Step 3: Build it up
Assemble your stockpile.
- Don’t fill your pantry with items that aren’t on sale; wait for markdowns and apply a coupon.
- Track sales with a price book; aim for a savings of at least 70 percent off the original price.
- Buy in bulk: If you have six coupons for Cheerios and they’re on sale, making the cereal 50 cents per box, buy all six boxes. The initial cash outlay will be higher, but you won’t have to buy cereal again for six weeks or longer.