How big is your freezer? Do you have an extra in the garage?
I have an extra Refrigerator/Freezer in my basement. The Fridge usually stays Jam-packed and the fridge is usually about half full.. usually with cheese, milk and yogurt! 🙂
2) How big is your pantry? How do you keep it organized?
I don’t have a pantry. Seriously. I have cupboards, and a shelf in my kitchen but no pantry. However, I do have a nice unfinished basement with lots of cabinets and shelving. I keep our day to day groceries in the cupboards and the stockpile downstairs. I wish that I had a better way to organize but I try to just keep it simple. I keep the oldest stuff in the front so that it gets used first and I try to keep a mental inventory of what I have.
You can see some reader’s stockpiles HERE.
How many hours a week do you spend doing this? Clipping, organizing, driving, shopping?
I spend about 1 hour Organizing my binder per week. I spend about 30 minutes getting ready for each shopping trip and I try to shop 2 times per week. I only shop at one store regularly (Albertsons) and maybe once a month I get lured into a Walgreens or Target. I spend almost no time driving because I have an Albertsons about 4 blocks away.
If you are feeling overwhelmed about the amount of time you are spending on your new “hobby” try limiting the number of stores you visit each week. Don’t feel bad if you see the deals you are missing at other stores. You should be able to go Krazy enough at one store!
How do you get your hubby on board with this?
Joanie and I both had a hard time convincing our husbands that we were doing more good than bad. I still remember the looks on their faces when we would come home with bags and bags of toiletries & food. They would politely listen to our excitement and then ask where we were going to put everything… and every once and awhile one of them would say “You can’t eat Detergent you know!” But eventually we slowed down our shopping trips and we saw some INCREDIBLE savings…. to the tune of HALF of what I would normally spend. Slowly, I could tell my husband loved it. I was sold (that he was sold) when I would hear him brag to his friends about the savings we had achieved!
Do you take your children with you while shopping?
Only if I have to. Believe me, I have missed a lot of krazy deals because I wasn’t willing to drag my kids to the store. I try to do all of my shopping once I have put them to bed. Plus I love shopping at night because the store is quiet and I get the checkers all to myself!:)