Maybe it was the time I bought 3 turkeys right before Thanksgiving, and 2 hams before Easter and we weren’t even having either holiday at our house……….
Maybe it was the time I bought 38 packs of diapers because they were only 20 cents a pack……..
Maybe it was the time I bought 1.5 month’s worth of baby food because it was so cheap……..
All of the above scenarios have made my friends do anything from chuckle to roll their eyes. That was until recently when I started this blog and they begun to realize how much money I save from one of my favourite hobbies – stockpiling.
If you’ve been reading my blog long enough you’re realized by now that I’m a Stockpiler and proud of it! In fact, this week I’ve had numerous people ask what I’m going to do with all that mouthwash (I bought 11 bottles last week because they were free!) and all I could respond was, “Use them!!” I know I could try and sell them but in a few month’s time when we need mouthwash and I have to pay I will have chronic seller’s remorse and although not as bad a condition to me as buyer’s remorse, it’s not something I want to deal with!
Stockpiling is defined (by me!) as stocking up on things when they’re free or on sale so that you don’t have to pay full price for them. Those of you just learning to stockpile are supplying me with great stories of how much fun you’re having but wondering where to store it. As Tina H told me today, “The only disadvantage to all this storing is that when our basement flooded with the recent rains, it was something else I had to move!”
Stockpiling has become a way of life for me over the years to the point that when my girlfriend asked me how I manage to maintain a $50 or less grocery bill, I replied “Stockpile!” She then asked me, “But does that include toiletries?” To which I reminded her that I simply don’t pay for that stuff anymore. For those of you who’ve been reading from the beginning of the blog, you’ll remember that I started off with the bold statement – “I don’t remember when the last time was that I paid for toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo or Kotex!”
Now, there is stuff we buy that isn’t on sale but we need it, but mostly when I see a sale, that’s what I buy that week. If meat is super cheap I’ll buy $20 worth that week and then spend the other $30 on fresh produce, dairy and anything else we need. The next week maybe pasta is on sale so I buy $10 worth. To illustrate my point, we are now onto week 3 of me not grocery shopping! Sure we’re eating fruit I’d frozen earlier right now and Walgreens is our new place for milk but I haven’t had to hit the grocery store as we have enough food in the fridge/freezer which actually means I’m in credit on our food bill of $150!
My golden rule when shopping is – If it’s not on sale or I don’t have a coupon, I’m not buying it. That means we eat a great variety of things. Of course there are exceptions to the rule but for the most part, that’s how I shop.
My hubby has been very gracious over the years at watching me stock-up on items but now he’s even into it. A few weeks ago he popped into the shop for me and came back with 10 of his fave pizzas because they were on sale!
So, I’d love to hear from you on this. How do you shop? Please enter my poll about stockpiling and leave a comment for me. Have I answered all the questions in this post or would you like more details on how to stockpile? Ask a question and I’ll do my best to answer it.