Fri, Jan 8, 2016 – by RedPlum

Know the Sales Cycles for Greater Savings

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Knowing the sales cycles of your favorite grocery and drug stores is the secret to massive savings. It can take some time to master. However, once you do, you'll never approach couponing the same way.

Understanding these cycles also helps you to use your coupons wisely by getting the biggest possible savings. There are two primary types of sales cycles at grocery and drug stores: rotational and seasonal.

Rotational Cycles

Refer to the practice of rotating stock on store shelves. For most non-perishable items this rotational period is 12 weeks. For popular items, namely breakfast cereal, it is six weeks. Others can be as long as 24 weeks. Knowing these cycles is important because when they happen, that is when items are marked down significantly (making it the best time to stock up).  

Seasonal Cycles

Revolve around particular months or holidays. Think chocolate during February, back to school items in August, candy and pumpkins in October. For instance, seasonal produce is also part of the cycle.

The trick is to use coupons during these periods for the biggest savings, including coupons you have saved for these occasions. Because this is when prices are at their lowest, giving you the largest possible savings, including opportunities for BOGO (buy one get one free) items.

Here is a list of categories in that the items that fall under these groups are on sale or clearance.


  • Hot breakfasts foods

  • Diet foods

  • Organization shelves/aids

  • Christmas and New Year decorations

  • Cold medicines and vitamins

  • Exercise equipment


  • Canned fruit and vegetables

  • Valentine’s Day gift sets, chocolate, flowers, and wine

  • Snacks


  • Frozen meals and foods

  • Snacks

  • Winter clothing

  • Winter/ snow equipment

  • Spring and Easter decorations


  • Baking supplies

  • Natural and organic foods and personal care products

  • Energy Star appliances, CFL, and LED lighting

  • Easter decorations


  • Mexican foods and snacks

  • Flowers

  • Jewelry

  • BBQ essentials

  • Summer/ outdoor furniture,

  • Gardening tools, plants, and lawn care items


  • Dairy items

  • Fourth of July essentials


  • Ice Cream

  • Fourth of July foods and decorations


  • Back to school supplies

  • Disinfectants

  • Swimwear

  • Gardening supplies


  • Back to school supplies

  • Labor Day deals at restaurants, movie theaters, and shoe apparel stores

  • Diabetic health products

  • Camping gear

  • Gardening supplies

  • BBQ equipment


  • Halloween candy and decorations

  • Baking items

  • Seafood

  • Breast Cancer Awareness products

  • Dog food and toys


  • Baking goods

  • Canned foods

  • Holiday food and decorations

  • Halloween decorations and candies

  • Halloween costumes

  • Black Friday

  • Cyber Monday

  • Outdoor furniture

  • Rakes

  • Bikes


  • Holiday essentials

  • Baking goods

  • Canned foods

  • Thanksgiving decorations

For a detailed list of produce and additional items that cycle by month on sale, read The Seasonal Sales Cycle By Month.

Remember, the key to saving money throughout the year is to understand the rotational and seasonal sale cycles. Also, take advantage of coupons and rebates during the special sales each month for the most cost savings.