Stockpiling alone will save you hundreds!  Stocking up on a product when it’s super cheap is not a groundbreaking idea.  It’s common sense, but most shoppers still aren’t doing it!

So, all you coupon virgins, how much do you pay for a box of cereal (name brand or generic, it doesn’t matter)?  If you’re already a Krazy Coupon Lady, how much DID you used to pay?  I don’t care where you live or shop, I’m guessing that without coupons, you usually pay at least $1.98 per box of cereal, and that’s giving you the benefit of the doubt.  I know many of you are paying $6-8.00 for a two pack of cereal at the Wholesale Club (you know, the place that’s charging you an annual fee just so they can rip you off on the cereal mark-ups)!  Come on, fess up!

Here’s how stockpiling ALONE can save you real money, no matter how much time you have to devote to deal-finding.

Even the “greenie” coupon ladies know that at least twice per month most stores will have some varieties of cereal priced at under $1.00 (after coupons).  Simply by “stocking-up” on a month’s worth of cereal the next time it’s $0.70 per box will save you $10+ per month (depending on how much cereal you eat).  My family of 4 goes through about 12 boxes of cereal per month.  I was paying about $3.00 per box before my Krazy Coupon Lady days, now I don’t pay over $0.50.  That means I save $30 EVERY MONTH just because I stockpile cereal when it’s at a rock bottom price.

The more products you shop for with coupons, the more you’ll save.  But if you’re feeling too overwhelmed, just start with a few things your family uses often.  Start with products like cereal or high priced items like shampoo and razors. What do those Costco 12 pack of Gillette razor blades cost?  $50 or more?  We Krazy Coupon Ladies stockpile razors from national stores like Target when they’re $0.99 or less (and that’s for two blades).  If you use one blade per month, you’ll save $47 OR MORE per year, just by stockpiling razors at the right time!  And best of all, products like razors don’t even take up much space!  Remove them from their bulky packaging and 6 razors+ 12 blades will just about fit in a gallon Ziploc bag!  What are you waiting for?

Stockpiling:  Groungbreaking? Nope.  Genius?  Yep.

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70 thoughts on “STOCKPILING: So Simple, So Smart, So Savvy!”

  1. Corie says:

    i cant find coupons. where do i find coupons for toliet paper and cereal.

  2. Ttamij says:

    I have a question on the Cereal Fiber One Honey Clusters, even though I was paying $4.00-$5.00 a box, I have started getting it at CVS when they have the 2/$6 sale and using .85 and .75 cent coupons per box this is still too much but yet way better than before so my question is what more can I do / be looking for as far as this brand/flavor. I watch this cereal every week and it hardly ever goes on sale at the supermarkets and when it does the only kind my DH will eat is usually already gone, even at the CVS , it frustrates me when I read that others pay so much less for the cereal their families eat, I live in the iowa/ne area and our stores do not double coupon except in RARE instances and the one time I read an ad for a day of double q’s the store was not even close or convenient to get to and listed so many restrictions it wasn’t worth bothering with. It is so much more difficult to get really really good deals (stock up worthy and just plain really great deals) that apparently are available to others. Any suggestions to this? As I am new to Qponing, I am sure there must something I am missing and need to learn to look for.

  3. Ttamij says:

    I have a question on the Cereal Fiber One Honey Clusters, even though I was paying $4.00-$5.00 a box, I have started getting it at CVS when they have the 2/$6 sale and using .85 and .75 cent coupons per box this is still too much but yet way better than before so my question is what more can I do / be looking for as far as this brand/flavor. I watch this cereal every week and it hardly ever goes on sale at the supermarkets and when it does the only kind my DH will eat is usually already gone, even at the CVS , it frustrates me when I read that others pay so much less for the cereal their families eat, I live in the iowa/ne area and our stores do not double coupon except in RARE instances and the one time I read an ad for a day of double q’s the store was not even close or convenient to get to and listed so many restrictions it wasn’t worth bothering with. It is so much more difficult to get really really good deals (stock up worthy and just plain really great deals) that apparently are available to others. Any suggestions to this? As I am new to Qponing, I am sure there must something I am missing and need to learn to look for.

  4. Jason Dragon says:

    There is a guy down the street that is an extreme couponer and has a garage sale each month and sells 1000′s of items. He sells them for about 70% of retail price. I am sure he makes a ton this way.

  5. renea says:

    hi i just cant get my stockpill like i see on tlc i have been doing the klc for about 3mo now and wear i live the pricing is very high and they do not double coupons an if they do its only up ot 99cents so please help me

  6. Peg says:

    Wow, my stockpile is growing! I put some shelves up in our basement family room in the corner and it is too cool. I don’t think my husband is impressed yet, but I pointed out today that I saved as much today as I used to make at a day at my part-time job I can’t work anymore because I have chronic pain in my neck vertebrae, have a metal plate and screws in there holding me together! This is my job now. Thanks for all the info, and I ordered your book.

  7. Kelly says:

    I live in Escondido, CA and cereal is not cheap. The least I’ve paid since I started to coupon is $1.50 or so. Is there a website out there that gives you more money for each box of cereal? Rather than “Buy 3, Get $1 off” I mean sometimes I think to myself is it really worth it? Please advise!

  8. Amanda says:

    How much should you spend when starting your stockpile? I think I went oversboard this week.

  9. Amanda says:

    How much should you spend when starting your stockpile? I think I went oversboard this week.

  10. Mustangkimmie1 says:

    Okay I am New at all this to. I am fixing to get married in November and we are trying to save money for a down payment on a house so we are trying to pinch every penny that we can.I am a bit overwhelmed cause None of our stores in Waco Texas double or triple coupons so how is it possible to get the best deals.
    Thanks Kim

  11. Theashburns says:

    I am super overwhelmed. I have tried to master this process for months now. I went from clipping from my sunday paper(s) every coupon I use and organizing into all 30 some odd catergories which was crazy time consuming to now not clipping at all and saving all my inserts from PG/RP/SS as a whole. I went through a photo album and a binder to now nothing but a huge basket of craziness and an accordion file. It seems I am clipping coupons that rarely save me much money. I check all 3 of my local stores every week. Target, Jewel, and Dominicks and I can never save more than 50% and usually have maybe 2 or 3 coupons max for that item. I want to start using a clipping service but not sure how the coupons get there in time to match the current sale only available THAT week? Can someone help address a few of these roadblocks?

    • Ttamij says:

      to the ash burns I just ordered from a clipping service for the first time the prices seem high until unless you are ordering coupons worth $2-3.00, I do not expect to get them in time to use with store ads but they will certainly come in handy before they expire if I do not find a sale price for for the items I will need to purchase anyhow and 2-3 off is a pretty good deal even without a special sale on the items I will need to purchase as the items they will be used for rarely come on sale. And who knows, maybe I will get lucky and a sale will come up! I used the coupon clippers service.

  12. Jamongee99 says:

    i am soooo very new @ this today was the most i shopped and now i know its a real job!

  13. Lisa says:

    I have been so excited to get started couponing! I don’t work and I’m reading stories on how a one income family can do this without struggling. My question is would it benefit me more to shop once a week or every two weeks like we’ve been doing. I’m looking at the items listed on sale and wanting to kick my own butt! Things we just bought are on sale next week.

    Thank you for any help you can give me:)

    • Oney_angel says:

      I always shop for the sale and clearance items every week. I buy 5-8 papers a week and also get coupons online through coupon clippers. I use so many coupons then save some for later(as long as I have enough and they are not expiring). Also where I am there is a Kroger and I wait until Saturday or Sunday to shop because I can get rainchecks for items I really want and are at a good price and also the next ad is posted so I can see the sales coming up. Krogers is my main shopping store because we also have the gas station with it and not only do I save money on my shopping I also save money on gas. This week I will fill my tank and save .60 cents a gallon.

  14. Candice says:

    Hi there, I live in a very small town that only offers Walmart and Heb for stores so I am not yet sure how well this is going to work. My question is, is it cheaper just to buy the inserts since on collectablecoupons they are only eighty cents a way cheaper way to go than buying 4 or 6 newspapers for 1.75 a piece? I guess I am confused why I would pay the $1.75 when I can order just the insert. Am I missing something?

    Also because where I live is quite a distance from anywhere that offers other stores (3 hours). Is all this still beneficial? Thanks so much for anyone with advice. I really would like to try this but am hesitant since I am limited on where to shop.

  15. Corinne says:

    ::sigh:: We don’t have room for that big of a stockpile. We live in a two bedroom apartment – our dining room is a combination office and pantry (because we don’t have a pantry). And we’re not going to save enough by stockpiling each month to pay for a larger apartment.

    • Joanie says:

      Stockpile what you can. Even in a small space you could stockpile: razors (take them out of their packages), toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant. . . .

  16. Nina says:

    How do I get multiple coupons for an item if I find something I want to stockpile?

    • Joanie says:

      We recommend subscribing to multiple copies of the Sunday paper, if you can do that afford-ably (under $2 per paper MAX). You can also order extra copies of a coupon on eBay or at a coupon clipper service such as collectablecoupons.com

  17. Robyn says:

    Hello ladies :). I am a young mom who doesn’t have a whole lot of experience with cooking and meal planning, and I’m really torn up about it. It’s just my husband, 7 month-old daughter and myself at home, and I’ve never cooked or meal planned. I really want to start because I want my daughter to eat healthy, and I want the whole family meal time atmosphere for my kids to grow up in. I know that’s a perfect scenario, and that won’t always happen, but it’s something I always want to work towards. Plus, home-cooked saves money too!

    One of the reasons why I love this site, is because I was introduced to the idea that I can stock up on non-perishable staples, then just shop for my perishables each week!

    I love this idea, and I’m super motivated to get started. However, there are a few problems:

    1. I don’t want to stock up until there’s a great deal where I can use coupons etc.

    2. I don’t want to wait to stock up on a staple for too long, only to find out that there are never really any great deals for it.

    3. I don’t really know what I should be stocking up period – much less things that won’t go bad. I just don’t have that knowledge :(.

    I have a fantastic stock pile of personal care items, meds, and even baby items thanks to this site :). I just need to get in the know about stocking up on food!

    What do you ladies do/what have you found? Your emails would help me out so much!

  18. stacy says:

    i could not put my food stuff in the garage for fear of little nasty creatures getting in it :(

    • Tami says:

      I live in FL, so due to humidity, heat, and pests, stockpiling in a garage is iffy. Our plan is to use old chest freezers (that don’t cool) like storage bins. For the most part, they keep everything out and they’re insulated. You can put dry ice in them and it will help keep bugs, etc out and food fresher. If it’s a chest freezer and not an upright, most of the CO2 will stay in the bottom of the freezer as long as you don’t stir it up too much.

  19. Carrie says:

    Oh I too got excited by the picture. I so wish I had that much space in my garage!! I am envious!

  20. CJ says:

    I love couponing but cant stockpile much food because its just me (no kids) and food goes bad too fast if I buy more than I can use in a couple months. So I usually have to pay more per item since I cant stock up. Lack of doubles, good sales and strict coupon policies at my stores also make for higher prices and less savings for me. But I do stockpile health and beauty items and have saved a ton of money from that.

  21. Desirae says:

    I have stockpile envy-but I will get there eventually! A previous post asked about binder organization-I think it would be great to post a few close up pictures of our fellow KCL’s coupon binders so we can see the different variations and pick what would work best for us.

  22. lindsay says:

    I only have three kids and they aren’t teenagers but I would say when it is dirt cheap buy more of it, If you are going thorugh it faster than you can get it dirt cheap again then youa ren’t buying enough. Try to figure what your family will eat before it expires and then buy as close to that amount as you can, you may have to shop several locations of a certain store to find enough product or to not clear the shelf. Once you get a stockpile like that it is so much less strssful, if you get to the store and the stuff is gone or you ahve to miss a sale it isn’t the end of the world because you still have enough to last you.
    I would say your stockpile is nicely organized, I am not a very organized person but I find myself being obbssessive over my stockpile, making my kids who are helping me put stuff on the shelf make all the labels go the same way while my house is a mess, weird:)

    • Connie says:

      Love the comment about the labels – I’m the same way. I’m also alpha ocd – green beans must be in order: cut, french, whole. If kids are eating things too fast…try putting some things in bins and storing them in closets, under beds, etc. be sure and send yourself an email or keep a list of where things are so you can check on exp dates, etc. and yep – my stockpiles are so much more organized than the rest of my house, too!

      • Mary says:

        Glad I am not the only one out there that has to hide the food from DD eating it as soon as it taken out of the bag:) I’ve had stuff hidden in closets behind hanging clothes, under bed, inside pampered chef boxes she thought had dishes in them and right now, chocolate inside of my bread machine!:)! Bad thing is, I know where it’s all hidden and my sweet tooth gets the best of me at times. Love to stockpile tho’

  23. emmetts says:

    my family eats the stuff pretty darn fast also. can’t keep cereal or those sweet moments.

  24. emmetts says:

    WOW is all i can say. Like one of the pervious post i too get excited seeing all that stuff. I’m 4 months at it and still learning. I’m now able to look at an ad and start putting things together with my coupons, where as the first couple of months it would take hours being on the website trying to figure things out. like this week albertson’s propel is on sale for .29 cents when you buy ten. Well last week when you bought 10 gatorades you got ten free propels. Well with that order came a $2.00 catalina on the purchase of 9 propels. So this week they will cost me .90 cents for all 10. See I’m learning :)

  25. Meg says:

    You know, I have been a serious couponer for what feels like Forever, and I’ve never had a stockpile even approaching this.
    I can stockpile a couple things at a time….right now I have a good stock of laundry detergent, and I bought a year’s worth of Electrasol last August.
    But, food? Forget about it! My kids eat it as fast as it comes in. The only food items I’ve ever been able to stockpile are salad dressing and dry pasta.
    I’m really not trying to be a downer. I love this site, and I’ll Never shop without a coupon.
    I’m just wondering if anyone else has this issue. I feel like it’s a “newbie,” problem, but I’ve never gotten past it.

  26. Courtney says:

    Oh man – I guess you know you have a problem when a picture like this gets you as excited as I am when I look at it… :)

  27. Lacey says:

    Has anyone seen any deal on Honey Bunches of oats ????? I love them or should say its the only one that I eat :P I know I am picky :( but I have never seen them sale on them so far :( :( Right now its $5/3 at fred Meyers, which is not even close to stockpiling cost…..so what should I do…..I haven’t even seen any coupons for Honey buches of oats unlike Kellogs ….. Will appreciate your guidance…..

    tc

    • Kristin says:

      I don’t know if this is still going on, but last week at Safeway, they had blinkies for $2 off 1 family sized box of Honey Bunches of Oats when you buy a gallon of milk. They were on sale for $2.50 so if you have doublers, the cereal was basically free. It’s my husbands’ favorite cereal (and he is super picky about cereal) so I am stocking up!

      • Lacey says:

        thanks Kristin…. Sadly I am in WA where Safeway doesnt double but I will look for those blinkies….. I only and only eat that cereal so know what you mean by super picky :P

        Thanks again

    • Sheila M. says:

      Safeway had a display of the Honey Bunches of Oats cereal near the front of the store (display was still up at my store today) and there were tear away pads on the cardboard display for $2/1 wyb gallon of milk. {Tacoma, WA}
      What I like about couponing is that my family is trying different foods. Without this coupon, I would not have purchased this cereal…my son loves it.

  28. Tina says:

    I am new (only few weeks). I have seen $1 off coupons and even if they go on sale I don’t see how you can ever get them for under a dollar??? How? And how do you have that many coupons to stock up on that many?

    Also with the heat/cold in the garage wouldn’t that effect some products? Like toothpaste and some food items?

    I am very excited to start but work so hard but haven’t been able to save much more than $10 worth of coupons on my bill.

    • mandy says:

      I wonder about the heat/cold thing in the garage too. Anyone know what types of foods can be kept in an extremely warm climate (100+ degrees) and be unaffected? I would love to use some of my garage space, but as of know I still only stock toilet paper & paper towels there. Cereal would be awesome there!!!

    • Lindsey says:

      To stock pile a lot of the groceries make sure you have at least 4 subscriptions to the Sunday newspaper so you can get more coupons. As far as internet coupons, usually you will only get 2, but they often reset and you can get 2 more. You have to always be on the look out for coupons!

  29. Susan says:

    How do you get cereal for $.25 or free? I currently stockpile and have lots of things but haven’t figured out with the stores in my community how to get cereal for free or under $1…. or yogurt and tuna….Thanks.

  30. Abilene says:

    Ha! That is so funny! I stand in the store and argue with myself too! I’ll put the item in my basket and take it out again a few times.

  31. Samantha says:

    I love this pic. My dream is to have the shelves in the basement look like this some day. Today, I have 2 shelves in the laundry room, plus a small pantry. I have been couponing for 8 months and started very slowly, but have now reached the point where we can have great dinners because we can pull from our pile. I also convinced my hubby to buy a large freezer, we sold our small one and used that money to purchase a bigger one. We had one picked out and comparison shopped for more than six months. WHen we finally bought it, it was at the lowest it had ever been and we got free delivery.
    We already had shelving in the basement.
    I love getting a deal, and can’t believe that I used to pay $3 or more for cereal. I almost cry when I have to buy something at full price these days. That’s sad:(

    • Joni says:

      I feel the SAME WAY about paying full price for something! I totally waste time standing in the store arguing with myself about it and flipping through my book trying to find SOME kind of coupon to use just to make it a LITTLE better. :P

  32. inga says:

    and ne more thing.What do you do when stores like CVS lets you only get 1 item per card.i have pretty good stock on razors,but i wish i hade more.what do you do?How do you do it?

  33. inga says:

    I’m tryhing to do that too.i guess need to start getting more Q so i can get more free ore cheep things.But i ahve to say i am pretty stocked up on cleaning stuff and some beauty stuff.good snacks is the hard one.i feel like as soon as i get it,it’s gone couple days later.My hubby LOVES snacks.
    But i hae to say…i love Q adn i cant believe how much i used to spend on some things.crazy.
    so thank you for all the hard work ladies

  34. Chantel L says:

    Awesome stockpile. I’m getting there!!!

  35. pam says:

    I want my stockpile to look as organized as this one!! It is GORGEOUS!! Makes me want to go reorganize mine!

  36. tina says:

    I used to pay $2/cereal, then I learned that it can be cheaper, went down to $1…now I will not pay more than $0.25 per box, even thats too much because i can usually get it for free :)
    THnings like shampoo, body wash, razors, toothpaste i will not buy even if its 25cents, I have enough of my stockpile to last me till the next great sale, and they happen all the time.

    • Kay says:

      Please tell me how you get your cereal at .25 per box. Even with the sales and my coupons I can’t seem to get it lowered. My family goes through it FAST and I need to figure this out because I HATE spending $$$ on cereal.

      Thanks so much

  37. diana says:

    I am just starting out too. Have only been doing this for about two months. I cant believe what I used to pay for stuff. I am at the point right now where I am addicted to beating the last deal I turned. I’m sure that will settle down soon.I still spend quite alot of time writing down my scenarios and racking my brain but I will get better and faster as time goes on I hope. since doing this, there are a few things that I refuse to pay for because I dont have to. A few of the things are toothpaste, tuna,razors, bodywash,butter,yogurt are just a few.

  38. Amy says:

    How do you learn to do this I really want to know. I just need to know how to get started.

  39. Tiffany says:

    Ok, that stockpile is insane. I can’t imagine. I have one skinny set of shelves in my garage, and while I had had 50 boxes of cereal in there at one time, I am down to only a few. Seems like cereal hasn’t been less than $1 a box in awhile. I want to know whose stockpile that is!! How did you do it, and do you have a bunch of extra money to spend on the deals? I have $300 a month for groceries. Now, if I spend $100 of that on deals, I only have $200 left for regular stuff. So my question is, how much of your grocery/household budget is spent on deals? I can’t afford to use my whole $300 on deals then have to eat dry cereal and wheat thins for a month lol.

    • Jacquie says:

      Tiffany – start slowly allow between $20 and $50 (or whatever amount) on stockpiling stuff or even less money you decide. Just look for what is on sale at good stockpile prices and buy up to your limit. Then stop. You will notice that as your stockpiling gets larger your food budget will go down because you can shop your stockpile. Plus if you get a really good sale on soup (this week at Safeway and Albertsons) then you can spend less on your food budget because you are eating soup this week. I have a stockpile of 8 spaghetti sauces – therefore for the next 8 weeks I have planned to make at least one spaghetti sauce meal (lasagna, spaghetti, pizza, etc.) Start slow and in 6 months I bet your garage can look like the picture. Good luck!!

  40. Natalie says:

    So jealous! This is my dream. Great job and thanks for the inspiration!

  41. Tawna says:

    I’m a newbie too! I admit I have become addicted to stockpiling!!!I started about 2 months ago with $0.89 ProGlide razors and FREE toothpaste and I can’t believe how much I used to spend on all that junk! My stockpile includes about 15 boxes of $1 cereal, 8 boxes of $1 oatmeal, 14 $0.89 ProGlide razors, 6 FREE Listerine, 5 $0.99 shave cream, 20 FREE toothpaste, 10 FREE scrubbing bubbles, 8 $1 Lysol wipes, 5 FREE bodywash, and an assortment of free/cheap snacks!

    The best part is that I no longer have to make my dreaded 2 hour weekly trip to Walmart with my kids! (thats in store time, not travel time :) Oh and no more last minute trips to the store for razors or soap for my hubby! I love it!

    PS I am also super excited to go to Rite Aid in a few weeks- they will be PAYING ME $1 to take 5 boxes of cereal, thanks to coupons and +ups! I used to buy cereal exclusively at Grocery Outlet for $1.50-$2.00 so this alone makes me super happy!

    • Angie says:

      How do you do it? I’m completely new! Don’t know what I’m doing. How do you get things for free?
      How do you know about sales weeks ahead? Thank you for any info!!

  42. libby says:

    Just started a month ago..Seems to be fairly easy to get cereal, toothpaste and deoderant. I need a good sale on laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent and plastic goods(ziploc etc)..
    Thanks so much for your site, I am learning sooo much!

    How do you store your coupons in a binder or organizer? My organizer is falling apart after only a month!

    • Oney_angel says:

      Mine also seems to be falling apart and I have only had it for about 3 months. Our Krogers just had All and Surf laundry detergent for $2.99 and I had a coupon for $1. The regular prices on the detergent was between $5 and $8.

  43. AnnMarie says:

    Our stockpile is in our laundry room and my husband refers to it as mini-Costco!

  44. Nikki B says:

    I cant wait till I move to get my stockpile back in order…its currently in boxes and random cabinets. :(

    Totally dig the organization!!!!

  45. Christa says:

    Impressive organization of the stockpile! Is this your garage, Joanie?!

  46. Sadie says:

    It’s truly ridiculous how excited I am to see other people’s stockpiles! I am still pretty new to this whole thing and I can’t wait until my shelves look like this. So inspiring, and organized!!! Thanks for the pics!

    • Amber S says:

      I know how you feel. I am new to this whole thing, but i love seeing peoples stock piles and learning everything i can about making my own stockpile like this.

    • Amber S says:

      I know how you feel. I am new to this whole thing, but i love seeing peoples stock piles and learning everything i can about making my own stockpile like this.

  47. Melanie says:

    Just make sure when stockpiling that you go through and that you are eating, and using it!! I just throw out close to $1000 worth of can and boxed goods when we moved with my Mom in law, she buys on sale and then never used it!! Oldest thing I threw out was a can of soup that was from 92, and a tin can of dried goods from 89!

    • Jamongee99 says:

      give the things u overstock to food pantrys, churches and other community out reaches just a thought:)