1. Allocate some money from your grocery budget each week to purchase items at rock bottom prices for your stockpile.
This does not have to be a lot of money. It can be as little as $1.00 because the stockpile items should be at their rock bottom price or maybe even FREE after sale & coupon. Never pay full price for a stockpile item & do not go over budget to purchase stockpile items. You are not saving money if you are over budget!
2. Take advantage of seasonal sales and stock-up!
I like to budget extra money for stockpiling on major holidays when there are lots of great sales.
For example, Labor Day is coming soon and this is a great time to stock-up on hot dogs, brats, ground beef, buns (for the freezer), ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, pickles, soda, etc. All of these items will be on sale at great prices over the next couple of weeks.
Here are some Seasonal Sale Examples:
- Thanksgiving & Christmas (The BEST stockpiling holidays!): Turkey, Ham, Stuffing, Potatoes, Cool Whip, Canned & Frozen Veggies, Butter, Gelatin, Pudding Baking Supplies, Cake Mix
- Lent: Fish/Seafood
- Easter: Baking Supplies, Cake Mixes, Ham, Stuffing, Potaotes, Cool Whip, Gelatin, Pudding, Canned & Frozen Veggies
3. Do not buy more than your family can consume by the expiration date.
Food is not a bargain if it ends up in the trash! I use a sharpie and write the expiration date on the top of the package so it is easy to find. I also put the oldest items in front & newer items in the back.