Have you ever found a hot deal on a product, stocked up and then realized it’s just not right? This can be a stockpiling pitfall, but it’s easily avoided.

Do NOT stock up on a new product without trying it first–even if it’s free. Allergies, tastes, odors, flavors or effectiveness could come into play. Buying a giant package of a different diaper brand and finding out it always leaks, stocking up on cheap razors and ending up with 12 bandages to cover all the nicks and cuts, or getting 20 deodorants and realizing after one application that it makes you break out are just a few of the possible perils. Moral of the story: it’s unwise to stock up on an unfamiliar product just because it’s cheap or free. Always sample the product before buying in bulk–it will save you money in the long run.

In addition, buying too much of a product, even one that you’ve tried and loved can be a problem. Be careful not to buy more than you can use before the product expires (note that many non-food items like deodorant have expiration dates too). It can be easy to over-stockpile, especially when you’re starting out, see a rock bottom deal, and aren’t sure how much to get. The best way to prevent this is to pay attention to how much of a product you and your family go through, and buy accordingly. For example, if you use a jar of pasta sauce twice a month, and pasta sauce is at a 3-month stock-up price at your store, you may want to purchase six jars. If you do overbuy and realize you won’t be able to use something before it expires, hurry and donate your extras to a food bank, church, family, or needy neighbor prior to the expiration date.


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12 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Try Products Before Stocking Up”

  1. Poolside1 says:

    Third time is supposed to be a charm!! I had 6 Jingo’s Crackers coupons, $1/1. Went to Target and could not find the >99.c ones so decided to buy the one that was on sale for $2.49. Long story to short, I opened the bag, while my husband was taking my pup for a walk. I left the bag on the the counter top and when he came in to wash his hands, he freakkkked!!! He said ” Wait, wait, somebody has dog poop on their shoes!!” He looked all over and even looked on Gunner’s paws and then we realized it was the crackers!!!! I still laugh when I pull them out!

  2. Poolside1 says:

    Why are my comments not being posted? Have I done something wrong??? It is frustrating to re-post over and over again, yet not to be posted!

  3. Poolside1 says:

    Why are my comments not being posted????

  4. Poolside1 says:

    I wanted to stock up on the Jinko’s crackers. I had 6 coupons and was looking for the .99c trial packs. To no avail, I purchased the $2.49 w/ a coupon $1.00/1, just to try them. Well, we got home and my husband took our dog for a walk. I opened the Jingo crackers and left them on the counter. When he and the dog came back in, he said “Wait, wait, someone stepped in dog poop’!!! He was looking at his shoes and the dog’s feet. Then I realized the was smelling the Jingo crackers. It was a HOOT!!!!! The dog won’t even eat them. I like them!!!! Just tooooo funny!!!!!!!

  5. Brenda says:

    If its free why not donate it to charity if you bought a bunch and hate it. One man’s trash is another’s treasure.

  6. Mary says:

    Kind of common sense, if you ask me!

  7. Amy says:

    Anyone read Mathew 24 or Revelation lately? Four horsemen of the apocalypse happening now and just ahead…deception, war, famine, death. This is a GREAT time to be stocking up, especially if you can get it for free. Expiration dates exist to make manufacturer’s money. Very few things are actually harmful past an expiration date…they may be slightly off color, less nutritious, or less effective–but not harmful (note, some antibiotics are harmful if past expiration!). If your family can’t use a free item, someone you know can. Either donate or use it to barter if (when?) the dollar collapses for good.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks for this comment. We may all be in for a rude awakening soon.

    • Anonymous says:

      While my first reply is awaiting moderation, because heaven forbid I might be a threat just for agreeing with Amy’s comment, I would say that it might be a good idea to put away some food for long term storage, such as in 5 gallon buckets with oxygen absorbers and tight-fitting lids.

      • Anonymous says:

        Definitely– stockpiling is great for being prepared for a variety of reasons, from economic to catastrophic.

  8. We have been stocking up on health and beauty stuff in 2-3 month stock up (space limited) and food I stock up for 6-8 weeks at a time so we use it and it doesn’t sit