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Extreme Couponing Tip: Discern Between Need-It-Now and Stockpile Purchases

Chelsea Shepherd

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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