Stockpiling is savvy, even for small households. You may not need a pantry full (or garage) or packed cupboards, but having extras of what you use and eat will save you money in the long run!

Buy a few extras when there’s a great sale price to pair with a coupon, and store them for later. Shop the stockpile instead of running to the store and paying full price in a pinch.

Great extras to have on hand include: oral care products, baking supplies, peanut butter and jam, canned soup, laundry and dish soap, tuna, cereal, cake or brownie mix, printer paper, writing utensils, tissues, toilet paper, and feminine products. Pet owners should consider buying an extra toy, box of treats, or small bag of food when there’s a great sale.

In small abodes, consider stockpiling in one or two of these places:

  • Under beds & cribs (in locking totes for the latter)
  • Below sinks
  • Shelving above the washer & dryer
  • Under tables & desks
  • Storage cubes in tall bookshelves
  • Porch or balcony
  • Garage
  • In suitcases
  • Tall dressers
  • Over-the-Door hanging shoe organizers, great for small items like: Hair ties
    • Unopened razors
    • Trial size items
    • Fingernail polish
  • Small set of drawers for couch or bedside table
  • Peg board w/hooks, great for anything that hangs:
    • Packages of batteries
    • Razors
    • Cough drops
    • Pens
    • Cotton swabs, etc.
  • Hang a chain from the ceiling and clip on bagged products (chips, dry soup mixes, crackers, dried fruit, nuts, cookies, etc).
  • Linen, coat, and bedroom closets

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19 thoughts on “Couponing Tip: Learn to Stockpile in Small Households”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am lucky that in my 2 person, 2 cats, 2 dogs household we have a small kitchen closet and a basement. My awesome boyfriend put shelves in the closet, and for $20 at Walmart I found a simple metal shelving unit with 4 shelves for the basement. I stockpile like a crazy person, but rotate all my stock often. Sometimes I just stand back and admire all my products. We also invested in a chest freezer, and I don’t know what we’d do without it. I keep an organized list of the contents, and remove and add to the list as needed. It really helps me make up a nightly menu.

  2. guest says:

    I stock up for myself while having two roommates.  You have to learn to organize your extra to make room for more.  I store my items in kitchen pantry, and in laundry room/storage and it works for me.

  3. Cheryl says:

    2/2 apartment and I store under 1 bathroom sink 3-4 bags cat litter, the other sink (which is used daily) personal care items. Under kitchen sink I have extra dish soap, homemade cleaning wipes, and in laundry room/pantry my DH added a shelving system for extra storage. Holds stockpile of cereals, P.B., Jam, baking items, cold/flu remidies, and an assortment of other things..Works well for us 2 and 2 cats. People are amazed when they see how neat and organized it all is!

  4. Aletha Scott says:

    I do this I’ve gotten very used to never running out of anything it rocks!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great post that’s also very relateable! It’s just 2 adults in my household but I’ve already stockpiled enough of everything we need for the next 6-24 months. I also have stockpiles of our dog’s favorite toy which she has a habit of losing (no idea how since we live in such a small space). The great thing about stockpiling for a small household is that it doesn’t take much time! And now I don’t have to stress about shopping the sales every cycle. Also, I’ve found some great closet and under bed storage options at Target. Many of these items are part of the back-to-school college sales right now. Bed Bath & Beyond is another great place to check for more options.

  6. Stephanie says:

    we have unused cupboards over our sink….you need a small ladder to get anything out of there so hubby has decided to store my stock up there……

  7. Ashlee says:

    I think you may have read it wrong….”In small abodes, consider stockpiling in one or two of these places”..They are saying you can pick ONE or TWO of these places.  I live in an apartment and these are, incidentally, the only places that aren’t already taken up by stuff.  If you add a set of shelves/organizer to one of these locations it really doesn’t look cluttered and gives you the space to keep a few extras around when you coupon.

  8. Guest says:

    I actually appreciated the storage tips. . .I don’t like to see all of my stock out in the open and had never contemplated storing my extra cereal boxes under my bed in a tote. . .

  9. Ariella says:

    She said one or two places…not every place. For those who may not have a garage or pantry. Good ideas.

  10. Hammysmommy says:

    I live in a very small house and this is how I stockpile.  You just have to get creative in using space.  And no, your house doesn’t have to look “cluttered” if you stockpile like this.

  11. Kblycp says:

    I couldn’t deal with that stuff all over my house.

  12. Mammaweeks3 says:

    Basically this article is suggesting that you clutter up your house with your stockpile. That is not very creative. It is tacky.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you’ll notice in the article, it says “consider stockpiling in one or two of these places”. We do not recommend filling every nook and cranny in your home. Stockpiles should be neat and orderly, and they can save you a lot of money. These are simply suggestions for people who might be low on space. 

    • Poolside1 says:

      It is not telling you to “clutter up your house!!” It was telling you different spaces to store a stockpile. I think it is a smart idea to have a small stockpile in your home! You just have to adjust and store what you want and use the most! GREAT article KCL!!! Thanks!!

    • Renee says:

      Wow, you sure got it all wrong!