Number one frugal shopping rule:
Buy when the product is at its rock-bottom sale/clearance price, match-up coupons, and stock-up. This will save you tons of money.
Don’t buy something just because it is on sale. First, ask yourself: Is it a good sale? Do I need it today? Do I have a coupon? Will it be discounted further soon? All good questions to ponder.
Every month, you will learn to recognize what items are at their ‘rock-bottom price’. About every 6-weeks items go on sale again. Once or twice a year, it hits a rock-bottom price…ding, ding, ding.
For the hardcore frugalist, this is a time to ‘stock-up’ and maximize on those saving.
For a recent example; after Valentines Day, candy/gifts are on sale. Match-up your coupons with the clearance candy and buy enough to last 6 months or more. What do you do with it? Freeze it. Then, when you NEED candy, you have it and you have it a lot cheaper than you would if you had to buy it at that moment. See what I mean? This shopping method can be applied to any item.
Obviously, if you are stocking up on shampoo or other essential non-perishable goods, you can store it in your stockpile or designated stock area. For self-care items, I usually watch when certain products I use go on clearance, I have a coupons for it, then stock up; if it is say, less than a dollar.
Furthermore, pay attention to your shopping habits. Pay attention to where you could be saving money in your budget. Pay attention to sales, circulars ads and stores in general. When you begin to have a conscience eye on how the stores sell and product cycles, you will then learn the ways of extreme savings.
Do you have a stock or something similar?
Check out this post on my personal stockpile: