10 Grocery Sales You Didn’t Know to Look for Between Thanksgiving and Christmas

You'll want to take advantage of these seasonal markdowns.

View as Slideshow


Butter iStock/littleny
The price hovers around $4 a box for most of the year but can drop to $1.99 during the cooler months, when baking supplies go on sale. Since butter freezes nicely, don’t be afraid to ask for a case. Use your stockpile to create one of these adorable mug cakes in five minutes or less.


SugariStock/Anna Quaglia
Sugar is another pantry staple that sees a cool-weather price cut. Look for $1 to $2 markdowns, with brown sugar and powdered sugar taking the largest dip. Beware that sale terms may limit you to one or two packages per purchase. Eat too much of the stuff? This is exactly how to undo a sugar binge.


Nothing beats cheese and crackers for impromptu entertaining (or no-time-to-cook nights). Look for sales on snack crackers and saltines; prices usually bottom out at $1 a box. What's more, you can use them to make one of these healthy snacks for weight loss.  

Content continues below ad

Frozen vegetables

Frozen vegetables iStock/Mark_KA
Throughout the year, you’ll see sale prices as low as $1 a bag—but during the holidays, that number can sometimes drop to as low as 50 cents a bag. These are the 10 most-nutritious veggies to choose from.


It usually sells for $2.50 to $6, but it’s been known to fall to $1.50 per pack around this time. It freezes like a champ, so buy in bulk. It’s a great item to have around for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Look for deals on oil at both grocery stores and hardware stores, where it’s sold with the deep fryers for turkeys. A gallon will run about $20 instead of the usual $35. These are the silent signs you might be eating too much fat.

Content continues below ad

Poultry and pork

Poultry and pork iStock/Tatiana Volgutova
We all know turkey goes on sale for Thanksgiving (don't miss these turkey tips!). But so do chicken and ham, so buy extra of all three and freeze for winter stews and quick meals. And prices are even better (as low as 40 cents a pound) the week after a holiday, as stores empty their freezers for new products.

Storage supplies

Storage supplies iStock/StockImages_AT
Stock up on plastic bags and wrap, parchment paper, aluminum foil (try one of these genius use for the stuff), and reusable containers for less than half the normal price.

Birthday cake mixes

Birthday cake mixesiStock/Stephanie Frey
Both everyday and seasonal flavors go on deep sales throughout the holidays. Think beyond the gingerbread to upcoming birthdays: This is the time to buy white, yellow, and chocolate mixes. Here's exactly how to cut a cake, according to science. And pick up cupcake liners too: They can drop 50 percent from $3 a pack.

Content continues below ad

Canned goods

Canned goods iStock/Warren Price
Chicken broth, soups, green beans, fruit, and pumpkin can be used in countless dishes throughout the next year. Look for deals of half off—or more—on anything used in holiday feasts. If you buy too many, they're the perfect items to donate to food bank charities. This is how charities actually spend your money.

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you the newsletter each week, and we may also send you occasional special offers from Reader's Digest. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Funny Jokes

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

Funny Jokes

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

Funny Jokes

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


Funny Jokes

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.