Stockpiling isn’t just something you do to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, it can also help reduce your grocery bill significantly. Ask any “extreme” couponer what their secret to saving money is, and they’ll likely tell you it’s stockpiling.
While it might seem a bit counterintuitive, buying multiple quantities of an item your family regularly uses when it reaches it’s rock-bottom price will save you tons of money. Instead of purchasing what you need on a weekly basis, you watch the sales cycles and match those items with coupons. When a product reaches it’s rock bottom price (between 50 to 70 percent off), you purchase enough to last your family until the next sale. Shopping this way ensures you never pay full price for items you’d be using anyway!
You don’t have to fill your garage top to bottom with pasta, peanut butter, and condiments to reap the benefits of a stockpile. The Fiance and I live in a one bedroom apartment and we have a stockpile. So how do you save money? I’m going to share with you my secrets to building your stockpile if you have no clue how.
How to Start Building a Stockpile
When should I stock up?
If an item you use regularly is on sale, and it means rock-bottom price criteria, stock up! Many of the items you use are discounted on a four to six week cycle, so make sure you buy enough to last you until the next cycle. Buying canned and dry goods while they are on sale can help you save big! Here’s an example of how we use sales to stock up (without going crazy):
A few weeks ago, there was a REALLY good deal on Pop-Tarts at Harris Teeter (this is my grocery store of choice). I had a coupon to match with an extremely good deal, which meant I could get three twelve count boxes for just $2.31! Since I had two of these coupons, I bought six boxes of Pop-tarts and only spent $4.62! We eat these for breakfast, they have a long shelf life, and they take up little space which makes them a perfect addition to our stockpile.
If you’re unsure if you should stock up on an item ask yourself these questions:
- Is this something I like and consume regularly?
- Is this a rock bottom price, or just a really good deal?
- Will I be able to use this before the expiration date?
If the answer to any of these is no, DO NOT buy it! Make sure not to go overboard with items such as cereal, bread, or crackers as these items tend to go stale if you keep them too long.
What should I stock up on?
You’re ready to try stockpiling, but you have no clue where you should start! Go through your recipe binder and pantry, and take note of items your family uses the most. Here are some grocery staples that you may want to consider stockpiling (since they have a long shelf life).
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Fish and Chicken
- Granola Bars
- Dried or Canned Beans
- Canned or Frozen Vegetables
- Salad dressings, marinades, and other sauces
- Coffee Grounds
- Olive Oil and Vegetable Oil
- Gum and Candy
- Flour and other baking essentials
- Laundry Detergent
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towels
- Dishwasher Detergent
These are just some of the many things you can stockpile, and many of these items you can buy for less than $1!
Your stockpile should be a constant work in progress, and you should be mindful to replenish it frequently. Know your rock bottom prices and make sure you are buying enough to last you until the next sale. Plan your meals around what you have on hand, and shop from your stock weekly. Make sure to regularly check expiration dates on your items, and make sure to use them before they expire!