Saturday, February 18, 2012

29 Days of Couponing Tips Day 18: Stockpiling Tips {Part 2}

Day 1: Coupon Inserts 101
Day 2: Printable Coupons
Day 3: eCoupons
Day 4: Coupon Clipping Services
Day 5: More Ways to Find Coupons
Day 6: How to Organize Your Coupons
Day 7: How to Quickly and Easily Clip Your Coupons
Day 8: How to Purge Expired Coupons
Day 9: Know Your Coupons {What does the fine print mean?}
Day 10: Coupon Rules & Tips Every Couponer Needs To Know
Day 11: Know Your Store's Coupon Policies!
Day 12: Know Coupon Lingo & Abbreviations
Day 13: Stacking Coupons
Day 14: Save Money With Coupons, Know When To Shop
Day 15: Get Organized With a Plan, Before You Hit The Store!
Day 16: Don't Be Brand Loyal
Day 17: Stockpiling Part 1 (What is it?)
Day 18: Stockpiling Tips Part 2

Yesterday we started talking about Stockpiling! Today I wanted to share a few Stockpiling Tips and answer a few faq's!

Tip #1
You should only stockpile items that you find a great deal on and you use those items on a regular basis. Don't stockpile items that you never use, or something you just use every now and then. Unless, it's Free of course. If it's Free, you could purchase it, then donate it to someone in need. Example: I found a great deal on cat food awhile back. I purchased it (it was free after coupon) although I don't have a cat. Then, I gave it to my friend, who has a cat. I have also been able to make money by purchasing baby formula, although I don't have a baby, my kids are older! I donated the formula to a local pregnancy crisis center. Always remember that items can be donated, or  given away!

Tip #2
Know when to STOP!
For example: Right now, I have 5 packages of deodorant, (which will last me awhile) so, instead of buying more deodorant, I will stock up on something else we could use. I don't believe that being a "Hoarder" is the answer here. The goal is to stock up for about 3-4 months worth of items that your family uses. Please consider starting to donate and give away items to families that need it.

Some Frequently Asked Questions About Stockpiling

Where to put your stockpile?

Well, honestly we don't have a lot of storage space at my house. We don't have a basement, garage, or room for a deep freezer. Therefore, It's hard for me to have as big as a Stockpile as I'd like to have. {If you have this kind of extra room than I'm jealous- LOL!} But, anyhow, this does not stop me from Stockpiling. I stuff my stockpile into closets (that have to be well organized, to maximize space) and I also put it under my bed (in special under the bed containers of course) and in the kitchen on shelves, and even on the laundry room shelves. Even if you are living in a small space, there are still possibilities to make room for a stockpile. You just have to think outside the box! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE EXTREME WHEN STOCKPILING.

How to Stockpile if your on a Budget?

Often times I hear people say, well- I'm too broke (money is too tight) for me to spend my money on things that we don't need right now. The answer is to start slow! Every week set up a budget just for stockpiling! If you only have $10 for stockpiling than that's a start. Scan the weekly coupon match-ups and challenge yourself to see how much you can get for $10. Deals vary each week, one week might be slow, and the next week is a jackpot, but if you use coupons, I can guarantee that you'd be surprised what $10 can buy you! Just look for the Free, or less than 50 cents items at the stores and $10 could be the beginning step to a nice stockpile. If this still is not making sense, than think about it this way- Instead of buying a big bag of potato chips and a twelve pack of soda the next time that your at the grocery store, instead invest that money on your stockpile!

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