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Welcome! Many of you have joined Addicted to Saving after watching me on Daytime TV talking about Stockpiling! Feel free to check out my blog and leave comments with any questions you might have! And, for more information on stockpiling, below is my Introduction to Stockpiling post.
Definition of Stockpiling: Stocking up on items that are at rock bottom prices so that you don’t have to pay full price ever again.
1) Remember that sales cycles are typically every 6 – 8 weeks. So – when you stockpile, you want to purchase enough of a rock bottom deal to last at least 6-8 weeks. And, if the item is not perishable, you should purchase enough to last 6-9 months if not more!
2) Rock Bottom Prices are from matching a great sale with a great coupon. If you have a Buy One Get One Free Sale and you use two manufacturer coupons, you are automatically saving over 50% on the two items you purchase.
3) Gather multiple coupons. Buy more than one newspaper every Sunday and print out more than one of internet coupons.
My favorite printable coupon websites:
4) Keep your stockpile organized. Organize your food by expiration date keeping the food with the shortest shelf life to the front so that you use it. Keep good inventory so you know exactly what you have, what you need and what you don’t need.
5) Know when to say when. Determine your families needs on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis. Do not become a hoarder. Do not let food go bad.
6) Give it away! These are tough financial times. What is better then to see a family in need and to give them overflowing bags of groceries – groceries you barely paid for from your own pantry!
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