Snap Up Staples Early
Getting a great deal on cranberry sauce is easy during the holidays. But a great deal on the everyday stuff? Not so much, says Melissa d'Arabian, star of Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners. “Holiday staples are usually cheapest during the holidays -- it’s the rest of the groceries that don’t go on sale. The idea is that you’ll buy inexpensive pumpkin puree but then load up the rest of your cart with regular more expensive groceries.” So stock up on your usual staples ahead of time, and pick up your holiday must-haves in the weeks leading up to the big feast.
Speaking of staples, barring any sales, you’ll do better financially buying generic versions of flour, sugar, spices, pasta, napkins, paper towels, vegetable oil, cereal, bread and other essentials, says Warrick. And be sure to snap up your favorite spices and baking items in November -- they typically go on sale right before Thanksgiving, and many can keep for a year, she says.
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