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Old 01-07-2014, 06:58 PM
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Well, it looks like we'll be moving cross-country this summer. Any advice on how to use up the stockpile and reign in the couponing without going back to paying near- full price on groceries and hba?
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I think I'd either sell it & use the money to start your new one, or rent a truck & drive it all w you (minus frozen/fresh food). I often think about how much I take for granted that most of what we need is right in the basement! I just couldn't fathom starting from scratch unless you had some money set aside from selling some of it. Where are you moving from/to?

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Stock only what you know you will use for the time being (remaining months). Instead of stockpiling as you have in the past, I would put some money aside and use that when you have to start up again. This way you will have some money saved up before starting new. I wouldn't say over because you have the coupon smarts not to spend full price. I would also research what stores are in the area to be prepared of where you will save the most then when you get there it will be easier.

Good luck in your future move! It is exciting to move to a new place.

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We are not planning on moving any time soon; perhaps an over 55 community in 5-8 years. I am thinking that by that time, my stockpiles will be at more "reasonable" levels. Regardless, I am preparing for anything that might happen. I asked my sister, who does most of her shopping at Costco, to save her empties for me for products like Dawn, laundry detergent, shampoo, etc. It would be easier to move one large bottle of Dawn rather than (9) small ones. And from my stockpile, I am saving the larger packaging of product to be used last.

IF I had to move today and had the storage space in the new place, I would definitely pay to move most of my stockpiles of non-perishables. There is no way I could replicate the glory days of stockpiling and replace them, most of which were 100% free.
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We moved in June from WV to CA and I got rid of all my stockpile to church members, people working on my house and a lot of different food pantry. It made me feel looking to give it all away to people in need but since being in CA prices are really high and now I wish we had brought with us so if you can I would take it with you besides the fridge freezer stuff. I thought it would be so easy to start over but it not at all here. I was blessed with doubling in WV and now no double and high prices so I just for one reason just stopped couponing I didn't know the stores well and I became over whelmed and now I ready to get back into big time again. Guess, not the suggestion you were looking for but if you can I would take with you as it takes time to learn your new area and what the prices are and their coupon policies are. Good Luck with your move.

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We moved in June from WV to CA and I got rid of all my stockpile to church members, people working on my house and a lot of different food pantry. It made me feel looking to give it all away to people in need but since being in CA prices are really high and now I wish we had brought with us so if you can I would take it with you besides the fridge freezer stuff. I thought it would be so easy to start over but it not at all here. I was blessed with doubling in WV and now no double and high prices so I just for one reason just stopped couponing I didn't know the stores well and I became over whelmed and now I ready to get back into big time again. Guess, not the suggestion you were looking for but if you can I would take with you as it takes time to learn your new area and what the prices are and their coupon policies are. Good Luck with your move.
I'm in CA too. I haven't had doubled coupons in over 10 years.

Two stores in my area that offer great prices are the Grocery Outlet and the 99 Cent Store. Neither takes coupons. The 99 Cent Store is better for salad makings and some bakery products. The Grocery Outlet is great for dairy, deli, and pantry staples.

Safeway can be good when there is a killer Just 4 You personalized deal that you can combine with a coupon. Sometimes they'll also offer a $5/$20 or a $5/$30 that can add a little help.

Good luck in rebuilding your stockpiles. I think it can still be done, but may take a little more time and effort AND PATIENCE than it did in the past.
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Thanks! I think this week has been a great deal for me with Target and Smart Foods. I was able to get cereal and Progresso soup to start on it but have a long ways to go to build it up like it was. Things for he tips. I been doing a lot of shopping at the .99 cent store with buying bread and odds and ends. Safeway I only go with a can match a coupon to something on sale before it not that close. I live right at a Walmart, and Target but catch my self doing a lot of shopping at Walmart because it close.

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Thanks! I think this week has been a great deal for me with Target and Smart Foods. I was able to get cereal and Progresso soup to start on it but have a long ways to go to build it up like it was. Things for he tips. I been doing a lot of shopping at the .99 cent store with buying bread and odds and ends. Safeway I only go with a can match a coupon to something on sale before it not that close. I live right at a Walmart, and Target but catch my self doing a lot of shopping at Walmart because it close.
I love the 99 Cent Store for salad veggies, English muffins, bagels, Philly, etc. About a month ago I found 15 oz. Smart Balance spreadable butter for $1. Where can you get a lb. of butter for $1? And in the summer, the watermelons were awesome!!
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I have been having fun in there usually don't get out of there less than $50. I went to Winco tonight and saved $80 so I was pleased with that. 46 cans of Progresso for .25 each after coupons, 12 cans of Green Beans .48 each without coupons, 20 boxes of General mills cereal .98 each, 12 burrito .38 each, 1 big tub of Country Crock $3.28, 2 fresh bagels .50 each, 9 packages of Oscar Carved meat .98 each after coupons, 24 Yoplait cup yogurt .25 each after coupons, 2 packages of 10 count Sparkle paper towels $4.48 each after coupons, 2 store brand Spagettio .49 each no coupons, 1 package of chip clips .99 total was $73.43 saved $83.00 in coupons so was pretty happy.

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I have been having fun in there usually don't get out of there less than $50. I went to Winco tonight and saved $80 so I was pleased with that. 46 cans of Progresso for .25 each after coupons, 12 cans of Green Beans .48 each without coupons, 20 boxes of General mills cereal .98 each, 12 burrito .38 each, 1 big tub of Country Crock $3.28, 2 fresh bagels .50 each, 9 packages of Oscar Carved meat .98 each after coupons, 24 Yoplait cup yogurt .25 each after coupons, 2 packages of 10 count Sparkle paper towels $4.48 each after coupons, 2 store brand Spagettio .49 each no coupons, 1 package of chip clips .99 total was $73.43 saved $83.00 in coupons so was pretty happy.
That's awesome!! I take it you're in the southern part of the state. My choices on groceries are extremely limited. We only have (2) national chains in my town, so the Grocery Outlet is my go-to place to get groceries. I do shop at Safeway (no doubles), but only to cherry pick anything that we use that is super cheap. Sometimes I don't step foot in there for weeks.
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