Many people believe that couponers who stockpile are hoarders. I am here to tell you that this is not the case. As one wise lady once said on Extreme Couponers, “The difference between a hoarder and a couponer is dust. If you have dust on your stockpile, then you are a hoarder”. I believe that these words are true. Before you judge someone, consider the reasons that they may be forming a stockpile.
Always keep in mind that stockpiling means fewer trips to the store which saves you time, money and gas.
3 Most Common Misconceptions about Stockpilers
- Stockpilers are hoarders. As mentioned above, this is not the case. While some people do tend to go overboard when there is an amazing deal, it is rather rude to assume someone is a hoarder simply because they have a stockpile. Considering the economic times we are in, many people have a stockpile to provide for their families in case of an emergency, and many begin stockpiling due to a recent layoff or cutback in hours. This is my personal reason for couponing. In February, my husband (who was my fiance at the time) lost his job. Suddenly I had to come up with money to pay all of our bills and still keep food on the table while making $8.00/hr. If we had not started couponing we would not have eaten. Plain and simple. Ever since then, I have made it my goal to avoid this situation ever again. In this market and being in a right to work state, job security is never guaranteed. If one of us loses our job, we will be able to survive for at least a few months before we get desperate.
- Stockpilers are greedy. I’m not going to lie. There are quite a few couponers that do seem greedy. I can think of a few I have seen on Extreme Couponing that coupon simply so they can have lavish lifestyles. For the majority of couponers, however, I can safely say that they stockpile for necessity and for donations. Many people will keep a stockpile on hand at all times for certain food banks and charities. If the organization becomes low on an item, then one can simply go to the stockpile to help them out.
- Couponers stockpile things they don’t need and won’t use. If an item is free, will give you an overage, or give you cash back, then it is always worth getting. Even if you don’t use the item, you can always donate it or gift it to someone that may really like the item. I have seen some people that stockpile items that they don’t have a use for, and I do disagree with this practice. If you want to stockpile, live by this rule: Only buy what you will use and keep what can be used in six months or less. If you can’t or don’t use an item in this time frame, donate it. It always feels good to help someone else in need, and spreading the wealth is what coupons are all about.
Is Stockpiling Right for You?
If you live in a small apartment or home, then I would advise you to not create a large stockpile to clutter your space even further. If you have children then stockpiling may give you an advantage when it comes time for sleepovers or a new little one joins the family. Stockpiling can save you tons of money, keep your family safe in times of crisis, and give you a sense of accomplishment. Only you can decide whether creating a stockpile is good for you.
Items to Stockpile
- Toilet paper
- Paper Towels
- Cleaning Supplies
- Canned goods
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Frozen Items (If you have a large freezer or deep freezer)
- Meat (Note: Meat sales don’t happen often. Take advantage of the sales and use a vacuum sealer to keep it fresh)
- Trash bags
- Aluminum Foil and other kitchen products
- Dish detergent
- Laundry detergent
- Condiments and Herbs
- Pet Items
Items You Should NOT Stockpile
- Dairy products (cheese, eggs, butter, etc. Cheese is the exception. Cheese can be frozen as long as they are not in single packages)
- Bread (unless you like frozen, stale bread. YUCK!)
- Medicines (excluding vitamin supplements)
- Certain vegetables and fruits (Fruits are VERY hard to freeze)
As you can see, there are MANY items you can stockpile. The only things that are difficult to stock up on are perishable items like dairy products and fresh produce. Considering America’s diet, this shouldn’t be a problem with many people. If you want fresh veggies and fruits, start your own garden to cut down on the costs! Even if you decide not to stockpile, don’t be discouraged! Saving even $10.00 a week adds up. If you only save $10.00 a week, you can save $520.00 a year! What are you waiting for? Start saving!