Monday, January 3, 2011

What is Stockpiling?

Here are some stockpiling tips that should be able to help you as you plan your shopping/stockpiling in the new year!

What is stockpiling? A stockpile by definition is a reserve supply of goods. Stockpiling is simply buying groceries and household goods when they are at their cheapest and buying enough to last you until the next great sale!

Why should you stockpile? You never have to pay full price for that box of cereal or that roll of paper towels because you always have enough on hand.

How much should you buy? Stores sales generally run on cycles. Some cycles are shorter than others (i.e. cereal & Helper meals), while others are longer (i.e. frozen dinners). Meaning that B1G1 Stouffer’s meal, which also has matching coupons and only cost $1.00 will not likely be that price until the next cycle. When your favorite products are at that rock bottom price, you should buy enough to last your family until it goes on sale for the rock bottom price again. Each family is going to be different.

What should you stockpile? If you have an extra freezer, than you can also stockpile anything you can freeze.

Stockpiling Tips:

• Keep the labels facing out, so you know what you have.

• Stack it according to expiration date, so you eat the food closest to its expiration date first. First in, first out!

• Don’t try to fill up your stockpile all at once. Let it build slowly as the sales come around.

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