Monday, November 2, 2015

Shopping Seasonally: What Goes on Sale and What to Buy in November

When most people think of November store sales, it is the largest and most notorious seasonal shopping sale is in November – Black Friday.

But you don’t have to wait until the Black Friday weekend to find good seasonal sales on the food, fresh produce, and household items you need.

If your local growing season is over in November (like where I live) you can save money if you shop according to the national growing season. And you don’t have to search the world for it because I have that list right here on Lazy Budget Chef!


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Of course just because something is in a store and on sale, doesn’t mean you have to buy it if you don’t need it or will use it. I do not believe Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday sales force anyone to overspend or overbuy – they do. Just because it is in a store and on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it but if you need it, by all means go for it! Research sales, make a list, and stick to it for the best results.

For extra savings, pair the sale with a coupon from my printable online coupon database (affiliate link) because money saving coupons often follow national sales cycles too!

November Seasonal Fresh Fruit and Vegetables on Sale


November Seasonal Fruit

Apples
Pears
Kiwis
Lemons
Oranges
Pumpkin
Grapefruit
Dates
Kumquat
Cranberries

November Seasonal Vegetables


Winter squash
White potato
Sweet potato
Yams
Turnips
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Beets
Carrots
Celery
Bok choy
Cauliflower
Avocados
Kale
Rutabaga
Spinach


Many food associations celebrate their industry during a specific week, month or day and those products are guaranteed to be on sale. November has several industry awareness months and days that usually lead to sales and savings on the following household  items. They are:
  • Election Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Great American Smokeout – 11/20 Look for sales on smoking cessation items, lozenges, etc
  • Thanksgiving
  • Black Friday – Sales start early in the morning  on toys, electronics, tools, and most merchandise in both brick and mortar and online stores
  • Small Business Saturday- Sales and events to encourage people to shop local and/or small business (like Etsy stores) for their holiday needs
  • Cyber Monday – On line sales on toys, electronics, tools, and most merchandise
  • American Diabetes Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • National American Indian Heritage Month
  • Peanut Butter Month – peanut butter!

November Seasonal Grocery Sale Cycle

 

For extra savings, check the Lazy Budget Chef printable coupon database for coupons on the October sale list to pair with a sale and make those items an even better deal than before!

Halloween candy
Hot cocoa and chocolate
Ham
Turkey – Turkey prices will go up after Thanksgiving. If you have room in a freezer buy your December holiday turkey now.
Baking and candy making supplies: This is one of the cheapest times of the year to stock up on spices.
  • Butter
  • Baking chips, chocolate chips, etc.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Bisquick, biscuit mixes, and refrigerated biscuits
  • Box cake, dessert mixes
  • Cake, cookie, and dessert mixes
  • Candied fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Coconut
  • Condensed milk
  • Evaporated milk
  • Corn syrup
  • Flour
  • Frozen pies
  • Pie crusts
  • Premade frosting
  • Nuts
  • Spices
  • Sprinkles, jimmies, etc.
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
Coffee
Tea
Hot chocolate and cocoa
Cheese
Salami
Crackers
Chex cereal (for homemade Chex mix)
Canned and jarred foods:
  • Soup – especially creamed soups
  • Broth
  • Pumpkin
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Gravy and gravy mix
  • Pumpkin
  • Dried onions
Gelatin and Jell-O
Marshmallows 
Stuffing mix, bread crumbs, and cubes
Cornbread and cornbread mix

November Household, Home, and Toy Seasonal Sale Items to Buy


Halloween Clearance – indoor and outdoor decorations, party supplies,   pumpkin carving kits, Halloween party favors (spider rings, etc.) This is a great time to buy for next year. I scored a sweet clearance deal on glow bracelets to hand out next year that made them cheaper than buying candy. Oh yeah!

Halloween costumes and props – buy them for the following Halloween or better yet put hem together as dress up box gift for the December holidays.

Summer sandals, shoes, and tennis shoes  - you may have better luck finding these deals on line and the selection may be slim but they could fit a  current or future need.

Summer and outdoor lawn and garden items- outdoor furniture, lawn and garden tools, fire pits, grills and equipment, flower bulbs, summer outdoor toys and bikes.

Cars – Dealerships are selling last year’s models at better prices to make room for the new model cars that came in during the summer.

Quilts
 
Blankets

Pillows

Appliances – the new models come out in the fall and you can buy last year’s models in the stores at a good discount. I have foodie friends who used this strategy to upgrade their kitchen appliances as their family Christmas gift.

Televisions and electronics – Black Friday though Cyber Monday is an excellent time to buy television, home entertainment, and personal electronics

Tools
 
Cookware, kitchen accessories, and small appliances 

Flatware

Dinnerware and dishes

Toys & Games

Wedding Dresses – Not as many people get married in the fall and winter and bridal stores usually get more stock in November to be ready for the rush after Christmas and New Year’s Eve engagements. Shop now and have the stores to yourself!

Digital Cameras – The best deals are usually around the beginning of the year but the older models will go on sale in after the tech companies announce their soon to be released new products.

Gas Grills – Stores are trying to get rid of the last of summer merchandise. The selection or availability may not be what it was during the height of summer but neither are the prices.

Air Conditioners – Stores are trying to get rid of the last of summer merchandise. The selection or availability may not be what it was during the height of summer but neither are the prices. 

Plants -  Depending upon your growing season or if you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse you might be able to take advantage of the end of season plant sales.

Computers, laptops, notebooks, and tablets

DVD and Blu-Ray movies

Winter gloves, hats, and scarves – especially in holiday gift sets

Winter pajamas, nightgowns, sleepwear and slippers

Christmas ornaments – especially ornaments and decoration with the year on them

Christmas craft supplies – buy them now so the time time to make them before Christmas!


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