I’m sure some of you are wondering what the point of all the stockpiling is. First, I want to explain how sale cycles work and how this plays into the stockpiling process. Sale cycles run about every 3-4 months. Items will go on sale once during that time period and that’s when we normally “stock up” on an item. The item will reach its rock bottom price during this time. Then, and ONLY then is when we pull out our coupons and start shopping! Why, you ask? When an item reaches its rock bottom price, that means that’s the lowest you will see this item priced during that sale cycle. If you watch the sales and pair them with your coupons, THIS is when you really start seeing a drop in prices. You can even score some items for FREE!!
So, when an item reaches its “rock bottom” price, you buy it. Do you just buy (1) of that item? No way, Jose! You stock up on it! Why are we stocking up? Look at it this way: You “could” buy only (1) box of cereal when it’s on sale for $1.99 a box. Use your $1.50 off coupon and get it for only .49 a box! Yes, that’s a great deal……BUT, next week when you’re out of cereal again, what are you going to do? You are going to be forced to buy another box of cereal, except this time it’s not going to be on sale and you are going to hear those dreaded words: “Full Price.” Us couponers don’t even have those words in our vocabulary! Full Price? What does that mean? You see, what happens when you shop like this is you DO get a great deal one week, but the following weeks your prices will fluctuate. None will be as low as that “rock bottom” sale price, of course until the next “rock bottom” sale comes along in a few months.
What you want to do is stock up on an item when it’s at its “rock bottom” price, so you don’t have to buy it until it’s on sale for that super low price again. You are saving yourself so much money in the long-run. The week you stock up on an item, you might find that you are still spending a chunk of money, but you are getting a ton more product for what you do spend. Don’t look at in the moment. Look at things “in the long run” mindset. If you pay $10 on 15 boxes of cereal this week, that means you won’t have to buy cereal for 15 weeks! (considering you eat 1 box a week) For the weeks following this purchase, you will not have to buy cereal at all, therefore saving you all the money you were going to spend on a box of cereal a week. Keep in mind too, 11 out of 12 weeks, that box of cereal is not going to be on sale and you could potentially pay $4 a box for it! Get it?
Building your stockpile typically takes a few months. Once those first few months have passed and you have a pretty good size stockpile going, you will really be able to see your grocery bill plummet. Soon, those savings will start making their way into your pocketbook! I don’t know about you guys, but my stockpile is my pride & joy! You just wait, when you start to see it grow with each new shopping trip, it too will become your new best friend!
If you build it, they will come!