Stockpiling 101

So, what exactly is a “stockpile”? Why would I even want to bother?

Stockpiling is when you grow a supply stored for future use, usually carefully accrued and maintained. When you’ve learned the art of couponing; you’re going to want to next learn the art of stockpiling. This is going to become very important if you want to be sure you’re utilize your savings, and not throwing away your money. If you buy twenty boxes of cereal simply because “it was on sale”, but later throw it away because it expires, you wasted the money and time that you spent getting those boxes in the first place.

The art of stockpiling isn’t necessarily a difficult one, with the right resources. You might want to think about the space in your home. Do you have room to store 30 cans of soup, 30 boxes of cereal, 30 bottles of juice? Do you want to stockpile for a week/month/year? There is a very important reason you’ll want to stockpile: You want to ensure you never spend full price on an item that is often on sale. If you have the ability to grab out of your stock pile instead of getting it at full price, you’re saving more than you can imagine.

So, what do I need to know about stockpiling? Main Keys:

1. Your stockpile should only be big enough for what your family should use. Don’t go buying twenty items of one particular product if your family will only use one before it would expire. The only time this is okay is if you are going to give this product away to family members, sell it elsewhere, or give it to charity.

2. How to figure out what your family will use: You want to take a few things into consideration. How much on hand do you want to store? 3 months worth? 6 months worth?

Example: Say you want a 3 month stockpile of cream of mushroom soup. On average, your family uses 2 cans of soup every week. That would equal 24 cans of soup for 3 months using 5 cans per week. You’d want to consume 24 cans of soup, to have on hand, for your 3 month supply.

Now, unless the soup is free or at an amazing deal, you’re not going to go out and buy 24 cans of soup at once! You’re going to want to build the stockpile over some time. Majority of stores will recycle their sales. (They will have a particular brand of cereal on sale every three weeks or a specific kind of soup every x amount of weeks.) Your best bet is to figure out what the pattern is for your favorite stores. (This comes with time and practice, of course.)

3. Control Your Stockpile! This is the most important of all… if you’re not organized and are unable to control a system for your stockpile; things will expire and go bad, and you’ll have to throw stuff away, including your money that you spent. There are two main keys to this section: Space and Safety.

Space: You want to ensure you have enough space for this plan stockpile. You don’t want to go filling your hosue to the brim with loads of products and have no idea what to do with it. All that is going to do is overwhelm you, waste time with trying to figure out what’s what, and where everything is – Of course, I’ve realized this doesn’t make husbands too happy. Make sure you have the space for what you plan on stockpiling! If you don’t have a lot of space, buy for what you have the space to store.

Safety: You need to be sure to check expiration dates on all your products and stick to them! They are put on the product for a reason. You don’t want to put yourself or your family in harms way by using/eating products that have expired. There are many resources available on how to store products and ensure the longest quality shelf life.

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