We might not all associate Mother’s Day with great sales on food items, but any holiday drives sales at the grocery store. Even if you aren’t celebrating with your Mother, take advantage of Mothers Day Sales to stock up. And if you are, give her a big hug (and make her brunch.)
Mother’s Day, like many Holidays, falls under my 12 Strategies. It’s a part of the Cyclic Changes in the Market Place. The Grocery Market, that is. Take advantage of Mothers Day Sales when you grocery shop.
Flowers and candy, jewelry & gardening stuff are all on sale before Mother’s Day, but certain foods are on sale, too, and if you follow ads closely, you’ll see a twist towards some food items that producers and marketers feel appeal to women. Mothers Day Sales will include a glut of breakfast and brunch items on sale, specialty items, produce and since grilling has reached an all-time high during almost any holiday, look for those items, too.
The Refrigerator Aisle:
- Beef: specialty cuts, maybe tenderloin, and filets along with ground beef & some of your basic grilling items like brats, ribs, smoked sausages.
- Fish: generally you’ll find several different types of fish, but usually Salmon; Lobster Tail and Shrimp will probably be on sale, although not at their lowest prices of the year. Crab Legs may be on sale.
- Pork: check for pork tenderloin at a great price, ribs may be on sale along with Pork Loin.
- Watch for chicken breast and wings.
- Eggs, Bacon, and Sausages, as well as hash browns.
- Cream Cheese, probably some type of dips
- Sour Cream & Yogurt
- Probably Cottage Cheese
- Whipping Cream and Half & Half
- Butter: if you’re not already stocked up to last until the Thanksgiving sales, buy if it’s at a great price
- Coffee Creamer
- Juices: Orange Juice and other juices, refrigerated and frozen
- Premixed Pancake Mix
- English Muffins and Bagels
- Cookie Dough
In the Produce Aisle:
- Melons, including Watermelon
- Lettuce, usually specialty Salad Mixes
- Mushrooms, often the fancier ones
- Green Onions
- Sweet Potatoes
- “Cute” or specialty potatoes
In regular Grocery sections:
- English Muffins
- Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns
- Muffin, Cake and Pancake Mixes
- Snack Cracker and junk food, usually some type of chips and almost always Ritz, Wheat Thins, Sun Chips and Triscuits
- Cereal, Oatmeal which tends to go on sale a lot less than the “value added” products, Cereal Bars
- Sugar, Flour, baking items like Chocolate Chips
- Pop, Sparkling Water
- Coffee, but it will likely not be as good of a value as the Christmas Holiday Sales
- Condiments. The basics will likely be lower throughout the summer, but this is a great time to stock up on any specialty condiments. Fancier olives, pickled items.
- Candy and Chocolate
- Peanut Butter
- Coffee Cakes
- Angel Food Cake
- Specialty bread
- Pies, Cakes, Cupcakes
- premade salads of all kinds may be on sale
- Rotisserie Chicken
- King’s Hawaiin Rolls
- Premade Kabobs, Salmon Burgers, and other specialty items to bring home and cook.
- Frozen Waffles and Pancakes
- Frozen Hash Browns
- Other frozen breakfast items
- Whipped Topping
- Puff Pastry and Phyllo Dough might be on sale, often unadvertised.
- Frozen Berries may be low
- Frozen Pies and desserts will probably be on sale
While Beer is on sale at almost every holiday, for Mother’s Day you’ll likely see sales on a few wines and coolers. It’s very likely you’ll see sales on bottles of this or that which one might use to make “fancier” cocktails – Rums and flavored Rums, Vodkas and things like Amaretto.
On almost any Holiday (especially as summer approaches) there may be sales on Toilet Paper, Dish Detergent, Plastic Storage items, garbage bags, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and Charcoal and lighter fluid. Paper plates, plastic utensils might be on sale.
Recipes for Mother’s Day
I have scoured my site for recipes I think would be great for Mother’s Day breakfast, brunch or dinner. Click on the photo, below.
Holidays are Cyclic Changes in the Market
While we usually think of “cyclic changes” or changes that happen on a regular basis, as seasonal changes, Holiday sales are cyclic, too. They are predictable to some extent. So many Holidays have great sales, and while it “seems” to make sense to budget a set amount of money per week for food, food doesn’t cost the same every week! You always want to buy at the low. Identifying when to expect great sales on items, and what those items are and budgeting more for those weeks will give you greater savings overall.
Beat the grocer at their own game! Instead of passively being drawn into a store to pick up one or two specials and buying whatever else you need for the week, buy as much as possible of the specials for the Holiday week and for weeks or months beyond. Make up the rest of your meals from low priced staples you have “banked” at home. Of course, only buy what you can store and use in a reasonable time period.
Of course, I can’t predict every item that will be on sale, but thinking about cherry picking the sales and putting your money into items that you will use not only during Mother’s day but weeks and months beyond is a great shopping strategy. Maybe this will spark some ideas of your own.
I’d love to hear your comments on what’s on sale in your area or other great Mother’s Day bargains to look for! Please chime in on the comments, below.