Stocking up on food and household items helps my family through lean times and also helps us be prepared in case of emergency. It can get expensive if you’re not careful, but if you pinch your pennies and are careful, you can create your own stockpile without messing up your budget.
Take Advantage of Sales
Make a habit of perusing the sale ads each week from local stores. I use a list of items I need and want to stock up on so I keep my list handy when looking over sale ads. When I see a particular item on sale, I will put it on my shopping list and make a note of the store it is on sale at.
Combine Sales With Coupons
When I am making my shopping list for the week, I go through my coupons to try to match coupons with items that are currently on sale at various stores. Combining a sale price with a coupon maximizes the value and gives me the best savings.
Budget a Small Amount Each Week
When you are on a tight budget it isn’t always easy to stock up on the things you want to stockpile. I try to buy a little extra every time I shop but usually my budget won’t allow a lot of extra. I usually try to grab a small package of toilet paper, a few extra canned goods or packages of bottled water. If I put aside just $5-10 extra each week, my stockpile eventually builds up without putting too much of a dent in our family budget.
Preserve and Store Homegrown Food
Growing our own garden takes work, but the payoff is worth it when we harvest and can or freeze a large amount of homegrown food. Even if we don’t grow it in our own garden, we can buy fresh produce at local farm stands then can or freeze. Even a small supply of extra food is better than none.
I love our local Sam’s Club and if I watch carefully, I can get great deals on bulk items. Not everything is a great bargain, though, so I write down prices and sizes (number of toilet paper rolls, ounces in each package, etc.) and do the math. I compare the prices per ounce or for each and compare to the prices at other stores to determine if a bulk package is actually cheaper than buying multiple packages at other stores.