Couponing 101: Stockpiling

Posted by eisor Thursday, February 12, 2009

Step 5: Stockpiling
Stockpiling and couponing go hand in hand. If you can get an item really cheap that you will use, then why not get 10 of that item? You should only buy multiple of items that you have room to store and if they are non-perishable. I personally have at least 6-12 months supply of toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, shaving cream, razors, paper towels, napkins, paper plates, cups, laundry detergent, dish soap, frozen foods and much more. Many of these items I’ve gotten for free or nearly free.

When stockpiling, be sure to remain organized and only buy what you have room to store. Also, be sure you only buy what your family can use. A family of 6 will need more toothpaste than a single person.


Courtesy of HCW member RosieG


Courtesy of HCW member stalkermagnet

Now that you are fully equipped with the supplies you need to coupon, go find some great deals!

When you find a good deal, you want to make sure you purchase a few of that item instead of just one. Why get a good deal now and then have to pay full price down the road. Your goal should be to purchase enough of the sale item to last you until the next time it goes on sale.

So, these mean you’ll be buying in higher quantities than you may be used to. It’s time to begin storing the items you purchase. Be sure to get be organized. Determine where you are going to store your goods.

I store my health & beauty items in my bathroom drawers & cabinets. I store the paper goods & laundry soap in the linen closet. The cleaning chemicals, dish soap, air freshener and trash bags all go under the kitchen sink. Food items go in the pantry. If I have to much of something, I store it in a file box and stack them neatly in my closet.

Once you’ve figured out where to store you items, you need to make sure you “maintain” your stock pile. When you purchase new items, put them in the back. This way the items in the front expire first. Periodically go through your food to check for expired items. Also, if you end up not liking something you purchased, go ahead and donate it.

Also, hotcouponworld has an entire forum dedicated to stockpiling. It’s a great forum because you can learn what you can and cannot freeze, as well as great organizational tips!

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Liz here. I wanted to share with some pictures I’ve taken over the months of my stockpiles

Have you started stockpiling yet??  Share your pictures with us.  We’d love to hear of your saving victories!

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