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What Kinds of Things Can You Stockpile?

Updated on February 27, 2009

When most people think of stockpiling, they think of food. Food is a great area in which to stockpile. Stockpiling helps you save lots of money on the things you use every day. So why stick with just food? There are so many other areas in which you can save money by stockpiling.

  • Paper products. Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, tinfoil, plastic bags, etc. These things go on sale and have coupons just like food. Put the two together and you can reduce your costs for paper products significantly, in fact I get many of these items for free.
  • Toiletries. Shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, sanitary products, etc. are all items that most people use on a regular basis and that I frequently get for free. If I can get a product for free or almost free, I am going to get as much as I can.
  • Medicines. Have you ever made a midnight run for some needed medicine? Teething gel or infant Motrin come to mind for me. Making sure that you have a well stocked medicine cabinet of the items that you use bought at a great price is a way to save money and reduce your stress.
  • Pet supplies. Food, medicine, bedding, treats, etc are all items that you can save money on when you buy extra when they are on sale.
  • Office supplies. During back to school time, even if you have no one in school, you should stock up on all sorts of great items for pennies on the dollar you might spend buying these items in March.
  • Cleaning supplies. Any of the products you use can be bought on sale just as easily as at full price. Make sure you buy when they are on sale and you will never have to pay full price.
  • Car supplies. I am thinking oil changes here. I don't often see these items on sale, but yet my car needs an oil change every few months. My husband does it himself. When I do find a sale, I buy a lot and save it for the future.
  • Baby supplies. Diapers, wipes, creams, and clothing can all be purchased on sale ahead of time.
  • Batteries, light bulbs and other household items. You know you are going to need them, better to have them in the house at half price than making an extra trip out to the store to pay full price.
  • Clothing. Everything won't work for this, but socks, underwear, and hosier products can all be bought on sale and stored until you need them.

Stockpiling is a wonderful way to save you and your family money. The key is to not create a stockpile of anything when paying full price. The only time you should buy more than what you need is when it is at a rock bottom low price. Then you stockpile an appropriate amount for your family so that next time you need that item you won't have to pay full price. Keep in mind expiration dates and storage space. And please don't buy things that you won't use, that is certainly a waste of money. So think outside the box, or kitchen in this case, and save some money in many other areas.


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      Save Money Eating Out 8 years ago

      Excellent money saving tips Jennifer!

      I am taking advantage of a big sale tomorrow, as I will be stockpiling my freezer.

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      kappa022 8 years ago from Florida

      Another great hub with useful advice, thank you!

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      marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

      You are talkin' my language!! I have soap for 1 year, and makeup for 2 years, and when I get to Oklahoma we'll work on our food storage for 1 year or more. The extra items you mentioned are super things to keep our eyes out for those sales at surplus stores or bargain stores.

      Great tips =)) Thanks!!

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      mostafa_elgallant 8 years ago

      nice hub

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      Susan M 8 years ago

      I love to stockpile and am always on the lookout for things I regularly use that are on sale. At the beginning of winter I also check for expired medicines and then replace things so that we don't need to run to the store when we are sick. Nice hub - thanks!