The Holidays offer all sorts of discounts—from shoes to home appliances to toys—and it’s also the best time of the year to stock up on everyday ingredients. Sale prices are so low, that combined with coupons, you can have six months worth of food and spend hardly a thing!

The trick is to know exactly what foods to stock up on, and how to store them properly so they don’t spoil. Don’t forget to check your Flipp app so you know exactly which stores have the deepest discounts. Hint: It’s not always the grocery store. Drug stores have some pretty sweet sales too.

Here’s a list of ingredients to check on your next visit to the grocery store:

1. Chocolate Chips - We use chocolate chips almost every week. Most of the time I buy a big bag from wholesale retailers, but during the Holidays, I save every coupon I can find so I can pair it with an even greater sale.

2. Flour and Sugar - Every time I’m at the grocery store during December, I add at least two bags of sugar and flour to my cart. I’ve even scored flour for $.99 a bag, and it keeps for one year in the pantry….longer in the freezer.

3. Soda - Brand name 2-liters are often priced at less than $1. I’ve seen them as low as $.50 at CVS, which means now is a great time to stock up and save for parties later in the year. Hint: The Super Bowl is coming up!

4. Butter - In Florida, butter can go as high as $4 for a pack of four. So when I see them for $2.50 or less, I buy as many as I can and keep them in the freezer until I need them.

5. Frozen Turkey and Ham - You can find excellent deals on Turkey right after Thanksgiving, and the same goes for ham right after Christmas. Buy one for Easter and save yourself money and hassle.

6. Canned Goods - Vegetables, pumpkin, cranberry sauce, soups, you name it….if it’s canned, it’s usually on sale. Best of all, canned goods last 2-3 years in the pantry! I love using pumpkin in breads, muffins, and oatmeal bakes during the Spring and Summer too.

7. Nuts - I see a lot of great sales on nuts this time of year, {especially the BOGO kind}, but they need to be vacuum sealed or stored in the freezer so they don’t spoil. Perfect for trail mixes or an afternoon pick-me-up.

By the way, the best way to know whether a sale is truly a stock-up sale, is to keep a price book of your most used ingredients and what the base price is in your local area. You can do this in a small notebook, or on your phone, but I’ve found it’s the best way to quickly compare prices as you scan each ad.

Bottom Line: If you want to lower your grocery budget, the price you pay makes all the difference. Make it your goal to grab some of these foods now, so you don’t have to spend as much later in the year!


Kalyn Brooke is a writer and blogger living in Southwest Florida. She runs the popular lifestyle site, CreativeSavingsBlog.com, where she shares smart strategies for your home, life, and budget.