Back to Basics: Couponing for a Stockpile
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Back to Basics: Couponing for a Stockpile

Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 8:00 am
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Shopping List and Food PantryEven though the ultimate goal of couponing is to save money, another unexpected bonus is convenience! When couponing the main goal is to get the lowest price on whatever you need, however, sometimes this means buying more than what you need immediately to get the lowest price possible. This is where stockpiling comes in to play (if you’ve seen TLC’s Extreme Couponing you know what we’re talking about). Keeping multiple items of what you purchase can actually be a good thing! Having a closet full of household or food items that you use on a regular basis means going to the store less often and even spending less money in the long-run.

If you’re just starting out we recommend you allocating a specific spot for your stockpiled items; a basement or a closet would do just fine. Since you will have plenty of products be sure to install whatever shelving or organizing tools you deem necessary. Also, when selecting a spot, you’ll want to keep the items you’ll be storing in mind and if they will keep well in your chosen location .

Here are some general tips on how to get started with stockpiling:

1. Buy more than one of each item when using coupons

If you’re starting a stockpile you’ll want to have more than one product in your home at one time. This could mean you need to buy more than one Sunday newspaper (to get multiple of the same insert coupon) or printing out a coupon the maximum allowed number of times.

2. Wait for sales on items with coupons

If you plan on using a coupon your best bet at a lower price is to wait for a sale on that item. A typical sales cycle is anywhere between 8-12 weeks. So, if you’re seeing a huge sale on cereal this week there probably won’t be one like it for another 8-12 weeks. This means that if you have a coupon for a product your family uses, and it is on sale, we suggest you stock up with however many products your family needs to get through that 8-12 week sale period.

3. Be able to use your stockpiled products

When stockpiling for your family you want to be sure you will use the product or brand you bought. Stockpiling means buying a large quantity of an item so you should consider it an investment. If your family or you can’t stand a certain brand or product, don’t buy it!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.