Master Stockpiling Tips
I actually like trying new brands of products. Often times, I realize that the brand I was previously using wasn’t any better than the brand that is on sale. One example is that I always purchased Cascade dishwasher detergent. Then, this fabulous coupon for Finish dishwasher detergent came along. I decided I had nothing to lose and gave it a try. I could either spend $3.89 on Cascade minus a $0.25 coupon, or I could get the Finish for free…in the end I like Finish better, and I got it all for free.
Another example is spaghetti sauce. I had always used Prego until I was able to get Barilla pasta sauce for $0.66 per jar. Come to find out, I love the Barilla pasta sauce!
2. Buy smaller product sizes.
A big mistake that I used to make as a shopper was buying the biggest product size available. I always compared the price per unit. The reason this is a mistake is that while a product size may be less expensive per unit, the smaller item may be FREE or near free after your coupon. This is when you buy a higher quantity of the items to create your stockpile. Perfect example of this is dish soap. There was a $1/1 Gain dish soap coupon. At Walmart, the small size was under a buck making it FREE. Or, I could have bought the large bottle and paid a few bucks out of pocket even with the use of a coupon. So, what did I do? I had ten $1/1 coupons so I bought 10 of the smaller sized ones all for FREE. Now, I don’t need any dish soap for well over a year, if not longer since I have a dishwasher now.
Keep in mind that when you have a stockpile, you do need to watch expiration dates. In order to do this the best, you should organize your stockpile in a “first in, first out” fashion so that your oldest products are always at the front. And, although products have expiration dates, they are often okay for a short time after that date. Just don’t buy more than your family will need or you can donate before items expire.
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