According to Wikipedia, compulsive hoarding is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by the excessive acquisition of and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that would seemingly qualify as useless or without value. If you look at the symptoms of compulsive hoarding, we aren’t hoarders but we do stock up on things we know we’ll use. I suppose no hoarder has ever admitted to being a hoarder though.
Most everything that we use every day, I try to keep at least a year’s supply on hand. I only buy extras when things are on sale so I’m always “shopping” out of my own pantry and then when things are on sale again, I replenish my supply. Not everyone has the room or the desire to do this but to me, it makes sense. When you think that saving 50¢ per can on vegetables and using probably 5 cans per week . . that’s $2.50/week in savings or $130 per year. I’m guessing that by doing this with the things we use so much (toilet paper, paper towels, sugar, canned goods, dish soap, bath soap, shampoo, etc.), we save several thousand dollars per year and it’s so nice to want to make a recipe and know that unless it calls for something really unusual, I have it in my pantry.
This week at Kroger, they have some kind of deal where the large Gatorades on sale for 67¢. Do you know how much Gatorade Vince drinks when he’s out working in this heat? A lot! Do you know how many bottles we have in our pantry? Enough!
But our best find this week was charcoal.
Kroger has the same charcoal for $6.99 for 16.6 pounds which is a decent price. That comes to about 42¢ per pound. But, Home Depot had a two pack – 20 pounds each bag for $9.97 and that comes to about 25¢ per pound. We use at least two twenty pound bags per month so that’s about 24 bags per year.
We had stocked up the last time they had it on sale for this price — maybe around July 4.
There were 12 bags left so when Vince was at Home Depot Friday, he bought more.
That brings our total to 26 bags, which should be about a year’s worth. But, then when we had to go back to Home Depot on Sunday, Vince decided to get a few more bags.
What great timing! He tossed a box of trash bags in just as I was taking a picture! Eight more double bags of charcoal brings our total in stock to 34 – 20 pound bags. That’s 680 pounds of charcoal and at a savings of at least 17¢ per pound, we’ll save roughly $115 over the next year. Sounds like not a whole lot but it truly adds up. And, it’s nice to know that no matter when we decide to fire up the grill, we have charcoal and don’t need to go to the store to get it.
We won’t need to buy charcoal til we find it on sale again next summer.
We have a gas grill too but we much prefer using the charcoal grill.