Nov
07

Savvy Coupon Instructions Week #1: Why & How to Stockpile

by Kimberly on November 7, 2011

The main reason I started this blog was to inspire and empower anyone who wants to learn to coupon how to do it and be successful at it. I know that it can be overwhelming for a beginner, especially if they have no one to really help and guide them along the way. So, each week I am going to go over a new step for Beginners and help teach you how to get started. This week I am going to introduce you to Stockpiling!

Changing the Way you think:

Most of us, prior to couponing, did a weekly shopping trip and just bought the items we needed for each week. The first step to becoming a successful Savvy Couponer is to rethink the way you shop. All stores have sales. If you pay close attention you will see that there is a cycle to the items getting to their lowest price, which is 50% off. Here is the key to why Savvy Couponers stockpile, we only want to buy items when they are at their lowest price, using coupons to reduce the price even lower. We want to buy enough of a product when it’s at its lowest price to last us through that sale cycle (generally that is 4-6 months). Once we have a full stockpile, we are only shopping to restock the items in our stockpile that are getting low.  This means it’s reaching the end of a sale cycle and the item will be discounted again and therefore it’s time to restock on that item. Having a well stocked stockpile  doesn’t happen over night, but if you are diligent with this, you should have a nice stockpile by 12-16 weeks and see your grocery bill reduce greatly. You will still shop each week, and sometimes a few times a week, but you will only be shopping for the items that you need to stock up on.

Note:  Until you have a full stockpile there will be items you will need, buy just enough each week to get you by (use coupons whenever possible) and once you see it get to a stockpile price (I will discuss stockpile prices later) then stock up!

A Fine Line

There is a fine line between stockpiling and hoarding. If I catch any of my readers on the hoarding show I’m coming after you. teeheeehee! Any of you that read my blog know that I am HUGE on giving back out of the abundance we quickly get from couponing. So, let me be very clear on this: ONLY BUY WHAT YOU NEED FOR YOUR FAMILY TO HOLD YOU THROUGH THE SALE CYCLE. IF you buy more than you need…PLEASE donate it to a family in need or a local food bank. Each one of us can make a difference in the lives of others and our community with our stockpiles. And…it’s easy to give away things we either got for Free or only paid pennies for.

Savvy Stockpiling Summary

  1. Rethink the way you shop
  2. Stock up and buy enough items, when they’re at their lowest price, to last you the 4-6 month sale cycle.
  3. Give Back and Donate to others with the extra you have

 

I will be discussing in upcoming weeks how to know when an item is at it’s lowest price and how to shop, but for now….work on understanding why we stockpile.  If you would like a Checklist of items that are good to have in your stockpile you can click HERE to view my Savvy Coupon Lady Stockpile Checklist.

As always, I am only an email away when you have questions. I am always happy to answer all the questions I can. I want each of you to be successful Savvy Couponers!


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