For us, several years ago, when we went back to using a (small, for just DH and I) charcoal grill when our gas grill finally bit the dust after almost 20 years, I figured out that we averaged 7-8 bags of charcoal in a 12 month period.
Around us, charcoal always goes on sale right before Memorial Day weekend. And pretty much doesn't go on sale again until the same time next year.
So, it has become my habit to stock up on a year's supply of charcoal when it goes on sale in late May.
Last week, the cheapest price I could find was $23.99 for a twin pack of two 20 pound bags. Counting on it being on sale this week (and because we still have most of the 8th bag I had bought in May 2019), I didn't buy any.
This week, that same charcoal is on sale for $16.99 per twin pack. I stocked up. We now have four twin packs (8 bags) of charcoal.
My year's worth of charcoal cost me $28 less than if I bought it willy nilly throughout the next 12 months, whenever we had an empty bag. We've got room to store the charcoal, so why not use that $28 for something else (I confess, I ordered a new saddle pad for Camaro) and take advantage of the lowest price of the year?
How about you? Need some charcoal? What's the current sale price in your area?