Without further ado, let’s jump in!
Amber’s email absolutely blew me away for two reasons. First, she’s a SAHM of two sets of twins (boys 5 1/2 and girls 2) AND she feeds her entire family for just $75 a month! She says her stockpile is currently running low because some of the snacks and other items were used on a recent camping trip. She keeps her stockpile in the basement so it’s out of reach of little hands. She’s been couponing and stockpiling for only 3 months too! One of the ways Amber keeps her grocery budget down is food sharing. For instance, she may swap some free pasta (that she got with coupons) for fresh produce from her inlaws. Savvy!
Sheila has her stockpile throughout her house, in various places. (This sounds a lot like what I do, too.) Sheila has a family of eight and lives in a 1,100 square foot home, so she’s had to be clever with how she stores things! Sheila has been at this for 16 months and couponing has been able to allow her family to set aside money for other things. Her stockpile has really come in handy as two of her kids are at college, and they’ve been able to take advantage of the toiletry items she’s been able to stock. Sheila has smartly organized the contents of her stockpile onto lists and index cards, so she is always aware of what her family has on hand, and in what quantities.
The photo below is actually a collage of the various parts of her stockpile. Click it to see a larger image, along with text Sheila’s added.
Carol stockpiles for her family of 7 and she blogs at Gabby Gilchrist. Her children go through cereal and juice, so that is what she’s worked to stock. Given they celebrate so many birthdays per year, she says they also keep a good stock of cake mix! She also stockpiles toys when they go on sale and hides them in her closet. (Her kids are all pretty small, so I’m guessing they won’t be reading this.)
Lacey stockpiles for her family of 7, which includes herself, her husband, her three children, her mother-in-law, and her brother-in-law. They all share a 4-bedroom house, so she too has to be pretty creative with storing her items. She writes that some things are stacked next to her fridge, other items still are stored on the top part of a her kids closet.
Lacey’s husband recently experienced a season of unemployment, and she writes it was wonderful to have toiletries and items stockpiled so they didn’t have to spend money on them! I also love how she says she lets missionaries from her church stop by and “shop” from her stockpile!
Mandy has a family of 6, and she’s worked to stock up on 3-4 months of the items her family uses. She says she buys items like sugar, flour, and rice in bulk as that is generally where she has found the best price. She writes that she likes to stockpile so her family is prepared for other expenses that just come as a part of life. She also shares that she likes the comfort of knowing her family has practical items on hand so she doesn’t always have to head to the store each week.
Debbie stockpiles for her family of 6 which includes herself, her husband, three girls, and her mother. Couponing and stockpiling have enabled her to remain a stay-at-home mom. In her words: “Aside from our kitchen areas, (not shown) I have a pantry near the laundry room, our laundry room shelf for laundry/cleaning supplies, A half pantry in the garage as well as a spare freezer that is starting to get sparce!”
A huge thank you to all the readers who participated! I enjoyed reading your emails and sharing your pictures.
In the next couple days, I will select one of you randomly to win the $10 Amazon Gift Card I promised. I will simply email the winner (as opposed to announcing here).
I also plan on doing a recap post because I felt that there were some themes in your stories and photos, and I would love to tie it all together.
If you followed this series: what thoughts do you have? Did this change your view on what stockpiling could look like, or what it’s for? Did you get any ideas for organization?