I have been shopping primarily at Wal-mart simply because in the research I had done their every day prices on the items I buy were lower than other stores. I have tried to watch the sales at Kroger and Publix and have gone there when I’ve seen better deals on the items I had planned to buy anyway.
So my question to you……I now want to start stocking up so that I can try to lower our weekly food budget even more. I’ve looked at your lists of Publix sales and coupons and the one at couponmom.com, and I’m not sure how to begin.
Where do I begin? How does one start stocking up?
This is a question I get quite often, and it doesn’t have a straight answer, but I’ll try to provide a little direction.
Have a Grocery Budget Set: First off, you need to know what your grocery budget is going to be. It sounds like you do, but for those of you who don’t, you would want to do a review of your expenses versus your income to see at what amount you can afford to set your grocery budget. Once you have set your grocery budget you need to determine what goes on the list, your needs versus stockpiling items.
List Needs and Stockpile Opportinities: Each week when you do your grocery list, you will want to start with adding your “needs” to your list. Make out your meal plan according to what you already have on hand, and what is on sale in the store fliers that week. Your list should start with your staples you purchase each week like milk, eggs, produce etc, and then you add the items to round out your meal plan on your list.
Use Remaining Budget For Stocking Up: Add up all those things and see what your difference is – How much do you have left to work with? That would be your “stock-up” budget for that week. So, over the next few weeks what you will see is that the “need” items on the list will begin to shrink, which will allow you more of a budget to purchase your “stock-up” items.
Lowering Overall Budget: As you begin to create a stockpile, you can slowly start to decrease your budget a little every few weeks because you have most everything you need. Your “needs” on the list will begin to shrink and the majority of each weeks budget will be spent on items that are a really good deal, at “rock-bottom” prices.