I like to set up two categories. One for “one-off” or major purchases that are things you pick up once in a while, or even only once or twice. Guns, Ham Radios, Berkeys, etc are the types of things I’m talking about here.
The other category, recurring purchases, includes things that you need to buy bit by bit in order to get to your goals. Also in this category are things that you rotate through your stockpile by using what you store. Toilet paper is the perfect example here.
This second category is perfect for that monthly expenditure. It’s easy to plan for because you know how much you can afford, and in the case of consumables you know how much you use.
As I’ve said before, I’m a huge fan of automating things. I don’t like having to do things over and over again.
That being a goal, I’ve found that the Amazon Subscription offering is a perfect fit. You can set up recurring deliveries of quite a few different items and pick when and how much you get. Very flexible!
But that’s not all! Amazon wants you to participate in their subscription program, so they cut deals on items that are available in the program as long as you have a subscription set up. The discounts range from 5% to upwards of 20%, so you can get some pretty heavy savings.
Not only do they give you good discounts on the items themselves, but the shipping is always free. So all in all you end up saving a ton of money and it’s totally hands off once you get it set up.
You can even have stuff like wheat or beans delivered in bulk. It’s more expensive than the LDS canneries, but if you don’t have one nearby then the cost may work out just as good once you factor gas costs and time.
So check out the Amazon Subscription program and see if it fits your needs.