Stockpiling 101

4 Steps to Becoming the Master of Your Stockpile

So what is the whole point of this coupon thing anyway?
Is it just for kicks and giggles?

NO WAY! We are here to teach you how to save money
by using coupons, waiting for the super fab sale, and stocking up! WHY?

So you can SHOP FROM YOUR PANTRY! You know, your pantry, that place chock full of food you’ve been purchasing? Hopefully you’ve been stocking up (aka: NOT hoarding) when yo
u find an item at a rock bottom price!

Are you using all of those food items you buy???
I have to admit sometimes I forget about some of the food I buy and it sits in the pantry until expiration (guess what, I did this before I started couponing too).
So, let’s answer that question:

“Exactly how DO you menu plan from your pantry?”


What are the top 20 items you use most frequently from your pantry? Look through your cupboards and closets. What do you have in there? What are you always running out of? Maybe look at your recipes to see what you need the most of.


Since these are the items you are using the most, these are the things you want to pay rock bottom prices on. Now, of course, some items you just won’t be able to get on coupon. That’s OK – because you’re saving $ on a whole lot of other items! Feel free to use our personal price point list. We also always try to let you know when we’re stocking up on something. Keep in mind, when it’s SUPER exciting for us, we always place a special order with our stores manager.

You can’t stock up at rock bottom prices if you don’t have a coupon for every single item you purchase. That is why I am personally getting 6 copies of the Sunday paper. When there is something I REALLY want a lot of, I’ll go purchase coupons on eBay.


When the item is on sale (a GOOD sale), that is when it’s time to stock up! PLEASE, don’t feel that this means you can go in and clear the shelves at every store near you. When it’s something we use all the time (like Prego), we place an order with the manager. This way they order EXTRA for us and we don’t have to worry about taking product off the shelves. I like to get a 3-12 month supply. Keep in mind EXPIRATION DATES! Don’t get it if you can’t use it before it expires!

Here are a few items on my top 20 list:
Cream of Chicken Soup
Spaghetti Sauce
Butter (you can freeze this you know!)
Cheese (look at the expiration dates… they last a long time as long as they are sealed. You can also shred and freeze.)
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (we stock up when they are $1.79/lb or less – see this post for ideas of what we do with a lot of cheap chicken!)
Veggies (frozen or canned)
Salad Dressing
BBQ Sauce
Brownie Mix (a staple in my husbands diet)
Chocolate Chips (again, a staple in my husbands diet)

Now you’ve got the stuff, what do you do???


The Fab FruGAL’s are here to help!

Each week we’ll post recipes that will use many ingredients from recent sales and your stockpile! You will find each weeks list under “Shop From Your Pantry“.

What is your #1 can’t live with out gotta have it always running out of pantry item?!


  • Jennifer

    I’ve just started doing my research on how to coupon. I wanted to know how do you know how many of a particular item you can get with more than one coupon?

    • Becky

      P&G coupons are limit 4 per transaction/day, uniliver coupon are limit 2 per, but if you are asking how many coupons you can use? As long as they are different coupons, you can use as many as you want 😀

  • Jen

    If you say you are only getting six copies of the ads – how are you getting enough coupons to ‘stock up’ because you need 1x coupon for each item? I use coupons all the time but have a hard time ‘stocking up’. Thanks for help!

    • Cathy

      Slow and steady wins the race! 🙂 No need to clear shelves here. Keep in mind that some coupons are good for 2 items (or 3 or 4), multiply that by 6 and I’ve got plenty of items for my stockpile!

  • Mary

    First I would like to say THANK YOU, I stumbled onto your site by mistake and since then have been a faithful reader. I ordered your coupon book and that day my grocery like has changed. I am the primary shopper of a household of 11. You have helped me create a mini stockpile of groceries that will honestly last my family for 1 month. As I am learning that the stockpile creation is a slow process but doable. I live in southern California where there is no double coupons but lucky me I have found a store that allows up to 10 like coupons. In your opinion which is best, shopping every week or once a month?

    • Becky

      I would shop once a week, while building my stockpile, and then only when a GREAT sale hits to replenish it, however that’s with my family of 4, so my stockpile lasts quite a while. With a family of 11, you probably will stay on the once a week train for quite a while, because I bet they go through a LOT of food and personal care items.
      My BIGGEST suggestion is to get them to not care about brands, because once that happens, FREE is FREE, razors are razors, and shampoo is shampoo. 😀
      10 Like coupons is AMAZING! I wish they did that here!! 😀 Keep up with the awesome job providing in a REAL way for your family!!

  • Dani

    I love this article! I discovered your website during a Google search on living more frugally after some financial issues.

    My “gotta have, always out of it” items are frozen fruit and fresh produce. My husband and I are trying to eat healthier (which seems to be really expensive!), and I’ve been making lots of healthy smoothies. I mean lots.

  • Kelsey

    Do you ever order things online something for the 3-12 months out planning? If there’s a great deal on items in my store, and they accept the coupon online, would you recommend purchasing it that way? Or is multiple coupon use online not usually accepted?


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