Stockpiling can be an especially daunting task if you’re brand new to couponing, but the first month of a new year is a great time to start! The key to stockpiling success is really simple: Buy as much as you can of what you need or want to stockpile when the prices are lowest.

To do this, you need to know all of the following—and KCL has great resources to help you! Follow these seven steps and you’ll be well on your way to a successful stockpile!

1. How can you know what is a good price?

This resource tells you exactly when "the price is right" to buy up certain stockpile items. You’ll notice that for certain items, the right price is a percentage off retail (70% off, for instance), and for other items, the right price is at a certain price point ($0.50, for instance) or below.

There are also certain months when specific items are nearly guaranteed to plunge to "stockpile worthy" levels. Heather and Joanie make sure you know what to buy and when to buy it in their "Sales Cycle" series!

2. How long do certain items last?

This resource tells you how long perishable and nonperishable food and non-food items last. You’ll only want to stockpile as much as you can use before the item(s) expire.

3. How can you store your stockpile items to make them last longer?

Whether the climate in your area tends to be hot and humid or cold and dry, you’ll want to make sure that your stockpile is managed properly for your climate. This will make sure your stockpile has a maximized shelf life, that you’ll keep pests away, that the oldest items are used first, and much more.

4. How can you stockpile with limited space?

Part of success with stockpiling is getting creative with space. Depending on your climate and living space, this may mean looking outside, up (into the attic), down (into the basement), under and behind (beds and couches) and other places that make sense. Read on for creative ideas!

5. How can you keep your stockpile organized?

The one thing no one wants is one more thing to keep organized. The trick is to have a system that works for you! This may include ensuring items you use most frequently are front and center, heavier items are on the floor, lighting is adequate so you can see your entire stockpile easily, labeling is clear, and you designate a single family "point person" (such as yourself) to add to and remove items from your stockpile. Here are some additional insights to help you create an easy system to stay organized.

6. How do you set a stockpile budget?

Once you have the groundwork of your stockpile started, you’ll be ready to set an ongoing stockpile budget. KCL has built-in tools to help you build your shopping list (by store!), add coupons, track your savings and more!

7. How do you know when it's time to branch out?

Stockpiling grocery and home goods may be the best place to start, but did you know you can stockpile practically anything? Once you have your basic stockpiling system in place, you can begin building additional stockpiles so that you’ll never pay full price for anything again (and you’ll even have enough to start donating more often!).

Stockpiling for Beginners: 7 Steps to Begin Your Stockpiling Success