Whether you loved or hated it, Extreme Couponing got many of you inspired to take your couponing to the next level. Several of you asked today how you can start building your own stockpile. Some want to just make a small stockpile for their family and some want to give to charity.
I answered this on Facebook this morning, but since it has garnered so much interest I will post the answer here too:
When I looked at the stockpiles of the shoppers on the show, I recognized many of those items as free and cheap items we have each week on The Prudent Patron. It is just a matter of collecting enough coupons to fully stock up when that item goes on sale. They aren’t really doing anything different than buying the items we talk about every week in the store match-ups, but they are buying a lot more of them!
In order to buy in those quantities you need to build up your coupon stash. Check out this article to see how to get more coupons. Included in the article there is also a link to a review of a coupon clipping company that I trust. Two of the biggest shoppers last night buy their coupons from a clipping service.
If you are new to building a stockpile, I have two posts about stockpiling. Stockpiling: A Peak Inside My Pantry! and a Video: Stockpiling in Small Spaces. You’ll see by looking at my stockpile that I definitely stock-up, but I don’t keep an enormous stash. How much I buy depends on how much I think we will actually use, everything else goes to friends, family, charity, or I simply don’t buy it! Even after only a few months of extreme couponing, I got to the point where I didn’t even want things if they were free!
A word of caution, everything in moderation, couponing this way can burn you out and it can be very addicting. I speak from experience.Take it slow, have fun with it and don’t try to get every deal. It’s not possible to get all the deals and trying to do so will just make you feel bad.
You can learn more about couponing at our Coupon 101 page.