How I Stockpile…
For those just starting out and those who are seasoned stockpiling veterans, I have a couple of scenarios for you today. I have heard from readers on my blog and others that are struggling that they just don’t understand a price book or finding rock bottom prices.
- I am going to pass up $.04 Crest toothpaste at Walgreens this month. You may think $.04 is pretty cheap, but I have learned better. My family does not use Crest, so it is only a donation item for me. I live in NC with 8% tax on the pre-coupon price as well. So the post coupon price will end up being around $.28. Over my years of couponing, I have found Crest toothpaste for free with overage, so that is my stock up price. I will stock up for donation on this item, if it is better than free.
- I will buy Colgate Total without whitening for $.25. Now you may be getting confused after my last explanation, but I have good reasoning. I have four crowns in my mouth, and this toothpaste is the best, least expensive that cleans my teeth without causing sensitivity. I can get whitening Colgate for free many days, but it is harder to find for free without the whitening. This is the toothpaste we use regularly, and for me, my buy it price is $.25 or less. It took me over a year to figure out the real buy price on this item!
- I will pay $.70 for a can of tomato sauce or diced tomatoes. We use a ton of both of these items at my house. Of course, I stock up when the price is lower, but I never seem to have enough coupons to get them all at a rock bottom price. I know I could order coupons, but I don’t have time to go through that hassle. This is an item that I am willing to pay for!
- I will only buy rice or other side dishes if they are free. I think I have 17 boxes of various types of rice right now. I do sometimes donate these, but I never seem to run low. Although we use rice rather frequently, I probably have a 6 months supply. It is on my list to only buy if it is free.
All this being said, what works for me might not work for you. Each area has different stores with their own coupon and shopping policies. You also know how much you need to stockpile, and what items are must have items for your family. My family of two is probably very different from a family of 6! It has taken me over 2 years to sort all this out, so have PATIENCE!
Do you track your stock up prices? What is a freebie that you pass over? What is a must have item at your house?
Do you have a Thrifty idea? Did you save a ton of money this week? Do you have a Thrifty deal you want to share?
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