Top 10 Tips for Building a Stockpile

In my opinion every house needs a stockpile…without question and it is easy to accomplish a little at a time.  Not only does it greatly impact your budget but let’s face it, in case of an emergency it is in your best interest to have a backup supply of foods and other essentials. Also having a stockpile eliminates the need to rush out and purchase an item for full price, and also using your time and gas to do that too!

I have a stockpile that is a work in progress but I have set aside an area in my home to store my items and I try to add a little to it every week. Remember building a stockpile will take you time! You can’t have this surplus overnight and purchasing it all at once would probably mean you went over your grocery budget to achieve that, which is against the premise of stockpiling to begin with. Remember also you don’t need to be a “couponer” to have a stockpile – coupons are not easily available in my area and I still have a stockpile!

Top 10 Stockpiling Tips

1.  Eagle eye the flyers each week.  Watch for the sales! You will get to know prices and the value of an item and if it is worth buying multiples.
2.  Have a designated stockpile area set up so you can stay organized and also know how much you can comfortably store.

3.  Set aside a designated amount for multiple purchases each week.

4.  Check beyond the kitchen for toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste and toilet paper are great money saving stockpile items.
5.  Write a list of your 10-20 most used non-perishable items.  You can build beyond the list but it gives you a guided start on what to look for.

6.  Don’t fill your pantry with items that aren’t on sale; wait for markdowns or apply a coupon.

7.  Buy in bulk: If you have six coupons for Cheerios and they’re on sale, making the cereal 50 cents per box, buy all six boxes. The initial cash outlay will be higher, but you won’t have to buy cereal again for six weeks or longer.

8.  Take-it easy and make sure not to overbuy a particular item beyond your need.
9.  Watch expiry dates.  Gage how much you use per year and judge how many to purchase based on use over time and the items expiry date.

10.  Enjoy the process and be proud of yourself for being a savvy shopper.
 Happy Stockpiling!
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