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My Stockpile

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My Stockpile

I frequently receive requests for a peek into my closets, garage, and other hiding places so I thought it deserved a post of its own. Here's 1 picture of several that I will share over the course of the next few weeks.

This picture is a hall closet in, well..a hall. It was originally intended to be a coat closet, but my handy husband built several shelves and it is now my very own stockpile closet. As you can see, I use it for a variety of items but mostly beauty/bath/hygiene products. I have well over 40 deoderants, countless bottles of shampoo/conditioner, lotion, sunscreen, and much much more. I even started using the top shelve for some cereal, jam, and cake mixes! Now that I think about it, I bet I could take those cake mixes into the garage..they won't melt, will they?

If you are anything like me (heaven help you!) - you may just be cringing right now. I did the first time I saw someone's stockpile. My immediate thoughts ranged from "How selfish" to "Hoarder!!" As a stand alone photo, I can see why you may think either thought - or maybe something in between. I am not a hoarder by nature - I probably lean more towards a minimalist style if I had to pick a pole. So if you entered my home, you would NEVER believe that I had closets stuffed to the brim with never-been-opened goodies. My

The fact is this - in order to sustain savings of 70-90%, you MUST stockpile. There's simply no other option if you want to ensure you purchase goods ONLY at the rock bottom price. For me - that includes personal hygiene products. I find they are the absolute BEST gift alternatives I can give. My family and friends LOVE getting to share freebies...I've been known to leave a random tube of toothpaste on someone's desk, give a holiday gift bag worth over $100 (of which I paid less than $4 total), and much more. I couldn't begin to share if I wasn't stockpiling. I don't mention this to self-promote, but instead to inspire you to convert a closet in your own home!

One key to effective stockpiling is to rotate your inventory. If you don't, you may very well find that many of your items are expired when you need them. I use Christmas as a time to thoroughly clean out my closets and other hiding places. It creates a fresh start to the New Year & allows me to share the abudance in the form of gift bags and baskets. A friend of a friend calls it "Christmas for adults" anytime she receives what has now become the traditional gift basket.

More stockpile pictures to come! In the meantime, what do you think about stockpiling? Do you find it useful in your financial journey?

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