What To Stock Up On In January

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Have you wondered what to stock up on in January? I’m starting this series because I’m hoping there will be one or two items that you can pick up on sale. Here’s the deal, we can’t buy everything at once to be prepared for the unexpected, right?

When I first started my blog I wrote about what to buy for 52 weeks. I had a food item and a prep item. Those posts have been deleted and I want to share bigger ideas to get us prepared NOW.

Yes, I’m a bit late this month getting started, but that’s how I roll sometimes. So be sure and watch for my monthly “what to stock up on” series the first of every month. Some of the “prep” items may not be on sale, just giving you the heads up.

My goal is to encourage others to start with one or two preps a month by saving money on other items each month.

What To Stock Up On In January

Seasonal Food

This is a really good month to purchase food that’s in the season for January. Do you love it when you bite into a really juicy orange? Fruits and vegetables taste so much better when they’re fresh, as in seasonal.

January is a great month for oranges, grapefruit, beets, artichokes, carrots, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, radishes, spinach, turnips, clementines, lettuce, and fennel.


After the holidays most big box stores have their electronics on sale because they don’t want to carry the inventory for very long. If you think about it, electronics are changing all the time. In other words, new stuff is coming out every month.

This is a perfect time to buy last year’s TV, or if your computer is going out, as in extremely slow or outdated, this may be a time to update. If your tablet will no longer accept new updates you may want to snag a good deal on one. Mark and I tend to keep ours for years, but there does come a time when we must replace our computers.

Mark and I are not the types that need the newest electronics that come out. In fact, it stresses me out a little when I have to update my cell phone. I just don’t have the time or the money to fiddle with upgrading, until it dies or just doesn’t do what I need anymore.

Candy and Chocolate/Baking Items

This is a perfect time to stock up on candy and chocolate. Here’s the deal, if you want red or green sprinkles, get them now. I went to the store to get some red and pink sprinkles for sugar cookies and I had to go to two stores before I could find any.

Let’s talk chocolate. Now, if you see chocolate on sale grab the ones without nuts. Of course, you could always buy some with nuts and eat them in the next month or two. Please remember nuts need to be in the freezer if you go without eating them for an extended amount of time or they go rancid. I use my FoodSaver to store about 12 quarts of chocolate in my food storage stash. Can you tell I LOVE chocolate?

If you don’t have a FoodSaver, I highly recommend getting one. Will you use it every day, no. But it will save you money in the long run. Just look for one that has the accessory hose. Here are the items you will need to store items in quart mason jars. FoodSaver AND Accessory Hose-Wide Mouth-Regular Mouth

You may want to check Sam’s Club or Costco for one, they usually have great sales on a FoodSaver. You need the one with an accessory hose. Here’s my “salad in a jar” post. Salad in a Jar

Please note, do not use your FoodSaver to seal a mason jar with powder like food, it may get sucked up into the tube and your FoodSaver may break. I know this because I saw someone do it at a food storage company where I was teaching classes.

Christmas Decorations

Do you have some Christmas decorations that have seen better days? Then this is the best time to grab super low prices on some new ones. I have been decluttering my home and boxing up some Christmas decorations my grand daughters want when they get married down the road.

I still like to look at some fresh ideas for my holiday decor, but I’m wanting less stuff these days. Christmas brings me joy and so do the colors red and green. Life is good around the holidays.

Have you watched the Netflix TV series called, “Tidying Up?” I watched the series with one of my granddaughters and, oh my, it makes you want to slim down your stuff. We both giggled through the whole thing while binge watching it.

Anyway, this is a great time to pick up Christmas lights, wreaths, trees, ornaments, wrapping paper, package ribbon and tags. They typically have lots of leftover stockings for the fireplace or wall. If you do an ornament exchange this is a great time to pick up gifts for next year.

I have seen tree stands, tree skirts, and much more. Oh my gosh this list goes on and on. So next year, after New Years Day go grab a few things you may need for Christmas the next year.

After Christmas Toys

I remember when Mark and I were raising the girls we would look for after Christmas sales on Fisher Price toys, etc. Those were popular back then and if we could get them half price it was considered a great deal! Then you have to hide the presents for a year and hope they want them the following Christmas (lol). This works well for the little ones, right?

I remember buying toys that the girls could give for birthday gifts when invited to birthday parties. I had a stash in the closet and they could choose the gift they wanted to give to their friend at the party. The cool thing about this, I didn’t have to go shopping and find a gift that was full price. Life is awesome when you save money on things when they are on sale knowing you will put them to use throughout the year.

This is a great time to pick up board games because the stores may have a surplus, and why pay full price on the games you have that are missing way too many parts, right?

Sometimes the stores may have some excess Christmas books they want to unload, therefore they will be drastically reduced.

Diet Food/Snacks

This is the month for New Year’s Resolutions and the stores put out all their diet food and snacks. It’s so funny because I walked into three grocery stores only to find all these diet foods and snacks front and center when I walked through the door. You can get some of them at extreme discounts. I saw shakes, bars, and snacks galore.

And the exercise equipment was really close to the front of the store as well. I’m assuming they are saying if you need to lose weight, grab a jump rope or yoga mat. It’s a great marketing idea.

Winter Clothing

If you need a new coat, a sweater, or sweatshirt, this is the time of year to snag one to save the most money. If you need new gloves, wool socks, mittens, scarves and hats check out the bargains. Their spring and summer apparel will be arriving very soon, so here again, drastically reduced prices.

If you snowboard or ski, look for that equipment and all the accessories that go with them. Most people have purchased last year’s models for Christmas so the stores want to unload the previous years models. If you need boots or snow boots, this is the time to get the deals. Winter blankets come to mind here as well.

Cold and Flu OTC Medicine

It’s that time of year that colds and influenza are rampant, so the stores have aisles of cold medicine, cough syrup, fever reducers, and humidifiers on sale. They realize this is a great time to market them, but they also want to get rid of the big shipment quick, so this is why everything may be on sale in January.

Preps I recommend for January

Please make a plan for the year regarding which preps you really need or want. Some preps are needed more than others ASAP. But we still need to get started with the budget we can afford. Here are the areas we all need to concentrate on (this list will change and vary every month):

  • Water
  • Food
  • Cooking Source, Butane Stove, Dutch oven, Sun Oven, Kelly Kettle, etc.
  • Cooking Fuel
  • 72-Hour Kits
  • Portable toilet
  • Portable washing machine
  • Car Survival Kit Linda’s Car Survival Kit

Final Word

I never recommend using a credit card for anything. If you use a credit card then you may not have the money to buy the item, but you may be one of those who pay off their cards each month and only use them to earn the reward points. I like to wait until I have the cash. I hope my “what to stock up on in January” tips help get you started prepping or adding to your preps you have now. May God bless this world.

Imperfectly Happy Savings Tips

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17 thoughts on “What To Stock Up On In January

  • January 13, 2019 at 9:05 am

    LOL, I had the flu so I binge watched Tidying Up, too! Love Marie Kondo–guess I need to go through my preps & see if they “spark joy” like your chocolate does for you.

    • January 13, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      Hi Roxanne, I have the giggles reading this! I feel bad about you having the flu, but the “spark joy” with our preps is right on!! I love your comment! Linda

  • January 13, 2019 at 11:47 am

    This is a good list of things to look for. In NW Oregon where I live, however the store inventories are so tight (minimum stock on hand, etc.) that there are rarely any leftovers to buy on good sales. However I did happen to find a super deal last month on sheets, something that you expect to go on sale in January. 1100 thread count sheets (king sized) for $25. Now that’s a stock up price. It is also an important consideration to consider that the “original” prices may have been so marked up that the “sale” may really only be a “regular” price. Price books are a good thing! I need to work on my car kit. Thanks for a great list to guide me!

    • January 13, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      Hi JoEllen, that is an awesome deal on king size sheets. You are so right that some stores are not stocking as much as they used to in the stores. I love bargains when I really need something. Linda

  • January 13, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I was watching a YouTube channel recently and the presenter was canning pickled cauliflower because it was on sale. I have never tried it but that’s one way to preserve it.

    I picked up several ugly sweaters at WalMart for 90% off. Me and my daughter-in-laws will be styling next holiday season LOL

    I certainly look forward to this series this year. Fantastic idea – thanks for doing it.

    • January 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm

      Hi Des Moines Daisy, this is so funny because I went to look for an ugly sweater to wear to a Christmas party and they were like $20.00. I couldn’t do it! But 90% off, I going tomorrow!! That pickled cauliflower sounds great!! Great comment! Linda

  • January 13, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    If your children and grandchildren are past the toy stage, the sales on toys would make great donations for Toys for Tots or donating them to the local hospital’s pediatric ward or Children’s Hospital. The same with the polar fleece type blankets. Books would be good to donate to dental and pediatric doctor’s offices for the kids to read.
    As a grandma of a preemie 18 years ago, I was made very aware that preemies have special restrictions on toys, clothing and blankets, so ask the NICU staff what is safe to donate to the tiny ones in the NICU. The NICU appreciates little “gowns” and blankets for the preemies to help keep them warm.

    • January 13, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Trish, oh my gosh, what a great comment! I LOVE your ideas! I want to head to the clearance centers tomorrow to pick up some good deals for the centers here in Southern Utah. Awesome ideas! Linda

  • January 13, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    My goal this month is a good stock of toilet paper. I have a real fear of being out of TP & I don’t even want to discuss rags that can be washed & reused! Haha We live in a small desert town with only a Walmart & they rarely put anything on sale. My friend makes a monthly run to Costco (over 100 mile round trip) & I’m having her pick me up the big pack of Kirkland TP. I’m also making jam out of the fruit I froze last summer; guess I’ll have to clean out the freezer then. Drat!

    • January 14, 2019 at 8:02 am

      Hi Linda, wow, 100 miles round trip to Costco. I live in a small town but we have a few more stores than just Walmart. They probably don’t put things on sale because they know you only have that one store to buy stuff, maybe? I love making jam, it’s so fun to fill those jars. I wonder if you should have toilet paper delivered to your house? I can’t imagine having to drive 50 miles one way to stock up. The nice thing is that you have to have a great pantry stocked and that takes planning. Life is good when your home is stocked with the items you need. Linda

    • January 14, 2019 at 10:08 am

      Hi Janet, thanks for sharing that link. I’m going to share it on my Food Storage Moms Facebook! Thank you so much!!! Linda

    • January 14, 2019 at 10:19 am

      Janet, oh my gosh, this statement hit me hard: I quote Business Insiders “On average, trucks deliver purification chemicals to water supply plants every seven to 14 days. Without these chemicals, water cannot be purified and made safe for drinking. Without truck deliveries of purification chemicals, water supply plants will run out of drinkable water in 14 to 28 days.”
      I never knew that a truck delivers chemicals to our water supply every 7-14 days.” YIKES! Linda

  • January 17, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    I was just at Walgreens picking up a prescription and they had the Walgreen brand cough drops on sale 3/$4. What a great buy. They also had a very limited supply of Christmas things but they were 90% off! Scored some gift wrap and some gift bags. They had Nestle Crunch bars (not my favorite but…) for $0.39 each so I stocked up on those.

    I am also planning to stock up on TP and other paper products as I can fit them into my budget. I did get some Christmas paper plates at the Dollar Store for $0.50 each for 10 plates. Going into my stash for sure. When a disaster strikes, I won’t care if I am eating on Christmas, Valentines, or birthday plates!!

    • January 18, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      Hi Leanne, wow you did score on some deal at Walgreens!! I’m thinking a Nestle Crunch bar would be yummy!! I love your idea of eating on Christmas plates or Valentines and why not birthday plates!!! I LOVE your comment and the holiday plates! Yes, TP is a need for sure! Great comment! Linda


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