Stock up in November on these items and you can save BIG TIME! You don’t have to be a “prepper” to know that putting away food and essentials is a good ideas; my grandmother called it saving for a rainy day. I know many of you can, which is great, but there are still a lot of items you can purchase and put in your emergency or just-in-case closet. Others will will to stock up in November for holiday cooking and to save for their gift buying. Whatever your reason, you can stock up in November on these items and save a lot of money.
There are also a lot of items to get for your local food pantry donations!
10 Tips for Stocking Up in November or Anytime
- Take an inventory of your pantry, freezer, cupboards, etc. This will keep you from over-buying!
- Make sure you have space to store things.
- Don’t stock up on anything you don’t normally use. If you don’t use it, it is a waste of your money and you save nothing.
- Make of list of items you want and don’t be swayed by the marketing.
- Check the expiration date. Pull items from the back of shelves whenever possible for later expiration times. You don’t want something that is going to expire in the next few months unless you know you’re going to use it in that time frame.
- Look for items that have multiple uses or purposes.
- Shop more than one store – while sales cycle about the same way in retail, each stores will have different items available.
- Consider purchasing an inexpensive Food Saver to increase your storage time and put things is smaller increments; great for big bulk buying and work for pantry, refrigerator and freezer.
- Do not blow your budget! Yes, stock up on these items in November but only buy what you can truly afford. Do not go into debt to get them.
- Coupons! Check your coupon inventory for anything you plan to purchase and increase your savings. Remember that most stores will accept competitor coupons and offer to match sale prices; so bring your store flyers too!
The Stock Up in November List
Halloween Candy and Decor
Obviously it is going on sale November 1st. So stock up quickly. You can use these miniature candies for Christmas stockings, birthday party favors, and portion-controlled treats. Also the Halloween candy can be great for your Christmas baking!
Not to mention most of that same Halloween candy will be good for next year. Just put it up in a cool dark part of your pantry, where it won’t melt or be eaten.
If you like to decorate for Halloween then you’ll definitely want to pick up decor items on a huge discount!
Pumpkin Spiced Everything
The pumpkin spice craze usually starts in September but will quickly phase out in November. If you love the pumpkin spice flavored items this is the time to stock up. Pumpkin spice items should be an early November purchase as most stores will be transitioning into all the peppermint flavors for Christmas.
Thanksgiving Dinner Items
The items commonly used for Thanksgiving dinner will begin going on sale at the beginning of the month. Many of these items are hugely discounted as loss-leaders (products sold at a loss to attract customers to the store) and you’ll never see them cheaper.
Turkey freezes very well and an uncooked turkey can be kept frozen up to 3 years, however it is best to use them within the first year for the best flavor. Consider getting breast only for smaller meals. Make sure to keep your turkey bones and make a nourishing broth.
- Canned Sweet Potatoes
- Canned Pumpkin
- Canned Pie Filling
- Cranberry Sauces
- Stuffing Mixes
- Gravy Mixes
Again, Fall Decor will go on sale now so if you like to decorate for every season, this is your month! Start early because these items sell out fast.
Baking & Sweets
Because this is the start to the holiday season your baking staples will be at a great discount.
- Chocolate Chips
- Candy Making Supplies
- Canned and Condensed Milk
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Shredded Coconut
- Cake, cookie and other pre-made baking mixes
Canned Foods and Pantry Items
- Vegetables – especially items that are traditionally served at the holidays, like yams / sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, corn, etc
- Broths and stocks
- Condensed soups
- Fruits – pineapple, cranberries
- French Fried Onions – because people love green bean casserole
- Boxed potatoes
- Coffee (oh yeah!!!!) This should actually be frozen for longevity.
For Your Fridge and Freezer
- Ham – usually more of a Christmas item but you’ll find these start to go on sale in November too.
- Frozen Pies, cakes, whipped topping
- Frozen rolls (be sure too look for the un-baked dough)
- Ready to eat rolls
- Butter – freeze it!
- Creamed Cheese – will also freeze well
- Pre-made pie crusts
You can stock up in November on some great fresh produce too. This is especially great if you like to can and preserve your own food. Most of these items will freeze very well too!
- Potatoes (but don’t forget to grow your own!)
- Green Beans
- Brussels Sprouts
- Fresh herbs – freeze or dehydrate
Other Steals To Buy In November
- Food Storage Containers
- Winter Clothes
- Linens (getting ready for holiday visitors!)
Big Ticket Items to Consider Buying In November
Ok you might not want to stock up in November on big ticket items but these generally start going on sale in November. If you’re considering a purchase of these more expensive items, November is a great time to purchase.
- Large and Small Appliances
- Electronics (mainly during the Black Friday sales)
Remember stocking up in November can save you money for months to come. I hope this list gives you a good starting point for shopping in November.