New to the world of couponing? It can be tricky to learn the difference between need-it-now purchases and items to stockpile.

Think of need-it-now products like this: They need to be purchased frequently. This category includes perishable items like milk, produce, meat and eggs.

Stockpile items are often found in the pantry or cabinet and include non-perishables such as canned and packaged food, baking staples, laundry supplies, oral care products, and personal care items. These products have a longer shelf life and can consequently be stored for extended periods of time, especially the non-food items. A larger stockpile means fewer weekly purchases on the need-it-now list. Make the most of stockpiled items by using before the expiration date and then replacing as needed.

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14 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Discern Between Need-It-Now and Stockpile Purchases”

  1. Momof7 says:

    I dont understand all this stuff? Its hard trying to get coupons for the stuff I use!

  2. Clayton says:

    oh, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of our stash…

  3. Clayton says:

    I have 97 bottles of Pantene shampoo and 97 bottles of Pantene conditioner…paid next to nothing for all of them…and i’m a 29 year old man. I bought it all for my wife though, she has long hair :)

  4. Crystal Allen says:

    Number 1 thing to do to cut down on expenses is to BREASTFEED. It cuts down on bottles, formula, baby water and most of all doctor bill for a sick baby since breastfed baby are less ill.

  5. 4sho says:

    I’m new to couponing, but I have always been a minimalist and pretty frugal, only buying what I need and when I need it. Sometimes I will buy an extra item if I see it on sale. Now that I have started couponing, I still wait for a sale, but I buy a few extras with coupons. I have stocked up on diapers (don’t know why I waited until the baby was 1, but I have learned the error of my ways), shampoo & conditioner, feminine products, detergent, TP, and razors. Plus, now that I shop at stores that offer rewards for spending I can use them for buying things I always need, like milk $_$

  6. lawanda moton says:

    Hi kcl, I’m 5 months pregnant and need to stock up on everything for baby, my family (cousins, aunts, and sisters) were dislocated due to hurricane Isaac so There’s no baby shower planning for me…please help and guide me to a huge stockpile for baby….it’s a girl Thanks in Advance kcl

    • 4sho says:

      Follow her diaper deal posts. I got 4 bags of diapers on sale this week at CVS, then I used coupons, plus $10 back in Extra Care Bucks, which I used on milk and other household items.

    • Katie says:

      Look online for ways to make your own wipes and other baby things- it is often cheaper than buying them from what I have heard. There are also websites where you can register and people can have the gifts mailed to you if they don’t live near you but want to get you something. I know cloth diapers are expensive in the beginning but have heard it saves money in the long run if you don’t mind using them. Look for sites where you can get them cheaper- I think it would be cheaper than having to buy them every week although if you can get amazing deals for them then it’s worth it!

    • Anonymous says:

      You can also check out modern cloth diapering– they’re really cute and save a bunch of money (I do cloth diapers). Check out a contributor post we have:

      • Anonymous says:

        My oldest “baby” is 39 and I got all her diapers at a yard sale. I bought about 3 dozen and used them with all of my kids. You used to be able to buy birdseye fabric to make your own diapers, but it was kind of expensive. Flannel works as long as it hasn’t been treated with flame retardant which could cause sore bottoms.

      • lawanda moton says:

        thanks kcl

    • Clio says:

      Everything Katie & Crystal said I agree with. Breast is best, saves time, money, etc. etc. Also cloth diapers 100%. I told everyone I was going to use them when I was pregnant but secretly worried it wouldn’t work out. When he was born he was small so we had to use disposable diapers for a month. He was constantly covered in diaper rash and what a pain having to constantly buy diapers, wipes, cream, etc. Once we started him on cloth diapers he never had another rash. We also bought a couple packs of washcloths and used them for wipes. Such a money/time saver, just wipe, put it in the dipe, throw it in the wash, done. Also, you can buy a baby food hand grinder for under $15 dollars online and in stores and make your own baby food. That was another thing I said I’d do but figured I’d give up but kept going and never had to buy baby food. Super simple to buy an apple/avocado/beans, etc. Grind it up and put it in a bowl, put the rest in ice cube trays and use the rest of the week. I spent no more than 30 minutes a week making his baby food. Try not to buy a bunch of things that people say are necessary but in reality are just conveniences, my friend told me this and I didn’t listen and that was a lot of money wasted. Of course couponing is going to save you money on everything as well so keep that up too!