Stockpiling, Week 1–aka, Cheerios 4/$1

littlemissknowitalld1.jpgEvery day I tell someone new about stockpiling. Stockpiling is the only way to save large amounts of dollars with coupons. If you aren’t buying the deals in amounts that will serve you for months to come, then you are only casting pebbles into the ocean. When you start stockpiling, you are throwing boulders! There is no sense in clipping only one or two coupons–the amount of time it takes is too large for that minimal of savings. To save large amounts of money each month with coupons, you must start redeeming coupons in larger amounts. I’m not talking about clearing shelves–but I am talking about working up to a 6-12 month supply of your most commonly purchased goods.

Yes, it takes time. Yes, it takes storage. Clean out linen closets and under beds. We have lined our laundry room with wire shelving to make more room. We have even converted an old, unused shower in the basement into a storage area. But its worth it! I have enough food and goods to last for months to come! If we were suddenly hit with a financial crisis, we would be able to survive for at least 6 months.

So, the number one question I hear is “How exactly do I get started?” Well, step in here. I’m going to spend the next 6 weeks posting the stockpiling deals I find. I will let you know where to get the coupons–online printables, ebay, coupon services, or out of your paper. I will tell you what stores to go to, how many to buy, and what to expect your end price to be!

So, for this week’s stockpile:

1. All 3x concentrated detergent. Free with coupon at Walmart and Target stores.

-In this weekend’s paper there was a coupon for $1 off ANY All 3x detergent. Target and Walmart carry this in their trial section for .97 a bottle. Go to eBay or a coupon clipping service (thecouponclippers.com) and buy 20-60 of these coupons. (They should be about $3 for 20 of them.) All runs this q every 6 weeks or so–so don’t panic if you can’t get 60 bottles. It will come around again. Each little bottle is 2 loads. So if you do a load of laundry a day, and you buy 30 bottles, that’s two months worth of detergent for the price of the coupons!

2. Scotch Brite toilet cleaners. I’ve had this one on here before, but its worth sharing again! This is a free coupon on Scotch Brite’s website. Its a printable without limits, so print many and stock up!

3. Ronzoni Pasta is on sale at Meijer this week for $1 a box. This is whole wheat pasta, so its actually good for you! And, this week its great on the pocketbook as well. Go to ebay or another coupon clipping site, and buy 10-20 coupons for this product. They are $1 off 1 box, making each box free! Even better, its buy 10 get the 11th box free! Meaning, use 10 coupons, get 11 boxes free! Now, who couldn’t use 11 free boxes of pasta? Even if the coupons cost $2, can you really beat that deal? Personally, I have purchased 60 of these coupons. Yes, 60. Over the next week I will go to Meijer and get 10-15 boxes at a time. (I never clean out shelves unless its the last night of a sale.) The pasta does not spoil quickly, and I will use a box or two a month for the next several years!

4. General Mills Cereals at Kroger are on sale this week. They are 4 for $10 with $4 off at the register. This means that you buy 4 cereals for $6! (The Betty Crocker fruit treats are too.) Now, make the rounds at the printable sites:

http://www.boxtops4education.com/coupons/

http://www.eatbetteramerica.com/Coupons/

The eatbetteramerica coupons are for .50/1 Cheerios, which doubles, and you can print many, many of these. Using four of these with four boxes means you get 4 boxes of Cheerios (Honey Nut and Fruit Cheerios too) for only $2. Want to save more? Head over to Shortcuts.com and register your Kroger card. Add Honey Nut Cheerios to your card, and it will come off on top of any coupons you use. That means I paid $1 for all 4 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios!