Saturday, June 25, 2011

Stockpile 101 - How to store your stash

How to Store Your Stockpile

By the KrazyCouponLady


  • Rotate by expiration date: When lining up products, put the ones with the soonest expiration date near the front and the farthest away dates in the back.
    • Tip: Write expiration/ use by date on the front of the items with a marker for easier reference.
  • Keep it close: When possible, keep parts of your stockpile close to where you use it. Keep toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products, toilet paper, and shampoo in the bathroom, food products in and around the kitchen, etc. That way, when you run out of an item, a replacement is within easy reach.
  • Ideally, keep your stockpile in a cool, dry area. If you cannot, look below for how to deal with special circumstances.


Not everyone has a climate controlled garage, a large walk-in pantry and a multitude of cabinets. Check out below for ideas:

Small Spaces
If you’re low on extra space, consider these locations:
  • Under beds & cribs (in locking totes for the latter)
  • Below sinks
  • Shelving above the washer & dryer
  • Under tables & desks
  • Storage cubes in tall bookshelves
  • Porch or balcony
  • Garage
  • In suitcases
  • Tall dressers
  • Over-the-Door hanging shoe organizers
    • These are great for small items like hair ties, unopened razors, trial size items, and fingernail polish
  • Small set of drawers for couch or bedside table
  • Peg board/ hooks
    • Great for anything that hangs– packages of batteries, razors, cough drops, pens, cotton swabs, etc.
  • Hang a chain from the ceiling and clip on bagged products (chips, dry soup mixes, crackers, dried fruit, nuts, cookies, etc).
  • Linen, coat, and bedroom closets
Space-Saving Tips
  • Buy concentrated detergents and cleaning supplies
  • Take products out of cardboard boxes to pack more items into limited spaces
  • Use a trunk as a coffee table and small set of drawers for couch or bedside table
Having or installing shelving in the areas mentioned is a great way to optimize your stockpile space.
  • Build Your Own
    • Materials that work well: PCP tubing, wood, milk crates, or even cardboard
  • Purchasing
    • Second hand: Craigslist, garage/ moving sales, thrift stores
    • Home improvement stores: pair with coupons found in change of address packs at the Post Office.
    • Online: sites like have a lot of current Internet codes for coupons and promos on their website that you can apply to online orders from thousands of sites.

Climate Consideration

In cold climates, storing food in a garage can be difficult because of the damaging effects of freezing.  Several recommendations to help when storing your food in cold areas are:
  • Food items should not be allowed to freeze.  Freezing can cause cans to bulge, which can cause the seam to fail.  This can lead to food-borne illness. Whenever possible, avoid storing foods where the temperatures will reach below freezing.
  • Freezing can also have adverse effects on liquids such as detergent and toothpaste.  Keep liquids out of the cold as well.
    • If possible, store the above products in areas underground, such as a basement or root cellar.
  • If a basement is unavailable, try insulating the products as much as possible.  Wrap them in newspaper or blankets for storage.
    • Tip: For extra insulation, you can create a small ‘room’ out of straw bales- floor and walls made from straw around the items, and a sheet of plywood covered by more straw on top.
  • Luckily, most canned goods are packed in a solution of salt or sugar, which lowers their actual freezing point.
  • Foods that are dehydrated or freeze-dried will actually last longer in the cold since there is no water in them to freeze.
  • Stockpile things such as paper towels, plastic cups and utensils, razors, floss, and toothbrushes in locations that may freeze.
Hot temperatures (above 85 degrees Fahrenheit) cause foods to spoil and some liquids to congeal.  Long term storage can lose as much as 80% of its shelf life in hot weather.  To save money, here are some tips to beat the heat:
  • If at all possible, always keep food indoors where it is cool and dry.
  • If food must be stored in a hot place, try making a homemade cooler.  Using two terracotta or clay pots of different sizes, you can keep some things cool.  Place the smaller pot inside the larger one, and fill the area in between with sand. Keep the sand wet, and cover the pots with a damp towel.  This will keep the contents quite a bit cooler than the surrounding air.
  • If your garage is too humid to store food, you can either buy a dehumidifier or build your own.  To do this, take 5 gallon buckets and fill them with rock salt.  This will suck most of the moisture out of the air. The rock salt can then be dehydrated and reused.
  • Another method of keeping out humid air is to seal the cans, either in a layer of wax (bought in the craft section of stores and melted in a double boiler) or to cover in a clear coating of Rustoleum(™) or similar product.
  • Direct sunlight is detrimental to foods.  It can super-heat the packaging and cause damage.  Keep your stockpile out of direct sunlight.
Rodents/ Bugs
If your planned storage area has pest issues, try these suggestions:
  • Always store foods off the ground on shelves whenever possible.  Not only will it keep things out of the reach of nibbling mice, but off of surfaces like concrete that can potentially leach harmful chemicals into packaging.
    • Tip: Keep fabric softener sheets near your stockpile.  Bugs and rodents detest the smell.
  • If you have serious problems with critters, try storing edibles in food-grade plastic buckets with metalized liners.  The buckets will keep out the bugs, and the liners will help odors from attracting mice and rats.  If you also place oxygen absorber packs in the buckets, it will extend their shelf life as a bonus!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My Target Trip

I hit up Target today to visit our favorite Target photog Cassie! Atlas got some really great pictures. If you want to know how I spent $5.24 on 2 poses and about 50 pictures, check out THIS post.
Other than that I spent $.96 on all of this: 
3 Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries ($2.99) = $8.97
-$2.99 (1 is FREE with automatic Target Deal)
-$2.99 facebook free coupon
-$2.00 (use 2 $1/1 Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries 5-22-11 SS x7/5)=$.97 for 3

3 KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce 18 oz Bottle .99 (PC thru 7/9)
-$1/1 KC Masterpiece Barbecue or Marinade 8.5 oz+ 5-15-11 SS x7/17
= FREE after coupon and Price Cut
*My cashier did NOT reduce the coupon to match the sale price, therefore he gave me $.03 overage. The Target coupon policy states that they are to adjust the coupon down.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Reader Trip - I made money at Publix (again)

OK, so... remember about a month ago I was FREAKING OUT because I lost my coupon clutch. It's not THAT big of deal, my clutch is basically my coupons for THAT trip, the left overs from the last trip (or 3) and the coupons that would make a kick a$$ deal if I come upon them (including all the coupons for FREE products!!) I kinda felt a cleansing by loosing it... I had finally come to terms... and then... Today I totally FOUND my lost clutch! It was in the my coupon file box, go figure.... SOoooo what was this clutch worth?!

3 - Planters flavor grove - 3.19ea - facebook freebie printable (NLA) - FREE
Jell-O temptations - 2.89 - Vocalpoint freebie mailer coupon - FREE
Glade Spring candle - 3.49 - Vocalpoint freebie mailer coupon - FREE
Kraft cheese w/touch of Philly - 3.79 - Vocalpoint freebie mailer coupon - FREE
Silk Chocolate milk - 3.39 - Vocalpoint freebie mailer coupon - FREE
2 Lipton Natural Tea - 1.00 - facebook freebie printable (NLA) - FREE

2 Bayer aspirin - 3.49
-$1.50 printable (NLA)
-$2 PUBLIX Green Adv Ad

2 John Frieda conditioners - 5.49
$5 & $2 oupon from insert (forget which, do a search here)
$3/2 Target printable (NLA?)
$.49 ea

Publix Sour cream - 1.03
Publix milk - 3.39
Bananas - 1.33
Lettuce - 1.69 (omg) 

Used - $5/$50 -LAST DAY!!!
Store coupon - 18.00
Vendor coupon - 33.13
Special price savings - 2.04
TOTAL OPP = -.06

So you have your coupon binder, clutch or folder. What is YOURS worth? If you lost it, what could you have saved in the spur of the moment? (BTW, I have a ton more freebie coupons, these just expired 6/30/11)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Reader Trips - Sarah and I hit up Publix!

I have never actually shopped with coupons with anyone ... so this was a new experience.. and it was awesome! I didn't quite have the $50 I needed to use my $5/$50, so Sarah lent me $4 of her freebies so we were both at $50!

Killians - 10.99
4 Dial Body Wash w/lotion sample - BOGO 3.99
4-$2 off Dial lotion or body wash, RP 6/12

Mio - 3.79
-$1 manufacturer mailed coupon

3 Bayer -3.49
3-$2 off Bayer Advanced Extra Strength or Regular Strength 20 – 100 ct, (Publix Coupon), Green Advantage Buy Flyer
3-$2 off Bayer Advanced Aspirin, 20-24 ct, SS 6/12
2 Tylenol Presice Cream - 4.99
-$5 off Tylenol Precise product printable

Sarah's Strawberries - 2.50
-$2 produce coupon
Sarah's lettuce - 2.50
-$2 produce coupon

Used - $5/$50
Total Savings - 55.26
Total OOP - 9.69 put on a gift card I received for a Banquet chicken rebate in March... but Sarah's items cost an additional $1, so she gave me that in cash. Technically I paid $8.69 for all of that

 Romaine lettuce $2.50
Strawberries $2.50
lemon $.33
-x2 $2 in free produce from Publix email

Tampico Punch 1 gal bot, $.99

Renuzit air fresheners $.99 each
b2g1 c
$0.66 each

john frieda color foam $10.99
-FREE manu coupon from facebook promotion
-$5 target coupon
= $5 in overage

john frieda full repair shampoo $5.49
2 $10.98
-$3/2 target coupon
-$5/1 manu
-$2/1 manu
=$.98 for two

2 Danimals Smoothies (drinkables) $2
-$1 manuf in 6/5 SS
-$1 Target printable coupon

Publix blue cheese crumbles 2/$4

Velveeta slices 2/$6

2 organic valley milk 2/$7
-$.50 printable from organic valley website
-$1 Publix yellow advantage flyer
= $2 each

Bayer Advanced $3.49
-$2 manuf coupon in 6/12 RP
-$2 store coupon in green advantage buy flier
=51 cents overage when you use both coupons

4 Tylenol Precise Cream, 2.5 oz., or Heat Patch 3 ct., $4.49
-$5/1 Tylenol Precise product printable
$0.15 overage

Used - $5/50 publix coupon
Total Saved - 77.54 + 4.00 from my purchase
Total OOP - 6.83 + 1.00 from my purchase

So I saved 87% and Sarah saved 92%! (But I got beer - hehehe)
Plus we both can submit for the $3.49 Bayer rebate!

Monday, June 13, 2011

I made Money at Publix

I LOVE going into a store, buying everything I had on my list and walking out with more cash in my pocket than when I walked in.

Onions - 1.49
Lettuce - 1.29

Bread - 1.79
Raw Sugar -  4.59
Mushrooms - 3.29

7 - Bayer aspirin - 3.49
7-$2 off Bayer Advanced Aspirin, 20-24 ct, SS 6/12
7-$2 off Bayer Advanced Extra Strength or Regular Strength 20 – 100 ct, (Publix Coupon), Green Advantage Buy Flyer 
OVERAGE - $.51 ea 
6 - John Frieda Shampoo - 5.49
6-$5/1 John Frieda Full Repair 6/5 SS x7/31
3-$3/2 John Frieda Full Repair Target Web Coupon
OVERAGE - $1.01 ea 

Used - $5/$50 Publix coupon
Store coupons - 30.00
Vendor coupons - 44.00
Total savings - 74.00
Total OOP - -$2.22  
Publix paid me $2.22 to leave the store with all of that!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

My Publix Trip 6/9/11

I had to do this in 3 transactions. The first transaction was over $50 so I used a $5/$50 and the other 2 were around $30 so I used 2 $5/$30, all Publix (not Albertson's)

Here they are combined

2 Scott Tissue 12 packs - on sale $7.49 (Reg $11)
-$1.50 5/8SS

4 Ronzoni Pasta 12-16 oz, at $1.39 (69¢)
excludes Lasagna, Jumbo Shells, Manicotti, Healthy Harvest, & Garden Delight
-.55/1 Ronzoni Quick Cook pasta, SS 4/10

2 Pompeian Imported Olive Oil, 16 oz, at $5.99 ($2.99)
-$1 off Pompeian Olive Oil or New OlivExtra Plus RP 5/22

14 V8 Splash or Diet V8 Splash, 64 oz, at $3.29 ($1.64)
-$1/2 Campbell’s V8 Splash, 45 oz +, SS 6/05

8 Ken’s Steak House Dressing, 16 oz, at $3.29 ($1.64)
-$1 off Ken’s product, 16 oz, SS 5/08

2 Johnson’s Baby Shampoo - 3.43
$3/2 Johnson’s Baby Shampoo Powder, Lotion, or Wash, 15 oz
-.50/1 Johnson & Johnson Baby or Natural product, SS 4/17 or RP 6/5 
-$1 off Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo printable
-$1 off Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe baby wash, 15 oz printable 
-$2/2 Johnson & Johnson Bedtime product printable

5 Garrity Flashlight Life Lite 1 ct., $2.59
-$3 off Garrity Flashlight or Lantern, (Publix Coupon), Green Advantage Buy Flyer

Milk - 3.39
-$1 baby club dairy coupon

8 Cheerios - 1.99
-$1/2 General Mills Cheerios cereals SS 5/08 printable , printable or printable
-$1/2 General Mills Cheerios cereal, Spring Savings: Up to $15 in Savings booklet (EXP 06/12)
-.50/1 General Mills Cheerios cereal printable , printable or printable

Tortillas - 1.79
Ghetto Beer - 8.37
Grapes - 4.34 (WHAT??!??!?!! YIKES!)
Squash - 2.15
Onions - 1.49
Lettuce - 1.69 (WHAT?!?!?!?!)
Celery - .89 (awesome!) 

Store coupon - 45.00
Vendeor coupon - 33.00
Special savings - 56.31
Total Savings - 108.31
TOTAL OOO - 49.77

Within budget. We set aside $50 in our mind each week. I made it this week!