Thrifty Thursday: Stock Up Prices May Vary

October 7, 2010

Thrifty Thursday

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?

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?

If so, please leave a comment or link up below!

If possible, please leave a link back to Coupon Teacher so that we can all share ideas.

This is linked to Life as Mom and Madame Deals.

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Erika S October 7, 2010 at 10:36 am

I like to see other peoples top prices even knowing that it won’t necessary be the same as me.

LisaCarol October 7, 2010 at 11:19 am

I also recently saw a price list for someone in my neck of the woods, which was very helpful.

Katrina October 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

I guess if it were possible I would appreciate knowing what a “don’t miss” price would be even if it is just your opinion for your area. You are the expert since you do the deals every week. Maybe if you saw a price that represented a “hot price,” you could color code it red or something. With so many coupon blogs and matchups, sometimes it is easy to get overwhelmed and confused. Even when sites have “weekly best price” for the week or “free lists” they don’t include stock up suggestions. I mean, I am not stocking up on Texas Pete and mustard every time they are free. For example, when cereal is .50 a box, you might indicate that as a stock up price even though you probably list a lot of cereal deals under $2. Does that make sense? But I STILL love your site no matter what and cannot believe you can accomplish this in addition to teaching. It is MIND BOGGLING!!

Shelly @ Coupon Teacher October 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm


That is why I bold the top deals for Harris Teeter and Lowes Foods. I would consider those to be stock up prices. My stock up prices are almost unreasonably low because I am so fully stocked right now. I just don’t want anyone to feel like they are failing, because they don’t have the same prices as me.

Dian October 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I know what you mean – once you actually get stocked – who wants to pay for anything?! My stock up price is almost always FREE! If it’s FREE I buy it, I can give it away to friends and family or donate it to the local shelter!
Keeping a price book for your local stores is the best way, I think, to determine a stock up price for your neck of the woods!
Walmart and most of the grocery stores are regional so, the deals vary ALOT!
Shelly thanks for all you do – Just like Katrina said it is amazing that you can accomplish all you accomplish and share your knowledge with us!
Thanks Again!!

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