never an old mother hubbard empty cubbert moment kind of impression I am given. It makes me wonder if you ever need to even grocery shop other than fresh fruit, veggies and staples. I would be curious to know how often you need to grocery shop with your full loaded stockpile and if you work on using up all you have in the stockpile before buying items to replace in the stockpile??
bb, you're right to say the only thing I "need" to shop for is fresh veges/fruit and dairy. But I have a small stockpile of that as well. i.e. butter and other baking items were on sale over the holiday season. 1lb of butter for $1.99 is a really good price here but the store coupon had a limit of two at that price. Well, my dd#2 happens to work at the grocery store. She was buying butter for me every day that week. Couple times a year the stores have milk at bogo. We drink whatever we can before the milk starts to go sour and I freeze the rest of it to use for baking and such.
I haven't bought meat at the store for years. We buy whole cow/hog/etc. straight from local farmers. Healthier meat at greater savings than a grocery store. Last year 25/lb bags of flour were on sale for $6.00/ea. but the coupon was a limit of one bag. I asked the store manager if I could buy 15 bags at the coupon price, of course he said yes because they know I will continue to shop and spend money at their store. I came back a couple days later and they had it all ready for me. I have received similar deals with rice and other grains. We also garden and can/freeze/dry as much as I am able.
I would love-love-love! to be an extreme couponer but that is just not possible in the rural area that I live in. But I do watch weekly coupon ads and stock up when I can for a decent price.