You know how it goes…you just got home from work, it’s raining, and your commute was long. Luckily, you knew you were going to be home late but you have a menu plan and so you knew tonight was Taco Night. Unfortunately, you’ve got everything except the taco seasoning. This is the part where the blog turns into a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book from the early 90’s. You can either go back out in the traffic, in the rain, and file into the store with the other shoppers who need to make dinner OR you can walk over to your beautiful stockpile of groceries and grab a packet. Excuse the language here, but ‘hell no!’ I’m choosing walking over to my stockpile. No way am I going back out again to fight the evening rush. I hate driving in traffic. I’m either making my own OR I’ll march to the Stockpile where I have 15 packages of taco seasoning (pick a brand, any brand) that I got for a song and then walk back upstairs not make dinner. Not a hiccup in site.
All that being said it’s a long way to explain how I shop. See I was able to get those taco seasoning packets for .15/each, so I bought 10 of them. Even if you aren’t using coupons the point of how I shop is to stock-up when the price is right. That way if you run out of something you aren’t stuck paying for full-price because you’ve got a back-up item in your stockpile. If you’ve got a coupon for it that’s even better.
Because I’ve been doing this for such a long time I have a collection of items in my stockpile so now when I go to the drugstore or grocery store I can only buy what’s super cheap. If you’re a milk drinking family you’ll still have to pay full-price for your milk but at the very least you can be using your trip for milk to stock-up on the super sale items. I hate making trips to the store for just one thing! Needless to say sometimes my cart looks a little weird but since I paid next to nothing for it, I don’t mind.
Like in this photo, I paid $0 out-of-pocket (that’s OOP in coupon-speak, don’t worry, you’ll learn). By combining store coupons, manufacturer’s coupons, and store promotions I didn’t pay a single penny for all of this stuff.