Sometimes it's worth spending a bit of money to save in the long term.
When refuelling the truck last week Lovely Hubby got a coupon from Mr Sainsb**ys that was for £8 off a £40 shop. Now at first I thought 'we don't need anything', so I simply tucked it into my purse (I never throw coupons away until their date is up). Then as we ran out of shower gel on Saturday morning I decided to go and see if there were any brands on special offer and to have a look at what other bargains of things that we actually needed were there.
It's a good job I did, although I had decided not to spend for August I reasoned that this was an opportunity to stock us up on things that would save me money for the next few months.
So now my little stash is bigger, although I did spend £47 pounds of my housekeeping money in the process, (I also got some fresh fruit and veg while I was there).
I've decided that once my 'No Spend' August is out of the way I am going to start 'shopping from home', that is stockpiling bargains whether it be food or household essentials when they are really cheap and then instead of shopping at the shops whenever we need something, shop the stockpile instead.
It will mean a gradual outlay each week for certain things, but then we should manage to save even more money. And as our new veggies will all be ready for picking at a similar time I will also be able to fill the freezer up and have all our own veggies for Winter already tucked in the deep freeze.
We are very lucky in this little bungalow that the spare room has a HUGE bank of fitted shelves, not pretty to look at but extremely useful for storage. This is going to gradually become my 'home shopping' area. For now while I am just beginning this idea it is possible to hide the stash behind pretty baskets of things, and no-one would ever know that this is Sue's Shop but soon I may be mistaken for a mini mart!!
Do you stockpile .... and if so what?