One of the most common things I hear lately is how people are worried about not having enough money for the basic necessities. It worries me how many people in our society with the economy being as it is, do not have enough money for food.
Families are trying to make every penny count and stretch it as far as they can. I am a supporter of people using coupons to make their grocery budgets stretch. By combining them with great sales sometimes you can get items for little or no money.
But it is important to make sure that these items are things that you really eat and not just get them because they are cheap or free.
Many people are saying how there just isn’t money in their budgets to stockpile. I simply ask, How can there not be?
With more and more families living paycheck to paycheck, mine included sometimes, we have to plan ahead.
STEPS TO STOCKPILING ON A BUDGET
- Determine you Grocery Budget
This is probably one of the most important steps. You need to know how much you can spend. Whether this is a Weekly, Bi-Weekly or Monthly amount.
From that amount you need to decide how much you can spare to stock up on items for future use. This could be as little as $10 a week. But multiply that by 52 weeks in a year and you are looking at $520.
- Decide what kinds of items you are looking to stock up on
For each person/family this will be different. Here is also where you can get creative. Each Month you will notice a common theme in the grocery stores as to what kinds of foods/items are on sale. So you can pick a different kind of item for every month to stock up on.
- Remember STORAGE
While it is great to think ahead and plan for the future. You have to remember something about the here and now. Once you score all these great deals, where are you going to put them? You don’t want to find yourself overrun with canned goods so that you can’t find your way to you bed at night