I firmly believe that stockpiling/storing food and household supplies is part of being able to maximize your savings.
By buying multiples of an item when they are at their lowest price (which you can determine using my printable Price Book), you have it when you need it. You’re not at the mercy of sales, or coupons. As long as you keep track of what you have and know when you need to restock, stockpiles can be a very helpful thing.
In addition to helping you save money, stockpiles protect your family in case of an emergency or loss of income.
I have created three FREE printable inventories for you to use!
1. Pantry Inventory – 2 versions – with or without categories – comes with instructions.
2. Freezer Inventory – 2 versions – with or without categories – comes with instructions.
3. Household Inventory – 2 versions – with or without categories – comes with instructions.
These printable tools are very easy to use, and FREE for you to download!
Click the links below to download each one:
- Pantry Inventory – with categories
- Pantry Inventory – no categories
- Freezer Inventory – with categories
- Freezer Inventory – no categories
- Household Inventory – with categories
- Household Inventory – no categories
Tips for good stockpiles:
- Store more than just food. You can keep just a pantry of food, or you can also stockpile other needs that your family has like baby items, pet food, laundry items, etc. Buying when prices are at their lowest makes your stockpiles cost a fraction of what they’re worth.
- Keep up with your inventory sheets. It’s easy to come home from the store and just throw things in the cabinet, or to grab something out quickly for dinner. If you keep up with marking when things go in and things come out, you have a better grasp on what’s available and which items are beginning to run low. This makes meal planning easier, and also allows you time to start watching for the lowest price on needed items.
- Rotate your stock. When you store items, especially food, you want to follow the “in first, out first” principle. When you buy new items, place them behind the older items that went in first. This way the older items get used before the new ones, and you aren’t stuck with cans of 3 year old food.
- Label items with the expiration date. In addition to rotating your stock, it is also helpful to label boxes and cans of food with their expiration date. Then you don’t have to search for it on the packaging, and you’re more likely to see and notice when something is nearing its best-by date.
- Don’t buy it if you won’t use it. It doesn’t matter how good a sale is or how good a coupon is if you won’t use the item. Only store and stockpile the items you know your family will use and like.
- Maximize your space with “space savers“. These could be can racks or stackable bins. Anything to help you get more into your space.
- Think outside the box when it comes to the usual storage space. Now, you don’t want to have items stashed all over the place, but if you divide your items up into “stores” like health, beauty, food, paper goods, etc then you can find smaller places to house them. Don’t tell anyone, but all my paper towels and toilet paper are under my son’s crib! No one can even see them!
I hope these inventories can help you manage your pantry, freezer and household stockpiles better!
If you’re looking for more FREE printable tools to help you spend less and save more, check out my other resources!