Now that the holidays are over, it’s going to only be a pleasure to walk into stores and have the space to move up and down the aisles, not to mention that it will probably take you just two minutes to get through the tills. Take advantage of this time of the year to stock up on items that you need at rock bottom prices and in the case of groceries, add it to your stockpile.


Now is the right time to examine the contents of your freezer, pantry and the cupboards and to start thinking about what sales you can take advantage of this month and what groceries you need to be stocking up at this time of the year. If you’ve read my post Are You a Fan of Stockpiling? you’ll know that I’m a fan of stocking up in moderation and within my budget. That’s exactly what I’m going to be doing this month, provided that I find the items that are on my list at rock bottom prices. Here’s what you can expect to find on sale this month:


Marked down Christmas items


Christmas items should start going on reduced from 26th December! If you are in town head on over to your local stores and supermarkets and see what’s available. Some of the items which I’ve found on reduced in late December and early January include: Christmas napkins, decorations, toys, wrapping paper, ornaments, puddings and cakes. You can enjoy the Christmas pudding and cake well into the first two or three weeks of January (who says you should only enjoy these on Christmas Day?). All the Christmas décor can be stored for use later on in the year.


Back to School items


With January comes the obligatory Back to School shopping hunt for the best deals on school stationery, uniforms, socks, shoes and bags! You will find that most major retailers, and even your local shops, will be offering specials on these Back to School items. Take advantage of that and stock up on school items for your child’s entire school year, adding it to your stockpile, which will definitely save you money in the long run. You can pick up some more ideas on how to save during this time in my post Back to School Savings & Tips.




Most people will have bought their diaries in December, and I always thought the reason for this might be that many of us like to start the New Year with our diaries in our hands already, well at least those of us who still use hand-written diaries. As a result of that, most diary sales will drop in January so if you wait until, say late January, you will find that a couple of retailers (not all though) will drop their price to boost their sales. Take advantage of that and grab your diary for a lot less!


Seasonal Produce


It’s always best to buy fruits and veggies in season – that’s when they are at their most affordable. But as seasons come to an end, so too does the shelf-life of most seasonal produce and retailers have to bring the price down. Most fruits and veggies can only last so long in storage and in fridges after all. This is then the best time to buy seasonal produce at their rock bottom price and to stockpile by freezing and pickling whenever possible. Seasonal produce to look out for in January includes:


  • Mangoes
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Plums
  • Beetroot
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms
  • Lettuce
  • Green Beans


Summer End-of-Season Sales


The end of January always heralds end-of-season summer sales in clothing, shoes, linen, patio furniture, etc. The sales tend to start towards the end of the month, and towards payday. It’s the perfect time to stock up on items that you need and that are within your budget. Clothes and shoes, especially, can still be worn next summer even though they might not be the ‘latest fashion’ (personally, I don’t care about that – if it fits and I like it, I’ll wear it). When I do buy new clothes I usually wait for end-of-season sales as this is really the best time to buy clothes at their cheapest.


What other items do you stockpile in January?


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