Have you wondered what to stock up on in January? I started this series because I’m hoping there will be one or two items that you need that can be picked up on sale.
Here’s the deal, we can’t buy everything at once to be prepared for the unexpected, right? The good thing is, I will be updating these monthly posts each year since products and needs can change from one year to the next.
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 more broad ideas to get us prepared NOW.
Be sure and watch for my monthly “what to stock up on” series near the first of every month. Some of the “prep” items may not be on sale, but the season is prime for them, just giving you the heads up.
But you can always find other food items, paper goods, and prep products you need for emergencies. This year has shown us empty shelves, a semi-broken food chain, and the continuation of weather challenges. What will next year bring, I ask? We must be prepared for the unexpected no matter what may come our way.
It’s not going to be hard if we keep up on it, I promise. One thing I highly recommend is teaching your kids and grandkids how to cook from scratch. It will be critical to know this skill. If you have already been doing this, I applaud you. You are way ahead of the game. I worry when I see the fast-food chains lined with cars bumper to bumper waiting for their meals. In case you missed this post, Cooking From Scratch 101
My goal is to encourage others to start with one or two prep items a month by saving money on other items each month.
What To Stock Up On In January
This is a really good month to purchase food that’s in season during 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 season.
January is a great month for oranges, grapefruit, beets, artichokes, carrots, and cauliflower.
Brussels sprouts, radishes, spinach, turnips, clementines, lettuce, and fennel are some fruits and vegetables to consider stocking up on. This month grapefruit tastes better than ever!
Oh my gosh, someone gifted us two fresh pineapples during the holidays this year. They were so good! I took this picture because the grocery store had these on display. They are so sweet this time of year!
I love pomegranates, and these beauties were front and center when Mark and I entered the grocery store today. My parents lived in Las Vegas and we would pick fresh pomegranates from their backyard tree when visiting for the holidays. So delicious!
January is a great month to stock up on heirloom garden seeds. Is your garden soil just waiting for you to plant seeds? I love it when my hands are digging in the earth and I’m outside in the fresh air. Life is so good when we grow our own food. This is where I buy my garden seeds: SeedsNow
How I store my garden seeds:
Let’s get organized this year with a container to store your garden seeds. I use a labeler to label every individual container inside the large container.
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 a new 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 it to 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 about chocolate. Now, if you see chocolate on sale, grab the ones without nuts, unless you plan to eat them quickly. Of course, you could always buy some with nuts and eat them in the next month or two. Remember, nuts can go rancid pretty quickly.
Please remember nuts need to be in the freezer if you go without eating them for an extended amount of time since they could 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.
You may want to check Sam’s Club or Costco for what you a FoodSaver, they usually have great sales from time to time. You need the one with an accessory hose. Here’s my “salad in a jar” post. Salad in a Jar
Please note, don’t 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.
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
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. It has changed how I view things in my closet and what really brings me JOY.
Anyway, this is a great time to pick up Christmas lights, wreaths, trees, ornaments, wrapping paper, package ribbon,
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
So next year, after New Years Day go grab a few things you may need for Christmas 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 would you want to pay full price on the games you have that are missing way too many parts, right? Buy them now when priced at a discount.
Sometimes the stores may have some excess Christmas books they want to unload, therefore they will be drastically reduced.
This is the month for New Year’s resolutions, and the stores put out all sorts of diet foods 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.
If you need a new coat, a sweater, or a sweatshirt, this is the time of year to snag one and 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 this year’s models for Christmas, so the stores want to unload the previous year’s models.
If you need regular 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 at the lowest prices.
They realize this is a great time to market them, but they also want to get rid of the big shipment quickly, so this is why everything may be on sale in January. Please be sure and look at the expiration dates on the boxes.
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 based on the budget we can afford.
Here are the areas we all need to concentrate on (this list will change and vary every month):
- Cooking Sources like a Butane Stove, Dutch oven, Sun Oven, Kelly Kettle, etc.
- Cooking Fuel
- 72-Hour Kits
- Portable toilet
- Portable washing machine: My favorite is the LaVario
- Car Survival Kit Linda’s Car Survival Kit
What Should I Stock Up On During the Other Months?
- What to Stock Up On In February
- What to Stock Up On In March
- What to Stock Up On In April
- What to Stock Up On In May
- What to Stock Up On In June
- What to Stock Up On In July
- What to Stock Up On In August
- What to Stock Up On In September
- What to Stock Up On In October
- What to Stock Up On In November
- What to Stock Up On In December
Unique January Holidays
- January 1: New Year’s Day
- January 2: National Cream Puff Day
- January 4: National Spaghetti Day
- January 5: National Bird Day
- January 5: National Whipped Cream Day
- January 6: Bean Day
- January 8: Bubble Bath Day
- January 12: National Hot Tea Day
- January 14: Dress Up Your Pet Day
- January 15: National Bagel Day
- January 15: National Hat Day
- January 19th: National Popcorn Day
- January 20: National Buttercrunch Day
- January 20: National Cheese Lover Day
- January 21: National Hugging Day
- January 22: National Blonde Brownie Day
- January 23: National Pie Day
- January 25: Opposite Day
- January 26: Spouse’s Day
- January 27: Chocolate Cake Day
- January 28: Fun at Work Day
- January 29: National Cornchip Day
- January 30: National Seed Swap Day
- January 30: National Croissant Day
I never recommend using a credit card for anything if you have the cash available. If you use a credit card, then you may not have the money to buy the item. You may be one of those who
I like to wait until I have the cash because it’s a great time to stock up. I hope my “what to stock up on in January” tips help get you started prepping or adding to the preps you have now. If you happen to find other worthwhile items you think need to be added to my list, let me know and I’ll share it with my readers, they really appreciate the input. May God bless this world, Linda
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