Saturday, May 19, 2012

Buying in Bulk, Stockpiling, and Organization

Lately, I have been exploring the ideas of small-scale extreme couponing and stockpiling.  I have had some luck, but I seem to quickly run out of room in my small (1350 sq foot) home.  I have an extra bedroom that is never used by guests (maybe once a year?) and I contemplated the idea of buying some shelving units at Lowe's to house my stockpile.  The problem?  Those shelving units are almost $100.  Kinda of defeats the idea of "saving money" if I'm out over $100 before I even get started.

Also, because of my school and work schedules, I rarely cook.  In fact, the people of Domino's in the town where I work, know my voice by now.  They say, "Delivering to the Maternity Center? 2 medium hand-tossed pepperoni and one thin curst cheese?"  Do you want to know how much the total for that order is?  $14.65, plus the extra $1.35 I give as a tip.  Total:  $16.00.  I split the food with my coworker so I'm only out $8.  But, I could easily cook a meal for Frank, my coworker, and I for less than $8...with leftovers.

Clearly, eating out all the time isn't doing any favors for my waist line...not to mention my checkbook.  So, I have been researching freezer recipes and slow-cooker recipes in an effort to eat healthier (physically and financially).  I have made an overt effort to curb my grocery bill to reflect my healthier eating regimen.  I just don't know what to do with all the extra stuff I buy in the spirit of stockpiling!  How do I know when I have enough toothpaste?  And, how many bars of soap does a girl actually need?!?  Furthermore, wouldn't the whole point of stockpiling be in vain if I was throwing out food that was past its expiration date?

So, the question is:  How do I maintain a current stockpile?  How do I organize this stockpile so I can easily see what I have that needs to be used soon?  How do I store this stockpile in an attractive and functional way?

Ideas, anyone?

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