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Quick and Easy Allergy Free Trail Mix Recipe

Trail mix is a fantastic portable - and if you skip the kind made with candy and chocolate - reasonably healthy snack. That is nearly impossible to find. It's not that I don't like chocolate (I do,) but can't eat a trail mix containing milk chocolate. If a store bought trail mix doesn't have milk ingredients, it usually has a surgery cereal or some other junk food type ingredient which makes it the nutritional equivalent to diving face first in a bowl of Jelly Bellies and not coming up for air until you've finished the entire thing. Not that I have any experience doing that, ahem. Basic mixed nuts would be a simple switch if only the folks I'd be around didn't have nut and peanut allergies. I think it is totally rude to send your friends into an anaphylactic reaction. A real jerk move. Enjoy Life has a trail mix free of the 8 major food allergens (you can learn more about the allergy free Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Mix here )

The Best Time to Buy Everything at its Lowest Price

I used to think that saving money by seasonal shopping was grocery shopping at farmer’s markets in the summer, buying pumpkins in the fall, and not something I could not do the six months out of the year where nothing grows locally during the winter.

 

It wasn’t until I wrote a monthly What Goes On Sale and What to Buy on Clearance series that I realized I couldn’t have been more wrong.

 

I learned that almost everything from food to household goods to cars has a time of the year where it goes on sale because:

  • There is a seasonal abundance (like fresh produce)
  • The store has some of  last season's stock left in storage and wants to make room for the current season
  • There is on end of season clearance to make room for next season’s goods on the store shelves
  • There is a sale due to a celebrating an industry month (such as National Craft Month, National Camping Month, national holidays,etc.)
  • There is a mega sale due to it being a slow time of the year for sales of that item (such as booking travel early and before the rates go up in the high season)

 

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That’s when I started to read the on line store sales flyers differently.  I looked for and noticed trends to ball park sales on the items we need and a few that we want. Most of my grocery shopping savings doesn’t come from using coupons (most of the ingredient type food and other items we use rarely issue coupons anyway.) I save more money on food and items because I shop according to the seasonal store sales. Sometimes there might be a coupon or Ibotta app rebate (you can learn more about Ibotta rebates through my referral link here) which saves even more money.  For example, by pairing a summer clearance sale and store coupons I saved an extra $30 on my $100 total for costuming supplies  at Joann Fabrics for a commission. This doesn’t happen all of the time but I like it when it does!

What to Buy on Sale Every Month of the Year and Save Money

From high end heath food stores to low end conventional grocery stores, you can keep your family rolling in fresh fruit and vegetables for less because you are shopping during their national growing season. This is helpful for those of us who can’t buy locally grown good due to the winter ice and snow.  And with a little planning, you can use this What to Buy Monthly Guide to save money on clothing, gift ideas, household and big ticket items too!

 

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

It's no surprise to anyone that December holiday items go on clearance sale in January but so do items that help you keep New Year's Resolutions and nationally in season produce sales are back!

 

 

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

 

The odd thing about February sales is you can get deals on both summer and winter items. February is a great month to stock up on wine and add it to your wine refrigerator!

 

 

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

With several religious holidays in March, stores often sell the related food categories at discounts before and deep discounts after. My freezer is always loaded with frozen fish  bought on sale during Lent and brisket after Passover.

 

 

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

We have some of the same holiday related food sales as March depending upon what date those holidays fall each year and national summer produce is getting ready to sell. Spring cleaning items are on sale and there are surprising good sales in thrift and consignment stores because they are often overloaded with donations from folks Spring Cleaning.

 

 

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

 Fresh berries are in store and on sale as well as all things gardening!

 

 

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

 Many food associations celebrate their industry during a specific week, month or day and those products are guaranteed to be on sale. This is also the cheapest time to buy home improvement supplies and schedule vacations.

 

 

What Goes on Sale and What to Buy on Sale in July

 There will be tons of summer produce and 4th of July food related items on sale. Summer clearance sales start as well as huge deals on last year’s Back to School supplies – which also work for your home office.

 

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

Canning supplies and ingredients are on sale in August as well as food for packed lunches. You can find deals on summer clearance items and last year’s fall merchandise is on sale to make room for new items in September.

 

 

 

 

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

You will find great deals on fruit and vegetables for National Fruits & Veggies Month. September is also a great month to buy wine, major appliances, and winter holiday travel.

 

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

October has many industry awareness days, weeks, and months that usually lead to fantastic sales on a wide range of things from pet adoption fees (my personal favorite) to pasta.

 

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

 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.

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.

 

 

 

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

Most of the discounted December food sales are usually cookie,candy, and dessert related to the December holidays. Wedding dresses go on sale to make room for the post holiday proposal rush in January. Obviously you will find the cheapest deals on gift items the day immediately following the December holiday but putting off your gift giving until then is something you should only do at your own risk! Although, planning ahead for upcoming gift giving holidays and birthdays is probably a safer idea.

 

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