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Extreme Couponing Tip: Stockpiling in Small Spaces

If you're low on extra space, don’t wait until you have enough room for a one-year supply of food and personal items. Below are some possible solutions of where to store your extra items. 

  • Location ideas
    • 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
  • Build Your Ownwith these materials that work well:
    • PVC tubing
    • wood
    • milk crates
    • even cardboard (see this post for how one of our readers, Meghan, did hers)
  • Purchasing
    • Second hand: Craigslist, garage/moving sales, thrift stores
    • Home improvement stores: pair with coupons found in change of address packs at the Post Office.
    • Online: sites, like, have a lot of current Internet codes for coupons and promos, which you can apply to online orders from thousands of sites.