In case you didn’t know, I have started a Stockpiling 101 Series to give you information on how to start a stockpile successfully. This is post #3 in this series. I will be adding tips and suggestions on everything from couponing to stockpiling over the next several weeks. If you haven’t read post #1- What is a Stockpile? or post #2- Know Before you Stockpile. Be sure to read them first.
So now that you have the basic knowledge of what a stockpile is, and tips before starting a stockpile here is the fun part… Starting a Stockpile.
Starting a stockpile is fun. But it takes dedication and patience! So here is the 3 simple steps that I suggest when starting out. Gather your coupons, ad’s and take an inventory of what you already have at home and what you already use.
Coupons- Now although you don’t always need coupons to get great deals they really do come in handy when stockpiling and for massive savings. You can find printable coupons, receive free product coupons, and get coupons from your local Sunday Newspaper. If you are not using coupons at one time or another you are certainly throwing away valuable money. Coupons are great to use especially when you can stack them with store coupons at retailers like Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Target. Stacking coupons can mean you are getting products for really cheap or even Free. This will definitely add to your stockpile.
Ad’s- Now Ad’s are a big one to have simply because you can’t purchase items without knowing what is on sale. (remember purchasing items on sale and stocking up is the whole idea to having a stockpile). Every week new ad’s are released and you can go through and decide what is needed or what is a good deal for your family. I like to go through ad’s and circle the items I know I want or need. Then I compare with the different retailers to decide what is the best deal. Once you spend a few weeks doing this you will get the hang of about what the best price of a certain product is. That way you can know that if you don’t find a good deal this week you can wait for the next few weeks and that item should be on sale. (stores usually follow a 6-week cycle). The key to utilizing ad’s is to match the sales with the coupons you have. If you don’t have both then I suggest waiting.
Inventory- Taking an inventory will help you because you won’t over buy which in return means you won’t overspend. It also gives you an idea of what your household uses, how much your household uses, and gives you ideas of where you can change-up what you buy. For example, lets say you really like those expensive name brand razors but you rarely ever see coupons for them and you end up paying $13 for them. Next time you see a sale for another name brand razor that you can score for just $3 each you know you will want to grab it because you can get 4 for the price of 1.
I also suggest keeping track of quantities. I like to keep a typed or written version of the current quantities and items I have near my stockpile. I think typing a list, placing it in a plastic cover, and using dry-erase markers, works great. When I grab a bottle out of my stockpile, I can mark that I only have 7 instead of 8. Then if I get down to around 4 or 5 I know it’s time to start looking for a great deal on that item again. It’s a great way to keep up with your inventory.
So if you are able to combine all these three steps, you should be ready to run out and grab the items to stockpile. Organize them by placing them somewhere where they are accessible such as; your cupboards, shelves, or in totes. Make sure you also follow blogs such as mine that will tell you what items to get and when that will add to your pile. Have fun and e-mail me if you have any questions or suggestions that I may have missed.