Stockpiling is a sure fire way to save money on groceries. The value of the dollar decreases and the cost of groceries are going up, WEEKLY.
What is stockpiling? Stockpiling is building up a stock of products that are on sale that your family uses. For example, if your family eats Ragu spaghetti sauce ($4 a jar) a couple times a month and you found the jars on sale for $.34 a jar. You would not buy one jar you would buy 1-2 cases (or as many as you can get your hands on).
Why? Stockpiling extend the sale of the items you buy and use every month. You are in complete control of what you pay for an item not the retailers. You will no longer have to pay full price for items you use on a regular basis.
Disaster. Not only does stockpiling help you pay less for things you buy every month but you will be prepared for any natural disasters (hurricanes in our area) or unnatural disasters (job loss).
Basics of a stockpile. Here is a list of items that you should start stockpiling. There maybe others depending on what your family needs. You may want to add the not so basic things, for example Glade Air Freshers. If you use them and they go on sale, by all means add them to your stockpile.
- Paper Towels
- Paper Plates and Cups (these come in hand during a hurricane)
- Dishwasher Detergent
- Dish Soap
- Cleaning Products
- Laundry Soap
- Hand Soap
- Shampoo, Conditioner, and Gel
- Toothpaste, Toothbrush and Mouthwash
- Frozen Foods
- Canned Goods (Tuna, Peanut Butter)
- Light Bulbs
- Candles and Matches
- Pet food
- Plastic and Aluminum wrap
- Trash and Storage bags (Ziploc)
- Diapers and wipes
- Formula and baby products (watch the expiration dates on the formula)
- Dressings and Condiments (BBQ Sauce, Salad Dressing, Tabasco)
- Cooking Oil
- Coffee and Tea
- Pasta and Rice
- Frozen Foods (if you have an extra freezer)
There is no room. We hear this a lot, there is no room in my house. Well, for those of you who know us, if we can find room you can. You decide the size of your stockpile, it can be as big as your garage or the top shelf in your pantry. Look around your house, we bet there is a top shelf in a closet or in your kitchen that you are not using or you can move some kitchen appliances around to make room. If you are still not convinced send us a photo of your opened kitchen cabinets and we will work on it together. Think about this, what’s worth more, that shelf of shoes from the ‘80’s that you have not worn in 5 or more years or rolls of paper towels that you bought for a fraction of the cost?
Where to put it? Here are some ideas on where to put the stockpile.
- Under the Bed
- Coat Closet
- Take mixes out of their boxes and storing them in plastic shoe size containers. You will be surprised how much space this will save.
- Laundry room (install a cabinet or wire shelf)
- Kids closet shelves
- Basement or Attic (paper towels and toilet paper)
- Garage (only items that do not need to be in the A/C)
Share with a friend. If you can’t consume everything you buy on sale, split it with friends. Swap finding deals and split the cost. You can trade not only groceries but coupons as well.
Important things to keep in mind. Here are some important things to keep in mind when you are building your stockpile.
- Expiration dates – Watch the dates on the perishable items like cereals and juice.
- Rotate – Use the oldest items first in order to avoid waste.
- Storage and Organizing – Be careful how you store your items. Don’t store your liquid detergent above your cereals. There could be a leak. Make sure you organize the products in your home. Keep your chemicals away from the food items.
- Don’t Get Carried Away – Remember the 1st rule of shopping, only buy what you need or what you will use. Don’t get caught up in shopping fever of finding a great deal and buy things your family won’t use.
- Take your Time – There is no rush. Build your stockpile over time. Have fun with the hunt.
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