Learn How To Coupon | Day 14: Stockpiling

 

 

Welcome to Day 14 of the monthly series: Learn How To Coupon!

 

This is a beginner’s series for any Coupon Newbies out there that want to learn how to get started in couponing! This is also a nice refresher course for anyone who already uses coupons! If you have missed any of the other days that we have been talking about, feel free to click on any of the days below and catch up! These go in chronological order:

 

Day 1: Anatomy of a Coupon

 

Day 2: Anatomy of a Barcode

 

Day 3: Types of Coupons

 

Day 4: Where to Find Coupons

 

Day 5: Stacking Coupons

 

Day 6: Coupon Abbreviations

 

Day 7: Electronic Coupons

 

Day 8: Doubling Coupons

 

Day 9: Catalina Coupons

 

Day 10: Buy One Get One Free Coupons

 

Day 11: Organizing Your Coupons {Part 1}

 

Day 12: Organizing Your Coupons {Part 2}

 

Day 13: Sale Cycles

 

 

Today’s Topic: Stockpiling

 

Stockpiling is one of my favorite things to talk about because that is where you can really start seeing how your couponing and shopping during the right times begin to add up!

I want to just go through what Stockpiling is, and then give you a general list of some great stock up prices for things that you would normally buy on a daily basis. I am also working on an extensive list for stockpile prices, but that will be at a later time.

 

What is a stockpile?

A stockpile is basically storage of  an extra supply of items. People can have all kinds of things for stockpiles, but for what we are talking about, it’s referring to your grocery, health and beauty items.

This is different from your everyday or every week grocery shopping trip where you only buy what you need that day/week. Stockpiling means trying to think ahead to what you and you’re family might need in the future, and trying to get those items at their lowest prices.

In doing that, you will eventually see how you begin to save even more money because you are no longer paying full retail price, and instead of shopping at the store and paying the store’s price, you can shop at home!

 

Why do people need or have stockpiles?

A stockpile can also be thought of as money in the bank. If you or your loved one were to lose a job tomorrow, having money to fall back on is generally a smarter idea then having nothing saved. So the same goes with food and other products.

Having food available that your family eats will help you from going under in case of an emergency.

 

How does it work?

Yesterday, we talked about sale cycles, and how all products run in patterns of high and low prices during a given period of time.

We also talked about how these cycles are very predictable and easy to see when low prices are getting ready to hit. So knowing this helps you aim your shopping trips during these times.

Not all of the items you buy will be on the same “low price” cycle at the same time, so you gradually build up by doing a little at a time.

Because we DO know that these cycles will more than likely come around again, we only need to stockpile enough items to last us until the next “low price” sale hits that product again. This will guarantee that instead of shopping at the store while their prices are majorly fluctuating (and going higher), we can just shop from that stockpile we have at home and it’s already paid for.

 

Is it expensive?

No. When it comes to buying “more” of anything than we are normally used to buying, then we usually assume that it will cost us more in the store.

However, we actually end up paying more in the end by paying the outrageous high prices for retail, instead of waiting for a lower price, and adding in coupons.

When you use coupons in addition to sales, you can get items for 50-75 % off their retail price, which means cheap or free for you. So in a sense, you CAN’T  afford not to stockpile when you can get the items so cheaply!

 

Here’s an example of a pretend 2 week cycle of a store sale:

 

Week 1

Cereal, on sale $5

Chicken, on sale $2.99/lb.

Dog food, on sale for $15.99

Eggs, on sale $3 per dozen

Week 2

Cereal, on sale $1

Chicken, on sale $1.99/lb.

Dog food $20, on sale Buy One Get One Free ($10 each)

Eggs, on sale $0.99¢ per dozen

 

*Now let’s compare the shoppers:

-Let’s say you are a normal shopper that shops whenever you can, and does not use coupons. So you just happen to go shopping on week one.

You need this much items to last you a month:

(4) boxes of Cereal = $20

(16) pounds of Chicken = $47.84

(2) bags of Dog Food = $31.98

(4) dozen Eggs = $12

Total = $111.82

-Now let’s use the same shopper, but shopping on Week 2:

You need this much items to last you a month:

(4) boxes of Cereal = $4

(16) pounds of Chicken = $31.84

(2) bags of Dog Food = $20

(4) dozen Eggs = $3.96

Total = $59.80

*You still got the same amount of items, but the shopper who paid attention to sales, got a better price. This is an extreme scenario, and remember that everything won’t always be on sale at the same time. This is just to show you that you can save by shopping the sales.

Good Prices

I wanted to also show you a few examples of what a good price is for some common items when they are on sale and usually involve coupons. I will post a more extensive list at some later point, but this is just to give you an idea of some of the prices to look for:

 

Pasta, $0.50¢

Canned Tomatoes, $0.50¢

Bananas, $0.40¢ per lb.

Cucumbers, $0.50¢ each

Strawberries, $1 per lb.

Orange Juice, $1 per carton

Pizza, $2.50 each

Peanut Butter, $0.75¢

Cake Mix, $0.25¢

Cereal, $1

Shampoo, $0.50¢

Soda, 2-Liter, $0.75¢

Hot Sauce, FREE

Toothpaste, FREE

Razors, $0.99¢

These are prices that I have paid for these items many times by shopping during the holidays, following cycles, and using coupons. When you see prices this low, try and stock up!

 

See ya for Day 15!! (Half-way Point!!)

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