Key to stocking up

02/17/2010 9:03 am · 5 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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I always tell people that when you coupon, you need to re-learn how to shop.  Most of us make a list of things we need, go to the store and buy what is on the list.  When you shop like this you are forced to pay the price the store has them marked.   If you need that item,  you do not really have much choice but to pay what the store is asking for that item.  One of the keys to being a successful coupon shopper is to learn to stock up on items your family needs at there lowest price point. Stock up when you  find the perfect sale, that pairs with a great coupon, many times you are able to get that item free or pennies on the dollar.  Instead of buying one jar of peanut butter, go ahead and buy 6.  You can now take those 6 jars of peanut butter home, put them in your pantry.  Your pantry will soon be filled with items that you bought at their lowest price point.  You now have the freedom to not buy peanut butter again till it is at a price you are willing to pay.

This is why having multiple coupons is such an import key to saving money.  If peanut butter comes on sale for $1.00 a jar and you have a .75 cent off coupon, you are able to get that jar for only .25 cents.  But that one jar will not last very long, so in a few weeks you will need to buy it again at regular price.  If you have 6 coupons them you are able to buy 6 jars, at their lowest price point.  For the same price it will cost you for one jar at regular retail price.  I am very busy and I do not have time to run to the store for one jar at a good price, but if I can get 6 jars at a good price then it is worth my time.

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Teresa M
Teresa M

I was just talking to my mom about this kind of thing today. I went with her when she was grocery shopping. She uses coupons, but its just her and my dad so she isn't very concerned about getting things SUPER cheap like I am and she doesn't really worry about stocking up. She was buying some granola bars today and after coupon she was still paying $2.50 for a box. I was telling her that I don't buy granola bars unless I can get them for at least $.50 a box, and when I can I stock up so we don't need them for a while. She was amazed that it was possible to get ever get them that cheap!

DeAnna
DeAnna

Thank you so much for this post and for your wonderful site! I have been a "thrifty mom" using coupons for about 6 months now. It is truly a new way (and mindset) for shopping with coupons. I always question whether I need 10 boxes of cereal but this post helps me see clearly WHY I need to stock up at the lowest price-point. Thanks so much for all you help!

Amanda
Amanda

Definitely agree with you, it's best to stock up on things you use a lot of when they're at the lowest price point and you have coupons! You can really save yourself a lot of money and time by doing this too!

Kristen
Kristen

Since I have started shopping this way (almost a year now) I spend a fraction of what I used to. I can now spend under $80/wk for my family of four, while I used to spend $200-$300/wk. There is a ton of food in my house (which we will use) and I don't "need" to buy any toiletries for at least a year. My husband and I no longer stress about money and we are able to put money towards our debt. Thank you for all you do to help others save.

pattymomof5
pattymomof5

this is what i always do and yes it saves a ton and i always have what i need for my planned meals.

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