Stockpiling is the bazooka in your saving money arsenal.
Even if you live in a cardboard box, I am sure there are many items that you use regularly. When you find items at a very low price, you should stock up for a rainy day. Then you should find a place in your home where you can place all the items in relative order and simply enjoy staring at them until you have to use them. I have mine in the basement and I will literally clutch my chest when I see it. Trust me, you will too. Don’t mention this to your friends unless they are stockpilers as well. These non-stockpilers will either spend full price on their shampoo when they run out or just settle on the cheapest one. (I speak from experience as a non-stockpiler).
There are many items which are great to stockpile. They include:
- Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash
- Deodorant, Razors, & Shaving Cream
- Laundry Detergent, Dishwasher Soap & Stain Releasers
- Make-Up, Lotions & Stylers
- Juices, Soda & Water
- Pastas, Jared Sauce (only Ragu Marinara) & Rice,
- Frozen Veggies, Ice Cream & Meats
- Snacks, Condiments & Baking Mixes
I also try to buy an assortment of stuff on sale. I get bored easy, so I have a vast array of pleasing items. My husband, on the other hand, has only used 1 type of deodorant (Speedstick) & 1 type of soap (Irish Spring) in the 11 years we have been together. I buy these whenever they go on sale.
Remember, it is not saving money if you have to throw out unused, expired items. A 3-6 month supply is usually sufficient & but everyone is different so adjust accordingly.
Sales tend to by cyclical; your favorite items will eventually be on sale again. Remember, Patience is a Virtue & Stock Piling is Not Hoarding.