The New Season of Extreme Couponing will start on Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. and while they show a VERY Extreme way of couponing and stockpiling, I wanted to share pictures that show a more realistic way to stockpile and some tips to get you started!
Some may wonder why you want to have a stockpile and how it will save you money?! It’s pretty simple(: If you can snag items at their best prices (which sometimes happen to be FREE!) and get enough so you won’t have to buy those items until the next sale rolls around, you’ll never have to pay full price! Plus, once you have a decent stockpile, you can be pickier about prices for example, If you only have 1 tube of toothpaste, it may seem like a great deal if you can get some for 25¢ – 50¢ each, but once you have a decent stockpile, you won’t “buy” it unless it’s FREE!
It does take a while to build up a stockpile so if you don’t have one yet, don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t grow quickly -especially with many stores having limits on how many like coupons you can use!
Tips: *Don’t go overboard especially with items that have expiration dates! You’re not saving money if you are throwing items away!
*Rotate the items so the ones expiring first will be in the front
*Even if you have a lot of one item, you can still be frugal with it! I usually cut my snuggle dryer sheets in half (this also helps if you have sensitive skin!)
*Think of unused spaces where you can store your items, however, don’t let it take over your house! I try to keep these items out of the bedrooms, but as you will see in the pictures below that I use the top of my closet and I explain why(:
*Plan your meals around items that you have on hand.
*Be creative…I never put the meat in my Tuna, Hamburger & Chicken Helpers- I make them as a side dish. (Okay, that’s not too creative, but it’s a FREE/cheap side dish-haha)
*Store Candy and other snack items in harder to reach areas or they may disappear quicker than you want them too(:
*You can always donate items if you stockpile is overflowing or if you family decides that they no longer likes a particular product (trust me, this will happen at least once after you stock-up on something)
**If you have any Stockpiling tips -leave them in the comments below – I would love to hear them! **
Okay – onto some pics(: I LOVE looking at pictures of other people’s stockpile to get me motivated! Remember that everyones stockpile is different, so these are just to get some inspiration, but you’ll want to stockpile in a way that works for you and your family!
Thanks to the readers who sent in their stockpile pictures! I posted their pictures below plus some of my stockpile pictures. If you sent me a picture and don’t see it below, let me know! I tried to go thru all my emails but it would be easy to miss something.
Click below to see the pictures!
The above picture is my hall closet before I cleaned it up a bit! How embarrassing, but this is usually what happens after a week or so of not straightening it out(:
This is my hall closet after I straightened it out…it’s really hard to take a picture since the shelves extend to the right and left. There are over 80 boxes of pasta hiding to the left and a ton of shampoo to the right! On the bottom right I also have about 4-5 boxes of cereal – this is all the cereal I need for a stock-pile since my family eats it VERY slowly!
I have cleaning supplies, dish soap and body washes in my bedroom closet. I’m only 5 foot tall and I need a chair to reach this shelf so I can’t keep anything that I would need daily up there which makes it a great place to store these items!
My son’s old dresser made a great place for all those deodorants, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, razors, nivea lip care, and travel size items!