Ideally, you will purchase your 3 month supply little by little, while taking advantage of sales. However, maybe you haven’t gotten around to it, you haven’t been able to afford it, or you don’t trust your ability to stay on top of sales. You might not live close to regular grocery stores, or you could have any other reason to not add to your 3 month supply little by little.
If any of those reasons to not add to your 3 month supply bit by bit sound like you, you may choose to use your tax refund (or a big chunk of change) and buy a lot of it all at once. When we were helping Grandma Lori with her Food Storage Makeover, she did a big bulk buy for most of her 3 month items, and it worked great. Read more about that adventure here.
Our Babystep 3 teaches you all about figuring out how to make a list of everything you may need for your 3 month supply of food. You can choose to use the spreadsheets included or the printable forms. You may be the type to know exactly what kinds of things you buy each time you shop, and if that’s you – just multiply it by 3 months, and that can be your list. Don’t get so concerned about planning it all out perfectly that you never do anything!
Making the Most of your BIG Shop
Even if you aren’t consistently couponing and/or sale shopping, there is no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of price breaks on your “BIG SHOP”. The easiest way to do this is by using one of our FAVORITE services called Deals to Meals.
Here’s How it Works
1. Sign up for a free trial
2. Search all your local stores for each item on your three month supply shopping list
3. Select items that are flagged as good deals this week
4. Print out your list for all the stores
5. Purchase your food storage at low prices at all the stores, or go to Wal-Mart and price match EVERYTHING
Seriously, it just takes a few minutes and can save you A LOT of money. If you use this service even one time in a month it will more than save you the $4.95 it cost you that month.
Stores put things on sale generally around the same time each year. The best way to stock pile is to purchase things when they are on sale. For a great post on “Understanding Sale Cycles” visit Fabulously Frugal here. We found and shared this post by Fabulously Frugal on our Pinterest! Gotta love the things you find on Pinterest. If you aren’t following us on there make sure you do! Find us here http://pinterest.com/fsme/
Check out the rest of tax refund week
-Jodi Weiss Schroeder