Knowing how much to stockpile and keeping a steady supply of needed items is essential for couponers. When possible, stockpile as much as your family will use before the expiration date. The larger your stockpile, the less you will be buying each week for your family’s immediate needs. Remember, Krazy Couponers save money by buying things before they need them. Build your stockpile slowly; you do not need to be buying a year (or even a 6-month supply) of something at one time!

Ensure you have the recommended amounts by following these guidelines!

2 Week Supply

Perishables such as:
  • Dairy: milk, yogurt, sour cream, eggs
  • Bakery: bread, rolls
  • Fresh produce: salad greens, apples, pears, bananas, herbs, potatoes, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes

1-2 Month Supply

Perishables that can be frozen such as:
  • Meat
  • Cheese
  • Fruit: berries, grapes, cherries, peaches
  • Veggies: peppers, green beans, peas, corn

Check out our How to Freeze series on Pinterest!

6+ Months

Non-perishables such as:
  • Canned goods: fruits and veggies, broth, pickles, olives, beans, soup, fruit preserves, pasta sauce
  • Packaged food: applesauce, crackers, cereal, oatmeal, breakfast/energy bars, peanut butter, fruit preserves, pasta
  • Baking needs: flour, baking powder & soda, oil, sugar, evaporated milk, shortening, chocolate chips, cake mix, frosting, nuts
  • Prepared goods: rice, ketchup, BBQ sauce, mayo, salad dressing, mustard, soy sauce
  • Drinks: bottled/canned juice, drink mix, tea, hot cocoa powder

1-2 Years

Non-perishables such as:
  • Laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, soap
  • Oral care products: toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, floss
  • Personal care items: shampoo, conditioner, stylers, lotion, deodorant, body wash, makeup, razors, feminine products, bandages, ointment
  • Miscellaneous: air fresheners, candles, Ziploc bags, foil, plastic wrap, paper products, baby diapers and wipes, batteries, office supplies

Know when the price is right for stockpiling and download KCL’s Stock-Up Price Sheet!