!!!!

  • Karen

    Thanks for the list. I’ve also noticed over the years (at least for ShopRite) that the best sale for a holiday is NOT the week of the holiday but the week before that.

  • Kelly Cook

    Wow, awesome! Thank you for all the time you spent in compiling this list! :)

  • Denise

    i cut and pasted it into wordpad, it printed out nice, for some reason the month names themselves didnt print, but i wrote them in :) … thanks for your help… and your shop-rite matchups !!!

  • D

    Awesome list!! :) One of the talk shows a couple weeks ago did a little “quiz” for viewers, asking when the best time was to buy certain things…I knew the Frozen Food month was March and felt like a smart couponer! LOL! This list will just make me smarter! 😉 Thank you!!

  • Carma

    Thank you so much for doing this list. It will help greatly.

  • Janice

    This is AWESOME!!! I just started shopping at Shoprite about a year ago and have saved sooooo much with your help. BTW….I think that it’s funny that Superbowl is listed as a holiday in January :-)

  • Anonymous

    WOW!!Thanks a lot Cindy.You’re the best!

  • Sandy

    Thank you! This is great, just what I need to help figure out the best times to get things and stock up a bit not just guess.

  • Melissa

    This is great! thanks sooooooo much!!!

  • Sue

    Amazing detailed list!! Thank you so much for this “gift”!

  • Kristine

    Thank you so much this is exactly what I need to get a jump on gathering my coupons…I have saved so much with your help and now I feel like I can do even better. Luv my coupons! If anyone knows of a military family that can use my expired coupons please email me @

  • Bridget I

    this is awesome!!! thanks!!

  • Jennifer S

    This is great!!!!! Thank you for all that you do.

  • Someflymom

    Thank you so much Cindy!! This is beyond helpful!!

  • Lisa

    Thank you Cindy for all your hard work – as always!

  • http://Facebook Sandra Rankhorn

    Thank you so much. This took a lot of time and talent on your part. Thanks for all you do for us out here in the real world. With the economy/fixed incomes, this is very helpful. Thanks again!

  • Leah

    Thank you, Cindy! You save me money in so many different ways!

  • Rebecca

    I had been compiling a lot of this info in my shopping journal but your info is much more thorough. Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication.

  • Pamela

    Excellent resource, Cindy! I bookmarked it so when I lose my paper copy I can find it again :) I’m oh so organized…lol

    • Jen

      Lol thats the same thing I did

  • JoAnn Chmielowicz

    A Million Zillion thank you”s for this great list. LOVE IT!

  • Rita

    Thanks Cindy, your are the best…I have been using coupons for many years but your site makes it so much fun and so easy. I usually wait until there is a “sale” so I get the best deal. It’s great that you are able to get the Shop Rite ad early…it is very helpful and appreciated

  • carmen

    Wow this is a great list! I’ve never seen a breakdown like this. Thanks so much!

  • Hannah S.

    I’ve been following your site for almost a year now…how am I only now finding this amazing post?! I give it 5/5 stars. Thanks for keeping an awesome site with so much relevant information.

  • elissa

    I have been wanting to know this for years! Thanks for the help!!

  • http://livingrichwithcoupons jessica

    hello how can i make a copi of this list and also the lingo list thx

  • brittnie

    Viewing the list of the months and what might be on sale on my phone its not showing up also on my computer the whole website doesn’t show up right all the words are pushed to the left with an inch of space most words are hyfinated. That’s y I’m using my phone

  • linda

    Does this cycle cover all of the US? Or does it very state to state or store to store? Sorry if this is a dumb question

  • Gale

    thank you ever so kindly the information you have provided has been so helpful in helping me to start a budget.

  • Portia

    Cindy, may I have your permission to pin your Grocery Sales Cycle PDF document (along with crediting you for it of course) onto Pinterest? Please email me at to let me know either way. Thank you!

    • Cindy Livesey

      Portia, yes you may pin it. Thank you for asking. :)

  • Marie

    Hey Cindy.
    When would be the best time to stock up on Pantene,Olay and Herbal essence shampoos and conditioners? I’m told that these products are pricey in general even when I see the word “sale price” on the price tag at king soopers (where a normally shop). I ask this because I have great coupons on these products and I want to get the best savings possible. Please help.

  • Manda

    I don’t know what I am doing wrong. When I look at the price match chart for my store. When you list the coupons lets say it’s .50/1 box of kraft macaroni. Then it says 12/7 SS why when I pull my insert from December 7 for Smart Source can I not find the coupons ??

    • Laura D.

      Many of the coupons are regional, meaning some people get them and some don’t. Also, newspapers in your area may carry different versions of the inserts. Looking for the “thickest” version in your area may help. It’s also important to note that the coupon values differ as well. A posted $0.50/1 may be a $1/2 or even a $1/3 for some people. You can also buy coupons from clipping services online. Hang in there, it will work out once you’ve figured out if you need to buy a better paper or buy coupons online or a mixture of both. Hope this helps! :)

      • Manda

        Thanks Laura! It’s just very frustrating when every time I go to pull a coupon and I don’t seem to have it. I have been wasting more time then I have been couponing.

        • Laura D.

          Definitely focus on which papers in your area carry the best inserts. You can go into the store and take a look inside each paper to see which has the best coupon for you. Open the inserts up and look at each page. If anyone asks, just be honest and tell them you want to buy the paper that carries the best coupons. As long as you leave the papers tidy in the end you shouldn’t have any problems. Also, look at the store ad’s early so if you think you’d like to purchase some coupons you have time for them to be delivered for the deal. Getting up to speed can be frustrating. Just remember, if you miss a deal one week it will usually come around again at the same store or another and sometimes its a better deal. If you get too frustrated, always ask questions on the boards. Lots of the readers here are always willing to help out with information. Remember this weekend there won’t be any coupons in the papers, every year there is a break. I believe the next weekend coupons are out is on 1/4/12.