Growing up my Grandmother lived with her oldest Daughter and we visited often. I remember going down to their basement and there were shelves and shelves of food. A lot from canning/preserving but also store bought items. When they ran out of an item in the kitchen/bathroom you just had to go to the basement. It was their own “little store” in their house. I loved it!
It made a HUGE impression on me as a kid as we came from a single parent family and lived from paycheck to paycheck. When Dad got paid that is when we went to the store to buy just what we needed for that week and at that time there weren’t many stores to choose from as we also didn’t have a car.
Perhaps that’s where my “saving/couponing/stockpiling” stems from. I have always had “extra’s” in the house and feel that when a sale/deal/freebie comes up and it is something our family or our son’s family can use that is worth my time to get extra’s and put it away.
A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THOUGH BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR OWN STOCKPILE.
1. Where are you going to put it & how big do you want your Stockpile to be
2. What items can you Stockpile that your family uses regularly, because that is where you will see the biggest savings from.
3. Can you take $20-$50 and put it aside so that when the deals come you have some extra money to start. Remember it will save you money down the road but you still have to purchase the items.
4. Consider ONLY Stockpiling the items you will use or do use regularly otherwise there really isn’t much of a savings if you are buying extra stuff. Start small and move forward from there.
5. How long do you want the Stockpile to last, inform yourself on the Best Before Dates/How often you use items etc because again, if you have to throw items out because they have gone “bad” or you didn’t get to them, have you really saved any money?
6. Just like when you started couponing, when you start to Stockpile, start Small! You won’t see huge savings right away unless there are some great “freebies”. My stockpile took a good 6 Months to build. Items don’t go on sale/withcoupons/cashbacks all at once so patience was required for me.
7. Use the sales with Coupons & Cash Backs when possible so keep your eye on the Cash Back Sites like Check Out 51 & Caddle and check our Facebook site often for the deals in the weekly PINNED POST. There were so many “free” and almost “free” deals this week that could really help your Stockpile and save on your families budget
8. It is wonderful to do this with a Friend/Family Member! It helps the motivation a great deal.
Now that you have the “skinny” on Stockpiling talk to your partner/spouse and get their involvement as well. It truly can make a difference in your family budget and just think what you could do with “extra” money left over each month. 🙂