What tips do you have for starting or maintaining a Coupon Stockpile?
Thanks for the refresher course. I am now running low on some items that I purchased with coupons last year. I still do not have to buy razzors or deoderant! But I also wanted to let readers know that a lot of stores have winter clothes at rock bottom prices now. This is when I get my kids school clothes for next year. I try to gestimate what size they will be wearing but if it does not fit I donnate. I have not had to donnate for 3 years yet. But I do donnate their grown out clothes.
I am still learning, so every bit of info I can get from Thrifty Mom and the ladies on this site realy does help :) thanks for all the helpful tips. Blessings Kim
I use the coupon preview site so I know when to buy extra papers. I started with Pasta, I'm feeding 7 so we go through alot of pasta. Meijer had it on sale for 1.17 a box for ronzoni and I had coupons for $1.00 off, so not free but a very good price. In total I ended up with 20 boxes but only buying 5 boxes a day so I didn't clear any shelves and used coupons from the newspaper and printed off line.
The other thing that I might add is to not be afraid to add to your stockpile things that you normally use that are not free but are on a good sale without coupons. For instance, Rice-a-roni is $.69 this week at Fred Meyer. Sometimes you can get it cheaper or free with just the right combination of coupons and sales, but you will probably only be able to get a few because you will be limited by the number of coupons you have and the number of people getting the same deal. So if this is an item that your family frequently uses then I would consider buying a few extra for your stockpile, as it beats the regular price which is usually around $1. The idea is that you want to buy more of items that you will eventually need when the price is lower than normal, even if they are not free. It takes a while, but you will get the hang of it. Another thing I have learned is to focus my stockpile on items that I KNOW we will use. There have been a lot of good deals that I have learned are just not for me and my family. If you don't want your family eating it or don't think you will use it, then leave that deal for someone else. This will cause you a lot less stress about "missing out" on every good deal. Instead you can focus on the things that you will use. Finally, don't just limit your thinking to the grocery store. With summer coming there may be stockpiling opportunities with extra fruits and vegetables from your own or others gardens. Freezing or canning tomatoes, green beans, corn, berries, etc can provide you with a good base to work off of along with your grocery store deals. I hope this helps! After two years of couponing I am having the opposite problem - we are trying to eat through our stockpile before we move 3000 miles next month. But that is still a nice problem to have, until I get settled and have to start all over again!
I have such a hard time couponing groceries but no problems with other items. Thank you for this advice :)
As I was reading the stockpile question, I realized it was my question that I wrote to you awhile back :) I know that you are a busy lady , but I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to respond. Now its time to take your info and apply it :) Thank you Kim
Hi, I have a stock pile. I did a post about my great deals and I mentioned you ( your blog ) in it :-) You can see it here http://iamjustsayingman.blogspot.com/ . One tip I have is that I get extra coupons from friends, neighbors and In-laws. I also like to see whats for free and give those items away. We all can use help. The other thing I do is swap coupons with friends . I always need diaper ones and they dont so its great. Thank-you so much for the wonderful blog. You have helped me a TON !! HAVE A GREAT DAY