Living green includes saving money by taking advantage of seasonal food items as they become available at their harvest times. Although many items vary by location and climate (growing season length) food and retail stores tend to group items that relate and put them on sale together. Holidays and seasonal changes also influence sale trends.
Summer. Although July 4 just passed, barbeque, picnic supplies, and outdoor items remain on sale throughout the summer. Here is a list of common items on sale during summer months
Outdoor items: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, Condiments, Charcoal, Salad Dressing, Potato Chips, Dips
Seasonal produce: Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, Beans, Green, Blueberries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Garlic, Grapes, Nectarines, Onions, Red, Valencia Oranges, Peaches, Sweet/Bell Peppers, Plums, Potatoes, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon.
Check out what your local Farmer’s Market has that is fresh from a field near you. Just picked local produce is high in nutrients and sales support the local economy. Look for local producers of food ingredients or special items like honey, jam, wine, herbs, fresh flowers, etc.
July is also National Ice Cream Month. Some manufacturers introduce seasonal specials or new flavors.
At the end of July, Back to School sales begin. Look for dropping prices on crayons, pencils, folders, binders, paper and clothing.
Vacation: Summer may be a good time to get work done on your car. With millions driving to reach vacation destinations, many car service facilities feature sales or package deals on air conditioning tune ups, oil changes/tire rotations, buy 3/get one free tires, or dollars off coupons for spending a minimum amount.
Back to School sales abound. Shop early for the best selections.
Featured food type items include pudding cups, lunch meat, lunchables, bread, cold cereal, waffles, lunchboxes.
Seasonal Produce includes Gravenstein Apple, Haas Avocado, Green Beans, Beans, Berries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Onion, Peaches, Bartlett Pears, Bell Pepper, Plums, Raspberries, Squash, Summer, Tomatillo, Tomato.
Look for summer clearance items from July and stock up for next year on non-perishables. Common sales include Insect Repellent, Sunscreen (check individual bottle expiration dates), and charcoal. Lawn and patio furniture begins its clearance cycle as well as pool supplies.
Disinfectant Products from Clorox and Purell entice germ phobic buyers and teachers.
Kids’ clothing sales are in full swing, but watch out for pricey trend items that will lose kid appeal quickly. If you live or vacation near an outlet area spend a day checking out specials on clothes and footwear growing kids that will need in winter months, too.
With a little planning and a list of essentials you can save money and get ready for fall. Avoid impulse buying unless you are certain a product will work for your needs next summer.
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