Keeping a Low Inventory List

One of the quickest ways to burn through your monthly budget is to have to buy items at full price. After couponing for awhile, it’s almost amusing that I barely even know what the full price is on many items. I just know my “stock-up price” for when to buy a few of the things I use. But as prices are increasing on everything lately, the stock-up price will soon have to change, too.

Several months ago, my husband told me he was out of shampoo. And of course, I had zero coupons for them. I dug through every sales ad hoping at least I could find it on sale. Nothing. I was in shock when I went to buy some and realized full price was around $6. Wow! Talk about cutting into my budget that week.

Normally we have a rule that if you are down to the last one of an item, you let me know or put it on the “Low Inventory List.” Well, over the holidays, I got busy and I didn’t keep up with things the way that I should. And I dearly paid the price (literally) when we ran out of things now and then. Most of the time, I was able to scrape up a decent deal but in the case of the shampoo, I couldn’t.

So I am now getting myself organized again and making sure we keep our Low Inventory List updated. I actually keep one in my food pantry, one on the fridge and one in the bathroom storage closet. When it comes time to make my shopping list for the week, I just check all of them to see what’s listed. I then start looking for deals over the next few weeks for those items.

Typically you’ll see sales on the items you use about every 3 months. So I normally just keep enough on hand until the next sales cycle. This is how you start to stockpile. But I’ll share more on stockpiling in a future post.

I’m hoping that if you haven’t already that you’ll begin to keep a Low Inventory List of your own so you never have to pay full price for any of the items that you use.

Have you recently ran out of something and were surprised at the full price cost?

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  1. coupongeek says

    Thank you, Jennifer! It is really helpful. It’s saved me from forgetting to buy items quite often. I always seem to get away from it over the holidays, as it’s such a busy time for bloggers, but I’m hoping to do better with that this year. :)

  2. Michelle says

    My husband ran out of razors. I couldn’t believe the prices! I was shocked. Awhile back I use a ton of the $2 off disposables, and got bags of 10 for 50cents. Between my husband and myself and 3 daughters who shave also, we go through them.

  3. Karen says

    I’ve done this for several years now and it is so helpful. I have only one general list on the fridge, but have it separated by Sam’s and everything else. I did recently run out of hard taco shells. Who knew how expensive they were! I normally get them for free or at most $.25/box. Ouch! By the way, I really like the direction you have gone with your blog, there are enough deal sites out there, and its nice to just have some thoughtful articles out there to read. Great job!

  4. coupongeek says

    Razors are super expensive! I try to grab them when they are on a deal for super cheap, too! It’s sad that you can get a new razor cheaper then the refill packs.

    Thanks for sharing, Michelle! :)


  5. coupongeek says

    Thank you so much, Karen! :) I’m loving being able to write more now. It’s going a little slow right now as I’m catching up on other things behind the scenes, too. I’m hoping to have more to share soon.

    Taco shells can be expensive at full price. They are one thing I like to stockpile a few boxes of as we eat tacos quite often.

    Thank you again for the compliments on the new blog style. I truly appreciate it! :)


  6. Sue says

    My stock of foil had been going down and I was shocked to see how much the prices on it had gone up! Luckily we recently had the coupon for $1.50 reynolds wrap but it still wasn’t cheap by any means. Seems like everything goes up and the sizes get smaller.

  7. coupongeek says

    I agree! I had the same issue a few months back. I couldn’t get over the price of foil. And the boxes do seem smaller.

    There was a coupon on Target’s site for savings on the UP&UP Foil. I think you can get a box for $.70 or so with it. I picked one up for camping time! :)


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