How and Why to Start a Stockpile…

To most money savers having a stockpile is a lifeline! a way of keeping things going when money is tighter than usual. A lot of times the need to stockpile or money save in general is born out of necessity, having a stockpile allows you that little bit of breathing space when money isn’t so readily available. Rather than worrying where your next box of washing powder is going to come from its already sat on the shelf waiting for you.

Not everyone has a stockpile is out of necessity, some do it for the sheer love of it. There is never a right or wrong reason to stockpile (if it works for you and your family then pile away!)

We get many questions about stockpiling so here’s an easy guide to get you started…

One of the main things we hear is “I want to stockpile but I can’t, I simply don’t have space”.

There’s no rules saying how big your stockpile needs to be. You may see people with rooms full of shelves all stacked to the top with items but that doesn’t mean yours has to be. No one’s stockpile is better than the others it’s all about balance and what works for you. Find a space under the bed, clear out that junk cupboard and make space. Once you get started you will be amazed at the space you do have. Start small and as your stockpile grows expand where you can.

How quickly can you build your stockpile?…

That really depends on how often you go looking for items, how much money you have to start with and what type of items you need. Best thing to do is make a list of all the non-perishable items your family uses and go from there.

Where do you find stockpile items?…

There’re various ways of finding items. One of the main ways is finding reduced to clear items and stocking up on them. There’s also using coupons to get items greatly reduced that can be placed on your stockpile. With both these ways however they aren’t quick, it will take time to find items reduced and coupons are becoming harder to get hold of. The foolproof way of starting your stockpile is to simply add a few extra of an item to your shopping when you can for example if you buy a bottle of washing up liquid pick up 2 more, in a very short space of time this will build up a good stockpile.

Won’ t that mean I’m spending more money when I should be saving it?…

In the beginning YES, but you can’t make a stockpile out of nothing you need a little investment, however after just a few weeks of buying a little more than you need you will be amazed at the stockpile you have already created. This will then allow you to remove an item off your weekly list for the next few months saving the money and allowing it to go onto something else, whether that’s a treat for the kids or yourself or an item you have been saving towards.

As we said there’s no right or wrong way to stockpile its all down to what works better for you, don’t get hung up on the size of your stockpile or other peoples, it really isn’t the size that matters it’s how you use it.

We hope this guide has helped you, check out our other money-saving guides here https://www.extremecouponing.co.uk/category/guides/


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