Is Your Stockpile Overloading Your House?

Posted on October 5th, 2011 by Coupon Cathy

Some people are really good at finding deals and when they do they will stockpile. A lot of stockpilers are accused of hoarding. What’s the difference you ask?

Stockpilers see a great deal, think about what they need, check expiration dates and buy the appropriate amount. Stockpilers also can resist the urge to clear a shelf.

Hoarders generally will clear a shelf just because they have enough coupons to do so. Hoarders care less about the deal and more about walking away with a great steal!

Do you see yourself identifying with one? Do you have tons of “stuff” you don’t know what to do with. Here are some things you may stockpile or hoard and some practical uses of them.

1. My favorite is donating!

If you look through your stash and you find stuff you really don’t need or use, donate it. The thrill of helping someone less fortunate is even better than walking out with a good deal.

2. Make some trash.
No, I am not saying you should throw your stuff away. But let’s face it, any good couponer has TONS of cereal. Most will go bad before the person will ever use it. What my kids don’t/won’t eat, I made into an awesome snack with a trash mix of it all. Depending on what cereal you get there are tons of recipes out there for you to use your cereal in.

  • Puppy Trash
  • Chex Mix, both sweet or savory
  • Haystacks
  • Rice crispy treats
  • Chocolate covered pretzels.

There are so many ideas out there!

3. Brusha brusha brusha.
Dentist recommend you change your toothbrush every 6 months. When you are buying 6 every month, you are going to start a stockpile. But, there are tons of uses for tootbrushes that don’t involve your teeth.

  • My personal favorite is as a jewelry cleaner. Please consult your jeweler before trying this. My sister-in-law told me about this and my rings haven’t been cleaner. She says use a litte bit of toothpaste (not gel) on an old (or stockpiled) toothbrush and clean your ring away. I am telling you first hand that my ring looks better than any jewelry cleaner and it gets inspected every month and they say it’s in perfect shape!
  • Toothbrushes are also great to clean other things with. Any crevice you want to really get into or something you want deep cleaned, they are great!
  • Eye brow brushes! Why spend money on the fancy ones when one of your extra toothbrushes will work just the same.
  • Cleaning under your fingernails. This is another thing that stores sell separately, but is the same thing. Save your money and use a toothbrush.
  • And last but certainly not the end of the possibilities, but use it to apply hair dye to touch of roots! Maybe you don’t have time to do the whole thing, but you just want to touch up. A toothbrush is perfect!

4. Bars of soap
The other day I realized I had a lot of ivory bars of soap that I got for next to nothing. Personally I am not a fan of using bars of soap in the shower, but they were too good of a deal to pass up and I knew I could use them some how.  So when I came across this recipe for homemade laundry soap, I then had a use for my bars. And let me tell you, it works great and homemade laundry soap is so much cheaper than the regular.

What are some things in your stockpile that you are looking for uses for? Do you have any ideas we could use?


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