Thursday, December 03, 2009


Stockpiling. What is it? How do you do it?

First let me ask you a question… When you run out of grocery item, will that same item be on sale at the grocery store? Maybe…but probably not. So if you run out of several things around the same time will they all be on sale when you need
them? Definitely not!

A great way to save lots of money is by knowing what you use regularly and what their rock bottom prices are. Stock up when a sale and coupons get you to that price. That way when you run out of something in your kitchen you h
ead to your stockpile instead of the store. I’ve learned that most stores run their sale items in 12 week cycles. So a good rule of thumb to start with would know how much of an item you will use in 12 weeks.

Peanut butter is a major staple in our house. Not too long ago Meijer had a great sale AND there were coupons out for the same brand that was on sale. I bought several jars… actually I bought 22 jars.I paid less than a quarter a jar. That’s my stock up price! (Okay I know you’re probably wondering where I came up with 22 coupons? Stay Tuned…the answer is part of my next post)

After many months of stockpiling, my grocery lists consist mostly of things that I don’t need now but will sometime soon. It would be
easy to go all out and go way over your grocery budget. Maybe add two next week or the week after that. Before you know it you will have accumulated such a stockpile that you’ll mostly be buying things only at their rock bottom prices.

So the next question is where are you going to put it all? It takes space to store the things you stock up on. Where can you add some shelves? Laundry room, basement or garage maybe? I know someone who uses shallow tubs with lids and keeps her stockpile under her bed. I have shelves in my laundry room. When we first put them in I was sure they created plenty of room. Well as you can see now they’re full!

Things to do...

  • Make a list of the things you buy regularly
  • Add the best price for those items to the list
  • Designate/Create a space to store your stockpile
  • Watch sales and coupons to stock up at the price on your list