I've been in bed going through this year's grocery receipts. I had knee surgery yesterday so it was the perfect time. Wow! What an eye opener! I've been working on a Price Log and gathering prices of items I regularly purchased last year and figuring out the seasonal price changes that happened throughout the year. I've seen how great I did on some grocery trips, and also where I could really improve. I hope to post my ideas in my Food Storage Organizer coming out soon. Anyway, I've learned alot about Seasonal Grocery Sales Cycles from this link. It's great! There are a few others lists online that have some great ideas as well. I'm revising my own seasonal sales calendar to help guide you to purchasing items each month when the prices are low so you can stock up on your food storage. Did you know that January is National Wheat Bread month, Bread Machine month, and Slow Cooking month? I didn't. Can you guess what items may be on sale?
If you have time after Christmas, I would suggest you go through your own receipts and learn from them. See the patterns and watch the prices go up and down on the foods you purchase. Look at how much you paid for strawberries, breakfast cereal, condiments, meat, etc. Look at your Costco/Sam's Club and Walmart receipts as well as your local grocery store. Make some changes in your purchase habits. It's easy to run to the store three times a week when you don't make a week's worth of menus. You'll see right away when you did that. Set a goal to shop for foods during the best months to save the most money. And set monthly goals for gathering food storage next year. I will suggest ideas at the beginning of each month. Best wishes!