nik_907-Here's what I do, first I keep track of sales, I learned this on the Frugality and Finances board on here. I started keeping track of the patterns of sales, I have tried to keep a price book, but for me I find that I have a pretty darn good memory for the stuff. That said I *am* going to start keeping track of the 20 items we buy most, as posted on another thread, this will help me know when it's the best times to stock up on these things.
Recently I have bought 2 cases of organic tomatoes, my local store(the only one we have) was selling the 28 oz cans for 1.99 a can, totally cheap, so I bought 2 cases for the reg. price of one case. I also saw that refried bean are on sale, I will be buying a case of those also. I like to have some items of convenience available to us as we live in an area where the power can often go out, so I like to have some easily reheated items, plus we use them. I have become a pretty savvy shopper thanks a lot to this site. I really only buy things on sale, you don't have to buy everything at once, just start small. My pantry is growing, but I also am getting rid of things that I don't want, but I'm more into stocking up. We have a feast or famine household, DH is really busy working then can get laid off for week in the winter, I'm kind in the squirrel hoarder mentality right now, I try to buy extra for those times when there are no extras, KWIM? Start small, and also meal planning is saving us money because of less leftovers, and because I plan according to what we have, stock up what we need when on sale, and it saves my sanity. It really has been helping us.