On the show Extreme Couponing, you see people hording masses of products. They generally call this their “stockpile.” This mass of goods is a fantastic way to weather economical hardships.The problem with this is that most people will never even try it because, well, we don’t want to become extreme couponers. Umm, it takes way too much time! Am I right?
I have a solution. I’ve used this technique to build my own stockpile for times when the money was scarce in-between paychecks.
- Every time you go shopping, buy something you don’t need, but will eventually use.
- Make sure that the extra item is a product that you like, that doesn’t go bad quickly and is a staple of your everyday life. For example, toothpaste, shampoo, bar soap, razor blades, diapers, soup, canned fruit or vegetables, dried noodles or toilet paper.
- Make a goal to only buy extra items when they are on sale or buy-one-get-one-free. Things go on sale at different times, so you’ll be buying something different on each trip.
Eventually, you will have a small cache of essential items while only spending a few extra dollars each trip and saving money by buying only sale items.