One of the tools that I use to save money on groceries and household goods is to create a stockpile. Basically, I purchase non-perishable items when they are at rock bottom prices even if I don't necessarily need them at that very moment and store them in my “pantry”. Then, when I am making my menu plan and grocery list I can “shop” myself first.
How do I do this?
The key is to match store sales with my coupons. I actually have several tools that I use to achieve this:
- I check out the CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid deals on “Cents”able Momma to get the best prices on household items like toothpaste, deodorant, razors, etc. Many times, I can get these items for free or almost free.
- Plus, you can check out the Walmart, Target, Kroger, and Meijer deals for the best grocery deals matched up with coupons.
- Use your price book to make sure that the item is at (or close to) the rock-bottom price for your area.
- You can get multiple copies of your paper to have more coupons to match, but I usually just make do with my one paper each week with printable coupons to supplement. You can find any available coupons in the coupon database.
Some Stockpile Tips:
- Make sure your “pantry” is organized so you can see what items you are currently well stocked in. I am currently way overstocked in feminine products, just because they got hidden.
- You'll want to organize a system of first in, first out so that you are using the oldest items first so nothing expires. It's not saving money if you have to throw it away.
- You don't need to create a stockpile all at once and ruin your budget. Work within your current grocery budget to add a few items at a time to your stockpile.
- You don't need to have a pantry in your kitchen to store your items. Use whatever works for you. I use shelves down in the basement. Of course, you need to pay attention to the storage conditions for your items (like a garage in FL in the summer might not be the best idea).
- Don't let your stockpile get out of control (I know…mine almost is). If you have extra items that you purchased because they were free or almost free, you can donate them to charity.