August 10, 2009

Utah Case Lot Sales: How to Shop


Shopping Tips:
  • 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!
Good luck!

    17 comments:

    1. Wow, This is amazing. Thank you so much!!

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    2. This is great!!! Thank you!!!

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    3. Thanks for all of this hard work. I'm looking forward to giving it a more intensive review to plan our shopping list!

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    4. That is awesome! I noticed last year at least at Dan's that you could pre-order what you wanted for the upcoming case lot sale. I didn't do it, but I think then you just go pick up your order and off you go! Has anyone done this?

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    5. I have not preordered, but let us know if you see it. Thanks!

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    6. This is awesome thanks for sharing! I have to say too, that I love the youtube video of Quentin Cook's talk. I really needed to hear that, thank you!

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    7. Very relevant and useful information. Everything you need to know about food storage and more. Thanks for taking the time and research on the case lot sales! Very helpful as we purchase our food storage.

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    8. I love it when I don't have to re-event what someone else has done. Thanks for sharing. Do you by anychance do this in Excel and would you be willing to share it? I'd like to cut and past it into some of what I'm using.

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    9. Amy Jo: The newest list is in the box on my blog titled "Utah Case Lot Sales Price Comparison Fall 2010." There is a link in the box to the Google document. Best wishes!

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    10. Do they only do this in Utah? I live in So Cal.

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    11. Hi Anonymous. I have not heard of case lot sales in California. Ask the grocery store manager of your grocery store if you can get a discount for buying by the case. Best wishes.

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    12. Are you finding that Dry Milk is less expensive at the cannery or during store sales?
      I'm trying to decide if I should wait and watch for sales or just get it now.

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    13. Daphne: The Dry pack milk is cheaper at the cannery.

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    14. I LOVE using your comparison list the whole year!!! Question, this says the list for 2011 will be available April 30, but that is after the sales, is that date correct or will you actually have comparison prices before the maceys sale? Thanks so much for sharing your hard work with us ( especially appreciate it because I have to travel quite a distance to shop at these places so having a pricelist for price points helps me tremendously.

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    15. Hi Tam: Thanks for catching that. I posted the list last night and will update it again March 30th or just before.

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    16. Thanks so much, printing the update now

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