I've mentioned before that I am a stockpiler. I always have been. To the extent that my home and freezer will accommodate the stuff, I buy the things I use on sale (preferrably with a coupon) and try very hard not to buy them again until the next big sale - about 6 weeks later.
But there are a few obstacles to my stockpiling habits. 1) Eating habits change from time to time, requiring a change of purchases; 2) I don't make certain recipes often enough to stockpile their ingredients (i.e. whipping cream); and, 3) this is the most frustrating one - inevitably I miss the fact that I'm running low on something and have to add it to my grocery list on a non-sale week.
When #3 happens, I typically buy the generic from the cheapest store in town. This saves a little, but I always end up irritated with myself for missing the best price. Most recently this happened with peanut butter. Peanut butter is not an optional food at my house. It keeps my son alive and healthy on a daily basis. So why is it when I was down to just 2 jars of peanut butter I didn't notice and start looking for sales?
So here's the question for my incredibly savvy and intelligent readers: How do you track your stockpile so that you are buying items only on sale with coupons?
Please, help. Thank you.
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