Inside: Learn how to start a stockpile without being extreme. Check out these sensible ways to stockpile to save money. Ideas on how to build a stockpile even in small spaces.
Recently I saw a picture that reminded me of that old tv show Extreme Couponing. Anybody remember watching that? People had whole rooms filled up with toilet paper, 1000’s of tubes of toothpaste, and an endless supply of mustard. It was amazing to see what people filled their homes with.
I won’t lie, I did get totally caught up in the whole extreme couponing deal. I tried it for a little while and it was fun. To this day I still use a couple of coupons at the store. I even have a (small) stockpile in my house. Nothing crazy, just some stuff to help save us money. You don’t have to be an extreme couponer or waiting on doomsday to have a stockpile. If you want to lower your grocery bill and save more money every month consider these sensible ways to stockpile to save money.
Let’s say your family loves a certain type of cereal or breakfast bar. You buy it every single week. It’s the kind of thing that your kids would notice and mention if you don’t have it in the house. When you find it on a really good sale buy some extra. You don’t have to buy 100 or a lifetime supply. Just add a few boxes (or whatever you can afford to add) extra to your cart.
For example, my son eats a breakfast bar at least once a day. When his favorite breakfast bars go on a major sale (50% off or more) I will buy about 10 boxes instead of one box. I know we will go through them quickly. Goldfish is another thing I always stockpile to save money. A bag of goldfish is normally $2.50 and I buy when I can get them for $.99.
If you have something you use occasionally and it’s on really good sale add an extra one to your cart. It’s nice to always have a second around of things you use in case you suddenly run out. Things like Mayo, mustard, ketchup, etc. are worth grabbing a bottle when they are 50% off. However, you probably don’t need a lot of this stuff. Just try to keep it to one extra.
Never tried a food or item before? Don’t stockpile something if you don’t know if you will like it or not. The last thing you want to do is get 15 meals your family will hate, even if they are free. If you see something that is a really good deal but you haven’t tried it before buy just one. You can always go home, try something and then go get some more if you like it.
Keep your stockpile to size that makes sense for your home and family. It’s nice to save money on things, especially groceries, but not at the expensive of your sanity. Just buy what fits in your space. We have a fairly small pantry but I can usually squeeze a couple of extra boxes of food in it. The rest I just add to a shelve in the laundry room. Anything beyond that doesn’t get bought. Decide what storage works for you and then keep it to that.
A lot of foods you can freeze if you find a good deal on them. You can see some of my favorite foods to freeze to save money. Freezing some of these foods won’t just save you money, but time too.
Make sure it really saves you money too. Don’t go buying a deep freezer to store a deal on ice cream. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a deal. You shouldn’t have to buy a freezer or fancy shelves just to get a good deal on some food. Skip it if it isn’t really going to save you money.
Toiletries are a great thing to stock up on. Most drug stores and grocery stores tend to have sales often on these products. Grab an extra tube of toothpaste or bottle of shampoo. It’s nice to have it there when you run out. It doesn’t have to be extreme, just buying one extra will help.
You can start a stockpile without being extreme. Just keep it to the things your family know and loves. Don’t fill your home with the stockpiles of stuff and don’t buy extra things like freezers and fancy shelves just to hold your stockpile. You can stockpile to save money if you keep it reasonable and sensible.
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