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Grocery Geek Presents: Learn to Build a Stockpile
Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 12, 2010 @ 1:47 am In Grocery Geek | 40 Comments
Time was long ago, that I would go to the grocery store with a list of all the things that I wanted to buy. Today, I decide what I want based on what’s on sale.This reversal in my thinking has helped us trim our grocery budget enormously. Three years ago I regularly spent $800-1000 each month to feed our family of then 7. I’ve shaved that down to about $600/month on average.
This new way of doing things can be a little restricting sometimes, but overall it works out.
You see, I practice what some people call, stockpiling. I buy things on sale before I need them and keep them on hand in the pantry.
Now let me clarify between what I do and hoarding. You’ve probably heard plenty of horror stories about people who died with closets and closets of food and other belongings that they didn’t really need. Due to fears, some probably very real, they didn’t want to be without. And so they bought without as much purpose as they did compulsion. They bought when they didn’t need it, and they never used it.
Frankly, I call that waste.
In my mind, a proper “stockpile” is one that is used. I may buy 10 boxes of cereal at one time at a great price on sale and with coupons , but they get eaten within a couple months, avoiding waste and avoiding a bigger bill at the grocery store.
You see, I could buy two boxes of cereal for five weeks at pay whatever the going rate was, usually about $2 a box. That turns out to be about $20. OR I can buy ten at one time for about $0.50 a box and spend a mere $5. Over five week’s time, I’ve saved $15.
That is stockpiling.
There are some guidelines to keep in mind when you’re building and maintaining a well-stocked pantry on a budget.
If you’re just starting out in building a frugal pantry, your grocery trips will look kind of odd.
It’s okay if the checker doesn’t understand the method to your madness. You do.
This past week a recent trip to Walmart produced these items in my cart:
3 bottles of Genesis Today juices ($6 – $1 coupon = $5 ea)
3 bottles of Hunts Ketchup ($1 – $0.20 coupon = $0.80 ea)
2 packages of La Creme Mousse yogurt ($2.19 – BOGO coupon = $1.10 ea)
Now that’s a weird combination. Sure, I also bought a gallon of milk and some birthday party stuff. But, I browsed the aisles and saw these items on rollback. I knew I had coupons in my coupon box which greatly reduced the prices of these items. I checked the expiration dates and I knew that I had space to store these items so we wouldn’t feel like we had to eat them up quicker than need be. While it may have been a weird combination, I was building our stockpile, saving us money on those items that we enjoy and will use over the coming weeks and months.
See ya in the comments.
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