Stockpiling

 

 

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StockPiling Groceries

First I want to say “ You don’t have to Stock Pile” and You certainly do not need a room or wall to do it anyhow. It’s fun to be able to do, and have everything in one place, but it not a necessity to saving money.

Before you Begin

Have a Goal in Place before starting:

  • How much space do I have?
  • How much do I need of each item?Do you want to have enough for 3-4 months or up to a year?

 

My friend has her stuff spread out: Laundry soap 6 bottles on a shelf above her washer and dryer. She has a basket under her sink filled with extra bottles of shampoo and conditioner/ body wash

 

She has a large enough pantry to buy extra dry goods, etc.

 

Her Goal : to get her to the next sales cycle.

 

I suggest you do not attempt to stockpile in the first month of couponing, as you need to learn your pricing for your items that you are purchasing, and understand your own needs.  And no stockpile you see online was built in one month, It takes months to get started, and to grow it over time.

Set up a Numbers Game. Perhaps that number will be 12 of everything Cleaning or Shampoo/Conditioner, but say You don’t use much hairspray and you only have one person in your house that uses it, So having 12 hair spray may be a bit much for you to stock, but 3 cans may do you for a year.  When you get down to 1/3 of that product – Restart your stockpile and keep it growing.

It’s sometimes hard to estimate how much of one product you actually will use.  you may think you go through something a lot faster than you do, and you may use more of it then you anticipate.

What I did when I started: was estimate 3 months worth, I found out I don’t use as much cleaning as fast as I anticipated, and I found out my family loves cheeze whiz more than I thought.

Organizing Your Stockpile

Also if you’re going to Large Stockpile: You will need to organize your stockpile on a monthly basis, and make sure your expiry dates are not expiring too soon.

You need to do First In First out method. Organize your stockpile from Nearest expiry date at the front to farthest to the back of the rows. , for any food items.

Everything has an expiry date 

Understand that every item does have an expiry date including deodorant: Expired deodorant can end up very hard, and not work at all because it completely dries out and will push up crumbled into pieces.

Many things like Paper Towel and Toilet Paper will never go bad regardless of time.

Stockpiling Takes Money to Create

Stockpiling does take money to create.  If your wanting to be organized and have a beautiful set up, your looking at dollars spent on creating shelves, and drawers.

Also the items in your stockpile are going to cost you money to build. Yes something you will get for Free – but over all not everything on your shelves will be free – Unless you can stack coupons, and are an Extreme couponer with relaxed cashiers.

How to Save money with Your Stockpile

The Savings start when you actually use your stockpile. If you continue to build and build , You won’t be saving anything. You may be prepared for an emergency, but your stockpile won’t be saving you money.   If being prepared for an emergency is your goal for your stockpile, then by all means, continue to grow it.

A Stockpile ensures you won’t paying full price for items that you have in your stockpile.

What to Stockpile?

Some people may only decide to stockpile certain items: such as cleaning supplies, and laundry stuff, and other people will do dry food, and frozen food or a complete mixture of products.

There is no right or wrong way to stockpile. It all varies on your family and your shopping habits.

 

A Few tips:

  • Stockpile only items you will 100% use
  • Organize your stock pile at least once per month
  • Put your items by expiry date, Expiring first at the front and expiring last in the back.
  • You can get creative for space: closets, under sinks, in baskets, in pantry, home office, basements, garages, under beds etc. Build your own shelving to save more money
  • It’s better to under estimate your usage vs over when stockpiling
  • Be sure to know your pricing before buying in large quantities.