Over the past two years I’ve learned a lot about the value of supercouponing and the concept of stockpiling. I’ve found it a very effective way to save money. Today’s post is a guest post by Rebecca Campbell, also known as “The Coupon Trainer.”
No, that’s not my stockpile. I sure wish it was because that is pretty!
stock·pile – A supply stored for future use, usually carefully accrued and maintained.
A stockpile is buying more than what you need for immediate use when prices are extremely low, so that you do not have to pay full price in the future. A stockpile is a very important part of saving money!
Here are some pointers to build a stockpile:
::Only purchase and store what you know your family will be consuming in the next 8-12 weeks and make sure you rotate older items to the front and put your new purchases in the back of your pantry.
::When you find a good deal buy 2, 3, 4 or more of the same item if it’s within your grocery budget at that time.
::You have to keep an eye on expiration dates when you stockpile. Try to keep everything visible so that you know what you have or make an inventory list and post it where you can see it!
::Visit your pantry regularly, especially when you’re putting together your shopping list and when you’re planning your weekly meals.
::Don’t go overboard! It’s very tempting to buy tons and tons of products – especially when they’re free. Remember, it will go on sale again.
*Note: Stores run sales in cycles. Everything typically goes on sale about every 8 – 12 weeks. If you buy 8 – 12 weeks worth of everything when it goes on sale, then you will have enough to last you until the next time it goes on sale.
What about you? Do you stockpile? Do you have any additional tips for saving money by stockpiling?