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but then again we dont do much organic/health food etc...
 

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Me!!!<br><br>
We grocery Game, so we do major stockpiling. I have 3 pantries & 2 huge freezers.<br><br>
I try to always keep at least 6 months worth of food in the house too - it's already saved my family numerous times when finances didn't work out right.
 

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Yes, I stockpile, I buy in bulk. I buy fruit/veg and Meat organic everything else depends on the price. We don't eat crap but I watch out budget. It has helped us out alot
 

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I bought 20 boxes of cereal and 16 boxes of waffles between this weekend and last.
 

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YES ME HERE but I have not done much in the last two months. That is the beautify of it.<br><br>
Do any of you get any weird questions or stares? One time last year I bought 70 boxes of cereal. With my coupons it cost 25 cents a box. Of course I am going to buy the max. I donated about half of them. Anyway I always get the why would you buy so many comment. I have a built in excuse. I have 4 boys two of which are teenagers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Another stockpiler Grocery Gamer here! Stockpiling has been a Godsend as well as giving great peace of mind. Right now I am stockpiling baking products and other seasonal items. Canned pumpkin and cranberry sauce are available very cheaply at Aldi's, as well as canned sweet potatoes.
 

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I am slightly aspiring to stockpile, but only certain items. We do not have the grocery game in my area, but I have started using coupons. I am determined though to just use them on items I would already be buying. I don't have any stockpiles yet, still trying to figure this all out.
 

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i try to stockpile. dh gets angry about it and doesn't understand why i can't just buy things as needed. um, because stuff happens? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">We do not have the grocery game in my area, but I have started using coupons. I am determined though to just use them on items I would already be buying. I don't have any stockpiles yet, still trying to figure this all out.</div>
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I don't do the grocery game, I just use hotcouponworld...it's free, and it teaches me to figure out "the lists" myself. If you have some free time, go to <a href="http://www.hotcouponworld.com" target="_blank">www.hotcouponworld.com</a> and read the couponing 101 thread...you'll know more about coupons than you had ever hoped to know!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i try to stockpile. dh gets angry about it and doesn't understand why i can't just buy things as needed. um, because stuff happens? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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You pay more when you "need" an item.<br><br>
I have been couponing and stockpiling since last January. I can honestly say that I have saved absolutely no money, but I have a LOT more stuff for the money that I did spend.
 

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I stockpile, but we eat all-natural food, so no coupons... or very rarely. They usually don't have coupons for the stuff we buy. We don't get the local paper, so we don't get coupons and I don't go looking for them. I do buy some stuff, but I like home canning better.<br><br>
I probably have 6 month's supply of meals, with enough grains and other things to make it a year without buying anything if we really had a horrible breakdown of society. I keep seeds as well.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I stockpile, but we eat all-natural food, so no coupons... or very rarely. They usually don't have coupons for the stuff we buy. We don't get the local paper, so we don't get coupons and I don't go looking for them. I do buy some stuff, but I like home canning better.<br><br>
I probably have 6 month's supply of meals, with enough grains and other things to make it a year without buying anything if we really had a horrible breakdown of society. I keep seeds as well.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: Same here, except for the seeds. That is next on my list when we move next year and have room for a garden. I do some canning/freezing/dehydrating but plan to get more into that when I'm growing my own.
 

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I coupon and stockpile but still use very few pre-packaged products, go for a more natural approach and still save at least 40% off shelf prices.<br><br>
I used to grocery game, and even thou I use very few processed/ packaged foods it saved me way more than I very spent on the membership. I dropped it only because I don't need to shop very often to maintain my stockpile.
 

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Yes, we stockpile food. A lot. We have a basement pantry and a freezer. I have posted pics here before that drew wonder and awe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: DH and I are re-incarnated famine survivors or something. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
We never use coupons for food (though we do watch sales). We eat almost all organic and spend about $200 per month on groceries, both food and non-food.<br><br>
We buy very, very little convenience food. I haven't yet learned how to make tofu, and we do buy boxed pasta, hard cheeses, some frozen veggies, canned salmon and tuna, canned pineapple, generic V8, instant mashed potatoes (used in refrigerator dough and great as fish breading) and jars of peanut butter, but I can't think of anything else that we don't process ourselves.<br><br>
No cold cereal other than homemade granola. No premade frozen dinners- we make our own freezer-to-oven lasagna, fish sticks, tater tots, etc. I make yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta, and feta. We make our own smoothies, chai and cocoa. The only beverages we buy are milks, coffee, tea, and frozen juice concentrate. We brew our own beer, wine, pop, and liquor. We make our own salad dressings and condiments, except for siracha, soy sauce, Bragg's, and fancy vinegars.<br><br>
We freeze and can- homegrown corn, brussles sprouts, broccoli, and stuff for marinara sauce, salsa, and rhubarb jam, as well as U-pick local peaches, apples and strawberries, and wild huckleberries, raspberries, and cranberries.<br><br>
DH's parents give us about 80 to 90% of his meat consumption- grass fed, no abx Texas longhorn beef and venison. Our meat budget is such that, because most of it is free, we can afford organic pork and poultry, which is nice.<br><br>
We also stockpile flours and stuff. We order a lot thru DH's former employer (a cafe). If you have whole wheat flour, AP flour, yeast, powdered milk- soy or dairy, but buttermilk works best in most baking-, leaveners, sweeteners and soy flour (an egg substitute), you can bake almost anything. We do all our own baking- everything from yeast bread to desserts. We do one or two big baking days per month and then freeze the starchy goodness.<br><br>
I would guess that we have at least six months worth of food in the house.<br><br>
We shop to replenish once a month, and usually buy fresh produce one other time than the major monthly stock up (so every other week or so, we get fresh produce in the house).<br><br>
Just going to the store when you need something is time consuming and expensive, not to mention a PITA. I love going shopping in the basement. However, I can't imagine trying to stockpile food if we ate convenience food. It would be very expensive, and take up a lot of room.
 

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Just in the last few months I have started using coupons and stocking up but for me that means having enough for a few weeks, not months. I don't have the room for that.<br><br>
I only buy things with coupons that I would normally buy. I find the coupons that print out at the grocery store work well for me because they are for what buy and shopping the sales. I am also get coupons from what I buy. For example, I get my DS plum juice because it helps keep him regular and there always is a coupon on the label.<br><br>
I'm a novice at this couponing thing but I am saving money and my family is eating healthier than ever.
 

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We don't use coupons, but we do stockpile. We have two full pantries, shelving in the basement and a deep freezer full of food.<br><br>
Our eventual goal is to have a one year supply in the house (we're at 3 months now).<br><br>
We grow a nice garden each year and a fair amount of the reserve is canned and dehydrated foods from the garden.
 

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Pretty simple: When you find something at a good price instead of buying just one of it you buy enough to last you until next time it is a that price. For example I know twice a year I can get boneless chicken breast for 99 cents a pound. I know it goes on sale once ever 6 months at that price and we go through approx. 48 pounds so I buy 50 pounds when it goes on sale. It will take you a while to learn the sales fluctuations or you might just buy what is on sale and never worry about how much you need until next time.
 
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