How to Build Your Stockpile within Your Budget
How much did you spend the last time you went to the store to stock up? Did you blow your budget and get everything you need or did you stick to your budget, but miss a few items? Stockpiling can be super expensive if you don’t watch what you’re doing, but it is possible to stay within your budget. Check out these steps and soon you’ll be building your stockpile within your budget.
To start, make sure that you have a list of what you need and how much of it you need. Without this, you could buy items that you won’t use and blow your budget. Make sure you include both food and non-food items.
Next, you’ll need to learn how to make use of coupons if you don’t already. While some of the items you are going to stockpile won’t have coupons, a lot of them will. Just be sure that you’re only buying items that you will really use and aren’t purchasing them just because you have a coupon. That’s a surefire way to cost yourself money.
Also be sure you’re picking up your local sale ads. This will let you know what items are being advertised as on sale at your stores so you can plan to pick them up on your list. Just keep two things in mind; 1. Make sure that the sale price is really a sale price and 2. The store will also have unadvertised sales to be on the lookout for as well.
Now, start looking for deals in places OTHER than your local grocery stores. Check places like Walmart.com and Target.com. Target especially is awesome for great deals on laundry soap. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, be sure you check out the deals in the Prime Pantry program. With the coupons they offer, you can usually find some really NICE deals to help you add to your stockpile!
Once you’ve tracked down the deals, be sure you’re not going out and buying your entire stock amount all at once. To stay within your budget, you’ll want to add just a few items each week and stock up slowly. Building it too fast means you’re likely spending too much money. Of course, if you find a great deal on an item and have the extra room in your budget, go ahead and pick them up.
Staying within your budget while you stockpile isn’t as hard as it sounds. The real key to it is simply paying attention. If you don’t, you could easily find yourself swimming in stockpile, but drowning in your budget.