How Much Money Should You Use to Build Your Stockpile?

Stockpiling, a way of life for many couponers, has its challenges, especially when you first start out. The same question keeps popping up from people TFF meets around town or during workshops: how much money do you need per week to stockpile?

It seems that many people who start out couponing/stockpiling believe that they have to start a huge stockpile right away. No. In a nutshell, this is how you start stockpiling and how much money you might use to begin your stash. Please remember, these are just guidelines and tips.

Stockpiling example
Here's a modest, and always revolving, stockpile. Note the coffee!

The answer to how much money you need to stockpile per week is as individual as your budget. For example, if you have a budget of $150 a week for groceries, take about $10, $15 or $20 out of that budget and use it to buy a stock of pasta or shampoo, or whatever is on sale that week that you can buy for rock-bottom prices (hopefully with a coupon, too). So the next week (or couple of months), you won’t have to buy that item because you have a ton of it already. The next week, find another item that’s priced at its rock-bottom cost, and take the same amount of money from your budget, do the same thing as you did last week. Soon enough, you will see your stockpile grow from nothing to 10 boxes of pasta to that plus a whole heck of a lot more.

For more on stockpiling, especially tutorials on how to begin, make sure to go to Stockpiling Moms and pick up their book, it’s full of great tips.

~Marilyn, TFF

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