- About 3 times a year, several stores in Utah have case lot sales. A case lot sale is an opportunity to buy 12 or 24 cans or items at a reduced price. You can also find dehydrated foods in #10 cans at a reduced price.
- All items in a case lot sale are not the best prices. So it is good to compare.
- Review my Utah Case Lot Sale Price list spreadsheet and decide in advance what items you need. I put it together several times a year to compare the case lot prices to regular prices found at Costco, Sam's Club, Walmart, the LDS Home Storage Center and a few food storage companies.
- Planning beforehand will prevent you from shopping on impulse. Don't get star-struck when you walk into a store and feel the need to gather a bunch of cases. Be prepared, yet wise.
- Set a budget limit. You don't have to go in debt for food storage. "Patience is a virtue."
- Only buy foods your family will eat or use, so you don't waste money.
- Stock up on the container sizes your family will use before it goes to waste. For instance, a 40 oz. peanut butter would go rancid in my family before an 18 oz. one will. And so would a gallon of oil, so I buy the 48 oz. size. Even though larger may be cheaper, it may not be the best choice for your family.
- Realize that there will be some great November and December baking sales on items such as flour, sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, cake mixes, evaporated milk, etc., so you do not have to buy those items now unless you're really low.
- Some stores like Maceys allow you to buy single items at the case price. This is helpful for those of you with limited storage space.
- Saving a few cents on an item usually isn't worth it. However, if you can save .25 per can on 10 - 24 ct. cases that's a savings of $60.00!