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Starting a stash

 

So you have got your binder or collection of coupons. Now what? How do you get to the point of having a small stash of commonly used items?

First, I prefer the term stash to stockpile. A stockpile says to me that I have a room of toothpaste and I cant get my car in my garage because of all of the shelves of laundry detergent. While that may work for some, I dont personally think people need that much stuff unless it is something you are keeping for a big donation. Yes I have had a crazy amount of toothpaste and personal care items in my home. (See that post) But I was stocking up to make a big donation to my church for holiday baskets for needy families

So…how do you get started? Many of you are already thinking about a stash, you just dont realize it. You see your favorite item on sale and you buy 2 or 3. Thats good ๐Ÿ™‚

Now take that one step farther. Keep coupons and try to have several of each. You dont need 30…maybe 3-5. Then wait for a sale and use the coupons when the item is on sale! Then you save even more!

Lets take an example:
My son loves Pillsbury Chocolate Chip quick bread. Off season ( like summer) it runs about $2.29. During the fall holidays it is seasonally priced. I just saw it last week at Woodmans for $1.59. In the past I would buy say 5 at the $1.59 price ($7.95 total). NOW because of coupons I have for $0.35/1 I can get them for $1.24 each ($6.20 total). If I bought even 3 in the off season for them they would be $6.87. Im getting 5 for $0.67 less by waiting for a sale and using coupons! Yes if they are on sale at Logli/Hilander for about that price I will go there since my $0.35/1 coupon will double so the savings will be even more!

For daily use things such as toothpaste, I wait for Walgreens to do register rewards. See Walgreens posts here

Recently Logli/Hilander had sour cream on sale 10/$10. Prairie Farms 16 oz. Just a week prior it was around $2. I had $0.35/1 coupons that doubled to $0.70. I got one sour cream for $0.30!ย  Logli and Hilander in Rockford/Roscoe double coupons every day up to $0.55 face value. So watch our site for coupon match ups for ads and we will tell you how to use those coupons for good sales!

Now you cant use your whole grocery budget on building a stash ๐Ÿ™‚ You still need to buy those daily things such as milk, bread etc. So a good rule is to take 10% of your grocery budget (on a $100 budget take say $10) match your coupons to sales and stock up! If you do this each week soon you will have several of each item you use all the time and you will see your grocery budget go down!

A few tips:

  • Dont buy something just because you have a coupon. You w ill end up spending more in the long run
  • However I save every coupon and if I can get something for free I will! FREE is always better ๐Ÿ™‚ You may find that you really like a different brand of toothpaste or peanut butter if you get it for free
  • That said, try to not be brand loyal. I will always get say peanut butter with a coupon that to be stuck on a particular brand. I dont care what kind of peanut butter I use in my holiday cookies ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Bigger is not always better. If I can get a small size of peanut butter for $0.50 or I can get $0.50 off a larger container that will still cost me $2 I will get the smaller size.
  • Watch your coupons and read them. I just donated a bunch of Safeguard bar soap that I got for free. You may think, I dont ever remember seeing a Safeguard coupon! Well you had to read the Ivory coupon carefully. The ones I had were $0.50/1 Ivory or Safeguard. Ivory was in the picture but Safeguard was listed also. I waited forย  Hilander to have aย  10/$10 sale, used my coupons that doubled to $1 and they were all free!
  • Also with coupons, they may say a dollar mount off of any or a dollar amount of a particular size of something. I love coupons that say off of ANY! Check the travel section for the item or go for the smaller sizes.

 

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  1. mybabysleepguide / Jan 24 2012 12:07 am

    Thanks for these great tips. I have a pretty good food/home storage, but I’m working on building it up more and these tips are really helpful. I am a new FB follower from wacky wednesday hop via personal account. You can find me at My Baby Sleep Guide

    Thanks!
    Rachel

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