Many of you have asked to see my stockpile. I was organizing everything the other night and decided to snap some photos while I was doing it. Its nothing fantastic–but this is mine! I can proudly say that this is something that I have worked very hard for and I’m so happy to rely on it. I stopped stockpiling about 3 months ago. We just didn’t have enough room in our garage and we needed to rotate items to make room for more. our stockpile was about 2 times larger 6 months ago — and it took about 6 months to get that size.
When you stockpile–you will realize that it does take time to really build one. It doesn’t happen over night and as long as you set a budget (I’ll show you how I do it) you will not overspend.
Mens, Women’s and kids body wash
Toothpaste, Kleenex and Razors (I’m sure I have about 30 tubes of toothpaste )
Cleaning items, light bulbs
Feminine Hygenie items
Juice, Pasta Sauce, Dressings, Canned tomatoes
Cereal, Pasta, Snacks
Laundry Detergent, Softener
Travel Size items
Misc. items (I used to have about 20 bottles of contact solution! I have not purchased any for about a year and a half..so its getting pretty low)
Deodorant, bath items
Make up, Hair items, lotions, Q tips
How I stockpile:
- Set a budget. I set aside $8 per week to stockpile. So obviously, the more free or cheap items I get, my $8 goes further. When I do get free items, I get just enough to last 6-8 weeks if possible. Sometimes I will pick up free items, even if I don’t need it at that time because I will use it. I’m just adding to the pile. Nothing to shop for that week? Stockpile money goes to the grocery budget or rolls over to next week. I make sure to never go over my budget.
- Any drugstore rewards or catalinas go back into my stockpile budget. I usually always take advantage of Free or moneymaker store reward items because it helps add to my stockpile and gives me more money to spend towards my pile.