Bargain Shoppers Unite!
Aug. 12, 2010 10:36 am
Updated: Aug. 23, 2010 5:14 pm
My husband calls me a food hoarder. I'm not one of those people that you see on the show "Hoarders" that doesn't throw away yogurt unless it's so full of bacteria that the lid blows off, or holds on to a pumpkin until it's nothing but a puddle of moldy
ooze. No, no, I'm not that girl, but I am the girl that buys 6 jars of mayo when it's on super-sale because we brown bag lunch every day and go through the stuff like crazy. I can't see spending $5.00 for a jar of Best Foods when I can load up on extra when
it's on sale for $1.99. When 93% lean ground beef goes on sale for $1.67/lb, I buy twenty pounds. Who knows when it'll be priced that low again? Sure, storage is a bit of a problem, especially in the summer when we have to turn off the deep freezer that
we keep in the garage, but I can make do. I do admit that I have extra dishwasher detergent stored under the sink in my bathroom because there's no room for it in the kitchen, and my pantry is one huge booby trap. One of these days I'm going to open it up
and something will fall out and break my foot, I'm sure of it. It's only a matter of time. If my husband dares to open the door to look for something to snack on, I'll generally push him out of the way and offer to make him something. I know there will
be a lecture on organization coming if I don't. No matter how chaotic it looks, though,
I know what's in there, and it all gets used.
I buy brown rice and pinto beans in 20 lb bags from Costco. Unless I can find them cheaper at the grocery store , canned tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, chicken broth, black olives and pineapple chunks are all bought by the case. Olive oil comes in gallon
containers. Around Thanksgiving when whole turkey is $.39/lb, I buy at least five of them. Our family can stretch a turkey into meals for an entire week. This might seem excessive at first, but once you realize how much you're not spending by already having
things on hand, those tight months that we all have become so much easier. August is a toughy for us. Utility bills are through the roof, car registration is due, and so is the car insurance, since it's cheaper to pay for it six months at a time. This is
the month I really miss our deep freeze, but am glad for our bulk staples. I get to meal plan based on what we have stored, and free up some of that grocery money for other things. I might be a little nutty for "hoarding", but in the end we come out ahead.
Thanks to some advance planning and a bit of creative food storage, doing little things like this have helped us to become credit card debt free. So I say Unite, Bargain Shoppers, Unite! I'd love to hear what others do to save money, because I am always
looking for more pearls of wisdom. How do you stretch your grocery dollar?