How to Coupon: Do’s and Don’ts of Stockpiling
Periodically (for research of course), I watch the show Extreme Couponing. My husband recently discovered the show Doomsday Preppers, which profiles people preparing for imminent doomsday survival. Both groups of people have massive stockpiles of goods. I have written before about my recommendations of stockpile amounts and stockpile storage, but I haven’t written about sensible choices for your stockpile stash.
One of the Extreme Couponing episodes I just saw showed a shopper scoring amazing savings … on a hundred candy bars, a cart full of Gatorade and a massive number toothbrushes (which I suppose you would need after all that candy and Gatorade). The at-home stockpile of this couponer featured floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with more household cleaning supplies and personal care items than the family would need in years. While I can’t believe I’m saying this, the doomsday preppers were far more sensible, with their stockpiles of canned beans, soups and pasta. The goal should be to be able to “shop at home” for items that you can use to prepare meals.
So, here are my DO’s and DON’Ts for sensible stockpile creation:
DO: Build your stockpile gradually, with a goal of a 3 month food supply and a 12 month supply of non-edibles.
DO: Have a climate-controlled place to store your goods.
DO: Rotate your stock. If something is close to expiration, donate it to local food pantry while it’s still good.
DON’T: “Shelf-clear” when you shop. That’s just selfish and cruel to other shoppers.
DON’T: Take things you won’t use just because they’re free. If you won’t use it, leave it for someone who will.
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