Spend Less Save More: Stockpile Guidelines
By spendlesssavemore on July 14, 2013
When possible, stockpile as much as you can use before the expiration date. The larger your stockpile, the less you will be buying each week for your family’s needs. Remember save money by buying things before you need them. Build your stockpile slowly; you do not need to be buying a year or even a six month supply, three months at a time is effective for most products. Here are a few guidelines for most used items.
2 week supply of milk, eggs, and bread.
1-2 month supply of perishables that can be frozen, such as meat, cheese, berries, etc.
6+ months’ edible non-perishables, such as canned goods, drinks, packaged food like applesauce, crackers, cereal, etc.
1-2 years of non-perishables, such as laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, toiletries, etc.
Try new coupons. Try new flavors. Try new scents, varieties, colors and styles.It is far, far better to switch between pesto, marinara than always have plain old tomato sauce.The same holds true for shampoo, chewing gum, pot scrubbers and dryer sheets.Remember, build a stockpile slowly. Add a handful of extra items a week. Most products, including personal care items, have expiration dates. Stock up only what you will use before the expiration date.
Streamline your purchases and stockpile by keeping track with an inventory record.
Here are some good methods:Spreadsheets: Create a spreadsheet of the items on hand. Update it every few days or weekly to keep current. Keeping track of the number of unused/unopened packages will help you know when to buy.
Go to our download page at www.where2save.com for a guide.
Phone Apps: Applications like My Pantry or Out of Milk let you add products and their quantities keep track of expiration dates, or add an item to your shopping list when you’re running low. If you don’t have a Smartphone, you can use the Out of Milk website app.
Handwritten: If electronics aren’t your thing, a plain handwritten list will do. Consider small notebooks which are on sale now for back-to-school with a handwritten record. Create columns and write in pencil, which is helpful when quantities change. Check out our download page for free charts.
When you have more of a product than you will use before it expires, consider donating it to a local food bank or neighbors in need. For more tips and how to donate to your local food bank visit www.where2save.com
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