Further to groceries. Both of our major supermarkets have 1/2 prices specials every week. I scour those specials and of there is something that I regularly buy I will purchase 2 that week. This is one way of increasing items in my stock pile.
Another thought, depending on your comfort level there are some things that are fine to use for a while after their expiration date. I'm thinking more of certain canned goods or cartons of stock. I usually Google it if I am not sure. When something comes up as good for 6 months to a year then I usually feel safe going past the date by a month or so. Just a thought!
the shelf price and the red tag price was the same. On closer inspection, it was not a sale tag, but a "new low price" tag, leading me to believe they've just raised the price and this will be what we should expect to pay going forward.
MANY, MANY moons ago I learned a great deal from CEO on this topic. Among other things, the top two things I still use today are understanding UNIT PRICES and keeping a PRICE LIST.
Unit price is a breakdown of a price per unit - like ounces or pounds - for a given item. The price stickers on the shelves at the grocery store a actually have both the price for the item and the unit price. But you can figure it out yourself. If a 12 oz can of evaporated milk costs $1.89 then you divide $1.89 by 12 oz to get the unit price.
Here is a link to some good information about it and why you would care
This is really helpful when comparing similar items to find out what is REALLY the better deal. Also when comparing between stores!
And when it comes to comparing between stores - CEO introduced me to the idea of a Price Book!
Price Books are your personal record of items you frequently buy - the store, the size/amount of the item, the cost, the unit cost, the date purchased. A great resource for building your Price Book is your receipts combined with sales ads or nowadays - the store websites where you can look up everything - see the size - see the cost, etc.
I've kept one for years now and although I use it more heavily at some times vs. others it is a great tool to help you understand sales cycles and price increases. It really makes me crazy to see just HOW MUCH prices have increased and how quickly in some cases.
Over time you get a feel for when certain things tend to go on sale. For whether or not buying in bulk at a place like Sams or Costco is really such a good deal. And so on.
If you google Price Book for groceries there are lots of hits on how to create them!