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Quick and Easy DIY Car Air Freshener Hack

I use a vent clip air freshener in my car keep the inside of my car from stinking up the joint in between cleanings. My personal go-to is t his Fabreeze car vent air freshener , but I also love the scent of these Yankee Candle car vent air fresheners . Depending on availability and sales, I tend to switch between the two.( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .) I stumbled upon a killer deal on Yankee Candle Sidekick refills. Without hesitation, I snatched them up, even though I didn't have the matching holder (the Sidekick air freshener looks like this ). My brilliant plan was to simply stick the refill in the car vent, similar to the air freshener sticks that look like this . It sorta worked but mostly didn’t. 

What Goes on Sale and What to Buy on Clearance in December

What goes on sale in December? I’m tempted to wrap this monthly series by saying everything and calling it a day.  But the truth is just like every month of sales cycles I’ve researched for you this year there are some things you should buy in December and some things you should not buy in December if you want to get the best return on your investment.

For example, you won’t see many sales or deals on the general day to day type of groceries but if you like to add flavor to your meals with spices, December is one of the few times of the year they go on sale. The December grocery sale cycle focuses more on party and entertaining food and drinks.
Household and Hanukah, Christmas  and New Year’s Eve items will be on sale in December although the best deals will be either the week of or the day after the holiday.

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You will mind many of these deals offered from on line retailers like Amazon.com  as well in brick and mortar stores. And if, like me, you like avoid the mad crush of people and do your Christmas shopping on line as much as possible I’d appreciate it if you shop through my Amazon affiliate link. I receive a small commission for each sale at no additional cost to you. I use this money to run my blogs. Don’t worry I can’t tell what you are buying so your Santa Secrets are safe! Thank you in advance for supporting Lazy Budget Chef!

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!

December Fresh Fruit and Vegetables on Sale


Seasonal December Fruit


Seasonal December Produce

Bok choy
Brussels sprouts
Winter squash
White potato
Sweet potato

December Grocery Sales

For the most part, the December grocery sales cycle is all about holiday party and entertaining foods rather than on everyday grocery staples. However, there are items that only tend to go on sale during the last few months of the year such as baking supplies, dried fruit, and nuts and it wouldn’t hurt to buy an extra if you know you will use it in the new year.
For extra savings, check the Lazy Budget Chef printable coupon database for coupons on the December  sale list to pair with a sale and make those items an even better deal than before!

Turkey – Maybe. Turkey prices are at their lowest in November for Thanksgiving and usually go up a bit in December. There still may be deals if you look for them.
Cold cuts/deli meat
Stuffing and stuffing mix
Cornbread mix
Frozen vegetables
Dinner rolls
Bisquick and baking mixes
Gravy and gravy mixes
Dried onions
Canned cranberry and pumpkin
Party and deli trays
Sour Cream
Cookies and cookie dough
Frozen pies and desserts
Soft drinks
Champagne and Sparkling Wine Fun Fact: Champagne actually gets cheaper in December because the high demand means companies are trying to undercut their competitors to sell more during their peak time.

Baking and Candy Making Supplies:

  • Butter
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cornmeal
  • Flour – both wheat and white
  • White Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Chocolate and flavored baking chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Vanilla beans and extract
  • Corn syrup
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Oatmeal
  • Evaporated milk
  • Marshmallows
  • Prepared frosting
  • Pie crusts and ready made dough
  • Pie filling
  • Spices – now is the time to stock up!

Household, Home, Toy, and Seasonal Sale Items to Buy in December


Thanksgiving clearanceincluding merchandise, decorations, themed food, and drinks.
Toys and Games

Electronic games and game systems

Tablets and e-readers
Televisions, home theaters and electronics (GPS devices, digital cameras, etc.) - If you can wait, February and June are probably a better time than now to buy a new TV or home theater system but there are bargains if you looking for a nice family holiday gift.

Cookware, kitchen accessories, and small appliances  
Pajamas and slippers
Wedding Dresses and Wedding Supplies– 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.  My friend saved big by using a Black Friday sale to her advantage on her wedding invitations for her spring wedding.

Golf clubs 
Swimming pools - Winter is the best time to buy a pool because pool companies need to keep their prices down in order to keep up work during the slow winter season.

Gift Card and Gift Card Freebiesmany companies give gift card incentives such as a free gift card if you spend a certain amount of money in their store, discount gift card purchases if you make an additional purchase, or give you a free gift with purchase.

Christmas decorations – The week of and after Christmas. The selection may be sparse but the savings are big. 

Holiday greeting cards looks for these the week of and after the holiday and at the end of December for saving of 50% off or more.  

Houses – Sellers are motivated because the December housing market is slow. They want to sell their house for the tax benefit and guess what? By buying in December you can take the tax credit for owning a home for the entire year on your taxes. We found that out when we bought our condo in December. Woohoo!


Diamonds and jewelry – Not all diamonds will go on sale. However December is the biggest month for diamond and jewelry sales and since it is such a competitive time, stores are doing what they can to get your business.

Caribbean vacations – You can find deals in some cases up to 50% off if you travel from the end of Thanksgiving to around December 20th because no one is really traveling during this time.

Shrubs, bushes, and flower bulbs 
Football tickets and gear – Chances are if your team is not a contender for the playoffs their tickets and gear is likely to go sale.

Clothing – The best deals will be after December 26th.

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