Are you looking for ways to save money on your grocery bills?
Do you use coupons, avoid eating out, turn off lights in rooms that are not occupied?
It can be difficult to save money when the money saving tasks seem like work.
What if there was a way to significantly reduce your grocery bill without much effort? Would you be interested?
The number one way that we save money on groceries is by stockpiling.
What is stockpiling?
Stockpiling is when you store large quantities of certain items to use as you need them. In this case, we are talking about groceries. Saving money by stockpiling groceries is very easy. You simply stock up on items that are on sale to avoid paying full price down the line.
Benefits Of Creating a Grocery Stockpile
1. You will save money by stocking up on items when they are on sale, instead of purchasing one or two items at a time when they are full price, just because you need them.
2. Last minute grocery store trips will be a thing of the past. When you have a grocery stockpile, you don’t need to run to the store to grab a much needed dinner item. Just go to your stockpile and pick one up for “free”.
3. When you are short on cash one month, you can create an “eat from the pantry” menu, using items that you already have on hand in your stockpile.
4. You can help others in need. If you use coupons, it’s often that you will be able to stockpile things at a very deep discount (sometimes you will even be able to get things for free). Donate extra stockpile items to other families that need help with their grocery bill.
How To Create a Grocery Stockpile
Decide where to store everything.
The very first thing you need to do when creating a grocery stockpile is to figure out where you are going to put everything. If you live in a small apartment or condo, it may be out of the question to have a very large stockpile. It may be best to just have a small one instead.
There are many stockpile storage ideas. Choose the one that works best for you. When organizing your stockpile, it’s a good idea to keep like items together so that they are easy to find when you go “shopping” for things.
Figure out how much to stockpile.
Remember that every family is different. What works for one family, won’t necessarily work for another. 3-6 months worth of product is an ideal stockpile storage amount. However, some people (myself included) prefer to have a stockpile of at least one year’s worth.
Determine how quickly your family goes through all of the items that you plan to stockpile.
For example, let’s say you want to stockpile laundry detergent. When you open a new bottle or box, write down the date on the bottom of the package. When it’s empty, check the date on the bottom and you will see how long it took you to go through that item.
We’ll assume that it took you 1 month. If you want your stockpile to last 6 months, you will need to have 6 bottles/boxes on hand at all times.
Create a stock-up budget.
Don’t stockpile too much when you first start building your stockpile. I know it can be tempting to want that stockpile to be nice and big right away, but that’s near impossible (unless you want to spend loads of cash).
It took us well over a year to accumulate a year’s worth of supplies in our stockpile.
Go over your grocery budget and work out how much of that budget you can allocate to stocking up. Try to set aside $10-$20 (or more, if you can afford it) per week for stocking up on sale items.
Stick to your budget. Don’t spend more than you can afford, just because something is a good deal. There will be more great deals in the future. Only spend what you have set aside for stockpiling.
Stock up when items are on sale.
Watch your store flyers and look for items that are on sale at your rock bottom price. The best sales are usually on the front page of a sale flyer, so look there first and see if anything catches your eye. Pick up as many of those items as you can and put them into your stockpile.
Keep track of expiration dates. It’s a good idea to have a stockpile inventory, making note of when certain items expire. Always add new items to the back of your stockpile so that the oldest items get used up first.
Know how long to stockpile.
When you are creating your grocery stockpile, there are two important things that you need to know:
Creating a grocery stockpile was absolutely one of the best things I have ever done.
It has saved my family so much money over the last few years – I don’t see us ever not having one!
Do you have a grocery stockpile? How long did it take you to build?