Extreme Couponing Education: Sale Cycles

Because they don’t tell you everything on reality television we are here to reveal the secrets of Extreme Couponing.

The Secret of the Stockpile:

You really can’t make your stockpile work for you until it is well rounded.  Take for example this photo below…


This is a picture taken after one of my successful couponing trips a few summers ago. If I only couponed in the summer my poor family would have to live off of hot dogs and marshmallows year round. So for true coupon success you have to coupon through out the year so you can hit all of the different Sale Cycles!

Brief Summary of Sale Cycles:

  • January: Diet foods, medicines, Quaker products, party foods, and Christmas clearance
  • February: candy/chocolate, canned foods (veggies, fruit, tuna.)
  • March: Frozen Food Month, Easter candy/baskets, cleaning supply sales begin,
  • April: Easter dinner foods, Easter clearance
  • May: Party foods, BBQ/Camping supplies
  • June: National Dairy Month, BBQ/Camping supplies will continue, Gift Card Promotion (use the money you’re saving for Christmas and buy gift cards to use later, get free groceries NOW).
  • July: MORE BBQ foods, school supply sales begin.
  • August: School supply sales continue, school lunch items, Kraft
  • September: Labor Day BBQ items and the end of school supply sales, Campbell’s sale, more “school food” items
  • October: Halloween candy, toy sales begin
  • November: Halloween clearance items, and all Thanksgiving dinner and baking items, Gift Card Promotions,
  • December: Thanksgiving clearance items (decorations, napkins, etc.) and all Christmas dinner and baking items.

Visit our Sale Cycles page for a full list of the sale cycles and a free downloadable version for your coupon binder.

  • Read more tips to help your Extreme Couponing Education.
  • Get a quick start on Extreme Couponing done right with our coupon class on DVD!


  • dropofrain

    OK, help me out here. I don’t find any great sale prices/coupons/discounts on oatmeal- at least nothing better than previous months. Am I missing something?

  • Holly

    Any ideas if their will be a good oatmeal/quaker sale this year. It seems like last year it wasn’t very good and I’m thinking this year probally won’t be any better. BUT I hope I’m wrong….whats it lookin like. Anything coming up in the last week of Jan for ALbertsons?

  • Tammy

    Ok, so I know this extreme couponing show stuff is definitely not reality, but what I’d like to know after watching one show….is how the heck to they get those high value coupons? I rarely see one for more than a couple of dollars off something, and they were using coupons in the $7-11 range? Am I missing something?

    • Monica

      The high value coupons often come straight from the manufacturer. You can write some of your favorite manufacturers and request coupons. Tell them how much you love a product and they will often send you coupons for it.

      I personally have revived high value coupons at expos I have been to where the manufacturer is personally handing them out.

  • Erin

    Yes email the maufacturers but don’t ask for coupons directly. Tell them a personal story on how their product is part of your daily routine or how much your family loves their product and they will send you more.

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