Extreme Couponing Tip: Variety
Variety is the spice to the coupon life. This is especially true when it comes to stockpiling! If you buy 60 of one kind of deodorant at once, you’ll be stuck with the same boring smell and formula for years, and you’re losing out on the chance to try new products, scents, and brands.
When spaghetti sauce is at a rock bottom stock up price, branch out and try new flavors! Not only will you get to switch out between tomato & basil, caramelized onion & roasted garlic, Alfredo white sauce, and pesto, you won’t be clearing the shelves buying all the four cheese jars that are there. Same goes for everything from shampoo, soap, body wash, to pasta shapes, canned food, and so many others.
Remember to build your stockpile slowly. Adding a handful of extra items a week is a good target rate. Most products, including personal care items, have expiration dates. Over time, shampoo, foundation, and nail polish separate, deodorant dries out, and sunscreen loses effectiveness. Stock up only what you will use before the expiration date. Check out our Stockpile Amount Guidelines to find out good target rates.
If you want to buy a large quantity of one type of item, special order! This guarantees that you get the number you want, and shelves don’t get cleared.