Quick Start Savings Part II: The Stockpile

After you get a handle on your current financial state, you need a stockpile.  A stockpile is a hoarder-esque cabinet of every non-perishable good you would possiblt need.  I currently have a years supply of:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash / Soap
  • Deoderant
  • Toilet Paper
  • Napkins
  • Detergent
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Tissues
  • You get where I’m going with this…

The key to a stockpile is to find free stuff and buy a ton of it.  A few months ago CVS had a fantastic deal on Tide detergent – each 42 load bottle cost me around 30 cents after Extra Bucks and manufacturer coupons. I bought 15 bottles, which will probably last me a while. Most of my cleaning supplies were bought at Target – their prices, combined with Target store coupons and manufacturer coupons made them free.

Food is a little trickier due to expiration dates.  One of my staples is diet soda, which only lasts a few months (regular soda lasts much longer).  Cereal is pretty hard to find for free, but if you stack coupons it can be as little as $1 per box. Check out local saving blogs and national blogs to find out what’s free (or very cheap) each week.

To start a stockpile, you need to start clipping coupons, which can be found in a variety of places:

  • Sunday Paper (my #1 choice) – you can buy the paper for $2 at the store, or you can get it delivered for about 50 cents a week – I recommend getting multiple subscriptions.
  • Junk Mail – that stuff you throw away contains coupons – look for the Red Plum and SmartSource inserts, money mailers, etc.
  • Dedicated coupon websites like coupons.com
  • Manufacturer websites
  • Store websites

Ask your friends and neighbors to keep an eye out for coupons, and keep all of your coupons in a binder, sorted by category. Click here for more information on making your binder.

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  1. […] and utilities, but those are more complex, and will be discussed later. Next, you need to start building your stockpile. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this […]

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