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      Will $1000 be enough to start a good stockpile, along with using coupons? I am going to use some of my tax return to get a jump on things. I have a Sams Club membership and will probably get some things from there. Are there any items that are NOT worth buying from Sams Club? And if so, where else would be better?

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      Default Re: just starting my stockpile

      The best advice I can offer is don't purchase it all at once. Buy the items you want in your stash when you find a deal.

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      I'll be checking for sales and such, but I want to set aside about $1000 to go toward it. Will that be enough to get started? Or should I plan for more?

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      Default Re: just starting my stockpile

      I agree with the previous post that you need to move slowly in building up your stockpile and have a good idea of the items you want to get when the specials come around. Your stockpile should be an extension of your daily pantry needs. Everything I buy goes into the stockpile first and then my pantry and daily needs are pulled from the stockpile. This guarantees rotation of the foods and also ensures that you have the food ingredients that you will actually use when you can no longer go to the store.

      I would just start buying an extra can or two of the usual items you buy with the extras going toward the stockpile inventory. The #1 item to start with is WATER and not in the flimsy plastic water bottles which will begin to leak over time. You can go without food for a long while, but not water.
      I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

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      Yes, your $1000.00 set aside should make for a nice size stockpile start-up. You need to plan if this stockpile is just for food or if it is going to be for all household items. You also need to decide for what length of time your stockpile is for -- 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year? Figure out the amount of foods, or what nots you need for that period of time. Use your lists of what you use now to figure the amounts needed for your stockpile.

      Only buy the items you know you will use!

      As to buying at Sams Club or any other place -- you need to know the prices before you can tell if it is a bargain. Buying in larger quantity is not always the way to go -- sometimes smaller is cheaper. I have seen ads where shopping at the regular Walmart is cheaper than the same item at Sams. Also, Dollar Stores have some stuff that is cheaper. You might want to visit Sams and see what the prices are for the items you are interested in, then visit the other stores that you do business with and check out their prices. Figure out the amount per ounce of a can or per roll or whatever to see if getting larger or smaller packages is the best buy.

      Hope this helps. Thanks; Virginia

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      The two stores I am able to really purchase items using coupons and add to my stockpile: Publix and Kroger.....I have shopped at Publix spending 23.00 and saving 55.00 in one trip.....there B1G1 is the way to go for stockpiling....if you buy only one you pay half the price and with a manufacturer/competitor/store coupon(if there is one of each), you are able to get the item for free or for very little,cents.....I love to get my coupons ready, coupon binder in hand and go shopping and come out saving MORE than I spent.

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      Woo hoo!! My local grocery store is having a sale on pasta, 10 for $10. I see a stocked cabinet of noodles in my near future.

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      Default Re: just starting my stockpile

      Quote Originally Posted by lmitchell View Post
      Will $1000 be enough to start a good stockpile, along with using coupons? I am going to use some of my tax return to get a jump on things. I have a Sams Club membership and will probably get some things from there. Are there any items that are NOT worth buying from Sams Club? And if so, where else would be better?
      Better to avoid Sam's Club -- many of their items are more expensive than regular grocery stores if you add in the triple plays (sale, coupon, refund) and double plays (sale, coupon)...

      I can do a LOT with $1000....

      My best shopping trip ever: super double coupons -- $1198 worth of products, all which had coupons, in the end NEGATIVE $78 and the cashier paid me to leave.

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