Tip #1 Start a Stockpile
By stockpiling sale items you’ll eventually need, you will save hundreds of dollars each month. Supermarkets have about a 12 week sale cycle. (Most things go on sale about every twelve weeks.) There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, soup is mostly on sale during the winter and condiments during the summer. But no matter what, only a few items will be featured on sale each week. So if you shop only for what you need, you’ll save on a small percentage of these items and overspend on your other needs.
I realize some families do not have much space for a large stockpile, but a small one will suffice. If you don’t have a lot of space or extra cash, start smaller. Choose the ten items that you buy the most often, and try to stockpile those items when they are at a great price.
Tip #2 Menu Planning
To maximize your grocery savings and utilize your new stockpile, the best thing to do (in my opinion) is to plan your weekly menu. Plan your menu around store sales for the week and items in your stockpile. The better you get at this, the less you will spend for needs each week. Each week, I post my dinner menu. If you really want to maximize savings, you can actually plan menus for each meal. I don’t always stick to my plan, but it really helps me become more aware of what I have on hand. It also helps me think of ways to stretch the meals I have to future meals and lunches.
Link back to this menu here for reference. The only items I had to purchase for this week were hot dog buns and lettuce for salad. This way, I was able to put my full grocery budget to stockpiling what was on sale for the week at the stores.
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