We get lots of reader emails asking how they can know when to stockup on an item included in our weekly coupon deals at TheKrazyCouponLady.com.

Our general rule is “You should stock-up when an item is 70% off or more”.  But this rule isn’t totally universal.  Toothpaste, Deodorant, Body Wash(!) and even razors should never be stockpiled unless they’re $0.50 or less (on high quality name brand products).  On the other side, when jam or syrup are on sale, even maybe 50% off, I stockpile for at least 6 months.  Sometimes it just depends on the product and how often your family uses it.

The ‘Not knowing when to stockpile’ problem also stems, for some, from not knowing what they routinely pay for much of anything.

Whatever the reason, we’re hoping if you need a little guidance knowing when to stock-up, you can use our new symbols as a guide.  This symbol , it indicates a decent stockup price.  You may want to stock up for the next couple months on these products.  When you see this symbol, time to pull out the stops and get yourself stocked for the winter!

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28 thoughts on “Helping you Spot a Stock-Up Price”

So when its a decent stock up price does that mean I buy 3 of the products? And if its Krazy Stock up price I buy 6 of the products? Sorry I’m not understanding how to get this mean coupons to buy this mean products! HELP! Thanks

I am having a hard time building a stockpile of paper towels, garbage bags, toilet paper & laundry detergent. Any tips on good prices or where & when you have gotten these items?

I have found places to store items that you may not be thinking of…under the bed, in the closet, you name it. We recently found a freezer to put in our garage that is small but it helps! Get creative, can you afford NOT to stockpile??? Good luck!

I try to find deals whenever I can, but I try to avoid those that require purchasing multiples of the same item. I live in a very small space with no extra pantry or freezer space. Does anyone have suggestions for maximizing savings without stocking up?

Where will the icons be shown?

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this! I try to keep track of prices but it can get time consuming and a little overwhelming for a beginner couponer! I like the idea of making the symbols two different colors as well. Keep up the good work! You are helping so many of us! :)

Thank you so much! This is so helpful!


I think an improvement would be to make one of them yellow (like, proceed with caution, this is a decent stock up price) and the other one green ( go!go!go! KRAZY price!)

I am excited about this new feature but can you tell me where I will see these emblems?

I’m going into my second couponing year…and you guys have been there the entire way…..

I heard a rumor that you were going to start charging for the site…is that true??

Rock on ladies! Thank you for doing this– I’m always trying to calculate what good stock up prices are. This will help me out so much!

Excellent idea! I’ve always thought it would be great if you told us when to stock up. Thank you!!!!!!

Brilliant idea! Thanks so much! :)

I absolutely love this idea! The only thing is I can’t see the symbols?

Thank you for adding this feature! I don’t know how you keep up with it all, but this is really going to help me.

I’m soooo excited about this! Brilliant idea!

FABULOUS! Thank you so much!

this is AWESOME!

I’m a newbie…so why do you not stock up on Toothpaste, Deodorant, Body Wash(!) and even razors should never be stockpiled unless they’re $0.50 or less ?????

Evangeline, what she’s saying is that for deodorant, toothpaste, body wash, and razors — between sales, coupons, and catalinas, it’s possible to buy them for $.50 or less out-of-pocket, and when you can get them for that, it’s a good time to stock up.

I started reading this blog and couponing in earnest just this past January, and I have enough of all those items to last my family a year, and I paid, on average, $.25 per item. And I’ve learned over the past 4 months that I needn’t have stockpiled quite so much because they go on promotion pretty regularly.


I have a threshold for certain items – cereal 50 cents or less ….things like that. But my problem is for the non-coupon things. Like chicken breasts….and milk. Although milk when they are 10/$10 at Fred Meyer I’ll get 20 and freeze. But meat and cheese things like that are a little more challenging for me to know.

I love this feature! Thanks for doing it.

Awesome idea! Thanks!

Thank you! This will help me so much. I am a new couponer and this will be very helpful!

Wow, I have been doing this for 2 years now and can I just say how helpful this will be even to someone who has been doing it for a while!!!!! Thank you!

I love this idea! Your work is great and I’ve learned so much from you in the past few months, but this will definitely keep me from the “darn I should have waited” or “I really should have bought more” feelings that I still often get! Thank you for all your hard work!

Thank you for doing this!! There are so many things I am still not sure how low they can get!