I prefer to buy things as they go on sale, especially if they are on a good sale and I have a matching coupon (like here and here). The "clutter" doesn't bother me, as long as I have a place to put it. I will stockpile almost any grocery item - as long as it has a long shelf life. At the moment I have a whoooole bunch of peanut butter, granola bars, cereal, and many bottles of apple juice. I have enough toothpaste, toothbrushes for about a year, and the list goes on.
There are some rules I live by when it comes to stockpiling.
- Never stockpile an item your family does not use or does not eat.
- Only stockpile items when they are on a good sale. (Not all sales are good!)
- Only stockpile as much as you have space for. (I do not stockpile milk - too little freezer space.)
- Be extremely careful of stockpiling items with a short shelf life, i.e., produce, dairy products. (If the food goes bad before your family can eat it then it didn't save you money.)
- Sales go in seasons - watch for which items are on sale at what time of year.
- Lunchbox foods/meals
- Pudding cups
- Juice boxes, Capri Sun
- Pop Tarts
- Lunch meat
- Cold cereal
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Tomato soup
- Canned tomatoes
- Tomato sauce
I'll be keeping my eye out for good sales on these items as well as coupons that match up.
Does stockpiling work for you? Or are you a "clutter-phobe" like my sister? I'd love to hear your thoughts on stockpiling.
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