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WRAL SmartShopper

Share the deals & questions 4/16

Posted April 16, 2013


Found a deal today? Here's the place to share it!

Have a question that doesn't fit into any of the other threads? Here's the place to ask it.



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  • smolder13 Apr 16, 2013

    swag code: Share3Bucks

    valid until 8 pm

  • jdouglas13 Apr 16, 2013

    JustMe83, one other tip for stockpiling would be to make a list of the things you buy over and over again, and need pretty much regardless of price. Those are the things you want to work on stockpiling. Sooner or later, everything goes on sale. That's the time to stock up.

    For me, couponing and stockpiling are always a journey, not a destination.

  • JustMe83 Apr 16, 2013

    Smolder-the items you had on you list are pretty much the same items i'm looking to stockpile.

  • smolder13 Apr 16, 2013

    While I do agree with oxymoron's rules for stockpiling (it's what I do now), I have to say that for me that was a very overwhelming way to start out. It took me time to figure out how much of an item I would use before it expired and how to balance my budget for eating "now" along with adding in the extra stock piling items. Before I really came up with a system, I found alot of things ended up wasted or I would go over budget. Just my thoughts. :)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Apr 16, 2013

    That is correct, JustMe. No coupons can be used with an deal.

  • JustMe83 Apr 16, 2013

    You can't use coupons will Aisle50 deals, correct?

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Apr 16, 2013

    wildfrenchrose - don't forget that instead of throwing out expired coupons, you can send them to our US military who are overseas and have access to a commissary. They can use coupons that have been expired up to 6 months. For more info including addresses, head to

    I'm with oxy on the stockpile rules. Hers are right on the money.

    I would only add to make sure you use FIFO (first in-first out). The stuff that will expire first should come to the front of the pantry and the stuff expiring last should go to the back so products do not expire because you could not see them.

  • wildfrenchrose Apr 16, 2013

    taka, that's the one! Thanks! I know I throw away unexpired coupons, but have to limit my inventory of inserts and don't have time to thoroughly search through them first. It helps to know what to look for!

  • JustMe83 Apr 16, 2013

    thanks oxymoron...

  • Oxymoron02 Apr 16, 2013

    JustMe- I have rules for stockpiling.

    1) Buy as much as you can afford without otherwise sacrificing your diet

    2) Buy as much as you can eat/use before it goes bad

    3) Buy as much as you have room to store

    It's also really helpful to know what you regularly use, and how much. If you rarely eat rice, buying 50 lbs of rice is a waste of money, and likely to invite vermin. It's only a good deal if you actually *use* it.

    If you have the willpower to let variety suffer for a bit so you can stock up, you'll do much better. Chicken everyday for 2 weeks is hard to do, especially if you have a family, but when it's cheap, buying it allows you to devote more of your budget to other good deals.

    Meal planning helps too. Plan your week's meals based on what's on sale and what's already in your stockpile so you can devote more money to stocking up.