The 12 week cycle
Jill has talked about the 12 week cycle that stores have for savings of specific items as well as specific times of the year that particular products tend to be at their lowest prices so that we can stock up.
I would like to know when these cycles\times of the year are so that I can make the most of these seasonal savings; and or how do I detect what cycle I'm in for each store?
the following is a list of things for the year and when they typically go on sale...also Jill says anything 50% or better of the regular price is a cycle low hope this helps
JANUARY- CEREALS, CHILI, CHIPS, AND 2 LITERS OF POP (SUPER BOWL)
MARCH- FROZEN FOOD MONTH LOWEST CYCLE LOW FOR ALL FROZEN FOODS, SEAFOOD (LENT)
APRIL-SPRING CLEANING (CLEANERS), PAPER PRODUCTS, ORGANICS (EARTH DAY)
MAY-SUMMER LEAD-IN CONDIMENTS (BBQ, KETCHUP), MEATS, MEXICAN FOODS (CINCO DE MAYO)
JUNE-DAIRY MONTH MILK, ICE CREAM
JULY-SUMMERIME SODAS, MORE CONDIMENTS, HAMBURGER PATTIES AND BUNS
AUGUST- BREAKFAST FOCUS FROZEN WAFFLES, CEREAL, JUICES
SEPTEMBER- BACK TO SCHOOL- LUNCHBOX SNACKS, DRINK BOXES, PACKAGED LUNCHMEATS, CANNED SOUP, ALSO NATIONAL ORGANIC MONTH
OCTOBER- FROZEN FOOD FESTIVAL (SECOND CYCLE LOW FOR FROZEN) BAKING PRODUCTS, CAKE AND COOKIE MIXES, FROSTING, CHOCLATE CHIPS, NUTS
NOVEMBER- HOT COCOA, COFFEE, TEA, CANNED SOUPS AND FOODS, THANKSGIVING
DECEMBER- PART PLATTER FOODS, COLD CUTS, SOUR CREAM, DIPS, CHIPS, CRACKERS, HOLIDAY MEALS, HAM, STUFFING, POTATO MIXES, BUTTER,PIE FILLINGE AND CRUSTS, SOUPS
This info was a lot of help; thanks so much!
The annual list above is in Jill's Super Couponing 2 class, which is in process of coming out on DVD. I was there for the taping in Elgin.
when Jill posts the deals on late Sunday/early Monday, she's saying these are the best deals for the week and these items are at their lowest price and won't be again for another 12 weeks.
The handout at Jill's seminars note which months have specific sales for specific items, i.e.; freezer items, condiments, etc. If you haven't taken one of Jill's seminars I would strongly recommend it, typically they are free, or you can purchase the DVD or she mentioned that most Illinois libraries have a copy available to rent.
As for detecting which cycle you're in for each store, I'm not quite sure how you would go about doing that. For specific items you purchase for your family, you could make a spreadsheet and list those items & then each week check & write down the pricing, then you'll know when the rock bottom price is coming.
Thanks for the update but I don't live in IL so I can't go to one of Jill's seminars or to one of the IL libraries; I did however purchase her DVD and the information was neither in or with the DVD. Do you have any other suggestions?
Each item has it's own 12 week cycle - it is not a store cycle where everything is at it's lowest during this time. You have to keep track of when something is on sale to know when the 12 weeks will be coming again. Jill suggests in her seminar buying what you think you will need of that item to get you through 12 weeks. Once you do this you will know the 12 weeks is coming up when your stash is getting low. Otherwise you will just have to keep track of items and their best sale dates. I have only been doing this a year and I still don't have a handle on the 12 week cycle yet - not enough cereal and more laundry soap than I will use in a year - not to mention toothpaste - oh the toothpaste I have! We will use it all eventually and I am getting better each week. Good luck!