How to Create Your Own Stockpile
I have yet to meet a couponer who isn’t proud of their stockpile. I know I am of mine. A stockpile, in couponing terms, is all the stuff you collect. If you’ve ever watched Extreme Couponing, you’ve seen a stockpile/ These couponers convert their garages into mini (or not so mini) stores, or use all their closets, area under their beds, and every cabinet to store their stash.
A stockpile really doesn’t need to be that ginormous. Most people won’t go through everything before it goes bad. I promise, you don’t really need 500 24 roll packs of toilet paper at any time. So a stockpile can be big or small. As long as you feel you have enough, you do.
To start a stockpile, you over buy. This doesn’t mean spend more money. You still need to look for the sales. For example, if you would normally only buy two laundry detergents, buy four. Or six, or 20.
At one point, I had probably 30 bottles of laundry detergent and like 25 bags of the detergent pods. My dad wasn’t thrilled with the idea of storing them.
There are a ton of ways to store your stockpile. Most people use garage shelving, as shown below.
This way works well if you have a large space to work with. I tried doing something like this. But I had so much stuff, it just ended up looking messy. Just ask my niece, she will gladly tell you how messy her auntie is.
The way I eventually organized my stockpile is with the cube shelves. My mom and I decided this would be the best way for my household. We got a pretty good deal on them, they were buy one get one free at Big Lots. Plus they had a coupon out.
Anyways, we were way too cheap to buy the fabric boxes that technically go with the cubes. We made our own out of the free boxes from the post office. We had to resize them a lot, as well as cover them, but it was well worth saving almost $5 a box.
In each box is a specific item or category. I have a box for deodorant, shaving supplies, bathroom cleaners, ect. If a zombi apocalypse hit, we may starve, but we will be the cleanest dead bodies ever.
Now, I don’t just stockpile nonfood items. I keep a small stockpile of food as well. It isn’t as large because we simply don’t have the room. But I like to make sure we keep a minutes worth of pasta, dressings, and sauces on hand. Stuff that I get for free or close to it, that would kill me to pay full price for.
If you want to truly be in awe of some amazing stockpiles, check Instagram. I took the liberty of posting my favorites from some of the people I follow.