How to Create a Stockpile

 

 

 

How to Create a Stockpile

 

Remember to be patient with yourself.  Couponing today is not the same as it was ‘back in the day’.  This is a lot of information to take in.  It does take a little while to understand all the ins and outs – then when you get used to that, stores will change their policies and you’ll have to learn something new!
It takes approximately 4 months of getting coupons every week to build a great database of coupons.  After about this long, you should have MOST of what you posted on the couponing websites to take advantage of the deals.
Start right away.  Do not put this off.  Even starting small, you are building and saving for your family.  After about 4-6 months of this, you will be able to ‘shop’ at home.  It is a wonderful feeling to be able to ‘choose’ to go shopping instead of ‘having to go’ to the store.
When you see a ‘HOT’ coupon for print, get it right away.  The companies that put them out allow only so many to be printed for each release.  If you don’t get one right away, you may not get one at all.
Why buy something YOU won’t use?  First, if you can get it FREE, or make money buying it, there are plenty of places that need donations.  I regularly take items to the senior center such as diabetic supplies, incontinence products, super poligrip, etc.  I also donate extra hair care, deodorant items, body sprays, toothpaste and the like to our local high school.  There are a lot of kids in school that cannot afford these things and high school is a horrible ‘age’ to not smell good and be clean.  Our elementary school has a canned good program that fills kids backpacks every Friday with food so they have food on the weekend when they don’t get a meal at school. Find out which organizations in your neighborhood need help and when you shop this way, you can help out for NEARLY NOTHING and still do a wonderful community service.
Be a ‘considerate couponer’.  When you have 15 coupons for something you can get FREE, it is not necessary to clear a shelf and take all of the items.  Make sure to leave some for everyone else.  If you go back at the end of the week and there are still items left, get them then.  Same sale, different day.  All the sales will come around again.
This can be an addicting ‘habit’.  Make sure to still purchase items that you do not have a coupon for.  The whole idea of saving this money is so you can live better.
Help your neighbor.  It is amazing just how much you can amass by shopping this way.  When you’re in the store, help someone else out by giving them a coupon for a product you see them buying that you have.  It’s amazing how grateful people are when you help them out.
You need to start this by thinking of your coupons as ‘cash’ money.  After all, they take ‘money’ off of your purchase so you have less OOP cash.  EX: If you have $18.00 worth of merchandise in your cart, and have $12 in coupons (that’s just -$12 off your order, like handing over cash) and $4 in store coupons, then you already know you’re only paying $2 OOP for all of your stuff.  Your coupons are as good as cash money!
You are going to be shopping for two purposes for a little while (2-6 months depending on how much time and effort you put into this).  The first is your “Gotta have this” list.  You will make this list every week for what you absolutely have to have in your house to make it through the week.  The other part of your shopping is the LOWEST price shopping.  The lowest priced items this week are what you are going to buy to create and maintain your ‘stockpile’.
Remember that I am only an email away and will always help ASAP.
Cereal Prices
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
$4.50
$4.00
$4.28
$3.50
$3.79
$3.50
$3.00
$3.25
$2.50
$2.99
$2.00
$2.18
$1.50
     How to ‘Stack’ Coupons and Stockpile
Remember: All items in the store have a HIGHEST price and a LOWEST price.
This graph shows a 6-week ‘rolling’ period of cereal prices.
Week 3, cereal is on sale for $2.18 each box.  If you buy now, $2.18 is not a ‘bad’ price on cereal.  With NO coupons, the total price of 4 boxes is $8.72.
IF you have a SC for -$3 off 4 boxes, your price now becomes $1.43 each box or $5.72 for 4 boxes, total.
Also use 4 MC for -$.55 each box and now the cost is $.88 each or $3.52 total.
That’s 4 boxes for the price of less than 2!  You’ve just saved over 50% on twice as many items!