I wrote last summer about the financial benefits of stockpiling. I mentioned in that post but didn’t concentrate on, the benefit of saving time. So how much time can having a stockpile save? Hours upon hours! You probably didn’t realize it, but I can go for weeks without buying more than just milk, bread, and fruit at the grocery store. Likewise it’s not uncommon for me to go 3-4 weeks without shopping at CVS or Walgreens.
Seems a bit weird to see these big scenarios for CVS and Walgreens that I write knowing that I may not be going to the store right? Currently, I have about a years worth of deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body washes and shampoo/conditioner for my family. All in the brand we prefer. I keep 2 boxes for items that aren’t our preferred brands, both of which are currently full. I don’t feel pressured to get out to the store each week because I know I have enough in my 2 boxes to cover any donation drives I may participate in. Last week I only bought Sinex, Crest and razors, this week I’m only buying Huggies. Certainly makes for a quick trip in and out. There wouldn’t ever be much room in my cart for an entire scenario’s worth of items anyway!
When there are good sales on grocery items I stock up. I may have a very busy month of grocery shopping that yields bulging cabinets, but then the next couple of months will be light. I haven’t been down the canned veggie aisle since I stocked up at Target before Thanksgiving! Many times I just walk the perimeter of the store. It’s a huge timesaver to not struggle down every aisle of the store with my cart that’s already filled with my children before I even make it in the door.
So if you’re overwhelmed with deal shopping and wondering how I do it all– the answer is mostly from my couch! I truly enjoy the math side of writing the scenarios (I debated in college whether to change my degree from music education to accounting) and I love knowing that by investing that time, I’m helping others to save lots of money. I buy very few of the products/goods that I post about because I already have a good stockpile and know I already have enough. It’s ok to take time of from stockpiling. Buy the perishables for the week and eat from your pantry/freezer. Saving money is a job, is it time for your vacation yet?