Coupon 101 : Stockpiling is not Hoarding

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Stockpiling is the bazooka in your saving money arsenal.  

My Son's Special Stockpile...

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.

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