Stocking up may not be an issue for some in other states, but in Illinois the weather can get very harsh, so most of us stock up during the fall. This is especially important for those who live out in the small country towns and have to drive several miles just to get the bare essentials. When fall weather starts to roll in, that is our cue to start the stock up for winter process.
Stock up without Breaking the Bank
You can save money by stocking up in the fall when you find things on sale. This is especially useful for dry goods, canned goods and essentials like shampoo, laundry soap, dish liquid and toilet paper. It’s a real pain to run out of shampoo and it’s so icy you can’t even back out of your driveway! Always make sure you have plenty of the essential needs on hand way before the weather gets bad.
I am not a big fan of couponing, mostly because I will cut them out and either leave them at home, or forget about them until they have expired. If you do use coupons, that’s another great way to stock up in the fall without breaking the bank. Check the internet for places to download coupons. Just go to the website of your favorite brand or product and search for coupons.
Stock up on More Than Just Food
Being stuck in your house during a snow or ice storm can get boring. You may even lose power. Stock up on things to entertain your family and ways to have light and heat, just in case you need them. If you have small children, get a small plastic tote and fill it with Dollar Store games, toys, books and other gadgets they will enjoy. Grab a few items every week until the tote is full, but be sure to keep it put up until you need it!
I crochet a lot in the winter, so in the fall I am looking for bargains on yarn to stock up on. Look at thrift stores, yard sales and auctions. At times you can purchase a big box of yarn for just a few dollars. Whatever craft you do, look for bargains during the fall and stock them away for winter. Easy crafts are a fun way to entertain children and spend some quality time with them.
Stock the Freezer for Winter Cooking
If you just have a refrigerator freezer, it might save you some time and money to purchase another freezer. You can find good ones at resale shops and on local yard sale groups on Facebook. When there is a great sale on meat or other things that can be frozen, buy a few extra pounds, or whatever you can afford at the time. Just be sure to add at least one item to your weekly grocery shopping for your winter stock up.
Another great reason to do this in the fall is because the weather has turned cooler. I don’t know about you, but I am not a big fan of lugging a lot of household supplies from the car to the house when it is 100 degrees or even when it is 20 degrees. Fall weather is perfect for that!
I hope I have you thinking about things you need to stock up on now that Fall is here. I also hope you don’t get such bad weather that you need a huge supply, but it is better to be prepared and stay safely home in a nice warm house than it is to travel the treacherous winter roads for a loaf of bread! Oh, see and that’s another good point…you won’t have to fight the crowd of panicked people who rush to empty the store shelves every time the weather man predicts bad weather.
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