Lately many people have been asking me about my stockpile. So here is an update of what my stockpile looks like as of today June 8, 2012.
This picture is of the stockpile I have right behind my desk in my office. So what are you looking at?
This is what you can see in the picture.
6 Bottles of Green Works Bathroom Cleaner
11 Febreze Air Effects
8+ Various Scrubbing Bubbles Products
6 Air Wick Freshmatics
18 Different “Smellies” (Stand alone or Automatic Air Fresheners)
4 Large boxes of Q-Tips
4 Multi -count Boxes of Magic Erasers
268 Dish-washing Tabs
10 Boxes of Sandwich Bags/Freezer Bags
9 Bottles of Liquid All Purpose Cleaners
14 Bottles of Liquid Dish Soap
5 Bottles of Toilet Bowl Cleaner
7 Bottles of Vim Cleanser
6 Bottles of Resolve Spray and Wash
8 Jugs of Laundry Detergent + 4 more in my Laundry Room
5 Jugs of Fabric Softener
7 Bottles of Shampoo
11 Bottles of Hair Conditioner
14 Bottles of Mouthwash
6 Boxes of Hair Colour + 1 Upstairs
20+ Tubes of Toothpaste
10 Boxes of Toilet Cleaning Gels
12 Mr. Noodles
4 Boxes of Granola Bars
5 Cans of Soup
2 Tubs of Icing
6 Bottles of Salad Dressing
3 Bottles of Olive Oil
6 Boxes of Crackers + more in my kitchen
224 Tea Bags
2 Automatic Soap Dispensers + 2 more in use upstairs
4 Bounce Dryer Bars
296 Rolls of Toilet Paper
This is what you can’t see that is tucked away in the drawers.
6 Packages of Feminine Hygiene Products
20 Ladies Deodorants
24 Men’s Deodorants
2 Packs of Baby Wipes
2 Packs of Flush-able Wipes
17 Boxes of various Vitamins and Medications
This is not the full list. There is a lot more items stuffed into those storage drawers as well as lots of rice, pasta and cereals which I store upstairs in my kitchen.
Question #1. So why do I use coupons?
~~ I use coupons to cut down on my weekly grocery bills.
~~ It allows me to try products I never have before and without paying full price. If I don’t like the product, it is no big deal since I only paid a fraction of the regular price for it anyways.
~~If I really like a product I will save up coupons and get multiples by joining trains and doing trades. Then cash them in when I see a great sale on that particular item.
~~It allows me to create a stockpile like you see in the pictures above. That way I never run out of items I use all the time. I am never forced to pay more than .99¢ for items like deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo or conditioners. There is no chance I will ever be without Toilet Paper again! LOL
~~It is wonderful for people who travel or have kids that they send to camp. Just head on down to the stockpile and grab what you need.
~~Less Shopping Trips means less gasoline being used. I have recently stopped grocery shopping every single week and have cut back to every other week. I only go out for fresh fruit, veggies and meat when I need it or if I find an outrageous deal that I just can’t pass up.
Question #2 Are you a Hoarder?
This is a very common question and sometimes a statement that I hear. I do not consider myself a hoarder. As you can see my stockpile is very organized. I pretty much know at any given time how much I have of each item. I try to limit myself to no more than 12 (one dozen) of any particular item. That is my cut off. One I have reached that limit I live off my stock until I get down to 2 or 3 of that item. Then I start watching the sales again and collected coupons.
I never stockpile perishable items. It is absolutely pointless in buying 100 boxes of cereal if you can not consume that much before the expiry date. Many other items like deodorant and face creams can also expire so it just doesn’t make sense to me. I find that 4-5 Frozen items at a time is plenty. (My freezer will only fit 5 large pizzas anyways)
Stockpiling can be a great way to get a handle on your weekly bills, but you have to remember not to go overboard.
I will never ever pay full price for any household cleaners, beauty products, laundry soap or dried food products such as cereal, crackers, rice and pasta. There is just no need to. You just need to learn what is a good price, find those coupons and hit the sales.
Happy Couponing Everyone!
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