“Mother Frugal, your family has just lost its sole source of income. What are you going to do next?”
“I’m goin’ SHOPPING!” (at least it wasn’t Disney).
Before you tackle me, throw me down and take away my Mother Frugal badge, please realize what time of year it is. Sales on many essentials are better than ever right now. It’s time to stock up and, in the long run, save money.
There is a reason why Thanksgiving has been held in November. It first happened right after harvest time, when the bounty of the fields had been collected and the people with those weird belt buckle hats had reasons to give thanks. Food was abundant, but it wouldn’t all last. Without many food preservation methods, they had an excuse for gluttony before they faced starvation over the winter months. It was time for a feast.
These days, the harvest time still takes place at around the same time each year. Food is abundant, and we now have better methods to preserve it. Supply exceeds the demand, so prices take a nosedive. It is time to stock the pantry.
When certain non-perishable items have gone on their best sale of the year, I’ve been known to buy as much as a year’s supply. Our favorite brand of green beans, regularly priced at $1.19 a can that was on sale for 49 cents? We have a couple of cases stacked in the basement. Baking ingredients like flour and sugars are at great prices, too. And the soups… oh, the canned soups! Generally, canned goods and the traditional foods you need to make Thanksgiving dinner are the loss leaders this time of year. If you store it right, it can last a very long time (Ironically, whole frozen turkeys are at their best prices after the holidays, although their prices are pretty decent now, too).
So if you have the funds, and have the storage space, this is the time to shop with a little gluttony and save money at the same time. Of course, don’t go into debt or buy things you will never use. That’s always an understood. What you buy at discounted prices now, could last you until a time when your pocketbooks are leaner and the prices have risen. It’s the perfect time to prepare. Don’t forget the coupons!
Whether or not you stock up for yourself, keep in mind that there are food pantries that always need food this time of year. There are some who cannot purchase these great deals, even when the prices are as low as they are. This is a time of year when it is easy to be generous for those in need.
So please don’t tackle me down when you see me walking out with a case of canned soups, and I’ll do likewise for you.