Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Dilema



I am just decided what to do with regards to grocery shopping next year.

Part of me wants to simplify and  have less of a stockpile. The other part of me is saying go for it big time, as over the last year I have got good at yellow sticker shopping and have been using coupons and shopping apps more and more, by using the shopping apps many things are free, you simply purchase the item then upload your receipt and then you get paid back through paypal. On some of the items you can claim the offer more than once. Also if you use a coupon when a product is on offer you can often get it for free, sometimes I have even ended up being paid cash back.

I use mysupermarket  to check prices regularly and also check couponing and deals pages, freebie sites and shopping apps daily. It does take up time, and one thing I did want to do is have more "me" time next year.

But money saving should come first.

I was going to set a new lower budget for next year, but things are going to be tougher with all the price rises, so perhaps I should really make an effort and go into living off bargains and freebies big time.

If you look on the web there are always stories about people living really well by doing all of the above.

My cupboards are pretty full, but if you get the chance of a good freebie would you say no?

To stockpile or not to stockpile this is the question?






36 comments:

  1. I think I would say everything in moderation, although if there is the opportunity for a bargain then it should be snapped up if it's something you are going to use.
    It's a good habit to have especially if you have enough room to store things. I have been to the supermarket this morning and a lot of prices have increased. I use basic tinned potatoes to make my Homity pie. These were 15p a tin a few weeks ago, 32p today! X

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    1. That is a big difference in price Jules, we are lucky we have an extra bedroom here for storage, but at the moment I have managed to get everything back in the kitchen, I do have a little cupboard in the spare room for toiletries though x

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  2. I used to stockpile, partly because of buying at a lower price and partly because of where I live and unreliable availability. However, cupboards that are overflowing just annoy me and can result in wasted food if I haven't got the time to manage them properly, so now I keep just enough store cupboard things for about a month tops.
    I find making things from scratch is the best way for me to save more.

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    1. Yes I can see where you are coming from Deborah.

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  3. I tend not to stockpile; I prefer to have my money in the bank than in Morrisons/Waitrose/Sainsbury's pockets. I make a list and buy only what we need (a few 'what we wants' as opposed to 'need' will creep in but they are kept within reason.) I have never stockpiled but our larder and fridge and freezer are kept remarkably full, nonetheless.
    Margaret P

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    1. It is difficult with us as we don't do a regular shop anymore, I have to grab the bargains if and when I see them.

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  4. I only stockpile what I will actually use, and over time, because I keep a running list and monitor both what I actually eat and what is spent, this has gone down. Good luck with your decision.

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  5. I used to stockpile but now shop in a completely different way. I was recently sent 2 vouchers for £10 off a £60 shop and haven't used either because try as I might I couldn't spend that much in one shop. I can buy most things we use much more cheaply elsewhere.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, we were only saying the other day that we have shopped 'normally' for so long it is just a few bits here and a few bits there.

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  6. After my Challenge year I have now decided to have a decent stock of things like, rice, oats, flour and homemade sauces and jams, just the real basics of what we eat.

    I can see your dilemma in being able to get hold of free things, and if I was you I would continue doing that if they are things that you absolutely love eating or using, but 'free for frees sake' isn't enough of a temptation to me to have bulging cupboards.

    Good luck with your decision. xx

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    1. Thankyou Sue, you are right it is sensible to have a good stock of the basics, I wouldn't stockpile free for the sake of it, or have it if it were c**p if you know what I mean.
      I shall be setting a money related challenge still.xx

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  7. In 2017 we are going to stockpile more staples rather than just anything on 'special'

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  8. If you have enough space and are good at rotating I would say stockpile. The prices are going up all the time, my advice would be only buy things you know you are definitely going to use.

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  9. It's a tricky one. It's always good to have a stash, but then, it has to be stored somewhere. And that reason alone can cause problems. No point in having a massive stash of something if it's just going to go out of date. So I see your dilemma!

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    1. I wouldn't stockpile perishables, but I think toiletries, things like tea, coffee etc would be good. We are fortunate that we have a 4th spare bedroom here, but I don't think I want to turn it into a giant larder xx

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  10. If I see foods which are normally quite expensive and they're on offer them I'll buy then - the best example is meat which is sometimes half price per kg in a typical offer. I'll freeze this easily. If I can though, I try to buy British free range and British organic which usually costs more. I used to buy the giant boxes of wash powder (120 washes) from our local farming supply chain but when you work it out, it's sometimes cheaper per wash from the supermarket.

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    1. Meat is expensive so when there is a good deal it is silly not to stock up.

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  11. I keep the freezer full of meat and I have a stock of basics like tinned tomatoes, beans and other things I can use to turn the meat into a meal. I don't have a mobile phone so don't use apps and there is never anything worth having in the reduced sections at our supermarkets. I'd say if you see it get it....I would if I could-x-

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    1. Thankyou for you input Shelia, it is good to a good stock of store cupboard staples which as you say can help turn the meat into a meal x

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  12. I am in awe at your 'yellow stickered' bargains and think you are probably saving a lot of money that way ! Can't wait to hear what your 2017 challenge will be !

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    1. We are, that's why I think I can do better next year.

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  13. I stockpile but only things that I use regularly and that I'm completely sure it's the best price. Coffee, tea, toilet rolls and corned beef. Next comes store cupboard items, tinned tomatoes, lentils, rice and stock cubes. I don't have masses of food because I'd loose track and it would be wasted. You are so lucky with your yellow sticker food I think your budget challenge will be successful.

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    1. Thankyou Tania, I do hope so , you have been such a good example with all your savings.

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  14. I stockpile the more expensive items like coffee, eco cleaners when they're on offer but these tend to be dry goods so you're not spending money on storing them ie electricity via the freezer. I use yellow stickered for stuff that I will use in the following week's menu or to buy higher quality meat which I freeze. I think a combination of different approaches works for me. I use the garage for storage but we only have a small house. It doesn't help being a bit of a neat freak either! Arilx

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    1. It is sensible with the price rises to stock up on the essentials, I use to meal plan but now the meals depend on the yellow stickers x

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  15. I've never really stockpiled except for Heinz Baked Beans English Recipe. Presently they are $2.31 per can so when I see them on special at $1 per can I buy at least 10 cans. It's terrific that you can plan your meals around yellow sticker bargains:) Linda x

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  16. It's hard to know whats best. I have started shopping each day and it has saved us money but there's something about a stockpile which makes you feel secure and I miss that. Good luck with what ever you choose. I'll hope to pick up some tips. Jane xx

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    1. We never do a big normal shop every week now, I know exactly what you are saying Jane xx

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  17. We never seem to do very well with our bargain hunting, but if we do find a good offer then I do like to stock up xx

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  18. I think somewhere in the middle, we buy extra when a loved item is on special, in the hope they will last to the next reduction. We do not stockpile, we enjoy the changes in our diet by shopping when things are on special, so instead of having a list and getting the same things each week, we but whats on offer and enjoy a much varied diet.

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