5 Things You Should Always Buy On Sale

5 Things You Should Always Buy On Sale from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

Who doesn’t love a good sale? While thrifting and going to garage sales work for some frugal moms, others just aren’t there yet. You can grab some great buys all year long if you’re willing to be patient and wait for the sales. Whether you’re getting a gift for yourself, necessities for your children, or a present for the man in your life, here are the items you should always buy on sale.

School Supplies

Have you ever noticed that when school time comes along, crayons only cost like $0.50/box? But those same crayons in the off-season can sometimes be $3-$4. This goes for all school supplies. When you have multiple children, it can feel like school supplies eat your whole paycheck. But just like anything else, the savings come when you wait for the opportune moment. Buy school supplies when they are on sale, and even if you don’t think you’ll need them for the school year, buy a little extra just in case.


So, you want a new T.V. You’d love one that’s a little bigger, with better sound and picture quality. It would be easy to just go to the store and buy one. But the thing is, you’re frugal, and being frugal means that you don’t go to the store on every purchasing whim. No, you wait for the sale. Unless something is actually broken and cannot work at all, you hang onto that old television. Electronics are definitely a splurge item that you should always wait for sales on. Whether it’s a Black Friday sale or a holiday weekend sale, you can get great deals on all your electronic dreams if you wait a little while.


Whether the tools are for you or that man in your life, buying them can add up. It’s best to wait for summer sales and Father’s Day types of sales if you need high-ticket items. These usually go on sale a few times a year at the hardware store. You can save hundreds of dollars on things like drills, saws, and other power tools if you simply pay attention to the sales. A sale will come along. If you need it now, there are sometimes discounts if you sign up for store credit cards, but use this method sparingly as it could cost you more in the long run if you don’t pay off the card right away.


When your kids have a growth spurt, you’re going to buy a new wardrobe. It’s inevitable. And this wardrobe can be expensive. When kids’ jeans cost the same as adult ones and their shirts are $15 apiece, well, you get the picture. While there are many ways to save on clothes—friend swaps, thrift stores, selling the old to make money for the new—it’s still a huge expense. Fortunately, most retailers offer sales at least a few times a year for kids’ clothes.

Frugal moms know how to find great buys and it doesn’t mean your kids need to look like they stepped out of 1984 with their fashion sense. When the sales come, you can even grab a few of the more expensive pieces of clothes in the next size up and set it aside. Your child will grow into eventually and when they do, you’ll be thankful you have something they can wear.

High-End Shoes

Shoes are a wonderful invention. Part necessity, part style, these foot coverings are some of a mom’s favorite things to buy. Let’s be real, even when you’re on a shoestring budget, sometimes the cheap shoes just won’t cut it. They fall apart easily, they aren’t usually very comfortable, and as far as style goes, they can fall flat. Just because you’re being frugal doesn’t mean you can’t have a pair of shoes you love. It simply means you’re going to wait for Black Friday shoe deals before you fork out any money. And most likely, you’ll choose only one pair at a time instead of 15. So, treat yourself, but wait for the sale.

Being frugal doesn’t mean you can’t have nice things. I love getting new things, but it makes me feel even better when I get those same items for a better price because I was willing to wait for a sale. And it means I have more money in my budget to focus on my long-term financial goals as well. 

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