I have not written a money saving Tuesday post in so long it is almost embarassing. To tell you the truth, I couldn't even remember all of the topics I have written about and had to go back and reread them. I am telling myself this is normal and not a sign that I am losing my mind!
One of the many ways I work to save money in our house is through stockpiling. Stockpiling is different from bulk buying. When i bulk buy I buy a lot at one time, and I add it to my stockpile. But stockpiling is simply having a large amount of one product. I stockpile several products. I add to the stockpile whenever I see a good sale, or we head to BJ's. By doing this I know that I won't have to pay full price for many items in my pantry.
One item I stockpile the most is pasta. We eat pasta at least once a week, sometimes twice (once as a main dish and once as a side). I never pay full price for a box of pasta. The most I pay is $1 and lately I haven't even paid that much. I also stockpile items like:
cheese (in the freezer)
soda (my vice)
apple juice (Owen's favorite)
macaroni and cheese
flour (I recently bought bags for 99 cents each, I have five bags in my pantry)
bread (this freezes well!)
milk (if it is on sale I freeze it)
Most of the items are non perishable. The rest are frozen.
I save a lot of money by stockpiling and have more freedom in my meal planning. If I want a chicken dish, but chicken is not on sale, I simply "shop" in my freezer. Stockpiling also allows me to shop the sales. If pasta is on sale I buy it, even if we don't need it. This past week pasta was 69 cents a box. That is super cheap where I live. I bought five boxes. I would have bought more, but it was on sale for 77 cents three weeks ago and I bought ten boxes then. I am running out of room for pasta! Now I will not need to pay full price for pasta and can use the money in my weekly budget for groceries to buy other items that are on sale.
I love love love soda. But I cannot pay $4 for a 12 pack. It just is not in my budget So when it is on sale for $2.50 a 12 pack, or less, Jon and I stock up. We might spend $20 on soda one week, but we won't buy it again for about two monhts. Yes that is still high for our budget, but it is one of the last areas I will cut from when cutting my food budget. I'll cut chocolate and ice cream and otehr fun snacks before I'll cut soda! Luckily, because I work to keep my grocery bill down, I can afford to purchase the soda.
I never understood stockpiling until I became a stay at home mom working with a budget based on one income. I want my family to eat healthy, and I also want freedom in my meal planning. by stockpiling I can have both!