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Stocking up in December is about more than Christmas gifts — it’s about your pantry and freezer, too! Stock up on groceries and give yourself (and your family) the extra holiday present of a fully supplied kitchen.

Need more info about what to stock up on year round? Check out the KCL Stock Up List! Next, make sure you download the official KCL app so you never miss a deal.


1. Stock up on ham for less than $1.50 a pound.

Just like turkey in November, ham prices are lowest in December. Stock up when you see prices below $1.50 per lb. In 2019, there was a Target deal that let you combine a Target Circle offer with an ongoing sale to get Archer Farms ham for just $1.14 per lb.


2. Pick up flour for less than two bucks a bag.

Sales on baking supplies peak during the Christmas baking season, which means you won’t need a coupon to score cheap flour. You could take advantage of a Safeway deal in 2019 for a 5-pound bag of flour for just $0.99.

KCL stock-up price:

  • King Arthur Flour: $1.99 per 5-pound bag
  • Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour: $1.25 per 5-pound bag


3. Stock up for six months of sugar at a low price.

Walgreens had a 2019 deal where you could snag C&H sugar for just $0.99 a bag when you bought two. Sugar is shelf stable, so buy at least six months’ worth in December.

KCL stock-up price:

  • Domino Sugar 4-pound bag: $1.00 per bag
  • Domino Pour Sugar 12-ounce Container: $0.75
  • Sugar in the Raw 32-ounce: $1.99
  • Truvia Sugar 40-count: $1.99


4. Keep an eye out for discounted sparkling cider.

The cost of sparkling cider skyrockets after December, so if you want to have some on hand all year, watch for prices to dip under $2.99.

Kroger had R.W. Knudsen sparkling cider for $2.99 in 2019, and you could combine the sale with an Ibotta rebate to essentially bring that price down to $0.99 a bottle.



5. Fill your pantry with instant mashed potatoes.

December’s a month for comfort food, so it’s a great time to fill your pantry with instant mashed potatoes. ALDI had Chef’s Cupboard mashed potatoes as low as $0.75 last year, which is the ideal stock-up price.


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6. Snag cake mixes for less than a dollar a box.

While the usual stock-up price for cake mix is around $0.75 a box, you can grab some pretty awesome deals around December. in 2019, you could pick up Duncan Hines cake mix for just $0.65 a box at with a Kroger digital coupon. Might as well fill up the pantry for the new year.

KCL stock-up price:

  • Pillsbury cake mix 15 oz: $0.75 per box
  • Betty Crocker cake mix 15.25 oz: $0.50 per box
  • Duncan Hines cake mix 15.25 oz: $0.75 per box
  • Duncan Hines Perfect Size Cake Mix: $1.50 per box


7. Fill your freezer with frozen pies and pie crusts.

As long as you’ve got dessert on the mind, why not prepare for the future with some frozen pies? In 2019, some smart shopping brought Pillsbury Pie Crusts down to $1.66 apiece when you bought six at with a digital coupon at Publix.

It’s like they’re encouraging you to stock up!

KCL stock-up price:

  • Edwards Frozen Pies 26-30 oz: $2.99 per package
  • Mrs. Smith’s Frozen Pies 35-37 oz: $1.99 per package


8. Collect some clearance wrapping paper to use all year round.

Buying clearance wrapping paper after Christmas is a no-brainer; clearance prices drop as low as 70% off!

To close out December in 2019, a Dollar Tree sale had rolls of wrapping paper for just $0.50 a roll. Stock up when you see prices hit $0.50-$0.75 per roll, and choose solid colors or basic patterns to use all year (think: birthdays, Valentine’s Day and more).


9. Take advantage of toy clearance sales around the holidays.

There are tons of toy clearance sales around the holidays. Watch for 50-75% off savings on toys in late December, and don’t forget to check drugstores.

Last year you could pick up FAO Schwarz toys 60% off at a Macy’s sale or using a Kohl’s promotion. And that was even before Christmas!


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10. Grab cosmetic and fragrance gift sets for half the price.

Sephora, Ulta, and Macy’s slash prices on prestige-brand makeup gift sets right after Christmas. In 2019, Macy’s had lipgloss sets, variety sets, and more for 50% off around the holidays.

KCL stock-up price:

  • Nyx Professional Makeup Butter Lipstick $2.99
  • Almay Shadow Softies $1.99
  • Revlon Ultimate All-in-One Mascara $1.99
  • CoverGirl Ink It Eyeliner $1.99


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