Sep 22, 2011

The Benefits of Having A Stockpile

Stockpile: a reserve supply of something essential accumulated within a country for use during a shortage - Merriam-Webster

When couponers refer to stockpiling, they generally mean a big enough supply of something to last at least until the next sale, bought at a low price. There are significant benefits to building up a stockpile:

Saving money - Because you buy stockpile items when prices are low (usually combining a sale and coupon), you have them on hand when you need them and don't have to pay a higher price. Stockpile enough items this way and you can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

Less stress - Because you have items on hand when you need them, you don't have to rush out when you're short on time and cash.

Emergency preparation - Living in earthquake country, we always have an emergency kit ready, but I also like knowing that I have lots of things on hand that would be handy in an emergency, like breakfast cereal, crackers and batteries.

Real life example: A couple of years ago, my oldest son was hospitalized and I didn't shop for a while. But I was able to draw on my stockpile for portable snacks to take to the hospital, and I didn't have to worry about running out of basics like toilet paper and tissue when we got home. That meant I could focus all of my energy on taking care of my son and family.


Briana @ 20 and Engaged said...

I would love to stockpile on things like toilet paper and toiletries, things I run out of on a regular basis.

Chief Family Officer said...

Play The Drugstore Game for toiletries - you'll be able to get most of what you need for free, or at least super cheap. For things like toilet paper and paper towels, it's best to have a stock up price in mind and then buy a lot whenever you see that price - for me it's $.30 per double roll of toilet paper (though less than $0.35 is hard to find these days - a more realistic price when you're starting to build your stockpile might be $.40) and less than $.50 per roll of paper towels (also hard to find these days - realistic price is probably $.60-65). Hope that helps!