Stockpiling Non-Perishables

by Merissa on November 8, 2011

in Frugal Living Tips, Thrifty Living

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Have you ever gone to the store and seen an awesome deal but then remembered you already have that item? I'm not talking about food or health and beauty items, this time I'm talking about things like towels, clothing, ect.

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I love shopping the clearance at Target when I get a chance to get to town. Clearance items are rarely things that you actually need right now, because they aren't on your shopping list (unless you get lucky!) but you can often find some great deals.

But if you don't really need it, even though you may have the money, you shouldn't get it right? Let me introduce you to maybe the funnest part of my stockpile...my New Stuff Stockpile. My New Stuff Stockpile consists of new clothing, undergarments, towels, and other similar things. All of it was boughten for very very little. I mean like kitchen towel 4 packs I found on clearance for $1, jeans I got for free with a great coupon.

When I bought these things I didn't need them at the time but I knew that somewhere in the near future I would definitely need them. Clothes only last so long and instead of hanging new ones in my closet all the time I put them in the box and only pull out one thing here and there when I really need it.

I recently came across a few great deals on underclothes on daily deal sites. With credits I got way more than I could use right now so I put them all away for future use. If I hadn't have gotten them now, even though I don't need them right at this moment, I would have missed out on the deal.

I asked you on the Little House Living Facebook page and here's what non-perishables you told me that you stockpile:

  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tampons and Pads
  • Diapers
  • Formula
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Toothbrushes
  • Canning Supplies
  • Soap
  • Ingredients to Make Laundry Detergent
  • Make Up
  • Buckets and Lids
  • Ammo
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Floss
  • Contact Solution

So I want to know, do you stockpile non-perishables like this? Do you think it's a good idea?

Find other stockpiling tips on the Making the Most page!

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1 Barb November 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Unfortunately, if I tried to stockpile clothing items, they wouldn’t fit by the time I was ready for them! I do have an extra supply of washcloths because I tend to go through those more often, but I only keep 2 towels each for our use and a number of towels for guests.

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2 Barb November 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Unfortunately, if I tried to stockpile clothing items, they wouldn’t fit by the time I was ready for them! I do have an extra supply of washcloths because I tend to go through those more often, but I only keep 2 towels each for our use and a number of towels for guests.

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3 Valerie November 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I stockpile just about everything on that list.

I shop clearance on kids clothes for the next season. I know it’s a gamble with how quickly kids can grow, but they can always be gifted or donated. I stockpile toys for all the birthdays we get invited to every year and also for my own kids for christmas and when they do something really good. I stockpile my hubbys work socks and t’shirts because he seems to get holes in them on a regular basis. I also stockpile party supplies, especially after most holidays, you can usually get solid colored plates, forks, and napkins for 75-90% off. This week at Target my store had gift bags and tissue paper for 75% off.

I love shopping the clearance, but I be sure to only by things that I know we evenutally use. It’s not saving money if it will sit in your closet forever!

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4 Valerie November 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I stockpile just about everything on that list.

I shop clearance on kids clothes for the next season. I know it’s a gamble with how quickly kids can grow, but they can always be gifted or donated. I stockpile toys for all the birthdays we get invited to every year and also for my own kids for christmas and when they do something really good. I stockpile my hubbys work socks and t’shirts because he seems to get holes in them on a regular basis. I also stockpile party supplies, especially after most holidays, you can usually get solid colored plates, forks, and napkins for 75-90% off. This week at Target my store had gift bags and tissue paper for 75% off.

I love shopping the clearance, but I be sure to only by things that I know we evenutally use. It’s not saving money if it will sit in your closet forever!

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5 Charity November 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I loved the list, but what I got a chuckle out of and what some folks who might not understand was “ammo”. Thanks for posting that. We’re hunters so that gave me a good laugh :0)

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6 Merissa November 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Lol Charity! I’m constantly reminded that I don’t live in the “real world” by doing little things like that! I got laughed at the other day by painting a picture of what a typical winter evening is like for us with the fireplace running and playing board games, apparently that puts me back in the 1800′s. Oh well:D

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7 Charity November 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I loved the list, but what I got a chuckle out of and what some folks who might not understand was “ammo”. Thanks for posting that. We’re hunters so that gave me a good laugh :0)

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8 Merissa November 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Lol Charity! I’m constantly reminded that I don’t live in the “real world” by doing little things like that! I got laughed at the other day by painting a picture of what a typical winter evening is like for us with the fireplace running and playing board games, apparently that puts me back in the 1800′s. Oh well:D

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9 Jana November 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

Merissa – We spent last weekend listing to music with the fireplace on and putting together puzzles. I guess we’re right there with you in the 1800′s. :)

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10 Jana November 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

Merissa – We spent last weekend listing to music with the fireplace on and putting together puzzles. I guess we’re right there with you in the 1800′s. :)

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11 Jana November 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

I stockpile most things on that list as well. I have a toddler and right now his closet is full of clothes that people gave me two years ago or I found on a great clearance. If you have the storage space, you can save tons of money doing this! I also hit the Khols and Penny’s sales at the end of the season to get winter and summer clothes for the next year (usually I come home with two huge bags for under 50 bucks for myself and my son).

The most difficult issue I have is making sure its in the budget and if I will really use it, its a balancing act sometimes.

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12 Merissa November 13, 2011 at 11:29 am

I agree. It definitely has to do with knowing what you will actually need versus buying it just because it’s a good deal.

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13 Jana November 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

I stockpile most things on that list as well. I have a toddler and right now his closet is full of clothes that people gave me two years ago or I found on a great clearance. If you have the storage space, you can save tons of money doing this! I also hit the Khols and Penny’s sales at the end of the season to get winter and summer clothes for the next year (usually I come home with two huge bags for under 50 bucks for myself and my son).

The most difficult issue I have is making sure its in the budget and if I will really use it, its a balancing act sometimes.

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14 Merissa November 13, 2011 at 11:29 am

I agree. It definitely has to do with knowing what you will actually need versus buying it just because it’s a good deal.

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15 Marsha February 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Hi,I stockpile a great many things on that list. I have picked up most of it on clearance. I don’t have a lot of it and I need to organize it(one of my weak points) but having it makes me feel a little more prepared and less anxious when I hear about world events and disasters. The only thing is I haven’t found anyone else in my area who preps and this makes me feel pretty vulnerable.

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16 Corey Lesko February 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Toys! And gifts instead of buying gifts before birthdays Christmas or whatever occasion I buy all year long when I find an awesome deal. That way if we to get a gift for someone last second I am already prepared and save a lot of money because I don’t overspend because I am frazzled. My husband is a football coach and our oldest b day is right in the middle of the season so it’s so nice to have it all done before the season starts. Also do the same for my boys clothes and bedding if I find great deals. And all hygiene products never pay full price for those.

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17 Val Strande February 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Do you ever find canning supplies on sale? If so, where and what time of the year?

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18 Merissa February 22, 2013 at 8:30 am

Yes, typically they go on sale in late summer early fall. :)

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