I have had several readers over the past two years ask about my stock up prices. I have been reluctant to publish anything like a buy price list, because stock up prices vary. Here is what I mean:
- Stock Up Prices Vary from Area to Area-Some areas have frequent double coupons. Some areas don’t. Some of you live in a city with 100 grocery stores, and some of you have 1 store. It is the same with drug stores. Some of us have all 3, but some people only have 1 or none (EEEKKK!). When there are more stores to choose from, the stock up prices seem to be lower due to the competition.
- Stock Up Prices Vary from Season to Season-Some items only go on sale during one season. Like fall is the best time to buy soup. If you don’t stock up on it now, your stock up price may end up being higher. This is especially true for sales that don’t cycle around as often like baking goods, sunscreen, and school supplies. I try to stock up when these items are in season, but sometimes I misjudge how much I will need, and my stock up price is higher.
- Stock Up Prices Depend On Your Stockpile Needs-If you have a large stockpile like mine, your stock up prices will be lower. I try for 67% off or more before I stock up on an item. There are several items I will only buy now if they are free. There are exceptions to this rule. If I run completely out of something, I would stock up at 50% off or more. For those of you just building your stockpile, try to wait for 50% off or more before buying multiples of an item.
As you can see, it would be very hard for me to tell you what I will pay. It actually varies for me, and I know it would vary from me to you. I do have a goal buy price for items, but it doesn’t always work.
What is your rule for stocking up?
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