Stockpiling your pantry can cut your weekly grocery bill in half! Save some major money with these tips.
Stockpiling food isn’t just something you do to be prepared for a disaster. Putting aside a stash of assorted canned foods, cereal, pasta and other nonperishable items can help you reduce your grocery bills. Use this guide to create and organize your food stockpile.
Assess what your family eats so you know which staples to stockpile.
Now that you know what items your family uses most, create a plan for the best way to buy and store them.
Assemble your stockpile.
Restock when your cache gets low and track expiration dates so food doesn’t go to waste.
To see at a glance what you have and what you need, arrange your products as grocers do: by category (baked goods, beverages,
canned goods, etc.), with labels forward.
Take your time: It could take up to three months to build a complete stockpile. A family of three can expect to shell out an extra $100 per
month while amassing those supplies. But by the end of three months, your grocery spending should be 50 to 70 percent less
than it was before you started to stockpile.
Help your community: If you’ve purchased something that you won’t be able to use before it expires, donate it to a shelter or a soup kitchen.
Add it up: A family of three with an original monthly grocery bill of $450 should be spending an average of about $150 per month on groceries, between keeping up the stockpile and buying perishables.