How to Use Extreme Couponing to Stockpile for Pennies by Megan Stewart for The Survivalist Blog
If you’ve just started prepping, one of the first things you’ll notice is just how much is out there when it comes to gear and supplies. And as a new prepper, it’s so easy to impulse buy and try to get everything you need as quickly as possible.
Before you know it, you can really blow your budget. In fact, once you’ve been bitten by the prepping bug, it seems like the clock is ticking and it’s really easy to overspend, no matter how experienced you are. The best way to avoid overspending when building your stockpile is to create a list of everything you eventually need to have in your stockpile first.
Start by making a list of the items you are currently using in your home for daily life. These are the items you want to begin stockpiling first. You can include any items you would need if there was some type of local disaster like a blackout or an extended snowstorm.
Once you have 3 to 6 months stockpile of items you use daily, then add any other items you would need to survive a widespread catastrophe or SHTF event. So include things such as batteries, flashlights, first aid supplies, and maybe a generator or portable propane heater.
While you build your stockpile of common items, you can save up for bigger items such as handheld radios, solar panels, or an alternative long-term heating option that doesn’t require power.
It’s very important to take the time to make a good list at the beginning and then stick to it as much as possible. Sticking to your list and having a plan will help you avoid overspending on items you really don’t need. To save even more money, below are some tips on how to use extreme couponing to stockpile for pennies.
Know the Sale Cycles for Your Area
Anyone who works in the grocery or any part of the retail industry will tell you that sale items are typically on a cycle that repeats throughout the year. Find an experienced couponer in your area who knows that cycle for your area or take note of all the sale items from each store yourself and over time you’ll start to see a pattern.
If you know the sales cycle, you’ll be able to predict what week of the month paper products will be on sale and you can save your paper product coupons to use during that week. This ensures that you get your items at the lowest price.