Step 2: Create a plan
Now that you know what items your family uses most, create a plan for the best way to buy and store them.
- Find and clip coupons for items on your stockpile list.
- Clear out a shelf (or two!) in your pantry and freezer, or designate an area in your basement to keep your stash. Don't store food items in the garage, where the temperature can fluctuate widely.
- Make a meal plan: use foods from your stash to cook five nights per week. Eat leftovers one night and, if your budget allows, designate one night to dine out