Basics for Beginners: What your cart will look like (and why to “stock-up”):
On a given trip, I may have 10 boxes of pasta, or 12 bags of rice. Another trip, I may have 15 cans of green chilis. The point is, you can buy the ingredients for your meals that week, but then, leave some money left over in your budget to buy “stock-up” items. In other words, we won’t eat 12 bags of rice this next week. BUT, the next time that I make a meal with rice, instead of having to add that to my grocery list – it’s already in my house – AND I got it at a great price for much cheaper or FREE. If I had waited to buy it when I needed it for that week’s meal plan – it would have cost me a couple of bucks. Things cyclically go on sale – so, at the beginning, you may have to buy it at full price, but as you gradually stock up using coupons combined with sales, you can save money. Now that I have stocked up on things we typically use, on average on a given grocery trip, I only pay about 20% of the retail price. So, that is the benefit of gradually buying things as they go on sale with coupons.