Friends, a good money saving strategy that I use is stockpiling items that I alway keep on hand. It is helpful to keep a list in a small notebook of the items you use most often. Keep track of what these items cost regulary at the grocery, drug or office supply stores. Once you get used to doing this you can keep a mental list in your head of what each of these items retails at. That is what I do. I usually can tell you off the top of my head what brown rice is at each store or whole wheat pasta, eggs, toiletries, paper towels, sirloin steak, fruit etc. When you stockpile you stock up on items that you regularly use when they are on special. For example when Kroger has a 10 for $10 sale on items I regularly use a buy a few of them instead of just one. Knowing the prices also helps you discern if the sale price is a bargain or just an ok deal. I only stockpile when it is a bargain. This will prevent you from needing to pay full price on the item when you run out of it. For now happy shopping!

Laurie, TheBag Lady