Building a successful stockpile is a great way to save money and make your life easier. You will always have what you need on hand, and the luxury of not needing to go shopping because you already have lots of groceries at home.
Here are some of my favourite stockpiling tips for success.
8 Stockpiling Tips for Success
1. Find a place for your stockpile
For a successful stockpile, it’s best to figure out where to put it before you get started. It’s best to keep your stockpile in one place where you have room for shelves, such as a basement.
If you don’t have a lot of room for your stockpile, try storing it in several places; food items in kitchen cupboards, paper products in a hall closet and personal care items under the bathroom sink. Knowing where you are going to put everything will make it easier once you get it all home. There are many stockpile storage ideas!
2. How much to stockpile
Knowing how much to stockpile is important. Think about what items your family uses often that you will want to stockpile, such as toilet paper, toothpaste, cereal, pasta, etc. Then you will need to determine how much of each item you would like to have on hand. Keep in mind that this will be different for everyone.
Next time you start a box of tissues, mark the date on it and make note of the date you finish it. If it takes you 2 weeks to use that box of tissue and you would like to have a 6 month supply in your stockpile, you would need 13 boxes. Doing this with all of the items you would like to stockpile will help you figure out how much to have on hand without going overboard.
3. How much to spend
A mistake people often make when stockpiling is buying too much, too fast and spending more money than they should. It takes time to build a stockpile; several months or even up to a year to get you stockpile to where you want it to be.
Take a look at your budget and figure how much you can afford to spend each week on stock up items. It doesn’t need to be very much, even $10 a week will be enough to stock up on a few items every week.
Also, pay attention to sale cycles so you know that you’re paying the absolute lowest price when you’re stocking up.
4. Keep it organized
The most important thing for a successful stockpile is to stay organized. Always put your groceries away when you get home and put like items with like items. Take the time to put everything away properly instead of throwing stuff on a shelf or in a closet to organize later.
For smaller items, I love using bins from the dollar store. They are inexpensive and don’t take too much space on my shelving unit. The only danger of bins is not being able to see what is in there and buying things that you already have. Labeling your bins will not only keep them organized, but it’s easier to find items you’re looking for.
5. Check dates
When putting items away, make sure to put new items behind old so you’re using the oldest items first. Every few months, check dates on items to make sure you’re using them up before they expire.
Keeping a list of short dated items in a handy spot, like on your fridge, will help you remember which items need to be used right away.
6. Take inventory
Another thing that will keep you organized is to have a stockpile inventory. This will help you know what and how much you have on hand, as well as what you still need to purchase.
Say you want to have a dozen boxes of cereal in your stockpile and your inventory says that you only have 4; you know that you will need 8 boxes to replenish.
This will keep you from over-buying because you’ll always know what you have in your stockpile.
7. Keep it clean
In addition to organizing your stockpile, it’s important to keep it clean. Every time I reorganize things (which I do pretty often) I quickly run the duster over the shelves and products. I think of my stockpile as any other shelves on my home; something that needs to be clean.
8. Don’t compare yourself
One of the worst things you can do, is to compare your stockpile to someone else’s. Everyone’s needs are different, so your stockpile is never going to look like someone else’s. Whether it be the size, the items or the length of time that the items last.
Focus only on what you need to keep in your stockpile – don’t try to re-create another stockpile that you’ve seen.
Remember that over time your stockpile needs will change. As time goes on, you will need to have more or less of certain items on hand and more or less space to store everything. Follow these tips and no matter what changes along the way you will be successful at stockpiling.
Do you have a stockpile? Share in the comments how you keep everything organized.