You've been watching the pros and you finally scored your first big haul – 200 rolls of toilet paper for $2. Never mind how you're going to get it all home, it's National Coupon Month, and you're officially a “Couponer” now. But where in the world are you going to store it once you get those 200 rolls inside your house? Get creative with your space.
- Use under-the-bed storage boxes for smaller items like deodorant, toothpaste, and soap.
- If your sofa or bookcase is angled in a corner, use the space behind it for storage.
- Hang shoe bags inside closet doors, on rods inside the closet and even your pantry door or back door in your kitchen.
- Store extra sheets and linens between the mattress and box spring to free up more closet space.
- Watch yard sales and Craigslist for shelving or cabinets – sometimes people give these away if you'll just come and pick them up.
- Stack boxes of food or stable packages of paper goods, cover with a tablecloth and a round of plywood or glass and voila! An instant end table.
Know your family's needs
Some brand of toilet paper is always on sale so there's really no need to buy enough to last your family a year, unless, of course, you get it free. Know how much of any given product your family will use in a given time frame.
Read more at “Why it pays to collect multiple coupons”
Most manufacturers operate on a three or four month sales-cycle so when you find a great deal it's really only necessary to buy enough to last until the next sale three or four months later.
For example, if you use a 4-pack of toilet paper a week, then your family would use only 52 rolls in three months. If you can get 200 rolls free that's great, but why waste the storage space when it's not necessary?
You also need to consider product expiration dates. While you probably won't die or become violently ill if you use ketchup that's past its expiration date, why take the chance? And if you don't use it you've wasted your money. It's going to be on sale again in three months.
Once you start seriously using coupons to save money on your grocery bill you'll start recognizing the different sales cycles. Then it's easy to buy only what you'll need until the next sale and you don't have to worry about building end tables out of toilet paper.
- Know your store's coupon policy
- What to do when your store stops doubling coupons
- Maximizing your coupons: What about those '10 items for $10' sales?
- It's National Coupon Month so where do you find the coupons?
- Survey says consumers can invest one hour and cut grocery bill in half
- Maximize coupon savings: Track prices on items you buy regularly