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Grocery deals to stockpile

Stockpiling is great, but you need to know when to sttop. A good rule of thumb is to have one unopened item per family member in stock. So, for example, 4 family members – 4 unopened boxes of toothpaste.
Stockpiling is great, but you need to know when to sttop. A good rule of thumb is to have one unopened item per family member in stock. So, for example, 4 family members – 4 unopened boxes of toothpaste. GARY O'BRIEN - gobrien@charlotte

What is stockpiling?

When an item your family uses regularly can be purchased for at least 60% off full price due to a sale and/or coupon, buy as many as you have coupons for. Warning: Initially, building a stockpile can actually make you spend more on your weekly groceries, because you still need to buy most of your essentials AND stock up on sale items. Remember All items have sale cycles. Having multiples of an items allows consumers to take advantage of the best time to buy.

How do I Stockpile?

Identify items that are good stockpiling items for your family - think non- perishables!



Lotion / Body wash

Shaving items

Cleaning /Paper products

Canned goods

Cereal/lunch snacks

Storage / Trash bags

Dog food



Baking items – sugar, flour Wipes / Diapers

Water / Juice (bottled)

Share your unused coupons with others to collect multiple coupons of the items you need.

Almost always if an items is a BOGO (Buy One Get One) and you have a coupon for it - it is a stockpile item. Coupon Events weeks are key for stockpiling on toothpaste and deodorant.

When to STOP

A good rule of thumb is to have one unopened of an item per family member in stock. So 4 family members – 4 unopened boxes of toothpaste

Where to Stock Pile?

Consider space and temperature. Garages are great, because temperature fluctuations don't affect cereal or cleaning supplies. Buy storage containers with lids that fit securely, and use a permanent marker to list what's inside. If a garage isn't an option, use furniture that's already taking up space, such as a bedroom dresser that's underused. The deep drawers are perfect for storing items. Build shelves for canned goods and cleaning products.

Consider a deep freezer. Shop around and find the best size for your family. (Remember to calculate the added energy cost.) Shelves and other internal compartments make it easier to organize your frozen food, ensuring nothing gets "lost" and goes bad.

Stock Piling Best Practices:

Write the expiration date on perishable items in magic marker so it's easy to see. Put new items at the back of the shelf and move older stuff forward.

Organize your containers similar to your pantry. For example, put all baking supplies together.

Know the shelf life of your dry stockpile. Some items list the expiration date on the packaging. If not, check out FreshPantry in the iTunes store. For less than a dollar - know when to toss or keep items.

And for this week.....According to this is a SUPER weekend to buy multiple copies of your Sunday Newspaper – there will be 4 inserts 2 from SmartSource and 2 from RedPlum! Remember help others by passing along inserts you don’t use.

Make sure to check out SavingsStar to load virtual coupons you can “stack” on sale items and manufactures coupon. This week is offering 20% off loose peaches.

Looking for Coupons? Be sure to visit and and Target too!

How to read the table below.

RP - Red Plum

P&G – Proctor & Gamble

SS- Smart Source

The abbreviations stand for the names of the inserts that appear in the Sunday paper. The date after the abbreviation is the date that insert appeared in the Sunday Newspaper!

Here are a few great items to Stockpile this week at Bi-Lo and Harris Teeter.


Remember Bi-Lo takes competitor’s coupons – check out the latest from Publix here!

Progresso Soup, 18-19 oz, at $1.19 Buy 3 and use $1/3 Progresso products, excl Pasta Bowl, SavingStar eCoupon AND $.50/2 Progresso products, excl pasta bowl, SS 9/13 Spend $.52 each

Zest or Coast Bar Soap, 3 bars, at $1.49 use $.50/1 Zest or Coast bar soap, 3 pk. +, SS 8/09 Spend just $.49

Earn $.05 in FuelPerks WYB 2 Southern Home Vegetable, Canola, Corn, or Blended Oil, 48 oz, $2.50

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter e coupons -

Domino Sugar, 4 lb bag, at $1.79 and use $.75/1 Domino sugar item, 2 lb. +, RP 9/13 Spend $.29

E-Vic Items

Breyer's Ice Cream, 48 oz, $2.47, limit 2

Deer Park Water, 24 pk., $2.97, limit 2

Charmin Bath Tissue, 6 rolls, $5.97, limit 2 use $.25/1 Charmin product, excl single rolls and trial size, PG 8/30

Harris Teeter Shredded Cheese, 6-8 oz, $1.47, limit 2

Yoplait Kids Yogurt, 12-18 oz, $1.50 Buy and use $.75/2 Yoplait Go-Gurt, Kids Cup yogurt or Trix yogurt, SS 8/02 AND $.75/2 Yoplait Go-Gurt, Kids Cup or Trix yogurt, SavingStar eCoupon AND $.75/2 Yoplait Go-Gurt, Kids Cup, Trix Yogurt, Harris Teeter (exp 09/15) eCoupon Spend NOTHING!!!!

General Mills Cereals, various, $2.50 Buy 2 and use $1/2 General Mills Cheerios cereals, SS 9/13 and use $1/2 General Mills Cheerios cereal, SavingStar eCoupon AND/OR $.75/1 General Mills Kix, Berry Berry Kix or Honey Kix cereal, SavingStar eCoupon AND/OR $.50/1 General Mills Reese's Puffs cereal, SavingStar eCoupon

Meal Deal - Buy All (5) Participating Items for, $7.99 and use $1.50 off Cooked Perfect meatballs, SS 8/30

Cooked Perfect Meatballs, 14 oz

Fresh Foods Markey Sub Rolls, 4 ct (these are in the Bakery!)

Newman's Own Pasta Sauce, 15-24 oz

Ore Ida French Fries, 20-32 oz

Harris Teeter Purified Water, 24 pk.

Get it all for $5.49

ZzzQuil Sleep Aid, 12 ct or 6 oz, $4.99 use $1 off Vicks ZzzQuil item, excl trial size, PG 8/30

-$5 Vicks ZzzQuil item up to $5, mail by 10/13 (exp 09/13) Mail In Rebate Form