How to Stop Stockpiling
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How to Stop Stockpiling

Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Ready to call it quits? Here are some ideas about where to distribute your stockpile to. Save money by letting other use it (instead of throwing it out).Sometimes, people decide that they do not want to stockpile anymore. I know, that may sound hard to believe if you are currently an enthusiastic stockpiler. Many find that it takes a lot more work to keep up with a stockpile than they realized. If that describes you, here are some tips about what to do with the remaining all the stuff you have been saving.

The main reason you started a stockpile was because you wanted to save money. Your stockpile probably helped you to do that. But then, things changed, and you just don’t have the free time to spend shopping, comparing prices, finding coupons, and rotating stock anymore.

It would be such a waste to throw everything away. As you may realize, tossing things into the trash means that you really didn’t end up saving any money on them. Fortunately, there are other options.

How to Stop Stockpiling

Donate to a Food Bank
Food Banks are sometimes called Food Pantries. Their purpose is to provide food for individuals and families who cannot afford to buy groceries themselves. As such, they are in constant need of food donations. You can donate the food that is in your stockpile.

Feeding America has a list that will help you to find a food bank near you. Ask what grocery items they are most in need of right now.

Donate to a Food Drive
We are approaching the time of year when a lot of food drives are organized. Typically, the food gets donated to a food bank, food pantry, or church, that will redistribute the food to those who are in great need.

Ask your children if their school will be doing a food drive. See if your workplace is planning on collecting food for one. Typically, people are asked to donate canned goods. You may be able to unload your stockpile of canned food and help those in need at the same time.

Share with relatives
Contact your relatives that live near you. Tell them you are dismantling your stockpile, and ask if they need anything. They will probably give you a list of stuff that they are out of. Pack it up and bring it over to them.

Or, you could go the other way around. Email your relatives. Let them know you will be getting rid of your stockpile. Ask them to come over on a specific day to pick up whatever they want from it. Relatives that have teenagers tend to go through a whole lot of food in a short span of time. They will appreciate your generosity.

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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.