Tobins' Tastes: Stalk My Stockpile: Part One

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Stalk My Stockpile: Part One

Ok, you know you're curious. You see me buy things every week and I can hear you asking yourself, "Who needs that much air freshener?" or "How can anyone possible eat 40 boxes of pasta?". And yes, I admit it seems crazy. But the mainstay of any couponer is her (or his) stockpile. 

My stockpiles are my pride and joy. They make me irrationally happy. There is nothing better than knowing that if you run out of shampoo or toilet paper at 11:00 at night that you can just walk to the closet and grab some. No need to run out to grab things, no paying full price, no going without. 

Here's a little preview of what's to come in next week's post: Our Health & Beauty Closet
Just in case you have never seen Extreme Couponing or heard about stockpiles, let me fill you in. A stockpile is a collection of food, pantry staples, personal care products, cleaning supplies and paper products that one buys at rock bottom prices (or gets free with coupons). Some crazy, extreme couponers have stockpiles that take up entire rooms, basements, garages and more. The idea of a stockpile is that you should never have to go out to the store and buy something full price when you run out and absolutely need it.

Being from South Florida where basements don't exist and the garage is a constant 120 degrees, I store my stockpile a little differently than many couponers. I keep most of my products in my pantry, kitchen and upstairs closets and only keep a select amount of non-perishables on a few shelves in my garage. 

Over the next few weeks I am going to show you pictures of my stockpile and discuss how I organize and store my stash. I am a little bit nervous about this since I don't really know how my stockpile stacks up to other not crazy normal couponers. I am also a little worried that non couponers will judge me since it can seem a bit strange for a family of two to have such large quantities of stuff. 

Week One: Health & Beauty 
Week Two: Cleaning Supplies and Household Products
Week Three: Pantry
Week Four: Fridge & Freezer 

Keep in mind that I have bought all of this in the last year and that despite what it might look like spend between $40-$80 a week total for all our groceries, household, health and beauty items and everything you see in our stockpile. I know some people will ask "Why not save your money? Why buy shampoo if you have so much already?" My response would be if you can still stay within (or below) your normal budget why not slowly build up a stock pile?

There are weeks when we are busy or tight with our budget and our stockpile has been invaluable. It is so nice to be able to make lunch or dinner without running out to the store for things. We are able to have people over last minute and not panic about needing some snacks. Best of all, I am spending way less than I use to on these things while buying way more. And if there ever comes a time that I can't coupon or couponing policies change, at least I will have a few months worth of stuff to live off of  : )

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  1. W00t! I love it! I also stockpile in many different rooms (esp b/c we don't have a pantry!) I really dont understand why they don't build pantries in apartments. But we have stuff in cabinets, in our linen closet, and under beds.

    I LOVE my stockpile too!! Stopping by from the Spicy link-up.

  2. Oh goody. Love to see other people's pantries and stockpiles. Mine has been lacking as the busier I get, the less I coupon but I am trying to get back at it. Maybe once school starts and I have some free time I can really focus.

  3. i love your stockpiles too. in fact, i may come over and raid them soon ;)

  4. You and Mr. VZ would get along quite well. He lurvs his stockpiles ~

    Popped in from Time Travel Thursday ~

  5. I am so glad I am not the only one that does this! I would love for you to link this up to me Feature Friday Linky Party.

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  6. I found your blog from the Friday Happy Hour Hop, your closet stockpile looks very similar to mine. I haven't couponed since late June and have about 7 weeks of newspapers sitting in my garage waiting to be sorted but I'm ready to get back into it (especially after spending $45 on 3 bags of groceries yesterday). I look forward to seeing the rest of your stockpile.


  7. Fun post, I love to see others stock piles and cabinets... such a girl thing! :) We would love to invite you to join us on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! I know my readers would love your awesome ideas! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

  8. Looking forward to your series! I keep a stockpile too -- and consider myself a "normal" couponer! lol! Stockpiling is no different than a business buying materials for a low price and then using them as needed. Bottom line: anything that lowers overhead costs is smart!

  9. Love this! People think I'm a nut becuase I stockpile for just my hubs and I (no kids...yet..) but it really does help! And when I first started, my husband was the biggest skeptic, but now he sees that we spend so much less and run out of things less frequently, and now he gets so excited about how much I save.


  10. Very cool!! I need to start couponing.. however it's a little harder to do that in Quebec.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  11. I'm just now getting into serious couponing and I do like to see what other people have. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  12. I've been couponing for a while but have never been able to build up a huge stockpile:( I used to have small ones and they were so nice. I really need to whip it into gear again! Thanks so much for sharing at Fabulous Friday. Hope to see you back this week.

  13. I'm a stockpiler, too. Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! I hope to see you back tomorrow.

  14. I love the organization of your closet. I really need to organize mine. Thanks so much for sharing this on Marvelous Mondays. I look forward to reading this series.



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