Save on essentials and groceries by stockpiling

My mum used to stockpile. We used to laugh that if there was a natural disaster, we would have been very well fed. But now I understand the concept of buying in bulk and I see the benefits. Stockpiling is beneficial in case something happens, like an unexpected bill, loss of income, if you can’t afford to spend like you do normally on groceries or just to want to save a few dollars at the checkout when you see something on sale. I stockpile, buy essentials and particular grocery items when I see them discounted at the grocery store. Although, I am not too excessive. I only buy enough for the space I have available to store it all. Combined with meal planning, stockpiling or buying foods in bulk can significantly reduce your grocery bill each year.

Combined with meal planning, stockpiling or buying foods in bulk significantly reduce your grocery bill each year.

It’s as simple as knowing the particular brands and items that you buy regularly and grabbing a few when you see them on sale. You will notice that most grocery stores have discount cycles and you will learn how much you will need to keep you going until they are on sale again. It makes it easier to keep well stocked up with your favourite essentials.

What to stock up on?

These are some items we will always use and never go to waste.

  • Laundry detergent
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Dishwasher tablets
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Coffee
  • Chips
  • Cereal
  • Non-perishable lunchbox food
  • Maple Syrup
  • Noodles
  • Biscuits & Crackers
  • Tuna
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Sauces
  • Chicken and Beef Stock
  • Cat Litter
  • Toilet Paper
  • I always buy the biggest bundle of our favourite toilet paper brand when I see it on special, we seem to go through so much loo paper and I cringe when I have to pay full price for it.

Combined with meal planning, stockpiling or buying foods in bulk significantly reduce your grocery bill each year.

Important to note:

  • Sometimes items are on special because the used by date is close to expiring, check the date before you buy too much of the item.
  • Rotate what you have purchased, moving old items to the front before placing new items on the shelf.
  • Remember to menu plan based on the items that you have stockpiled.

Where to keep everything?

There can be numerous places in your home to keep a stockpile – linen cupboards, pantry, garage. Most importantly, make sure the space is clean, dry and low in humidity so that the items don’t spoil.

I store most of these extra essentials in the top of my pantry.  I can’t tell you the last time I ran out of coffee….ooh could you imagine.

Combined with meal planning, stockpiling or buying foods in bulk significantly reduce your grocery bill each year.

A friend of mine appeared on A Current Affair sharing how she stockpiles for her family and the savings she is able to achieve from it.

Do you stockpile? I would love learn your tips on how you do this to stick to budget, how much you stockpile and where you store it?

Do you stockpile?

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Michelle July 24, 2017 - 6:13 AM

Do you have wholesale clubs where you live like Sam’s and Costco’s that we have in the United States?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 17, 2017 - 10:10 AM

Yes we have a few but Campbell’s is the largest

Rebecca July 24, 2017 - 10:13 AM

Yes I stockpile. I don’t have an actual pantry, just two cupboards under a bench. So I store my excess in the reuseable blue ALDI zip (hot/cold) bags. We often have an issue with ants in summer but I find that they never get into these bags- even for sugar or zooper doopers like they do in th cupboard! I store these bags neatly under one of our windows as its out of the way, yet close to the kitchen. Also I store others in a few stackable tall laundry baskets. Still grouped in like items in th blue bags of course. I store any extra toilet paper on top of our old linen cupboard. We also drink lots of up&go’s- I actually buy a tray- and keep the tray to refill in drips and drabs. They also stack really well. I find that any stackable box or container is ideal. Also on top of large furniture in a nice basket can help “hide” the stockpile. Hope this helps. It took me ages to find a solution to be able to stockpile without the ants and possums eating it all before we do. Ha ha.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 17, 2017 - 10:11 AM

Thats a great tip Rebecca, Thanks for sharing

Karen July 24, 2017 - 11:31 AM

I understand that stockpiling is a useful budgeting tool, and having grown up on an isolated farm, my mum always stockpiled, town was a long way away, you couldn’t just duck out to get supplies in five minutes!
However, now living in the city, I have the luxury of getting fresh produce easily. I would rather my family eat fresh, natural foods than packaged items full of preservatives and other additives.

Rebecca July 24, 2017 - 3:22 PM

I don’t stockpile fruit & vege. I still buy them fresh, but any non perishable items if stockpiled stops me from going down unnecessary isles at the shops. I can stock up on these for 6mnths (depending on use by dates) especially if its half price. I still agree that fresh is best.

Karen July 24, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Sorry Rebecca, wasn’t referring to your comment, just commenting in general ?

Rebecca July 24, 2017 - 5:17 PM

🙂 that’s ok I probly should’ve specified anyway, he he, thanks 😉

Naomi July 26, 2017 - 12:22 AM


My Mum often did this too. And sometimes I do, although since having two kids I’ve become a little less organised in the “what’s in my pantry” aspect, trying to go fresh as well.

I wanted to mention “Who Gives a Crap” toilet paper – have you heard of them? Toilet paper, tissues and paper towel from this organisation is something we never have to rush down the street for. The toilet paper is a subscription, you choose when you want it shipped. It’s 100% recyclable, it’s bamboo, 50% of their profits go to Water Aid – for projects like clean and safe water for sanitation and hygiene. I’m in no way affiliated, just a fan. Check them out!! You’ll save money, I promise. The toilet paper is heaps cheaper than supermarket brands. The tissues are on par and the paper towel is a bit more expensive I think. But we choose them for ethical reasons too.

Check them out! 🙂 and then stockpile with it 😉

Nicole July 26, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Yes, I stockpile too. Especially things like shampoo and washing powder that are higher cost, I buy when they are half price. Its been a long time since I’ve paid full price for these! Same for cereal and other foods that have a long shelf life which go on sale regularly.

Anon M August 16, 2017 - 3:54 PM

To some degree, we do. Costco regularly has toilet paper at great prices 19c per 100 sheets. So we stock up. Same for paper towels, washing liquid (i make my own as well) disinfectant. Mixed beans, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, passata etc.

Sue November 26, 2018 - 3:43 PM

I have just started an organized stockpile strategy. I used to buy an extra of things on sale but never bought enough to last me through to the next sale cycle. I have plenty of storage space and was recently motivated by the book The $1000 Project to pay off our home loan as quickly as possible. We have a modest income and it was my feeling that we weren’t being mindful enough with our spending. Googling easy ways to save money kept highlighting stock piling. 4 weeks in, my pantry is full of my families staples. We are a vegan household so eat plenty of can beans, tomatoes, pasta, stock and rice. All of these things are perfect for stockpiling. Some household products are abundant enough to last me 6 months now. I think about how many times i would go to the shops and pay full price for the same item I can pay half for and I feel ashamed. I am pleased to say that since stockpiling on my regular staples (no junk or unfamiliar additions) I have amassed savings of $1000 off regular prices.


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