Tuesday's Tip 27: Shop to Stock

by Beth Montgomery on January 1, 2009 · 5 comments

in Frugal Series, Tips & Basics

Each week, I use part of my budget to buy items like produce and dairy that I need to get through the week, but the other part of my budget is to stock up on whatever is a great deal that week.
If you have a $100 weekly grocery budget, use $80 to buy what you need to get through the week and use the other $20 to stock. If toilet paper and chicken breasts are an amazing deal that week, buy as much as you can with the coupons you have on hand and the $20 you’re using to stock.
Eventually, you’ll get to a point where you realize you have enough of everything on hand to get through the week and all you need is a little produce or dairy that you have to buy weekly. At that time, you can lower your grocery budget dramatically and use almost all of it to just replenish your stock.
Where do you find room to stock all the great deals you find? Share!
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1 Maggie August 4, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Ditto on what you said. I love to be able to give out of my "stash" to others… my family, missionaries, the food pantry, families in need, etc. So if it's free, I'll almost always get it even if we don't use it. It if's at or below my target price for things we use, I'll generally try to stock up a 3-6 month supply within reason.

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2 Anonymous August 4, 2009 at 1:26 PM

My husband made fun of me this weekend for buying 4 jars of Mayo at CVS for less than $2.00 a jar! I won't have to buy mayo for a year (and I did remember to check the exp dates)! I have to have him read this :) I love "shopping" from my pantry. We never run out of things any more and go to the store for one thing and come out with 10 we didn't really need! I also love having things to give away too.

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3 DW August 4, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Well, I pulled the dirty clothes basket from under the bathroom vanity to make room for my TP and paper towel stash.
What doesn't fit in the kitchen pantry goes down to the shelves in the basement .. and that pile is growling, LOL!

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4 Anonymous August 5, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Great suggestion! Do you keep a checklist of items "in stock" in your pantry? I'm worried I'd end up with more than what I can use.

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5 IN Good "Cents" August 5, 2009 at 11:46 AM

I don't. I have a VERY small pantry and area to store stuff, so I keep about 4-6 weeks worth of products stocked up. That's typically how long it takes for the next great sale to come around. With such a small pantry, I can see everything I have in stock easily. Every so often, I may pull some things out to donate if I end up with more than I can use or realize I won't use it soon enough.

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