The title alone may make you think that this is entirely impossible to do. With prices constantly going up and many families being larger than the average four person household, it may seem to be a bit much. However with a little bit of proper planning I have found that it is entirely possible. There are several key factors that you will want to take into consideration.
Watch what you use
The first important thing you will want to do is watch carefully what your family uses on a daily basis. When you waste supplies you will obviously go through them a lot faster. Keeping a close eye on what your family uses on a daily basis. If you have children you will want to closely monitor them as they use items. A check list that shows what is all used up will help you to keep a clear picture on exactly what is used.
Buy in bulk
You will want to first start by buying in bulk. Stores like Costco, BJ’s, and Sam’s club sell plenty of paper products in large quantities. Buying in bulk will save you plenty of money in the long run. I have often found it best to purchase items, when you have a coupon for them, or when they are discounted. This will help to ensure that you get the best deal possible for your money.
Calculate what is used monthly
First you will want to take the time, and calculate how much you use on a monthly basis. Starting at the beginning of the month, you can keep a chart of how much gets used. A simple spreadsheet that shows what you have in storage, and how much is used on a weekly basis. For example you will want to keep track of when you purchase the items, and when they are all used up. By the end of the month you will have a clear picture of exactly how much your family uses. Then you will be able to see what you need to last for an entire month if not longer. Some parents like to stock up for several months, once they know exactly how much they have used up.
Keep proper storage
Storing items away properly will ensure that they last longer. In some cases you may notice that some of the family especially the kids, open new packs before they are finished. Kids always have a tendency to open new packages, when there is one already open. Storing items out of reach of little hands can also ensure that they last just as long.