Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Stockpile

A lot of my friends and family are getting interested in the way I shop so I thought it might be helpful to show the stockpile that I have accumulated over the last 2 years. Many of them laugh when I say "all I need this week is peanut butter, tea bags, and clothes detergent." I'm sure they wonder how we can survive on peanut butter and tea. What they don't always see is that I have a mini-store located right here in my house. So over the last 2 years I have been able to stockpile my groceries at the "really cheap" or "free" prices when a particular sale comes up and there are also matching coupons.

These pictures were taken about 2 weeks ago so my stockpile of peanut butter, tea bags, and clothes detergent has increased since these pictures. :) I also was able to get a ton of snack food items and canned soup at the Kroger mega sale over the last 2 weeks. I will try and get some updated pictures of those items. Also, these pictures are only of my non-kitchen storage space. I do also have a jam packed kitchen pantry, cabinets, and drawers as well as 2 refrigerators and 3 freezers full of my cold/frozen goods. Those were a little too unorganized for photos but maybe I can add those soon too. :)

Keep in mind that most of the cleaning supplies and health/beauty items were either free or almost free. Once you get the hang of stockpiling or as I call it "strategic shopping" you will NEVER pay for another tube of toothpaste, razor, or bottle of shampoo again. :)

My total weekly budget for groceries and drugstore items is $50 or LESS for my family of 5.


  1. Very impressive! I have one question though, are you able to use your food items before they expire? I tried this a while back and ended up throwing away a lot of foods because I couldn't use them up quick enough.

  2. Nice. @Beth, my stockpile is not Nearly as impressive, but we keep track of it, and if anything starts to get within a month or two of expiration and we know we won't use it all, my teenagers and I gather up boxes of non perishables and take them to the local Salvation Army Food kitchen.
    The same goes with the health and beauty stuff. There comes a point when we will never use all the stuff on those shelves and then we use lunch bags and make up gift bags of deodorant,shampoo, razor, whatever and label them Male/Female and donate the bags to the homeless shelters in Lansing. It has opened up some amazing sharing time with my teens to get them involved in that process.

  3. I was going to say the same as Lisa did above. I keep up with the dates and if something gets close I take it and donate it. I took two large boxes full not long ago. :)

  4. WOW! I am new to this and would like to learn a lot more. Do teach any classes?

  5. LMC,
    If you're donating your 'near' expirations... I'd happy to pick them up and deliever them to my house. :giggle: