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Tuesday Tip: Do a Stockpile Checkup!

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Tuesday Tip: Do a Stockpile Checkup!

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With Christmas bills due this month, now’s as good a time as any to do a quick check of the items in your stockpile and take inventory of  what you have, what you might need, and what you need to get rid of…and use some of what you have to lower your out-of-pocket costs for food this month!

As I checked my basement shelves, I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have to toss too much expired food…a few boxes of Jell-o, a box of Multi-Grain Cheerios (no one in my house was a big fan when it was free a while back), and a packet of cookie mix.  While ideally we wouldn’t waste anything, knowing that I only pitched a few dollars’ worth means I’m doing a decent job of buying what I’ll use, and using or donating what I buy.  I guess this is one area where it helps to have 4 kids eating us out of house an home…but at least things aren’t going to waste!

This week, your mission (should you choose to accept it): Give the ol’ stockpile a once-over!  A few tips:

  • Pull all the expired items.  Before you toss them, consider why they didn’t get used.  Did you buy something nobody likes or you didn’t need?  Did you forget it was there?  Hopefully you can learn from it and make sure you don’t make the same mistake again.
  • Keep an eye out for items close to their expiration dates.  Make plans to either use them or donate them soon so they don’t go to waste.
  • Organize what’s left.  Are there things you have tons of?  Take note so you don’t buy a bunch more until you use or donate some of what you have.  Are there things you’re running out of?  Keep an eye out for coupons and sales in the coming weeks!
  • Plan your meals based on what’s in your stockpile–you bought it to use it, so make sure you do!
  • Plan to check up on the stockpile once a season.  Spending a few extra minutes every 3 months or so can keep things under control, and help you make sure you don’t waste what you buy.

Remember, your stockpile will be more manageable if you’re practicing reasonable couponing rather than going nuts with every deal that becomes available.  As Sara likes to say, “Feed your family, not your stockpile!”  That means focusing on deals that your family will really use, and buying only as much as you’ll use or donate before it expires.

 

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