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 #2 in this series and over the next several weeks I will be adding more posts to the series. If you haven’t read post #1- What is a Stockpile? Be sure to read it first.
I want to start this post off by saying, Stockpile only the items you will use or your family needs.
To many times I hear about people Stockpiling items just because they are Free. Not only is this a waste of space but it takes that product away from others that actually would use it. I always tell people only purchase items you know your family needs and will use. If you still insist on picking that item up then consider donating the item or giving it to another family member or friend that can put it to good use. Don’t stockpile 50 cans of Spam when you hate Spam just because you got a great deal on them. I think you get my point and it takes me to my next topic…
Don’t Be a Shelf Clearer!
I think I speak for all of us bloggers when I say Do Not Clear Shelves! It is unethical and wrong. I cannot tell you how many times I personally have gone to a store to score that great deal that was just posted about 20 minutes ago only to find the ENTIRE shelve cleared. I am not only bummed that I missed out on that deal but I am upset I wasted my time and money in gas. Shelve clearing is not a great way to start out your stockpile. Like I mentioned before, it takes time to build a great stockpile but this is not the way. I do not promote or condone taking away great deals from others.
Now with that being said, I get asked a lot “I Have a Large Family and my family uses this product a lot so how much do I buy?” This is what I say, The average American household has about 4 people. So it makes sense to purchase 4 times, 1 for each person. However, lets say for example that you are wanting to purchase Shampoo. Shampoo is used on a daily basis and it usually doesn’t last more than a few weeks. So to get you by til the next sale you may want to purchase a few extra. I say purchasing 1-2 more than the people in your household in reasonable. If you have a larger family I suggest calling the store ahead of time and asking them to order in a few extra of that item so that you can get what you need but still leave some for the rest of the potential buyers. One day while I was at Walgreens the Manager personally told me that they can and will order in extra supplies if people call and ask but he never sees anyone take him up on his offer. The other option is to drive to different stores to get more items. Yes, this can be a waste of time and money in gas but you can decide if getting Free bottles of shampoo is better than a few extra cents in gas.
Designate Space for Stockpile Items
I think space tends to be the last thing on someone’s mind when starting a stockpile. However, knowing where you are going to store your items can save you time and energy in the long run. If you start purchasing items without having a place for them you are going to feel cluttered and unorganized. I suggest finding a dry, sturdy location for your items. You don’t want your items getting wet and you certainly don’t want your household cleaners in reach of children or pets. You also want to make sure that you have enough space for the amount of items you are going to purchase. By designating an area it will help keep your stockpile safe and organized. Being organized is the best advice I can offer. If you have items lying all around your house you don’t have an accurate number of how many pasta boxes you have which will mean you end up over buying or items expire and end up being a waste.
Be Open Minded…
I sometimes think that people have a misconception when is comes to stockpiling. When you purchase items you need to be open minded and not well, picky. I understand you may love the way your current detergent smells but in reality you can’t just want to purchase that item all the time and think you will always be able to find a good deal on it. Remember the whole point of Stockpiling is to save money! So you need to keep an open mind, if one week your favorite detergent goes on sale great, buy within reason. It may last you a few months and when it comes time to purchase more it is not on sale, DON’T STILL BUY IT! You need understand that different items go on sale at different times and purchasing another leading detergent brand is ok and will save you money in the long run. Besides isn’t trying new things fun?
Well I hope you all have enjoyed this post in the Stockpiling 101 Series. I touched on a few points here I think everyone should know before attempting a stockpile of their own. Join me next week for Stockpiling 101 Series – How to Stockpile!