Stockpiling to Save Money

One of the things that saves us the most money is our well-stocked pantry and freezer. Like many people, I used to shop once a week or more for the food we needed just for that week. It was annoying because I hate grocery shopping. As far as I’m concerned, the less time I spend there the happier I am. It was also expensive because I was just buying things for the week at the going price, regardless of whether or not they were on sale. Not to mention the gas I used going back and forth to the store so often. Then I discovered the joys of stockpiling. It has saved us a ton of money and me a lot of time in the store.

There are several different ways to approach stockpiling. Some people ke


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7 Responses to Stockpiling to Save Money

  1. SaveBuyLive says:

    I’ve started stocking up on foods with long shelf lives. I especially target those foods which have sale prices far below their retail prices.

    If I had more space in my apartment I would target a lot more foods than I do now.

    Just the other day I was stockpiling something. The cashier looked at me and said “wow that’s a lot.” My response was “It’s on sale, and if I calculated things correctly I won’t have to buy until it’s on sale again.” He looked at me as though I was explaining the math behind Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle or something.

    But the point is that I saved over $20 by stockpiling a few weeks of just one item. That’s $20 that I can direct towards something else of far more value to me.

  2. A Marino says:

    I enjoyed the article. In light of the latest situation that we have the (Swine Flu); a stockpiled cabinet would be very helpful.

    Not exposing yourself to the stores as much as possbile is important. Having items on hand is very important.

    If you are out of milk you can cook with evaporated or powdered milk substitute. As far as vegetables, you can use canned items such as artichokes and add other vegetables for a salad or just have a gardinere bottle of vegetables.

    Stockpiling is important because it allows you to stock up at lower costs plus any coupons that you may have. It also gives you more variety than you would have in time of an emergency wherein you have to buy whatever is left on the shelves.

  3. SnoopyCool says:

    You can also stockpile toiletries using the sales at drugstores like CVS, Walgreens or Rite-Aid. I have enough toothpaste, shampoo, razors, etc. to last at least 6 months. Best part is I got most of those items for free or nearly free.

  4. Buying in bulk is always the best, especially when you find coupons or special deals on items you buy frequently. We like to stock up on our kids’ favorite hot dogs and freeze them when there’s a special or a coupon. That way I always have their favorite lunch in the house, and I didn’t have to pay full price.

    What’s cool about it is that, by the time you need to buy more, or just before you need to buy more, there’s another deal waiting to be snatched up.

  5. The 2 key elements to stockpiling are rotation and storage. Rotation is pretty much self explanitory–use what will expire first the soonesst.
    Storage can sometimes be found in odd places. In my first apartment, I had canned goods under my bed and in closets.
    Don’t forget other odd places as well–my roommate in college stored extra blankets in her car trunk

  6. Yo Prinzel says:

    Eating out is a huge problem for me, and I think proper stockpiling would reduce the amount of take out I eat significantly. Thanks for the great post :)

  7. Tightwad says:

    Very good article Jennifer.
    I always enjoy reading about stocking up on products.
    If any of you would like to research this topic further, the LDS website, that is, Latterday Saints (or Mormons), have much more information as it is required by their church for them to have at least one year of supplies stored at all times.
    Interesting to see how they have accomplished storing, wheat, rice, other grains, etc.
    Just a tip and/or suggestion.
    Thank you for allowing me to post my response.

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