What To Stock Up On In January

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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 bigger ideas to get us prepared NOW.

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.

But you can always find other food items, paper items, and prep items you need for emergencies. This year has shown us empty shelves, a semi-broken food chain. 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

What To Stock Up On In January

Seasonal Foods

January is a great month to stock up on seasonal fruit like grapefruit

This is a really good month to purchase food that’s in 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 season.

January is a great month for oranges, grapefruit, beets, artichokes, carrots, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, radishes, spinach, turnips, clementines, lettuce, and fennel. This month grapefruit tastes better than ever!

Garden Seeds

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 in the earth and I’m outside in the fresh air. Life is so good when we grow our own food.


Electronics on Sale shown on shelves

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

January is a good month to stock up on Baking Goods

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.

Baking choclate is a great item to stock up on

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.

Candy is a great item to stock up on this month

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?

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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 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, 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.

Christmas Decorations

Christmas decorations marked down on clearance

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 granddaughters 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. 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, 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 next year.

After Christmas Toys

Stocking up on Christmas gifts at reduced prices is the best

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

Diet Food For Sale On Shelves

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.

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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

Shelves full of winter clothes on sale

If you need a new coat, a sweater, or a 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 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

Over the counter medications you should stock up on

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 quick, 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 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

What Should I Stock Up On the Other Months?

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

Final Word

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 pay off their cards each month and only use them to earn the reward points. Good for you!

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 your preps you have now. May God bless this world, Linda

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24 thoughts on “What To Stock Up On In January

  • December 28, 2020 at 4:35 am

    January is the perfect time to do a true self assessment of what you need, might need and desire.
    It’s also the perfect time to do a self assessment on your physical fitness and training. Be the best you that you can be.
    Make a list and develop a plan. Then next January reflect on it and figure where and why you fell short or if you exceeded your goals.

    • December 28, 2020 at 7:15 am

      Hi Matt, I have been walking now every morning for 30 minutes (5 weeks). It’s a lot for me, but I’m determined to get my lungs up to par. I love seeing other humans as well. I love the idea of making a plan and comparing it next year. Great comment, Linda

      • December 28, 2020 at 7:46 am

        Matt, great comment. I need to do the same as you. The New Year is a good time to reflect and start a new plan for the year. I need to make a list of my plans for the year. I think I’ll do weeks or months.

  • December 28, 2020 at 7:33 am

    Hi Linda
    Just a tip for using the food saver jar attachment for powders. I do a lot of them & have found if you only fill the jar to the shoulder & invert a paper cupcake liner in the top of the jar the powder does not clog the attachment & you get a good seal on the jar. Thanks for the article lots of good stuff in it, as usual. Have a great New Year!

    • December 28, 2020 at 7:48 am

      Josal, I use a coffee filter in the attachment when I vacuum seal cans. It works good for me. I use the wide mouth jars.

      • December 28, 2020 at 7:53 am

        Deborah, You use the coffee liner in the attachment not in the jar?

        • December 28, 2020 at 8:09 am

          I put the coffee filter on top of the lid and jar. This is what I was told to do on a blog I went to. It works.

    • December 28, 2020 at 7:49 am

      Hi Josal, oh, I love this cupcake liner idea. Thank you!!!!! Happy New Year, we sure need one! Linda

    • December 28, 2020 at 10:58 am

      I watched a YouTube video on how to use the Food Saver with powders – both in jars as well as in the bags. I have some flour and cornmeal sealed in bags!

  • December 28, 2020 at 10:34 am

    I’m one of those who uses a credit card for almost everything and pays it off monthly. I rack up enough points annually to pay around three months of credit card bills. Means I’m basically getting everything I buy at a 25% discount.

    Love the coffee filter/cupcake liner ideas. I’ve been using coffee filters that way for years, even though I don’t drink coffee. Comes in handy when vacuum sealing jar meals that contain powdered ingredients. The cupcake liner trick seems like it might even be easier.

    I always find gems in your monthly what to buy series.

    • December 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      Hi Ray, life is good when we save money! I like your credit card point idea! Linda

    • December 28, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      Like Ray, we have always used our credit card for everything possible for the last 40 years. The rewards have totally over $30,000. (I keep track of numbers) no annual fees, no interest. I will admit it takes willpower.
      I do have one big problem that will need help. I bought a lot of chocolate on sale after Halloween for my pantry. Now I can buy chuck roasts and turkeys with the plan to make one a month, an stick to the plan, but I am too weak a person, to leave the chocolates alone!! HELP!!

      • December 28, 2020 at 11:11 pm

        Chris, I’m happy to help you with your chocolate problem. Just send a big box of them to me. 🙂

        • December 29, 2020 at 8:54 am

          Hi Ray, LOL! The chocolate, oh my we need chocolate! Thankfully Chris reminded us to stock up on some. Linda

  • December 28, 2020 at 11:05 am

    I agree with Matt that we need to assess what we need and want for our preps. I don’t purchase gift wrap for holiday gifts – I made reusable gift bags one year and reuse them every year. Since they are made from cloth, I can wash and iron them, roll them down if the gift is not large. I now have one for each of my grandkids with their names on them! This year, my 6 year old grandson said “This one’s mine!!” before he even saw his name on it because it is the one he has been getting his gifts in for a couple of years now. I made them big enough for most things that I would be gifting them.

    Also, I have been the type of person that bought all sorts of things after Christmas for birthdays and such but found that when the birthdays roll around, I either didn’t remember or couldn’t find what I had purchased! Or the gift was no longer appropriate! So I don’t do that anymore.

    • December 28, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      Hi Leanne, oh my I LOVE LOVE LOVE the homemade gift bag idea!! WOW! That is an awesome idea! Love it, Linda

    • December 28, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      Leanne, I love your gift bag idea, especially since we almost ran out of gift bags this year since we have not entered the stores. I am not a great seamstress, but I do have 4 bright red pillow cases that would work if I opened the wide casement to add a drawstring. What do you think? My youngest daughter could paint their names on.

      • December 29, 2020 at 10:03 am

        Chris – the pillow cases would work very very well! You could also turn them inside out and on the bottom corners, simply stitch across making a “triangle” that would then when turned right side out, make the bottom “boxy”. Another idea rather than opening up the casement is to stitch ribbon or ties on one side to tie.

        • December 29, 2020 at 1:46 pm

          Leanne, Thank you. Since I don’t sleep very well, I spent my time designing the bags with faux fur trim and ties and the square bottom like you suggested. My sister, the family seamstress, is making 24 small stockings to fill with chocolate as an advent garland for my son’s famIly. My daughter, will number the stockings and the names in a matching font.

          • December 29, 2020 at 8:38 pm

            Chris ~
            I love the stocking garland advent idea. I think I will get started on this right away! I have 4 grandchildren and that always means 4 advent calendars. This year for some odd reason they only had one and it caused a lot of distress/stress!! So making stockings in a garland, each stocking would be big enough (I will make sure they are) for 4 candies or small toys or love notes! Love it.

  • December 28, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Linda,
    LOVE your idea of buying discounted toys after Christmas for kid’s birthday parties! I’m definitely going to implement this idea, thank you!
    All those birthday party presents add up to a big chunk of change.

    • December 28, 2020 at 1:49 pm

      Hi Amy, when the kids are little they love all presents. I raised four girls so back in the day, we bought all the discounted Barbie stuff, anything thing that went with Barbies, and FisherPrice stuff, I even bought the plain colored gift bags so if we got an invitation, they could choose from the closet and grab a bag. I saved so much money and time. Linda

  • January 5, 2021 at 3:43 am

    Hi Linda,

    Another thing to buy in January are seeds. Most of the seed catalogs get sent out for free in January and many online sites have huge discounts for them, so you can stock up on the seeds needed for the upcoming gardening season or for preps. Better yet, you can buy heirloom seeds and then save your seeds for the next year.

    JP from Shieldbearer of Faith

    • January 5, 2021 at 6:53 am

      HiJP, oh, yes, indeed I need to go add that right now!! Heirloom seeds are the best!! Thank you! Linda


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