After watching sales cycles closely for three years I am convinced. The evidence is clear. The couple of weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and immediately following are the best times of year to stock up on certain staples. The potential for big Thanksgiving Savings is real.
The combination of rock bottom prices, abundant coupons, and the creep of Black Friday sales into an extended time period earlier in November creates the perfect cost cutting environment. And just by knowing what products to look for and snagging them at great prices, you can SAVE BIG.
In the United States, Thanksgiving Dinner food purchases account for nearly $3 billion dollars in spending. You can bet that retailers want a share of that purchasing pie and will price aggressively to get a healthy slice (Statistic Brain Research Institute). Look for excellent prices on the following food staples that you can use long after Thanksgiving.
Aluminum Roasting Pan(via Rachael Ray)
Canned and Frozen Corn, Carrots, and Peas
Canned Pie Filling
Canned, Dehydrated, and Fresh Cranberries
Canned and Fresh Sweet Potatoes
Crackers such as Nut-Thins, Ritz, Triscuits, and Wheat Thins
Cream of Celery, Chicken, and Mushroom Soups
French Fried Onions
Fresh and Canned Green Beans
Frozen Pie Shells
Frozen Whole Turkey and Turkey Breasts
Graham Cracker Crusts
Instant Potato Mixes
Parchment Paper and Saran Wrap (Reader’s Digest)
Refrigerated Pie Crust
Spices such as Allspice, Bay Leaves, Cinnamon, Crystalized Ginger, Ground Cloves, Mulling Spice, Nutmeg, Poultry Seasoning, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme. Explore buying in bulk as may be even cheaper (Rachael Ray).
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Vanilla Extract and Beans
Food staples are not the only things worth purchasing during Thanksgiving sales. Look for super prices on the following non-perishables. The best deals may arrive immediately before Thanksgiving or in the week following.
Placemats and Tablecloths in the Reds, Oranges, and Browns of Autumn
Pumpkin and other Fall-Scented Candles
Be sure when shopping the Thanksgiving sales to use all the tools in the savings arsenal.
- Price compare and use price match at stores that offer.
- Check for coupons at reputable sites such as Coupons.com, Redplum.com and SavingsStar.
- Check store websites for additional coupons.
- Use 7 Sites for Helpful Online Deals for online price comparison.
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