One of the ways to save money on groceries that I am a firm believer of is that when you find an item that is on sale, that you use all the time, then you should stock up on it.
Of course, this is only when you are at the point that you can afford to do so and whatnot, but taking extra advantage of these things has quite a few benefits. There is the obvious financial savings, and there is also the benefit of having a “stocked” pantry with your favorite items.
A person that I know that takes full advantage of this technique is my mother. Man, a trip to her house and one look inside the pantry or even the freezer, and you’d think she has an army to feed. She has canned foods to no end, frozen chicken and so forth falling out of the freezer and lots of other items as well.
She really almost takes it to an extreme. It is close to the point to where I think she is buying stuff just because it’s on sale, not because of any necessary need for it. But hey, she is the source of a great deal of my money-saving mindsets and outlooks, so who am I to judge?
So, I had been practicing this “stocking up” thing for quite some time until it seemed that my house (actually, my pantry, freezer and cupboards) was simply getting too full. After a few looks around in these areas, I thought to myself “Geez, I wonder for how long my grocery bills would be cheaper if I quit this stocking up thing temporality and start emptying out?”
So that’s what I did. For about three weeks now, I have not done any “stocking up” and have simply focused on emptying out. The items that I use all the time, I haven’t purchased in a few weeks. The items that I bought for a great price because of some recipe I told myself I would make….well, I’m now making that recipe.
The results? You really wouldn’t believe it. I’ve had several weeks now with a cheaper weekly grocery bill. The savings really are fairly significant, and I’m now seeing the back walls in of my cupboards for the first time in a long time.
Pretty soon, I’ll go back to stocking up again. I think that the whole concept of “stocking up” is a great idea.
But I also think that “emptying out” from time to time is a good one too. Otherwise, it doesn’t seem as though you realize the full benefit of the “stocking up” part.
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