Sometimes, when you find a great deal on an item, it makes sense to buy as many as possible because you may not see such a low price for some time.
This can be a great strategy to make the most of your coupons, but there are a few things to keep in mind when you are stockpiling food for future use.
Good organization is key to effective food stockpiling.
You can take advantage of an amazing deal on something that you use every day, but if poor organization leads to those items not being used, you have wasted your time and money.
Stockpile items slowly at first, so you can get an idea of your most efficient strategies.
Keep in mind the space that you have available in your home for storing the items you buy.
If your space is limited, it is much harder to keep track of expiration dates and the rate that your family uses each item.
If you have enough space and find an item at a price that makes stockpiling worthwhile, be sure to organize your pantry accordingly.
Look at the expiration dates for the items when you purchase them, and store them with the more recent dates in front.
Don't assume that later purchases have later expiration dates, always check each item's packaging regardless of when you buy it.
Making an inventory list is useful when stockpiling. It's much easier to look at a list than to dig through your pantry to determine how much you have of a particular item.
You can quickly check your list whenever you see a deal that warrants stockpiling, and then shop accordingly.
Knowing the range of prices for the items you use often is invaluable if you plan on stockpiling food.
If you have charted out the prices of these items over time, you can quickly identify a deal that makes stockpiling worthwhile.
The difference between a good deal and a great deal will become clear to you over time, and you'll know exactly what prices will justify filling up your pantry.
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