I started to coupon in Jan of 2011. I started out really slow, and as time went on I slowly changed the way I couponed. In August of 2011 I made the decision to start stockpiling. When I made that decision we really started to notice the savings. My husband, the accountant actually said at one point "I can't believe how much we are saving and how much we have, we have way more now then we ever did, and we're spending a lot less". I have gotten a lot better about finding the deals, and knowing when to buy and when to pass over the last almost 2 years also.
Fast forward to August of 2012...1 full year of actively working on my stockpile. We just had a phenomenal sale on P&G products at Food 4 Less, along with having some GREAT P&G coupons this month (several high dollar coupons!). This sale really pushed me up and over, and I am at the point that I can say that we are ready to live off our stockpile. Obviously there have been several times over the last year that we have taken needed items from our stockpile to use. When I say "live off my stockpile" I mean, not buying more items to add to it. I do still need to buy food items, etc. But 'most' household and personal hygiene items are now on my 'don't need to buy list'.
Here's my list of items that I don't need to buy.....unless of course I can get it for FREE! Ok...I probably have enough shampoo I would pass up on it, even if it was free....unless I was planning to donate it (I just got a ton of free shampoo!)
Laundry Detergent (liquid and packs)
Stainless Steel Cleaner
Hair Gel (for Austin)
Hair Stylers (for Jaidan)
Purex Laundry Crystals
Shaving Cream (mens and women's)
Phew!! That's a long list!!! I may have left 1 or 2 things out too, I did this from memory thinking of what I had and where I had it stashed LOL.
I am excited to save even more money and live off my stockpile. Our grocery bill is going to drop even more now, since I won't be buying a lot of stockpile items. Even with buying stockpile items, our grocery bill dropped from $500-$700 a month down to $150-$300 a month....for a family of 6! Now that number is going to drop even more!