Today I am going to talk about Building Up: How to Create a Stockpile? This is pretty much the heart of the whole Stockpiling series.
I will discuss the most efficient ways to build a stockpile, how long it takes to build one, how much is enough and how much is too much.
As a side note: there are certain items that are hard/very rare to find priced at 75% or more off (let's refer to those as High Ticketed Items). High Ticketed Items (HTI) may be considered stockpile worthy at 40% or more off. HTIs include: Meat, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Laundry Detergent, Peanuts, OTC Medicines). If I come across HTI that are priced 75% or more off I will let you know immediately, as they are most certainly worth stocking up on when they are priced this low.
When items are priced 75% or more it is important to try and stock up on as many of those items as possible. Granted this is dependent upon the number of coupons you can get and/or if the store limits the number of items you are allowed to purchase. But you want to try and get as many you can.
For the most part most Internet Printable (IP) coupons allow you to print at least twice per computer. Every now and then you get the rare ones that let you print more, and some will only allow one per computer. I would guess that 95% of the time you will find you can print at least twice per computer. This means if you have more than one computer in your house, or you can use friends or family computers (if they don't coupon), then you can print off more than two.
It's also important to point out that not only are the number prints per computer limited but most coupons, especially ones directly from the manufacturer's (MF) website are limited to a total number of prints overall, especially if the MF releases a High Value Coupon. Having said that it is strongly urged that you go and print those coupons off quickly in case the limit is reached quickly, and you miss out on a great savings. Usually I (and other good savings bloggers) will let you know if it is a coupon that should be printed immediately.
Do you use this item regularly? If you answer Yes, then stock up enough to last at least 2 months worth, if possible. If you answer No, then ask: Do you use this item on occasions? If you answer Yes- then buy a few, especially if it is marked at a great price, but don't go overboard. If No, ask: Is it something you or your family are willing to try? If Yes, then get a couple and give them a try. If No, finally ask this: Is this something my friend, family, or community could use? If Yes - then grab a couple and give them away. If No - then pass this item/product up, don't bother buying any.There is no reason to buy things just to buy them at a great price. I have to say that since using coupons I now use things I didn't use before coupons, for a few reasons. It may have been an item that did not seem worth paying such an outrageous price for but with sales and coupons I can now afford to. Also, I have been more open minded about trying new products and found some that I like, and some that I don't. At least if I find I don't like a product I haven't wasted a ton of money.
On Tuesday I will finish this series on Stockpiling with Clear Out and Make Room: Where Do I Put My Stockpile?
Please if you have any questions feel free to email me or leave a comment on this post and I will be more than happy to answer any questions about Stockpiling as I can.