Let's get this started part 2
So you've read Part 1 of this series now you're getting antsy to go out to shop but before you do you need to know a few things.
Those deals come in cycles, 2-3 month cycles to be more specific (more on cycles later). So take your time and always remember that sale WILL come back around.
Is it really a good deal or not? The general rule for stockpiling is if it's 75% less than the original cost (after coupon savings) then stockpile. There are a few stockpile price guides out there that will help you gain a better idea of what is a good price for your area. Any savings is still a savings in my book, but I always strive for a 60% savings.
Starting a stockpile. This is when you budget comes into play. For my family the budget is set at $40 a week for stockpiling so we have some extra wiggle room but if you can only afford $25 a week for a stockpile you can still get a nice size stock after a while.
What can I really get for $25 a week?
(3)Yogurt 4 pack- $.50
(6)Canned Beans. $.41
(3)Spaghetti Sauce $.25
(3)Toilet paper 12pk $1.50
That's under $14 with money left over! The left over cash can be used on extra meats to freeze or fresh fruits or veggies.
How much do I need to stockpile?
I have a crazy math method that by request I can spill but to keep it simply if your family eats spaghetti once a week then you'll need 24 for a 6 month time. I tend to buy anywhere from 6 months to 9 months worth of product (only things my family will actually use).