Don’t buy it all at once.
Unless of course you have a few hundred dollars laying around that you need a use for. The key to filling your stockpile without breaking the bank is to do it a little at a time. That way you have longer lasting sustainability. Stocking up all at once will save you money for a while, but if you don’t continue to stock and fill it while you are using it you just put yourself back in the starting position.
Do a power hour every week.
Have your budget noted. Sit down with your coupons, Deals in the Mitten and your pen. Start by selecting everything you need for the week. Then, fill in with anything you need. If you are using the match ups provided, an hour should do it. If you are doing it on your own, it will take longer. Whatever money you calculate as your savings should not be pocketed.
Reinvest what you have saved into your stockpile.
If you saved $20, $40, $50 – whatever your amount – you need to reinvest as much of it as possible into your stockpile. What items are at the lowest prices that you have enough coupons to purchase more of? And can it be stored until you use it? After that, if you still have budget money left, still don’t pocket it. Roll anything you have left over to the next week. Since sales vary so much from week to week there’s a good chance you will be able to use it on a rock bottom deal soon.
How long should you reinvest?
It’s going to depend a lot on the size of your family, your eating habits and the sales you shop. In general reinvesting 100% off your savings for 6 weeks works well to get you started. Spend another 6 weeks reinvesting about 1/2 of your savings to continue to grow your stockpile. After that, you should be able to cut at least 1/2 of your average savings out of your grocery budget permanently.
Why 12 weeks?
Because that’s about the average at which types of items rotate on sale. It might not be the same brand each time, but we usually see good buying prices on similar items at about that interval.
Don’t be picky.
Well, not too much. Some brands you just don’t/won’t like. Some are worth trying at least once when the price is right. Consider boxed pasta. How much of a difference is there in Mueller’s vs Ronzoni vs Store Brand? Can you be happy interchanging them knowing you are saving more money?
Watch those dates.
Know what date codes mean. And make sure you don’t buy so much that it will go bad before you can use it. Yeah, if it’s free you want to get as much as you can use before it goes bad, but do you really want to eat applesauce every day to use it up?
How is your stockpile coming along?