When do you need to buy more?
When the bottle of ketchup or the container of strawberries gets low, you probably know it.
Would you rather run completely out of something, need it desperately, and then have to make an emergency run to the store to buy it? Nope, I didn’t think so.
When you see that the bottle that you have is less than half full, start looking for specials for that product. If something is on sale, don’t buy ten bottles if you live alone, but do stock up.
Note: Things rot and products have expiration dates. Be sure to check the dates on the side of the container. If you think you won’t use it up by then, only buy one, not fifteen. Even if it is a really good deal, if you aren’t going to use it before it expires, then it really is not wise to buy too many of whatever it is.
I went to help clean out a friend’s kitchen when his wife died. It was amazing what I found. There were spices that had expired twenty years ago in his kitchen cabinet, cans of soup that had been officially dead for several years, and ketchup that had fermented (if that is possible). I’m glad he didn’t eat any of those things. He could have gotten seriously ill.
Please throw away anything that’s expired, so you won’t.