Wow – it’s hard to believe that nearly four years ago I launched this blog with a little more than an idea and an armful of library books (yes, I’m old school). I’m beyond pleased and proud of the awesome community this place has evolved into. It’s exciting to be entering a New Year – it’s a time of possibility, resolve, expectation, and goals. All stuff that this highly-motivated, can’t sit still, type “A” personality gal thrives on.
I wanted to start the month off right giving you a heads up of what to expect in terms of shopping and couponing as well as happenings here at The Coupon Project.
January: What Goes on Sale
Have you downloaded my new and improved Store Sales Cycles download yet? It’s free! I really believe in paying attention to what sales are happening at what times of the year. Even if you never clipped a coupon, you could be saving precious dollars by just stocking up on items when they go on their lowest prices of the year. (And/or planning your meals seasonally.)
The good news is that January is a fabulous month of the year to be a couponer or to start couponing! Here are the items I’ll be keeping my eye out to buy in January:
- Themes. New Year’s Resolutions, Cleaning/Organizing, Healthy Eating, Superbowl.
- Good-for-you Foods. Fred Meyer has had bagged salads for $1 the first week of the year (maybe this will happen next week?), and many grocery stores will highlight produce deals. I have a hunch we’ll see more organic and specialty food deals this month too (non-dairy milks, GF items). Stock up.
- Special K/Slimfast. I’ve noted lots of promotions for these particular brands in January in years past. Coupons as well.
- Clearance Sales. Target has historically moved select toys to 70% off clearance in early-mid January (around the 10-13th of the month) and Old Navy has run some smashing clearance events as well.
- Superbowl Foods. In the next couple weeks, watch your coupon inserts and mark my words. You’ll see football fields and helmets splashed as images in the inserts. Think lots of snack foods – chips, salsa, frozen foods, chili mixes, sodas, etc. Basically the complete opposite of the start of this month. 😉
- Oatmeal (?). January is National Oatmeal Month and in the past, it was the best month to stock up on Quaker (both oatmeal and cereals). However, last year there was a severe lack of oatmeal sales. (No worry for me – I just buy it in bulk at WinCo for about $0.60/lb. And then last September? There were the best sales of the year on Quaker oatmeal and cereal. I think they are keeping us on our toes! I will definitely watch for oatmeal sales this month, but I won’t be holding my breath.
For more of what to expect, see my Store Sales Cycles download.
What’s Happening at The Coupon Project
Here is what to expect for the month and themes for the year at The Coupon Project.
- Eating Healthy on a Budget. I just launched this series today and you can read the introduction.
- Webcast (TBD). I’d like to do a special FREE live webcast at a time TBD this month on my thoughts about couponing trends and predictions for 2013. Stay tuned.
- DIY/Frugal Living. I will continue my focus to make The Coupon Project a place that inspires you to save money besides just using coupons. This means more posts on gardening, canning, recipes, and other tactics for doing it yourself and saving money.
- Finish the How to Coupon series already. I had a great plan to redo my How to Coupon series last October. I got through about 7 or 8 posts and then life got crazy. I do intend to finish those. Sorry if you’ve been hanging since then.
- Quality vs. quantity. My goal is to provide good cross section of top deals while still delivering the kind of content you won’t find at other deal blogs. I also don’t intend to overwhelm your feeds with 17 “*HOT* New $0.50 off coupon!” notices. It’s important to me that I continue to deliver at a pace I can reasonably sustain for a good work-life balance for my family and that you can reasonably follow day to day.
- Fun and funny. I think the world needs more funny. I also think it’s time we get off our Pinteresty high horses, keep it real, and laugh at ourselves once in awhile. One of my biggest goals as a writer is to make more people laugh. Kind of a different goal for a coupon blog, but it’s something I value deeply. 😉
What do you look forward to shopping for in January? What would you like to see here at The Coupon Project in January or in 2013? What kind of posts have been the most helpful to you?