Creating Your Own Stockpile
This may take time, depending on you, your coupons, and our local sales. Not everyone can achieve the same level of savings when there are so many factors to consider. The biggest tip is to know the stock up prices so you can stock up on that item when it’s at the lowest it usually goes. Let us help you learn How to Create a Stockpile & Stock Up Prices.
1. What is Stockpiling, and how can you do it??
Stockpiling is when you buy items you need when they are at their rock bottom price they go on sale, and combining with a great coupon. And grabbing more than one of these. A stockpile can be as little as having 4 of something, or as big as 20 of something (depending on your needs for that item). Stockpiling essentially saves you money in the long run, and overall in general when shopping.
2. How You Can Start
1. Create a Make a Master List of Items
2. Create a Price Book of lowest price to pay
3. Shop the Sales and Buy as many as you can
A stockpile only saves money when it contains items that have been purchased on sale or obtained for free, so don’t expect to build a huge stockpile overnight. Focus your energy on finding those really great sales, and the stockpile will take shape on its own:
3. Don’t Overdo It
Stockpiling is easy to overdo. Before you go nuts and buy 100 tubes of 10-cent toothpaste, spend some time evaluating what you and your family may actually need. Some stockpilers buy enough of an item to get to the next sale, while others prefer to buy enough to get through a certain number of months. Whichever method you choose, it’s important to keep expiration dates in mind. You won’t save any money by buying more than you can use. I like to say to buy a 3 month supplies worth of the items if you can. It’s easy to over do it and end up having items that are expired in your pantry!
* A good idea is to donate some things you have a lot of to family and friends 🙂
4. Organize Your Stockpile
Once those bargains begin to accumulate, you’ll need to find a way to organize them. Your first step should be designating a spot in your home for your stockpile. Pantries and basements are great (if you’ve got the room) but bedroom closets, empty dresser drawers, and even under your bed will work. Think creatively, and you will find the perfect spot for your stockpile. After that all you will need to do is to keep your stockpile neat and orderly.
A few tips to get you going:
- Group like items together
- Rotate your stock, bringing new items to the back and moving older items to the front
- Freeze items if you can
My Momma Taught Me’s Stockpile Price Points
Everything here is based on my own personal shopping experiences in NY through out the years. Depending on your area, it may be more or less. Everything listed is priced at a low point, and you can assume any price lower is a great stock up price too!