Reader Kassie has been participating in the $10 Per Week Stockpiling Challenge. She sent an email today to share her results.
When I read your post about the reader who questioned why $10 wasn’t getting you as much as the couponing reality shows, I decided I wanted to put in my two cents.
Now, like you mentioned, I could totally spend $10 every week buying hundreds of things of floss or mustard or something ridiculous like that, OR I could take my money and build up a year’s supply of things my family will actually use on a regular basis and do “smart buying” instead of “insane buying”. This is part of the reason I started this challenge with you, to get my family stocked up on the things we use so that I don’t have to spend my grocery food budget buying toilet paper and shampoo.
I’ll admit, I’ve watched those shows a few times and have been amazed at what they’ve acquired with only a few dollars. But then, once I actually started couponing, I wondered where they got all those coupons and how much time they spent every week gathering and organizing and planning and storing. I just don’t have those kinds of resources, especially with a baby! So I’ve stopped watching those reality shows because that’s exactly what they AREN’T!
Instead, I started slowly following multiple blogs and trying to learn how to take advantage of deals and sales and coupons. Then, when I started the challenge with you, I took your advice and organized a list of the things I wanted to stockpile and the amounts that we would need for a year’s supply (and since it’s just me and my husband and our 1-year old, this list isn’t very big) and I wrote this list on a white board that’s posted in our hallway so that I can see it and keep it updated and know what I need to focus on and what I don’t.
Now, only a few months into the Stockpiling Challenge, these are my results. Of the 19 non-food items on my list:
- 10 of them are at or above a year’s supply
- 7 of them are only short by 2-3 items
- 2 are at least 50% of the way there
I will easily have met all my goals within a few weeks even if I just purchase the items I need without waiting for sales, and then from there it’s all about maintaining the supply.
This challenge has been so helpful in getting me on a goal-oriented track with regards to couponing. I’ve even started to help out some family and friends (and of course, have guided them all to your blog for direction!) My church speaks often and strongly of having every family prepared for disaster, financial difficulty, etc. with a year’s supply of food storage (non-food items included), and now I have a non-intimidating way of accomplishing that for my family. So, to those who think that couponing isn’t successful unless you’ve got a basement full of cookies, I will gladly tell them that I completely disagree!
Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Kassie! Now if any of you have been hesitant to set aside $10 per week for focused couponing, I hope this inspires you to get started. Kassie has already nearly completed her stockpiling goals and it has only been three months!
You can visit our Stockpiling Pinterest page to see what we have done so far this year. It’s never too late to join us! Send me an email at momsbyheart at gmail dot com if you’d like to share a photo and description of your $10 haul. If I use it on the blog you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card. One card given away per month and you can enter as often as once every week.