What is Stockpiling and Why Do It?

by Super Coupon Lady on September 22, 2013 · 6 comments

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You may have heard the term “stockpiling” before and wondered, what is stockpiling and why do it? Stockpiling is the process of accumulating products in bulk through couponing. When you make large purchases of items using your coupons, often getting the items for little to nothing, you are building your stockpile. Your stockpile will come in handy in the future months when coupons for that particular product may not be available.

In most cases, manufacturers want you to clip your coupons then use them right away. However, only certain items will be at their rock bottom prices at certain times during the year. If you were to buy only one or two items at this super-low price, you would of course be saving money for a week or two but not in the long run. Why? Because you will need to buy again but at a higher price. With stockpiling, you are stocking up on the item at the super low price and saving it for later.

Making a 2-3 month stockpile of the items that your family uses the most will ensure that you will never have to make a last minute purchase and pay full price. Yes, never! You can now wait for those super-low prices to build up your stockpile again.

So now that you know what stockpiling is, here is what you need to know about why you should do it!

Why you should Stockpile:

  • It saves you money long term since you won’t be paying full price for items.
  • It prevents you from having to run out for products which results in impulse purchases.
  • You will have items on hand in case of emergency.
  • You can donate items to your local food bank.
  • Having items on hand for dinners and lunches will prevent wasting money dining out.
  • Stockpile items can be used on unexpected guests, you are always prepared!
  • Items such as toiletries and bath products make great gifts!
  • Did I mention YOU SAVE MONEY?

You may think stockpiling requires a lot of time and work, but with just a little planning, you too can create one for your own

home. Here are some tips to get you started!

How to Stockpile:

Accumulate those coupons.
To stockpile, you need lots of coupons. There are a few different ways to acquire the coupons that you will need. Instead of buying only one Sunday newspaper per week, you will need to purchase multiple newspapers. You can also ask neighbors if they do not need their inserts. Print internet coupons and ask friends to print extras for you too. With these methods, you can easily get multiple copies of the coupons you need.

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Find storage for your stockpile.
When you start building your stockpile, you are going to want to keep it organized. You can keep lots of things in totes in the pantry, garage on a shelf an in a closet. Plastic totes are great because they keep moisture and pests. A spare closet or collapsible shelf are all ideal for storage as well. Keep your stockpile area clean and neat so you can always see what is available and what you might need.

Make a list.
Make a list of the items you use most. Those are great products to start your stockpile. You want to build a supply of items you use and buy often. Start by stockpiling one or two items off your list. When you get the hang of it, stockpile another item or two. Pretty soon, stockpiling will become second nature.

Now that you know what stockpiling is, and why you should do it, give it a try one item at a time! In no time you can build up your supply and feel the wonderful feeling of saving money! To learn more about stockpiling, check back to read the next installment of Stockpiling 101!

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Brittany C. September 22, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I used to stockpile. It was a very small stockpile, though– but I loved it! Now that we are moving soon, we decided to try to eat up/use whatever we have so that we don’t have to move so much with us. I hope when we get to our new destination we will start it back up! Thanks for a great post and reminder about why a stockpile is a great thing to have!

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CinnyBBS September 22, 2013 at 10:53 pm

I tried to stockpile when I can…sometimes I don’t but it does save money!

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Marysa September 23, 2013 at 7:58 am

I seem to always end up with stuff that is expired! I definitely need to be more organized.

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mel September 23, 2013 at 9:24 am

I also stockpile when I can! I helps save money!

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amy May 19, 2014 at 2:56 am

I have been learning how to stockpile.. I wish I would have known how to do this years ago.. it is saving me so much money.. and it is so nice when I run out of something I just have to go to my stockpile and there it is.. so awesome. and been finding great deals.. I love couponing.. and I will never pay full price unless I absolutely have to!!

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Super Coupon Lady May 19, 2014 at 9:30 am

I totally agree Amy! Once you learn about stockpiling, you wonder why you haven’t been doing it all your life! It is such an amazing way to save money!

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