We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Stockpiling is an important part of being a smart shopper. Buying a lot of things you’ll eventually use saves BIG money.
But I get it — you’re a little nervous at how much you’ll have to pay up front. Don’t worry! For $5 a week, you can focus on just one product and build your stockpile like a boss.
1. Download the free Krazy Coupon Lady app and sign up for deal notifications.
You can search for any item or brand in the app like toothpaste or Crest and find deals on the products you already buy.
2. Look for stock-up symbols on our deals.
We make it easy for you to know when to stock up on an item. When you see one of these symbols, now’s the time for you to buy.
Look for them next to the final price on a deal like in this scenario.
3. Stock up when you find a moneymaker.
A moneymaker is a term we use when the final price after coupons, rebates, gift cards and “on your next order” coupons falls below $0.00. When you earn back more than you pay out, it’s a moneymaker.
Check out all the moneymaker deals here.
4. Find items to stock up on that are under $1.
On the KCL webpage, go to Under $1 Deals in the deals section, and find things you’ll need from holiday clearance to name-brand toothpaste or even pasta sauce!
5. Stock up on canned foods like Campbell’s, Progresso and Dole when they go for less than $0.45 a can.
Beans are a great product to stock up on. You can often find S&W Beans for $0.42 by combining the Rollback price of $0.67 at Walmart with a manufacturer coupon found on the S&W website.
6. Stock up on bath and body products like Olay, Dove and Tresemme when they fall below $1.
For example, we often see stock-up prices on Garnier Fructis Shampoo for $0.49 by using two manufacturer coupons and a Target gift card promo.
7. Know the best time of year to buy each product.
If you know the best sales of the year for all your necessities, you can plan ahead.
- January: Christmas decor and vitamins
- February: Canned food and breakfast foods
- March: Frozen food and snacks (e.g., chips, dips and cheese)
- April: Easter decorations and eggs
- May: Condiments and plant seeds
- June: Insect repellent and sunscreen
- July: School supplies and ice cream
- August: School supplies and disinfectants
- September: School supplies and summer clearance
- October: Canned pumpkin and evaporated milk
- November: Baking goods and Halloween clearance
- December: Flour and sugar
Check out our full list of the best time to buy certain products here.
8. Stock up on Palmolive and Dove dish soap for less than $5.
Cling wrap, Ziploc bags and sponges are all great items you can get for $1.00 or less when you use coupons.
We’ve seen Palmolive dish soap for $0.74 at Walgreens, and all you needed to get that price was a digital coupon through your Balance Rewards account stacked on top of a sale price.
9. Amass as many freebies as you can when they appear.
Our Freebies page will keep you up to date on all the items you can get for free to add to your stockpile.
10. Stock up on Covergirl, Maybelline and Rimmel when they’re under $1.
Makeup can be found for low prices by using coupons and rebates from Ibotta at stores like Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid.
For example, we recently saw a $2.03 moneymaker at CVS when you bought Covergirl eyebrow pencils that were regularly $4.99 each.
11. Stock up on canned pet food from Cesar, Purina and Hill’s Science when they’re no more than $1.
We regularly see B2G1 free coupons on Hill’s Science Diet Canned Cat Food which is regularly $1.29 at PetSmart.
When you see this deal come around, buy three cans and they’ll only be $0.86 a can.
12. Buy Carter’s baby pajamas when you find them under $4.
These are ones you may have to buy one at a time if you’re sticking to the $5 budget, but if you pick them up as you find them, you’ll have a stockpile in every size!
Shop at Kohl’s in January and February to get 60% off Carter’s clothes.
13. Pay less than $4 on store-brand or name-brand diapers.
We often find Pampers and Huggies for less than $4 a pack when you stack a manufacturer coupon and drugstore points promotion on top of a sale price.
14. Stock up on Huggies baby wipes when you can get them for just $0.50.
Moms of children in diapers: you’ll never have enough of these.
In the past, we’ve found them as low as $0.29 at Kroger when you combine manufacturer coupons and store coupons.
15. Be prepared BEFORE you go to the store.
The best thing you can do to make sure you’re getting the deal is to be prepared. Make sure you either have the coupons printed out or up on your phone and ready.
Read through the coupons’ small print to know what you have to do in order to get the deal like a BOGO sale or what brand is included.
It also helps to carry a copy of the store’s coupon policy with you. You can find a full list of coupon policies here.