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Not sure it's a savings if you will need something next week that's on sale this week but won't be next week. I agree if what gets put back is junk food like chocolate, unless you buy something else that'snot nutritious instead. I also don't think it's automatically a savings to not buy something because it's not on the list. If something looks good and it's not on the list but replaces another meal, then it's not a savings not to buy it because you are going to eat a meal regardless. You pay for a meal of some kind so subbing one for another still costs.

We've found unexpected sales to be one of our best ways to save, and lists be damned. 🙂
 

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I agree that stocking up on sale items is a great way to save in the long run. I got the impression that this writer was living a little more paycheck-to-paycheck than you and I are. Thus she was stressing the 'if you don't need it right now' approach. If the item is not on sale and $5 is the difference between making rent this month or putting gas in the car this week, then holding off and buying it with next week's paycheck is the better option. I feel she's addressing a younger audience that hasn't learned much self control with their money.

IMO, I think a lot of us buy stuff we don't "need", on sale or not. We have pantries, freezers, and closets full of stuff we haven't needed in weeks or years. It's time and money tied up in objects that cramp our space and make us stressed. Not buying 1 $5 object at checkout? Simple solution to overconsumption.
 
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So true about having too much stuff. I totally relate to that.

I got the impression, not really based on anything, that the author might be in a big city where people don't always keep a lot of food on hand because they don't have a lot of space. Or like you said, check to check.
 

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My personal experience is that having enough money to stock up on something on sale saves money in the long run. I have been in spots in my life where I could not afford to to that though.

Buying extra food is not like buying extra clothes because food gets used up. If I buy extra this week, it means less food I have to buy next week.

I could see it if it keeps you from buying too much junk food and convenience food though.

And to be honest, I feel like $10 a shopping trip is not that much. Assuming a once week shopping trip, that is only $40 a month. Maybe it is my personal circumstance - high cost of living area + income level that would be awesome if we living in a normal cost of living area. But $40 a month seems like a drop in the bucket. It is not like people eating $10 of fast food *every day.* That can be significant.

I also want to add - big city person here. :vs_wave:

I have a condo with a not very big kitchen. I still find space to get extra things when they are on sale. I have a decent little stock pile. I am not at prepper level, but I could get by for a few weeks in an emergency.

I also have mixed feeling about all the save a few $$ tricks. With enough of them the savings could add up to something substantial. But what is really needed is an overall budget assessment. There are (potentially) things that could save a lot more.
 

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I agree that stocking up on sale items is a great way to save in the long run. I got the impression that this writer was living a little more paycheck-to-paycheck than you and I are. Thus she was stressing the 'if you don't need it right now' approach. If the item is not on sale and $5 is the difference between making rent this month or putting gas in the car this week, then holding off and buying it with next week's paycheck is the better option. I feel she's addressing a younger audience that hasn't learned much self control with their money.

IMO, I think a lot of us buy stuff we don't "need", on sale or not. We have pantries, freezers, and closets full of stuff we haven't needed in weeks or years. It's time and money tied up in objects that cramp our space and make us stressed. Not buying 1 $5 object at checkout? Simple solution to overconsumption.
I agree with this point. Flexibility is one of the best features I ever learned in my life, though I still feel more comfortable sticking to the list.
 
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