What is stockpiling?

Stockpiling is buying multiples of the same item when it’s at a discounted priceto keep from paying full price later on.

Why should I stockpile?

You should stockpile to save your family time and money. If you buy 10 tubes of toothpaste for .10 each, you spent $1 and have plenty to last you a year. So next time you run out, all you have to do is open the pantry door and grab another tube, instead of wasting time/money going to the store. Also, you should stockpile for emergencies, such as tornadoes, loss of electricity, or being laid off your job (which is very common in these hard times!).Think of it this way, if you have enough health and beauty items to last you 6 months, then lose your job, that’s one less thing you have to worry about!

What should I stockpile?

You can stockpile a lot of things. Here’s a short list to get you started. These are things that are regularly on sale for cheap or free after coupons.

  • Toilet paper and Paper Towels
  • Cleaning Products
  • Laundry and Dish soap
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
  • Razors and Shaving Cream
  • Baby Wash and Lotion
  • Frozen Foods
  • Meat (re-package and put in freezer/deep freeze)
  • Canned Goods
  • Cereal and Oatmeal
  • Pop and Water
  • Fruit snacks and Crackers
  • Etc.

How big of a stockpile should I have?

This depends on your family size and how much of one product you use each month. Best thing to do is when you open up a new item (that you would like to build a stockpile for) write the date on the label with a sharpie. Use the product like you regularly would, when the product is empty, write down the open/throw away date in a notebook. Do this with several products in your home. I like to have about a 6 month – 1 year supply of HBA (health and beauty items) and household items at any given time. This really helps us be prepared for anything! I’m still working on my food stockpile, but would eventually like to work up to about a 6 month supply in there as well. Some people have very little room to store extra items, in this case I would scale back your stockpiling habits to only things that you absolutely need. Also be creative with where you store stuff. You can use under the bed containers or linen closets for extra items.

How do I know if something is a “stock up” price?

This will vary greatly by region. Different locations have better sales, and better coupons.. so their stock up price might be .50 cheaper then someone in another state. Every time you go grocery shopping or you look at your local ADs, make a list or a mental note of the current prices of items you regularly buy. After a few weeks you will notice a pattern. You can use that to decide when you want to stock up on certain items for your stockpile. Here is a list of some of my personal stockpile prices.


  • Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Pads/liners, Dish Soap, Disposable Razors, = FREE
  • Body Wash, Shampoo, Conditioner, 4 pack Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Reusable Razors, Energizer Batteries = Under $1 each


  • Canned Veggies = $0.30
  • Canned Pop = $2.50 per 12 pack
  • Gatorade, Sobe, Vitamin Water = $0.35 per bottle
  • Butter = $0.50 per tub or 4 sticks
  • Kraft Mac & Cheese = $0.49 per box
  • Pasta/Rice Sides = $0.40 per package
  • Salt/Pepper = FREE
  • Canned Chili = $0.30 per can
  • Canned Soup (Tomato + Chicken Noodle) = $0.35 per can
  • Canned Soup (Not Tomato + Chicken Noodle) = $0.50 per can
  • Jarred Spaghetti Sauce = $0.50
  • Pasta = $0.25
  • Fruit Snacks = $1 per box
  • Ketchup & BBQ Sauce = $.40

What’s the difference in “stockpiling” & “hoarding”?

Hoarding is when people buy a lot of items and never use them, they just build up more & more in their house. Stockpiling is when people buy a lot of items and they use them on a regular basis.



  1. Brenda Van Wie says:

    I have started a stockpile…but I am still learning the extreme couponing tricks. Your site is great!

    • Clever Coupon Cents says:

      Thanks! The trick with the stockpile is to start out slow. It’ll build over time. :) I started my stockpile out with 1 bottle of Dawn, 1 Ban deodorant and 1 bottle of Excedrin from CVS. :)

  2. Gina Taylor says:

    My husband and I have just started couponing. I see other places with a lot better sales and coupons. Here some are OK

    I’m still working on my Coupon binder lol

    Thanks this helped!

  3. Anna says:

    Awesome! Thanks! It really helps having a list of good “stockpile” prices to refer to. I’m never sure if something is a good stockup price or not. This really helps!

  4. Nia J. says:

    Thanks for including a list of the type of items we should be stockpiling. It really makes it easier. :)

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