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How to Maintain Your Coupon Stockpile (Without Going Overboard)

How to Maintain Your Coupon Stockpile (Without Going Overboard)

Do you use coupons? If so, do you have a stockpile? Having a stockpile is a fantastic way to save yourself money but it can also create clutter and unnecessary expenses for your family. If you’re not careful, you will very likely find yourself overrun with food, household and beauty items that will expire long before you can use them. When that happens, you not only waste food, but you’re wasting money as well.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep things from becoming too much but will still allow you to have a working stockpile in place for your family. Let me show you how to maintain your coupon stockpile without going overboard so that you have less waste, less stress and of course, less money spent.


Know when to use your coupons – Using a coupon simply for the sake of using your coupon is a great way to create wasted money and wasted product. Instead, only use coupons for products that your family truly needs and will use. There will always be another coupon and there will almost certainly be a deal wo go with it so while you might feel like you’re missing out, you won’t be.

Take inventory before you shop – Never go to the store without first taking inventory of what you already have in stock. Doing so is a fantastic way to end up with fifty more of something than you need or wanted. Make a spreadsheet of what you have, how many you have and of course, how many you want to keep in stock. Update it before you go to the store and you’ll never buy more of an item than you want to have. Be sure you don’t forget the fridge and freezers too.

First in, first out – Along with keeping your inventory updated, keeping it rotated properly is important too. Doing so will ensure that your foods get eaten before they expire. To make it easier on yourself, always stock your new purchases toward the back of the shelf. This makes it so that you have a first in, first out system happening with very little work.


Know your dates – Along with rotating your stock correctly, make sure that you mark the date when you buy it. Month and year are fine. Doing so will take you one step closer to keeping your products from expiring. Before you put them away, date them and stick to the first in first out rule.

Like with like – When you’re putting things away, after you have dated them, make sure you’re keeping like items with like items. This will keep you from thinking you have less of an item than you do. It also makes things much easier to find when you need to.

Stay Organized – Finally, the biggest thing about maintaining your stockpile is to keep it organized. You can put all of the steps above in place but if you don’t keep up on them? They won’t do you any good. You’ll still have waste and you’ll still be spending more money than you need. Make sure that you stay organized and on top of things so that your stockpile works the best it can for you.

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  1. Good stuff! I’m trying to get back into couponing, but like this post, I have to make sure I don’t go overboard. That’s when I get overwhelmed!

  2. Wendy says

    These tips are very Simple
    yet I haven’t been doing them. I plan to start! Especially being more diligent with inventory before shopping.

  3. Michele says

    I use coupons–but at this point in time I find that I use the kind I can download from my computer and they are waiting for me at the store cash register. Even the ones I do get handed to me tend to be forgotten. This way–if I overstock–at least it is not paper in my apartment!

  4. Liz Mays says

    The first in, first out rule makes a ton of sense for me. I have been stuck many times not doing that and I hate to see a great coupon expire before I could use it.

  5. Hey Sharonoox says

    Great advise! I tend to forget using the coupon I cut most of the time. They’re either couldn’t be found when I needed. First in first out sounds ideal.

  6. I do couponing sometimes but not all the times. I guess I need a system so I appreciate all the good advice and resources. Saving is always a good thing.

  7. CourtneyLynne says

    Oooo this is all great to know!!! Honestly I suck when I comes to coupons so all the tips and tricks I can get the better!

  8. Carrie says

    Great tips! Coupons aren’t as big here in Norway like they are in the states so the only coupons we get are from the grocery store so they are automatically added to our card. Its so simple and easy

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