Extreme Couponing Tip: Stockpile the Right Amounts

Keeping a steady supply of needed items is a big part of having a stockpile! Make sure to get the right amounts by using the following as guidelines:
2 Week Supply
Perishables such as
  • Dairy: milk, yogurt, sour cream, eggs
  • Bakery: bread, rolls
  • Fresh produce: salad greens, apples, pears, bananas, herbs, potatoes, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes
1-2 Month Supply
Perishables that can be frozen such as
  • Meat
  • Cheese
  • Fruit: berries, grapes, cherries, peaches
  • Veggies: peppers, green beans, peas, corn
6+ Months
Non-perishables such as
  • Canned goods: fruits and veggies, broth, pickles, olives, beans, soup, fruit preserves, pasta sauce
  • Packaged food: applesauce, crackers, cereal, oatmeal, breakfast/energy bars, peanut butter, fruit preserves, pasta,
  • Baking needs: flour, baking powder & soda, oil, sugar, evaporated milk, shortening, chocolate chips, cake mix, frosting, nuts
  • Prepared goods: rice, ketchup, BBQ sauce, mayo, salad dressing, mustard, soy sauce
  • Drinks: bottled/canned juice, drink mix, tea, hot cocoa powder
1-2 Years
Non-perishables such as
  • Laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, soap
  • Oral care products: toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, floss
  • Personal care items: shampoo, conditioner, stylers, lotion, deodorant, body wash, makeup, razors, feminine products, bandages, ointment
  • Miscellaneous: air fresheners, candles, Ziploc bags, foil, plastic wrap, paper products, baby diapers and wipes, batteries, office supplies

When possible, stockpile as much as your family will use before the expiration date. The larger your stockpile, the less you will be buying each week for your family’s immediate needs. Remember–Krazy Couponers save money by buying things before they need them. Build your stockpile slowly; you do not need to be buying a year (or even 6 month supply) of something at one time!

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19 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Stockpile the Right Amounts”

  1. Anonymous says:

    My mom used to buy multiple gallons of milk and freeze them.  We had a big family.  Don’t try freezing the milk in the plastic jugs- the seams may split.  The best bet is to freeze milk in the paper cartons.

    Buy butter or margarine in bulk and freeze

    You can also freeze bread.  Since I go through bread so quickly I am not sure how long the bread will last in the freezer.  If you buy at a bakery outlet and freeze the bread, you can same some $$$.

    Flour and grains can also be frozen as can baking yeast.

  2. Cheryl says:

    I just quit my job a few weeks ago and have followed this strategy for when I was going to be off for summer anyway, it just happened earlier than expected. I have spent this past fall, winter and spring stockpiling personal care items, wet cat food, tp, pt, baking items, and meat. I now make my own bread and have been a lot of other home cooking…you have helped me so much in saving money and stockpiling. We also live in a hurricane state, so I have also taken advantage of getting emergency supplies in order. I have also hooked up my son, who is currently preparing to move out of state for school; with personal care items. Thank You!!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    The expiration date on the sour cream I buy is usually about a month out at least, much more, anyway, than 2 weeks.  But, I’d be THRILLED if I could get fresh herbs to last 2 weeks.  Usually, they don’t even last 1 week for me.  :-)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Our family moves around a lot, so I always have to consider starting to use up some of my stockpile so I don’t have to pay to transport that much. It is hard to guesstimate, and I hate when at times we runout of things and I have to pay more! Then sometimes I give away stuff before we move to friends or family. Then I get to replenish at my next home. I wish I could have a more permanent formula/system like those of you who don’t move a lot.

  5. Susan Harris says:

    Can anyone share what a typical family of 4 uses in these time periods?  I’m trying to judge what a 3 month or 6 month supply of some things is but not really sure!

    • Anonymous says:

      It is very personal, depending on your family’s likes, ages and habits. The health, beauty, and cleaning products are the easiest to get free. Think about what other products you buy all the time and how fast your family uses them up. My tweeners eat a lot, waste TP, have seasonal allergies, etc.. For us, we could have tons of BBQ sauce, syrup, ketchup, pop tarts, juices, breakfast and sack lunch items, Belvida, Paper goods, allergy meds, and it would be difficult to have too much. :-).

    • Anonymous says:

      No such thing as a typical family:-). Make a list of your staples…paper products, coffee, sodas, cereal, pasta, tuna, etc. For one month, mark down every time you use an item on the list. It won’t account for seasonal variations, but it will give you a better estimate than going by what someone else’s family uses. I learned that we go through coffee, creamer, olive oil and paper towels like mad, and we use a whole lot less cereal than I thought. I also finally have proof positive that my kids go through food phases…be conservative on whatever they’re devouring today because they’ll be into something else tomorrow, but you’ll still have 12 boxes of nutrigrain bars!

      • Anonymous says:

        So true on the food phases. I pull out batches of things, to try to keep the family from getting bored on one item. A few weeks of Belvida, then something different on the pantry shelves, from my stockroom space, instead of from the grocery store. Rotate for taste.

  6. Poolside1 says:

    Hey Ladies!! Thanks so much! I’m feeling alot better on my stockpile quest!

  7. Anonymous says:

    You can freeze gallons of milk. I used to do that when Kroger had a sale on milk.

    • Poolside1 says:

      Will you tell me how? We drink a ton of milk!!  Also I keep reading about freezing cheese? I would love some information, if you would like to share w/ me @
      wgmlmc63@yahoo.com Thanks!!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        You can just put it in the freezer. It doesn’t bust . I usually only do half-gallons because I have a narrow freezer. When I need milk, I put the frozen one in the ‘frige to thaw for 24 hours and its ready to go.

      • Anonymous says:

        I buy the bags of shredded cheese and toss them un-opened in the freezer. When I need them, I let them “thaw” in the ‘frige for 24 hours.

  8. Brittany Wessels says:

    I have found that deodorant has an expriation date and unlike some products they don’t do the job after they are 5 months past expriation date. Also freezing cake mixes allow them to stay fresher long you can use a frozen cake mix that is expired as long as its not past 3 months past.  Breads are also freezable just make sure not to have too much air in the package some brands freeze better also its the luck of the straw for that one

  9. Anonymous says:

    I bought about 100 bottles of V8 Splash for my 3 year old son when they were on sale (only paid about $60 for them all) and with their dates not expiring until 2013 that should last us the rest of the year. Which is terrific since thats the only juice he’ll drink on a regular basis.

  10. Toothpaste isn’t “non-perishable”, at least not according to the companies.  It usually is dated about 18 months away though.  I always check these and find the ones with the longest expiiration date.  Also, not all room temperature/shelf juices are good for 6 months+.  I check the dates on them closely.  Sometimes they’re only good for a few months.  Maybe they’ve already sat on the shelf a long time; I’m not sure.  Still, I check almost everything I buy.  It’s not a good deal if I have to throw it away for being too old.

  11. This is VERY helpful. Thank you!