Taking Inventory

by Merissa on February 22, 2010

in Thrifty Living

I decided the other day that I'm pretty happy with my stockpile at the moment. So I decided today that I wanted to take inventory of what I had and also make a list of the prices that I'm willing to pay for the products if I want to add them to my stockpile. Knowing how much of one product I have helps me to know how much I would be willing to pay for it. For instance my inventory list shows that I have over 26 tubes of chapstick (I only counted new unopened products) from that number I'm going to say I'm not willing to pay over .25 for more chapstick. If I could get some for under .25 then I might consider the purchase.

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So first what I did was go through my large totes of items. I keep them in under the bed totes under my bed.

I kept a list and just made marks for the item instead of writing down numbers, that way it was easy to add to.

Then I moved on to my smaller totes in the bathroom. If you read the Couponing 101 post about stockpiling you saw the picture of my totes. I like to keep things separated into categories in the bathroom, that way if I need, say dental floss, I can find it right away and not have to dig through my big totes.

Then last but not least I went through my paper goods closet which has tp, kleenex, ziplocs, ect.

Now I have my list finished and I just need to go through and mark the prices I am willing to pay for the item according to what I have on hand.
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1 Alex November 21, 2012 at 11:50 am

If I did not know better I would think we were separated at birth! We do many things similar ways when it comes to stocking up and organization. Thanks for this website and your informative videos on youtube. I always like seeing how other people do things.

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2 Monica October 29, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Hi Merissa. I’m just wondering why you have all this store bought stuff stock piled? Would you not stockpile the ingredients for all your home-made recipes, instead of all this chemically riddled product?
I ask this because I too want to start to stock pile more. But I want to stay away from chemical product. We live in a cyclone area here in far north Queensland Aust.
Thanks for your time
Mon

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3 Merissa October 29, 2013 at 8:11 pm

This post was written several years ago before I started making my own. I have a very different stockpile now and I need to update and make a new post! :)

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4 Monica November 29, 2013 at 5:35 am

Thanks so much for your reply. I wish I had more time to keep up to date with your site. You cover so much and it has helped me enormously. Your journey with you new property is very exciting to me s we are heading down a similar path. We want to buy a place to make into a small hobby farm and build a huge veggie garden.
Thanks for all your effort in helping people all around the world.
Blessings Mon

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5 Darween November 20, 2013 at 4:28 am

That is some serious stockpiling there! … Can you honestly USE all that stuff before their expiration dates?

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6 Merissa November 20, 2013 at 6:33 am

We no longer buy these types of products but yes, everything was used before it expired because we always gave a great deal of this away to whoever was in need. It was not just a stockpile for us but for anyone that needed it.

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7 Monica November 29, 2013 at 5:36 am

That’s awesome!

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8 Jillian December 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

HI I was wondering where you learned your skills have you ever been amish? or are you christian? was wondering cause soo many people are prepping for end times what are your thoughts on this?

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9 Merissa December 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I’m not Amish, I am a born-again Christian. I don’t feel like we are prepping for the end times. We prep in case of a natural emergency, or in case of a government issue, or even for a job loss. I don’t really do the whole “zombie Apocalypse type of prepping”, just prepping for things that have a good possibility of happening. :)

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