This time of year, meaning the up coming holidays, is the best time to stock up on certain food items. The 6-7 weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas are the best weeks to stock up on baking supplies, spices, canned goods, turkey, ham, butter and eggs. I will usually try to stock up on enough dry goods and spices to last my family for the next 4-6 months. Around Easter they will have a sale again, although typically not as good.
Stock up on eggs, you must be crazy right?? Wrong. Even though they have an expiration date, they can last 4 to 5 weeks past their expiration date! According to the American Egg Board:
"The oil coating which seals the shell's pores helps to prevent bacteria
from entering the egg and reduces moisture loss from the egg. RAW SHELL
EGGS REFRIGERATED IN THEIR CARTONS WILL KEEP FOR ABOUT 4 TO 5 WEEKS
BEYOND THE PACK DATE WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT QUALITY LOSS. (The pack date is
usually a number from 1 to 365 representing the day of the year
starting with January 1 as 1 and ending with December 31 as 365.)"
So stock up on eggs because they are a great source of protein that won't break the bank. I personally love to do a breakfast casserole on Thanksgiving and Christmas because they feed a crowd without killing my grocery budget.
Turkeys will be at their cheapest the last full week before Thanksgiving (this year that would be the 17th-23rd), and then on "clearance" after Thanksgiving until they get rid of most or all of their turkeys. Same goes for hams, only right before Christmas rather than Thanksgiving. I will usually pick up an extra turkey and ham to eat later in the year. They are both good in the freezer for at least 6 months to a year. And who says that you can only eat turkey on Thanksgiving?
So for the next 6 weeks watch your grocery ads and see what you can grab for a steal.