I often get asked What is a Stockpile?
A stockpile is a pile or storage location for bulk materials. In this case meaning groceries, personal care or household products.
To save money! If you stockpile your groceries by strategically using coupons, you will never pay full price or retail for your groceries. If you stockpile successfully you will save hundreds every month = thousands a year!
When do I stockpile?
Stockpiling is a strategic game. The objective is to “match” grocery sale prices to your coupons to take advantage of when your groceries are at the very lowest price or what we call “rock bottom.” This is when you stockpile.
How do I stockpile?
You compare the coupon policies at the stores you have available to you as well as any incentives they offer you to shop there. Finally “match” your coupons to the sales ads and purchase when you find a deal that is at rock bottom. I stockpile when the price is free or close to free (70% off). You purchase in quantities to last your family until the item can be purchased again at rock bottom. This is tricky because some products like cereal cycle every six weeks, however, some products like baking goods or BBQ sauce only cycles at rock bottom once a year.
To successfully stockpile you are going to need to purchase or obtain multiple papers or purchase your coupons/inserts from a clipping service. A helpful tip is to purchase your papers or coupons in increments of two. I suggest them in multiples of two to get the most for your money with Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) sales.
Why? Many people don’t know that you can use a coupon on both items (including the free item). To sweeten the savings you can also use a manufacturer BOGO coupon with a store BOGO offer and you get TWO items for FREE!
You need to stockpile the quantity necessary to last your family until the next cycle. Once you are shopping from your stockpile weekly instead of from the grocery, this is when you are going to see the savings! It takes on average three months to build a stockpile. Normally the first month you will see an increase in spending and by the end 2nd and 3rd, you will begin to see the savings. By your 4th month, you should be saving hundreds of dollars a month!
I hope this helps you understand what a stockpile is and how you can start to stockpile. For more information on stockpiling, you can visit
About Melissa Jennings:
Melissa taught Family and Consumer Science (Home Economics) on the high school level for 11 years before becoming a mom. In June 2005 after her son came home from she made the decision to leave her career and become an SAHM. To achieve this goal and live on one income, her family had to make some drastic changes in their lifestyle.
In December 2008, she began the switch to stockpiling. This new way of shopping or stockpiling was a big change for her. After just four months she was already saving $200.00 plus dollars a month! Now she is feeding her family for an average of $150.00 a month total! This new way of shopping or stockpiling has changed their lives! In 2009, she saved $3600.00 through stockpiling. Her hope is through this site; she will be able to help others join her on the journey to frugal living.
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