10 Grocery Sales You Didn’t Know to Look for at Thanksgiving, Christmas

The grocery store is where the real holiday deals are!

By Sarah Rae from Reader's Digest Magazine (Adapted from thekitchn.com) | November 2012
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1. Butter

The price hovers around $4 a box for most of the year but can drop to $1.99 during the holidays. Since butter freezes nicely, don’t be afraid to just ask for a case. Your local dairy stocker will thank you.

2. Sugar

Look for this pantry staple to take a $1 to $2 price cut, with brown sugar and powdered sugar taking the largest dip. Sale terms may limit you to one or two packages per purchase, but there’s no shame in making ten purchases in a row. Just add another grocery item to each transaction, and your sad-eyed cashier might be willing to combine them all into one!

3. Crackers

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 between 75 cents and $1 a box.

4. Frozen vegetables

Throughout the year, you’ll see sale prices as low as $1 a bag—but during the holidays, that number can drop to as low as 50 cents a bag. I stock up on frozen peas and spinach for quick stir-fries.


5. Bacon

It usually sells for $2.50 to $6, but it’s been known to fall to $1.50 a 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.


6. Oil

Look for ridiculously great 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.

7. Poultry and pork

We all know turkey goes on sale for Thanksgiving. 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.

8. Storage supplies

Stock up on plastic bags and wrap, parchment paper, aluminum foil, and reusable containers for less than half the normal price.

9. Birthday cake mixes

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. And pick up cupcake liners too: They can drop 50 percent from $3 a pack.

10. Canned goods

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.

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