What To Stock Up On In November

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It’s all about what to stock up on in November today. Here’s the deal, if we have a list of things we need, let’s try to purchase them at rock-bottom prices.

Every month stores reduce their inventory by marking down products we may need or want. If you haven’t signed up for newsletters from the stores you shop at the most, do it now. They notify their loyal customers before the public hears about a sale.

This month is no exception for saving money, a lot of money. Just think, Thanksgiving and all the trimmings, yay!

You can buy fresh or frozen turkeys to start with, then add the stuffing mixes and the pie crusts.

Before you head to the store to save money, organize your pantry and freezer. Be ready to stock up big time with just about anything you can use in November and December. I always make it a point to put a list together of what I need, that way I’m less likely to forget an item. I have this great app, Any List, for my phone that I use now, and it works super.

If you have plans for Christmas Eve or New Year’s Day be ready to stock the food, snacks, and appetizer fixings.

What To Stock Up On In November

What To Stock Up On In November

Thanksgiving

Everything you need for that special day you can find on sale this month. Everything from turkeys, spiral hams, yams, potatoes, whipping cream, etc.

I absolutely love this month as I fill my freezer and pantry with things marked way down from the original price in anticipation of the pending holidays.

November 3rd is National Sandwich Day

Sandwich Day

Now, if you have a favorite sandwich shop, they may have a special like two sandwiches for the price of one! Watch Facebook and Instagram for specials too.

Don’t forget to watch for coupons in your email and the weekly flyers in your mailbox or newspaper. The stores will send out emails to their customers, so sign up for their newsletters today.

Budget Laptops

Laptops

November is a great month to look at buying low-end laptops. If you don’t need a super-fast laptop, you can look for great buys for a starter laptop.

It may fit into your budget if all you’re looking for is a computer that you use to check your emails, do some word processing, or follow your favorite blogs. Although seldom on the cheap side, Apple just had a major announcement regarding new iPhone and laptop offerings. That usually means that the previous generations will be reduced enough to pique your interest.

TV’s and Other Electronics

Televisions

If you’ve been wanting a new TV with more gadgets, or your current TV is on its last leg, watch the Sunday paper or your weekly ads in the mailbox.

You will see specials on televisions, so keep an eye out for what you want to buy before the sales hit.

In other words, shop BEFORE you need the TV. Then be patient and watch for the rock-bottom prices on the model you want.

You will find discounted prices on some of your favorite small electronics as well. Watch for stocking stuffers or Christmas gifts at reduced prices on last year’s models of many items. Be sure to check out the small appliance aisles for specials.

Halloween Leftover Stuff

Halloween Costumes

This is when you’ll want to grab some leftover candy and use your FoodSaver to remove the air in the containers for the candy you love to eat. Please remember, if they have nuts in the candy, I would freeze them.

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Nuts have a high oil content and can go rancid very quickly. Yes, even in candy. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • Leftover Halloween candy
  • Costumes
  • Candles
  • Decorations
  • Halloween masks
  • Halloween lights
Halloween Candy

Pumpkins and Winter Squash

Pumpkins

Watch for pumpkins after Halloween and also winter squash. They will be marked way down in price. You can store the squash and enjoy it throughout the next couple of months. Have you tried cooking a pumpkin in your Instant Pot?

Winter Squash

Garden Seeds

We all need to keep garden seeds so we can grow our food. My favorite place to buy my garden seeds is SeedsNow I have two of these containers below. They are perfect for storing my garden seeds. Photo Case 4″ x 6″ Photo Box Storage and my label machine is easy to use to organize my entire house. Brother P-Touch Label Maker

Garden Seed Container

Wedding Dresses

Yes, the stores’ markdown wedding dresses. Just think of it this way, out with the old and in with the new spring styles. The long sleeve dresses have to go and the new summery dresses are on their way to being hung up for the warmer weather.

If you know any bride-to-be, tag them about sales on wedding dresses, they are out there. Be ready to save a lot of money, in some cases 70% off.

Yes, the supplies may be limited, but someone can alter the sleeves or length if you need something a little different. It’s all about saving money while getting something nice at the same time.

Veteran’s Day Sales

Veterans Day Large Appliance Sale

Woohoo! This is the holiday weekend people wait to snag a large appliance they need for the kitchen or laundry room. You will see markdowns on this year’s models.

The stores want to get rid of the old to make room for the new models coming in December.

We bought our gas stove with a huge 50% off discount. It was truly worth the wait to get an older model. I didn’t need one with all the bells and whistles, so to speak.

If you have been looking for a sale on a special baking pan, look at your local stores this weekend and save a lot of money.

Baking Supplies

Baking Supplies

Look for mailbox flyers with coupons galore and emails from your favorite grocery store to save money throughout the month. This is the month I stock my freezer with butter and my pantry with canned pumpkin.

I typically buy ten packages of cream cheese this month when it hits around $1.00 for an 8-ounce package.

  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Spices
  • Cream cheese
  • Canned pie filling
  • Chocolate chips
  • Baking mixes
  • Butter
  • Pie shells
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Marshmallows

Fresh Items

Did you know you can freeze whipping cream in the carton as shown below? Buy it at rock-bottom prices and thaw in the refrigerator the day before you need it. Gotta love it!

Whipping Cream

If the turkeys get down to $.89 a pound or less, I like to buy three or four of them and fill the freezer. I love baking a turkey on Sunday and freezing the leftovers in 2 cup freezer bags.

I also freeze cranberries to use throughout the year.

Cranberries

Ready to bake frozen pumpkin pies for those who want to buy ahead of time and bake them the night before Thanksgiving, or anytime during the holidays.

Pumpkin Pie
  • Whipping cream
  • Turkeys (if you live by a Winco, the last 2-3 years if you spend $100.00 they will give you a free turkey during November)
  • Hams
  • Cranberries-Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip
  • Russet potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes/Yams
Yams and Sweet Potatoes

Frozen Food

Here again, if the turkeys get down to $.89 cents or less per pound, I grab a few for the freezer. Cool Whip isn’t my favorite choice for cream, but if the large container goes for less than $1.00 I buy 4 or 5 for the freezer.

Cool Whip

I have a few salads I use Cool Whip in like this Watergate Salad.

  • Turkeys
  • Hams
  • Cool Whip
  • Pie crusts
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Then let’s talk about making soup with the turkey carcass, life is so good. It’s all about saving money, and this month rocks with savings.

Turkeys

November is a great month for spiral or regular hams. I love a baked ham, and then enjoy ham sandwiches for a quick meal.

Hams

Canned/Boxed Items For Your Pantry

Pumpkin

It’s a great month to stock up on some of these items. With the holidays ahead I will be using several of these, so it’s a great time for me to stock my pantry.

Stuffing or Dressing
  • Broth
  • Canned soups
  • Green beans
  • French’s Fried Onions
  • Stuffing mix
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Pumpkin 100% and Pumpkin Pie Mix
  • Pumpkin donuts
  • Pumpkin cookies
  • Pumpkin cake
  • Crackers
  • Spices
  • Olives, green and black
  • Canned vegetables
  • Yams
  • Peanut butter

I love having peanut butter in the pantry!

Peanut Butter

This is a great time to stock up on frozen pie crusts.

Pie Crusts

Do you make a green bean casserole? We make it every year.

Green Bean Casserole

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What To Stock Up On In November

This is a great time to find that special gift for someone at Christmas time. You will find just about every kitchen appliance for holiday gifts, wedding gifts, and housewarming gifts.

If you need a FoodSaver, this is the month to watch for one.

These two days you will find the lowest sales of the year, literally. Watch for Amazon, Target, and Best Buy to start with as you look for prices below cost, sometimes. You may call them “teasers,” but they are real. I bought the camera for my blog that way, it was a great deal.

What to Stock Up On Each Month:

Unique November Holidays

  • November 1: All Saint’s Day 
  • November  2: Deviled Egg Day 
  • November 3: Sandwich Day 
  • November 4: King Tut Day 
  • November 5: Men Make Dinner Day 
  • November 6: National Nacho Day 
  • November 7: Bittersweet Chocolate with Almond’s Day 
  • November 8: Cook Something Bold Day 
  • November 9: World Freedom Day 
  • November 10: Forget Me Not Day 
  • November 11: World Origami Day 
  • November 12: Chicken Soup for the Soul Day 
  • November 13: National Indian Pudding Day
  • November 14: World Diabetes Day 
  • November 15: Clean Your Refrigerator Day 
  • November 16: National Fast Food Day 
  • November 17: Homemade Bread Day 
  • November 19: Have a Bad Day Day 
  • November 20: Beautiful Day 
  • November 21: World Hello Day 
  • November 22: Go for a Ride Day 
  • November 23: Eat a Cranberry Day 
  • November 25: National Parfait Day 
  • November 26: Thanksgiving
  • November 27: Black Friday 
  • November 28: French Toast Day 
  • November 29: Square Dance Day 
  • November 30: Stay at Home Because You’re Well Day

Final Word

Let me know your thoughts on what to stock up on in November, I love to hear! What do you have on your need list? Let me know what you hope to buy in November that will save you a lot of money.

It’s all about being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda

Copyright Images: Small Pumpkins in Wooden Box Deposit photos_84642240_s-2019

30 thoughts on “What To Stock Up On In November

  • October 17, 2020 at 7:41 am
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    I love your “What to Stock Up On” articles. I would add vegetable seeds to the list and get them well before the Spring rush.

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      • October 17, 2020 at 7:45 am
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        Many companies have decent stocks of seeds right now, though some have shortages which will only get worse.

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        • October 17, 2020 at 8:29 am
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          Hi Ray, I agree about the seed shortages. I have stocked up well, but I always feel like “do I need more seeds?”. I have to be realistic and I realize seeds do not last forever. Linda

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  • October 17, 2020 at 8:21 am
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    Love this! Even though it’s mid-October, I just started stocking up for the holidays. I do have a question. Can you freeze whipping cream? I’ll need to use some of our stuff in the freezers before I can buy some to freeze. I try to buy up what we need when it’s on sale all year long. This week at our local grocery store, they have pork chops on sale BOGO free. I bought several. If it’s on sale and we use it, I’ll buy it.

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    • October 17, 2020 at 8:35 am
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      Hi Deborah, yes, you can freeze whipping cream similar to milk. You can also whip it and freeze dollops. I think whipping cream will be on sale through December. I would rather buy fresh and whip as needed. It’s been so crazy lately we never know what will become shortages! Linda

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:15 am
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    Please watch the dates on your seeds. Some, like corn are only good for 1 yr. Otherwise they may not sprout well the next year. OP varietes may do better. Just a note. I have had trouble in the past.

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    • October 17, 2020 at 10:29 am
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      Hi Cheryl, I totally agree, this is why I’m so careful about storing seeds. Great reminder, Linda

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  • October 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm
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    Regarding freezing heavy whipping cream… Do you just put it in the freezer in the carton and thaw in the refrig when you are ready to use.??

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    • October 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm
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      Hi Cheryl, I would pour into a mason jar or something similar so the cream can expand without making a big mess in the freezer. Always thaw in the refrigerator. Linda

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  • October 18, 2020 at 7:33 pm
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    I freeze whipping cream in its original container as I do with other products….they all have room to expand bc they are not ever filled to the very top. Never had a problem…just thaw in frig. when want to use.

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    • October 19, 2020 at 4:50 am
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      Hi Sandra, oh I love hearing this! I’m always afraid stuff will expand in the freezer! Thanks for the tip! This would make it so much easier to freeze whipping cream!! Linda

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  • October 19, 2020 at 4:20 pm
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    I know this isn’t November, but our local farm store has generators on sale for $100 off. Now might be a good time to buy one if you are interested. Look around for the best deals and the size you need before you really need it!

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    • October 19, 2020 at 5:40 pm
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      Hi Cheryl, wow, that’s a great deal. I can’t get one because I don’t dare store gasoline on my property. AND it doesn’t make sense for my budget. I can make do with what I have. Linda

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  • October 21, 2020 at 9:25 am
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    I, also, love your what to buy in the month lists. I have a good stock of stuff but will always take advantage of a good sale. I always buy more that one turkey but buy several turkey breasts when on sale!
    I enjoy all the articles you write. Good info in them all.

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    • October 21, 2020 at 9:30 am
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      Hi Doris, thank you for your kind words, they mean so much to me. I looked the other day at the store for turkeys and turkey breasts and they are not in stock yet. Can’t you just smell the turkey or turkey breast baking? Mark and I will be staying home for Thanksgiving this year, I’m worried about spreading the COVID or getting it! So I need a turkey breast or a small turkey. Mark likes the wishbone, I like the turkey breast with zero bones! LOL! Life is so good! Linda

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    • October 31, 2021 at 7:57 am
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      Do you can any turkey, if so how do you cut it up? I already pressure can lots of other meats, so I understand the process, just wondering size of chunks if you can. Thanks in advance for your answer.

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  • October 31, 2020 at 12:33 am
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    Not sure if I will be having Thanksgiving by myself or going to spend it with my daughter and her family – not sure how I feel because they are not so careful about staying away from people!! Want to see the grandkids but not at the risk of my health right now or still!!

    So, since I am single, I will plan on roasting a game hen or a turkey 1/2 breast with all the fixings in just micro sizes!

    As for the other things on the list, I have most of them already and just went through my long term storage – have plenty of sugar and such so not going to go all out in November. My waist cannot handle lots of baking if I am going to be alone!

    **Just an aside – I ran to the pharmacy this afternoon and when I came home, there were 3 boxes at my door full of canned goods, rice and beans, apples, potatoes and onions. I am SET!! Don’t know for sure who dropped them off but I will gladly add this to my preps!

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    • October 31, 2020 at 6:35 am
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      Hi Leanne, oh my goodness what a wonderful surprise and a blessing at the same time!! There are good people in the world, that’s for sure! Mark and I are not going anywhere for the holidays, we are in a Code Red Zone. We can’t risk it. Stay well, Linda

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  • October 31, 2020 at 5:41 am
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    Linda, love all the ” What to ” articles. Really appreciate links to different products. I just ordered a set of the photo cases, as my seeds are getting out of hand! Also looked at the P touch label maker, but not sure on ordering one right now.

    God Bless us all this holiday season.

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  • October 31, 2021 at 7:35 am
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    Linda, your what to stock up on articles are the best. I really like how you store your seeds, keeping them organized. Most of mine are stored in their original envelopes, inside larger envelopes labeled with “Warm Weather,” “Cool Weather,” or, since I have lots of bean and pea seeds, “Beans” with the varieties listed on the larger envelopes. I also use various size plastic containers with tight fitting lids, and even small Mason jars. Most of my seeds are stored in the refrigerator, some in a freezer.

    I’m harvesting cherry tomatoes, bok choi, lettuce, chard, carrots and shell peas right now and my Contender beans are about ready to flower and set fruit. My broccoli won’t form heads at least for another month. We’ll eat most of the shell peas fresh but I’ll can some of them as well as some of the carrots.

    Since there’s only two of us at home now we rarely cook a whole turkey–usually just get a turkey breast. But when turkey gets cheap I buy a whole one and can some for use throughout the year. I do the same with chicken.

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    • October 31, 2021 at 8:00 am
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      Hi Ray, oh my gosh, you know I love hearing what you’re doing! I love hearing about your garden, oh my gosh, what joy that brings! I hope to have a bigger garden next year. We moved up north, so I’m not sure what is going to happen. At least we sold our home in 12 hours, packed up, and moved so quickly it is still a blur, but a good one. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to grow and preserve our food? I love what you grow! Linda

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      • October 31, 2021 at 9:17 am
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        Linda,

        Wow! You sold your home in 12 hours? That’s amazing. So glad you’ve moved somewhere with no HOA’s. Now you can have chickens. I recommend the Delaware breed. Docile disposition, excellent layers and good meat too. And maybe you can put in a well and be water independent too.

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        • October 31, 2021 at 9:43 am
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          Hi Ray, it was crazy, they bought the house sight unseen based on the pictures our realtor had taken. The buyer did not want a bidding war so we agreed to sell it for full price. We feel very blessed. They came the next day and loved the house so we never really had to show it. So grateful! We won’t be able to have a well where we are moving but there is no HOA! YAY! LOL! When we get to that point I will need all the help I can get. Thank you, my friend, Linda

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      • November 8, 2021 at 7:29 pm
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        I am so glad you were able to sell and close on your home so quickly. I confess my back aches just THINKING about trying to move all your emergency prep items. We downsized 6 years ago. I cleaned, cleared and used up everything I could, which is why we had to restock the last several years.

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        • November 9, 2021 at 9:24 am
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          Hi Chris, we were so lucky to sell so fast, we never had to show our house. I gifted some fuel in buckets to my close neighbors, and a few propane tanks to them as well. We gifted the food that was not still in cases. We had the movers put the shelves with the #10 cans on the truck to be delivered to my daughter’s home. She and her husband met the movers with all of our stuff. Whew! Then the stuff that couldn’t go on the moving truck they drove down and picked up and drove them to their home. It worked out so well. Boxing up everything was a pain, but we are blessed to have the stuff to box up. We will restock now that we are up north. It feels so good to downsize but still have my preps and food storage. Linda

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  • October 31, 2021 at 8:18 am
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    It will be interesting to see what happens on holiday food sales this year with all the shortages. Maybe the sale prices will be what “normal” prices were last year! I’m noticing you have to shop at the beginning of the grocery store sales or they are out of items so no more waiting until the last few days of the ad to shop.

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    • October 31, 2021 at 9:39 am
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      Hi Kay, I saw turkeys yesterday for $.89 a pound. I’m buying a turkey breast, at my stage in life, it’s easier. I picked up odds and ends for Thanksgiving just in case they are not available. All my pantry food storage is in boxes, I need to unpack. So it was easier to pick up what I needed yesterday. I’m not a fan of shopping with crowds. I agree if you see what you need, get it. Linda

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  • October 31, 2021 at 5:40 pm
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    You mentioned buying sandwiches. Watch for fast food sandwiches to be on sale. Our local fast food places have
    breakfast sandwiches either 2 for $3, or 1.99 each at another place. I can eat one and freeze one. I try to do that just so I can have something different for breakfast I don’t have to fix, just warm up. Those places also have $5.00 menu’s or
    dollar menu’s. You can throw a few things in your freezer cheaper.

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    • November 1, 2021 at 12:06 pm
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      Hi June, I love this, I love getting a few of those 2 for $3.00 breakfast sandwiches! Sometimes I get up and I just want something quick to heat up or a muffin, but something yummy! Great tip! Linda

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