When we think about people with well-stocked pantries, we often think that means having a huge garden and growing your own food. But the reality is that most of us can’t have a large garden, for various reasons. If that’s you, I have good news! It is entirely possible to feed your family whole foods and keep a well-stocked pantry without a garden! Even people who garden rely on the grocery store for the things they don’t grow. You can stock your pantry with food you find on sale or in-season at the grocery store and you don’t have to wait until spring, you can start right now. Here is a list of what to stock up on in January.
What To Stock Up On In January
January doesn’t have as much in the way of grocery deals as other months, but there are still deals to be found!
Seasonal Fresh Produce:
Buying fruit and vegetables that are in season is the best way I know to feed my family as much fresh, raw food as possible for the best price. I like to stock up seasonal produce and can, dehydrate or freeze it, but we also like to eat it fresh!
Fruit: apples, avocado, clementines, grapefruit, kiwi, lemons, oranges, pears, pomegranates tangerines
Vegetables: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, celery, cauliflower, cabbage, chard, collards, kale, kiwi, leeks, potatoes, spinach
Pumpkin – You can usually find canned pumpkin in the baking section. At the beginning of January it may still be on clearance from after Christmas. Canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) can be used in savory dishes (like soup and casseroles) so stock up when you see a good deal. (If you purchase pumpkin pie mix, be sure to make sure it does not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup.)
Cranberries – Cranberries are super popular at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and stores often put canned cranberry sauce on clearance after the holidays. I prefer the taste of homemade cranberry sauce and so I purchase the berries fresh and make enough homemade cranberry-orange sauce at this time of year to last our family until next year, but if you like the store-bought canned sauce, now is a great time to stock up!
Grains: Oatmeal – January is National Oatmeal Month so oatmeal will be on sale. Stock up when you see a good sale! We buy our oatmeal in bulk and then use it to make oatmeal, granola and oat flour throughout the year.
Baking: Christmas Baking Items are still on clearance at the beginning of January.
Snacks: With the Superbowl coming up, snack items are going to go on sale. Many of the snacks being sold aren’t healthy, but some of the healthier deals you may find include certain types of chips, chips, crackers, beverages, dips, sandwich items, and more. (This is not a category that I purchase from very often, but I do buy some convenience snacks and stock up for road trips and special events throughout the year. Not only do I save money, but I save time because having this on hand means I don’t have to go to the store and buy it at full price when we are planning to go out of town. I just reach into my “Road Trip Box” and grab it.)
Diet Food: Diet food goes on sale in January because so many people are making New Year’s Resolutions and making up for all that overeating during the holidays! Look for meals that are associated with a particular diet (Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers, Healthy Choice, Slim Fast, 100 Calorie Packs, etc). These are often being sold in January at great deals! Diet bars also go on sale. Be on the lookout for these sales if you buy these types of products and stock up now while the prices are low.
Breakfast Items: January is the time to get great deals on cereals and breakfast bars. Often, you can find breakfast bars at this time of year for under $1/box. Keep your eyes open for good deals on cereal during the middle of the month. With coupons, you may be able to get some fabulous deals on cereal… even healthy cereals!
Frozen Pizza: With the Superbowl coming up, we start seeing sales on frozen foods toward the end of January. There are always lots of great deals on frozen pizzas and other convenience snacks. 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. Babysteps!) You can also buy pizza kits (just the crust with a package of pizza sauce) and freeze it, then pull it out and add your own toppings when you are ready.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Whenever you are buying anything in a package, make sure you read the ingredients! Just because something is packaged to look healthy, doesn’t mean it is as healthy as it looks. It’s up to you to take full responsibility and know what you are putting inside your family’s bodies.
Chinaware: If you’re looking to buy dishes, wait until January. After the holidays dishes often go on sale or on clearance!
Small appliances: Even though Black Friday and Christmas are over, this is still a great time to find deals on small appliances. Stores are making room on their shelves for the newest models, so the old models get put on Clearance. Because who wants last year’s model? (Umm… me!)
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