Thursday, 7 January 2016

Day 7 - Stockpiling


Money Spent Today - £0    Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £1.89
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £0
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £326.82

I was asked if before this year of no housekeeping we had stockpiled things in readiness.  The simple answer is no not purposefully.

All through the second half of last year I pretty much shopped as I always have, when the things we use on a regular basis were on offer I would buy enough of them to see us through until the next anticipated offer, and yes, they come round pretty regularly.

I know for example that our favourite butter comes on and off special offer over and over again.  Usually I can miss out one or even two rounds of offers and still be able to grab half a dozen on offer just as we run out of the stash in the freezer.  I now know that Lurpak spreadable butter freezes exceptionally well, and still tastes as fresh as non-frozen butter up to a year after freezing.

We did have one moment of madness in November and for some reason worked out how many toilet rolls we would need in a year ... and bought them.  They are now stashed under the guest bed, it will be interesting to see how long they do last!!  After this we quickly came to our senses and decided that this year should be all about seeing how little we can manage on, living day to day, week to week and month to month and just taking it as it comes.

The shampoo was bought in December, we were coming to the end of the dispenser in the bathroom and we use these to top it up.  Better to have one plunge of the dispenser than to squirt lots from a bottle into your hand and use too much.  We have had the same H&S dispenser since 2008 and fill it up whenever there is an offer.  These were £4.99 each or 3 for £10 so it made sense to make the purchase a little bit early ... the shampoo in the dispenser is still lasting so these are safely in the cupboard until it runs out.

Today is a No Spend Day.


22 comments:

  1. Do you ever shop at places like Bookers or Costco for bulk buys, I use them for toiletries etc I got toilet rolls on my last visit enough for the year for £9.99 I also stock up tea and coffee in the catering packs, all well known brands as well.

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    1. We haven't up to now, every time we have priced up the things that we use we have found them to be more expensive than the prices we pay at various shops.

      We get our toilet rolls from Home Bargains and bought this last lot when they were on offer for £3 for 18 rolls, which for quilted paper was a very good price!! We both do not like cheap toilet roll paper and find that you use more per use than a better quality one. We bought four packs so we have 72 rolls for the year, which should be fine if I shake of this cold and stop blowing my nose on it !!

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    2. How you are going to make 72 loo rolls last for a year is just beyond me!
      In this house we get through at least one a day! Working on our average of between 6 & 8 rolls per week, we'd need somewhere between 312 and 416 for a year!
      I know it's perhaps a delicate subject with some people (although we all do it, so it shouldn't be) but we must use far more sheets than we need to!
      I once worked with a young girl whose dad used to put strips of three sheets of loo roll in a basket beside their loo, and woe betide anyone who used more than three sheets, whatever the clean up job was!
      I don't know what he'd have thought of me and my loo roll extravagance!

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    3. It will be interesting to see how long they do last for.

      We tend to use three sheets each time, we find that's plenty for any clean up as long as it is a good quality paper ;-)

      Any more and our septic tank would be too clogged up too quickly, it takes time for paper to break down so we err on the side of caution.

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  2. I am a big fan of the stockpiling thing, I have a few things that I always buy when on a very good special.

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    1. It does make sense doesn't it when it's your favourite brands on a good offer.

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  3. It makes economical sense to stockpile. For me space is an issue - although I could solve this if my de-cluttering gets serious!

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    1. That's the only thing isn't it. We are lucky to have a decent sized cupboard in the bathroom for toiletries, and I guess at the moment it's holding a few months stash of most of our regularly used things. The toilet rolls though have had to be hidden under the spare bed ... handy if a guest has a middle of the night emergency ;-)

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  4. If its things you use regularly you have to take up the offers.

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    1. It just makes sense doesn't it, and it's something I will continue to do this year even though we have such limited housekeeping funds available.

      Far better for me to invest in say four jars of coffee next time it's on offer, than wait until I run out completely and have to pay full price and thus use up more of our funds on one item.

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  5. I have found using the price alert facility on http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/ works really well. I get an email alert when the price of what I regularly buy drops/comes on offer. It also compares the prices of your usual shop in nearly every supermarket (even ALDI) and you can easily see which shop is best or split shop if you have time. Enables you to maximise vouchers and coupons too. Hope this helps, Carrie.

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    1. I do use 'mysupermarket' a lot for price comparison, it will really help me this year to go on there before I go out shopping to see what offers are around.

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  6. How have I missed this blog? cant wait to see how you do.

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    1. Sorry I should perhaps have publicised it a bit more, but while I was working out the layout and bits and bobs I kept it quite low key. Now I'm almost there I have put a link at the top of my main blog so you can nip over easily if you want to. It's only Day 7 ... you've not missed much :-)

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  7. I'm like you and have found places like Costco Makro etc to be more expensive than supermarkets. I know I can get a case of toilet roll in Iceland cheap but we don't like it. My aim is to live well on less and stock piling when an offer and coupons are available makes sense.

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    1. Exactly ..... I would rather sometimes have the brands I know and love and that are a good quality and therefore longer lasting than save pennies and get cheaper products and use more of them, it just doesn't make financial sense.

      I don't mind trying other things but over the years we have realised what we like and what we CAN use. I have very sensitive skin for instance and am really allergic to perfume so I do have to be careful of the toiletries I buy. Head and Shoulders for example is the one shampoo that suits us both so we stick with that and just buy it when it's on offer.

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  8. Sue,
    is your housekeeping fund for groceries or more like non food items and things for the house.? I try and keep these separate, but sometimes after a costco trip when its all bundled together I just leave it as groceries.

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    1. It's for food AND non-food items, toiletries, cleaning products etc.

      The only exceptions will be medecines and things I pick up while we are at the farm supplies shop when we are getting the chicken and dog food. We usually get big bulk bottles of Fairy washing up liquid and Persil washing tablets once or twice a year for instance. These are paid for through our business and always have been.

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  9. I'm a firm believer in stocking up when things go on sale. You are doing well with the challenge!

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  10. I will watch with interest. Great effort.

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  11. I stock up when things are on offer too. As you say, it does make sense : )

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  12. The comment about toilet paper reminded me of what some people are doing which is using what is affectionately known as "wee wipes". Cloth squares that after use are put into a bucket and then washed and reused. They then use a lot less toilet paper. Makes me think about all the disposable products we use and are we able to find a non disposable version, like for paper towels and dish clothes. I make crochet dish clothes and wash them every day when they get hokey they become cleaning cloths till they die, which is usually a long time.

    I definitely agree about quality over quantity. With quality you either use less of something or that something will last much longer.

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