Monday, May 21, 2012

Frugal Challenge - Time to Stock Up on Condiments

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Part of saving money on groceries is stocking your pantry when prices are lowest. Now that I have been keeping track for a couple of years, this is the time to stock up on condiments. The week approaching Memorial Day is the time buy your condiments for the year. Even more than the fourth of July, I seem to find the best deals on all the things you need for barbecues and burgers, right now.

This year I am going to stock up for the whole year. Over the last year I have roughly kept track of how many bottles of this and that we use in a year, so I will hit the various good sales this week when I am out running errands. I have already begun as you can see. If you don't have the space to stock for the year, then how about for the summer. Combine the sales with coupons and you will pay half if not less than you will the rest of the year.

You can see our most favorite barbecue sauce ever and that is Sweet Baby Ray's. I swear my kids drink it. I will need roughly 20 bottles to last the year.

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22 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Great idea. I always buy in as much quantity as I can when I find good sales. Keeps the budget in check and keeps the pantry full. Hugs, Marty

Cozy Little House said...

Living alone, I find I don't need many condiments. And when I get around to wanting to use them, they've past their usage dates. But with a family, that is very smart! (Sorry for my little "vacation.")
Brenda

corners of my life said...

How very organized you are. Thanks for the tip.

Ms. Redo said...

Wow, thanks for the tip - my son goes through ketchup and mustard like there's no tomorrow!!! I'll be shopping for the best deals this week, and yes stocking up for a long, long time. Hugs ~ Mary

deb said...

I find condiments the easiest thing to load up on,,,,the deals are awesome, I can usually get mustard for FREE!!! Im gonna have to find that BBQ sauce but I havent seen it...where do you find it?

Walking on Sunshine... said...

We love Sweet Baby Ray's also! Great post!

Hillcresthome Prims said...

I love to stock up. I do use coupons and stack them with coupons from the computer that you can print out. So I to stock up on ketcup,mustard,pickles,buns and freeze them etc.
I sure do love your blog and always enjoy reading your posts!
hugs,
Tricia

Claudia said...

Great advice! Thanks for the tip. The only thing we have more than one of at the moment is ketchup!

xo
Claudia

High Point Farm said...

Do you have any advice for people who cannot afford to purchase that much food at a time.... I would love to do this, have even tried to follow this, but I cannot afford to start....

Kris said...

So smart!!! We like that BBQ sauce too!!

Ginger Zuck said...

That BBQ sauce is really good. I buy it sometimes too. I think you are so right on this week being the best, plus I've been getting ketchup, mayo more - coupons! Love it. I bought a HUGE bottle of Heinz ketchup for $1.49 today. I was so happy. Thanks for the heads up. :D

Sweet Tea said...

Except for my dh's homemade BBQ sauce, Baby Ray's is my fav too! Great plans!

Olive Cooper said...

I do try to stock up where possible but as we are down to two most of the time I sometimes over buy. Maybe I need to keep a record of what we use in a year, that is my take a way today from you.

Linda said...

We've been stocking up on the BBQ sauce ourselves! Sweet Baby Rays is a favorite of ours too!! Have a great day!!

Val said...

This is so good to know....I'm going to stock up this weekend. Thank you.

NanaDiana said...

Stop! You are killing me! I am trying to use up at least part of the stuff I have been saving money on before it expires! lol I do buy when there is a good sale, though- xo Diana

PrimHearted said...

Great idea stocking up for the year! We also use Sweet Baby Rays sauce.
Nadine

Barb said...

Hi Elaine,
Stocking up is a good idea when you have a family. I used to do this when my children were at home. Now there is just Hubby and me and my Mum we just don't use things quickly enough.
Have a good week
God Bless
BBarb from Australia

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

You have a mini mart going there! I've never really kept track of those sorts of things. Great idea for sure! Thanks for sharing!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Sweet Baby Rays is my favorite too!

Sam I Am...... said...

I never knew that either! I learn every time I visit you. I live alone so I probably don't need that much but it would still help to save money! Thanks again! I'll also look for Sweet Baby Ray's!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

This is good to know, Elaine, because we go through the condiments around here!

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