Stockpile for big savings

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I haven’t bought toilet paper in two years.  I haven’t bought dryer sheets or floor cleaners in five years.  It’s not that we don’t use these products, it’s just that once they were on sale at a price I couldn’t afford to pass up, I bought so many that I haven’t had to think about buying them since.

Since the economy began heading south year, the shopping advice from local and national media has been “try not to buy more than you need at one time” which makes me cringe every time I hear it.

While it may seem counter-intuitive to shop for something you don’t need and buy a boatload of it, if you’re buying an item at its rock bottom price and you can stock up on it, then you won’t have to buy it later at full price.

The key to this strategy? Add one or two sale items a week that weren’t on your list that you’ll likely use anyway.  Use coupons to sweeten the deal and buy as many as you can at that price.  Today at Target, 150-sheet lined notebook paper was on clearance for .12 cents each. Needless to say, at a savings of 88% off full retail, I bought enough paper for the kids that I won’t I won’t need to buy it again for several years.  I’ll toss it in a Rubbermaid tub and pull it out when we need it.

As you begin to shop this way, keep a few things in mind:

  • How much can I budget on building my stockpile each week?  Take a percentage of what you currently spend and reallocate it to shopping for long-term-use deals.
  • Will my family use up the product before it expires?  My kids go through one jar of peanut butter a week, so when I can get it for less than .50 cents per jar, I buy at least 52 jars to get me through a whole year.
  • Do I have room to store these items in a way that makes sense?  An investment in storage totes, shelving and a deep freezer can help you save in the long term.

If you can incorporate this tactic into your personal shopping routine, you might spend a little more at first, but ultimately, it will reduce your groceries costs more each month.  A few years of shopping this way, I’ve cut our grocery bill down to about $200 a month. My family could live off the products stored in the garage for several months if we ever came on tough times. And best of all, I can take the money we save and use it somewhere else.


  1. I wish everyone thought the way you did. I have people think I am crazy for having a stockpile of shampoo, toliet paper, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. Some people just don’t get it. I feel like I would be crazy not to buy the items when they are free after double coupons. Great article!

  2. I am just starting out with the stockpiling and its wonderful and ADDICTING.. We have had triple coupons very frequently here at one of our stores an now my extra bedroom is filled.. i have to go buy shelves now.. which i probably wont do. I will get them on freecycle or craigslist and save even more money that way.. You are all great and helpful and just keep up the great savings..

  3. Also I would like to know how to get toilet paper for free though. i cant seem to get that part of the stockpile going yet.

  4. i realy dont get this coupon thing and i realy have husband can never work again he almost lost his foot,and i am trying to also help my parents they both lost there jobs and my dad has cancer.i was watching the show on tv and decided i had to try it. i went to the store and i flopped.i guess its the area or it is not getting the coupons at this rate we are gonna never stockpile and i feel like im not helpping my family..someone please help…

    • Hey Mirna, have you checked out our Couponing 101 guide yet? It has all the information you need to learn how to coupon.

      That being said, all of us couponers end up tossing expired coupon…there is no way to use them all. The key is to use the ones that will net you a good deal because the item is on sale. Otherwise you end up just using coupons just to use them and are not really saving money at all.


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