When buying meat (or anything really),
Always work out the Per Unit price (per kg/lb). Bulk is not always best.
If you look at the prices on shelves in the store, there is usually a per unit price on the sticker as well. Keeping a Price Book will help you keep track of what is a good per unit price on the items you purchase regularly.
I love getting 50% off meat. In this example it is chicken, which is something we eat several times a week.
I picked up 8 packs of 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts this morning. Each pack was around the same price and I paid $5.50/lb-50%= $2.75/lb
When I checked the "Bone In" packs they were $9.97/lb, and even the bulk bl/sl were $5.95/lb. (50% off =$2.98/lb)
The best price was on the smallest packs!
So for our 3 weeks worth of chicken for lunches (8 lunches/week for 2 ppl) and a couple supper meals, I paid $23.08
While stocking up on a great deal is sometimes a strategy I would use, I have to apply some limits.
Unless the item is at an all time low price or on clearance, I can likely buy just a couple to get me through to the next sale. No one "needs" a stockpile of 20 mustard or 40 deodorant. There are expiry dates and space limitations to consider.
TIP: Everything you buy is on a 4-6 week sales cycle. If it is on sale this week, you will see it on sale for roughly the same price in 4 to 6 weeks.
Keeping a price book can help you in determining if a deal is really a great deal. You can save plenty each week based on sales, coupons and apps, without having to turn your house/storage room into a stockpiled space. That being said, a fee of each item you use on a regular basis is absolutely within reason. 4 to 6 deodorant in a house of 4 people will not last long, so keep track of what you have and how long it takes your family to use it. Then "stock up" accordingly to make it through to the next sales cycle.
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