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Sunday, January 10, 2010

4 Steps to Becoming the Master of Your Stockpile

So what is the whole point of this coupon thing anyway?
Is it just for kicks and giggles?

NO WAY! We are here to teach you how to save money...
by using coupons, waiting for the super fab sale, and stocking up! WHY?

So you can SHOP FROM YOUR PANTRY! You know, your pantry, that place chock full of food you've been purchasing? Hopefully you've been stocking up (aka: NOT hoarding) when yo
u find an item at a rock bottom price!

Are you using all of those food items you buy???

I have to admit sometimes I forget about some of the food I buy and it sits in the pantry until expiration (guess what, I did this before I started couponing too).

So, let's answer that question:

"Exactly how DO you menu plan from your pantry?"


What are the top 20 items you use most frequently from your pantry? Look through your cupboards and closets. What do you have in there? What are you always running out of? Maybe look at your recipes to see what you need the most of.


Since these are the items you are using the most, these are the things you want to pay rock bottom prices on. Now, of course, some items you just won't be able to get on coupon. That's OK - because you're saving $ on a whole lot of other items! Feel free to use our personal price point list. We also always try to let you know when we're stocking up on something. Keep in mind, when it's SUPER exciting for us, we always place a special order with our stores manager.

You can't stock up at rock bottom prices if you don't have a coupon for every single item you purchase. That is why I am personally getting 6 copies of the Sunday paper. When there is something I REALLY want a lot of, I'll go purchase coupons on eBay.


When the item is on sale (a GOOD sale), that is when it's time to stock up! PLEASE, don't feel that this means you can go in and clear the shelves at every store near you. When it's something we use all the time (like Prego), we place an order with the manager. This way they order EXTRA for us and we don't have to worry about taking product off the shelves. I like to get a 3-12 month supply. Keep in mind EXPIRATION DATES! Don't get it if you can't use it before it expires!

Here are a few items on my top 20 list:

Cream of Chicken Soup
Spaghetti Sauce
Butter (you can freeze this you know!)
Cheese (look at the expiration dates... they last a long time as long as they are sealed. You can also shred and freeze.)
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (we stock up when they are $1.79/lb or less - see this post for ideas of what we do with a lot of cheap chicken!)
Veggies (frozen or canned)
Salad Dressing
BBQ Sauce
Brownie Mix (a staple in my husbands diet)
Chocolate Chips (again, a staple in my husbands diet)

Now you've got the stuff, what do you do???


The Fab FruGAL's are here to help!

Each week we'll post recipes that will use many ingredients from recent sales and your stockpile! You will find each weeks list under "Shop From Your Pantry".

What is your #1 can't live with out gotta have it always running out of pantry item?!

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laceylady said...

I love these recipes. I cant wait to see what you have for us next week. Thank you for making life just a little easier for all of us.

The Braithwaite Family said...

Is there like a 101 on placing an order with a store manager? Sometimes this seems to be the best way to go when you want a lot but don't want to keep coming back to get it. I just have a few questions about it. Such as: Do you "checkout" right then? So if you would be getting cats or using coupons you could? Is there a minimum order usually? Thanks!

Cami said...

such a great idea. One suggestion, I don't know if it's just me but pink and purple look alot alike on the computer so mabye try pink and blue or green!! You girls are amazing thanks!!

Cathy said...

Braithwaite - As far as I know, there is not a minimum order. And you would want to order near the beginning of the sale so the items come in before teh sale is over. You don't pay for it until the product comes in. At my Albertsons (5&O) they have shipments coming in late Thursday night, Saturday night, and late Tuesday night. So if you place an order by Thursday, it would come in the late Saturday night order for you to pick it up Sunday or Monday. Does that make sense? Let me know if I can clear anything up for you.

Jennifer said...

My #1 stockpile mistake? CEREAL!! I bought WAY too much when I first started couponing. I didn't realize that you can get cheap cereal all. the. time. with couponing. And I haven't had very good luck with cereal and expiration dates. I've had cereal taste stale a few months before it expires--especially if its frosted or honey something.

The Braithwaite Family said...

Ok that makes sense thanks Cathy!!! That is so nice that they are willing to do that! I might have to try it when the next big sale comes around that I really don't want to walk up early for. Thanks so much for the info!