Last month I told you that you don’t have to have a garden in order to have a healthy pantry full of whole foods. It is entirely possible to stock your pantry with whole, life-giving foods from the grocery store.
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What Foods To Stock Up On In February
(It’s still winter and you wouldn’t necessarily expect many deals in the produce department, but you’ll be surprised! Look for specials on these in-season produce items.)
Fruit: Avocado, Clementines, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Lemons, Oranges, Papayas, Pears, Pomegranates, Tangelos, Tangerines
Vegetables Arugula, Artichoke, Asparagus, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cilantro, Chard, Collards, Dill, Fennell, Kale, Leeks, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Shallots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Rhubarb
Did you know that February is National Canned Food Month? There will be lots of fabulous sales on canned foods which makes this a great time to stock up! Some of my favorite canned items to have on hand are:
- Soups & Stews
- Tomatoes (Diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, Pasta Sauce)
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Beans
- Vegetable Broth
- Vegetable Juice and Tomato Juice
Although canned foods have long shelf lives, it does expire so be sure to keep rotating your supply and replenishing your stock.
Also, please know that canned food is not the cheapest way to eat. While canned-food is not my “go to” most of the time, I do keep some on hand for occassional use (emergencies, road trips, etc).
Asian Ingredients – Chinese New Year is celebrated during February so this is a great time of year to find deals on Asian Food Look for low prices on soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, noodles, canned water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, and stir-fry sauces.
Snacks: The Superbowl is in February so snack items are going to go on sale. Many of the snacks being sold aren’t healthy, but some of the healthier deals may find include certain types of chips, chips, crackers, beverages, dips, salsa, refried beans, sandwich items, cut fruit and veggie trays and more.
Breakfast Items: February is National Breakfast Foods Month AND National Hot Breakfast Month so this is an amazing time to stock up on breakfast foods. There will be deals on frozen waffles, frozen pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, syrup, pancake mix, frozen hashbrowns, muffin mixes and boxed cereals. Look for coupons to get the best deals!
Frozen Pizza: With the Superbowl in February, frozen pizza is going to be on sale. If your family enjoys pizza this is a perfect time to really stock up. Buy enough to last you for several months. (Having a supply of Frozen Pizza on hand may not be super-healthy, but it will help you save money if you’re already ordering pizzas and having it delivered. Baby steps.)
Dental Hygiene Products: February is a good time to find deals on toothbrushes, floss, and your favorite toothpaste. (Yes, even some brands of natural toothpaste can be found on sale.) Keep your eye open for coupons on these items and stock up when you find a great deal. (I regularly get dental floss for free or just pennies by using coupons at the dollar store).
Flowers: With Valentine’s Day in the middle of February, florists are competing for your business. Although red roses are expensive, there are good deals to be found on roses in other colors and other non-traditional flowers. Look for incentives (such as a discount) when you choose early delivery. The best deals on flowers will be found after Valentine’s Day when florist’s need to clear out their excess stock.
Valentine’s Day Clearance: After Valentine’s Day is a great day to stock up on items jewelry, candles, perfume, cologne, stuffed animals, heart-themed décor, heart-themed baking cups, heart-themed stickers and other items that can be used as gifts all year long. After Valentine’s Day is also a good time to stock up on Valentine’s cards for next year.
Televisions: TV shopping peaks the week before the Superbowl so you can expect to see deals at about 20% off brand name televisions because retailers competing for your business. Also, look for price drops on last year’s “older” technology.
Tax Preparation: It’s easier to find a good deal on Tax software now than it will be as we get closer to the April deadline. Many stores will price match if you find the software cheaper elsewhere. Tax Preparation Companies are also rolling out their deals this month, so look for coupon codes and printable coupons.
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I’ve prepared a downloadable summary of this list for you to print off and keep in your home management binder or take to the grocery store with you. You’ll find it in the Free Resource Library. The library is protected with a password which you will find at the bottom of every email I send to you. Click here to receive your password. (Or click here to be taken to the library if you are already a member.)