Build a stockpile with just $10 a week

Do you remember the TLC show Extreme Couponing from a couple of years ago? I remember watching mesmerized by the lengths that people went to in order to build a stockpile. They dove into dumpsters and stole their neighbors newspapers — all for the sake of a deal and a coupon.

I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t take all that and you can absolutely create an attainable, modest stockpile with just $10 a week. My sister actually gave me the idea after we were talking about couponing and finding a recent sale.

I more or less accepted her challenge of creating a stockpile of household items for my family for what it costs to buy Starbucks for a week or less than it costs for two adult movie tickets.

So what exactly is a stockpile? It’s when you purchase items in multiples through the use of coupons or low price deals. For example, say your family uses hand soap like crazy and it’s on sale at your local supermarket for 76 cents for a 7.5 oz bottle when normally it costs $1.67. It’s a deal so you buy 4 or 6. True story, by the way.

A small soap stockpile will last my family for about three months.
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Disclaimer: So before I go any further I should probably note that if you want to build an extreme stockpile like for an apocalypse then you might as well stop reading.

I for one don’t have the space to house 80 tubes of toothpaste nor do I have the time to gather coupons and track deals for 80 tubes of toothpaste. So that being said, I really just want to explain how I attain my mini stockpile of items my family uses pretty regularly.

So keep reading if you want to know how I do it.

Create a list.

I honestly have a running list in my head of items we use on the regular like toothpaste, hand soap, laundry detergent, and bathroom tissue. I’ve focused for now on stockpiling non-perishable items that are NOT food.

So if you have household items or food that your family uses a lot of then you may want to add it to the list. If I were stocking up on food items then I would include eggs, bread, cheese, sugar, rice, grits, etc.

I don’t have a goal of what or how many items I buy in a single week, just what’s on sale, what I have space for and when I’ve reached my $10 limit.

Check for deals, rebates, coupons.

After I’ve made a list of items I intend to purchase I check my Flipp app to survey all of the store circulars for a sale. I search Food Lion, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Aldi because those are the stores in my town. It would take me so much time to individually search all of the store sale papers. I’m a mom on the go and using the Flipp app allows me to check it while on the elevator at work or waiting for my morning coffee to brew or in the parking lot before I shop. You get the picture.

Then I search coupons.com (also available via app) or the Krazy Coupon Lady.com (also available via app) to see if there are any savings. The Krazy Coupon Lady actually tells me in which inserts I can find a coupon. So I trust that if there is one out there, she’s already made note of it. Love her.

I then check the Ibotta app to see if there are rebate opportunities. The app has select store and any brand items that once you purchase it can net you 25 cents up to a couple of dollars on a rebate. So for instance, the first week I signed up I received a rebate for any brand of bread, eggs and milk. You check off the items you think you might buy and link your store card and once it’s processed you get your rebate. New items and brands are added each week. I’ve chosen to let my rebates stack up instead of cashing them in.

By the way, if you think you want to sign up for Ibotta use my referral code and we can be teammates. When I shop you can earn bonuses and vice versa.

Spend just $10

It’s really not that hard to build your household stockpile. Store sales come in cycles (usually six weeks) so you can build your supply in a short amount of time. I buy enough now in order to last me until the next sale. This way I won’t ever have to pay full price for that particular item again.

Say you only want to pile away three bottles of Dawn dish detergent because you really don’t have space. If your total cost doesn’t reach $10 then either add it to the next week or add it to the cost of an extra item like soap or paper towels.

Track prices

I kind of already know what the average cost of my regular stockpile items are so this isn’t a huge effort on my part, but if you’re new to stockpiling then you may want to track prices of items you intend to buy a lot of so that you know if it’s really a deal when it’s on sale.

There are some items I just refuse to buy because it doesn’t fit my $10 a week budget. Two weeks ago Tide laundry detergent was on sale at Walgreens and the coupon I had would’ve taken off a $1, but I still would’ve paid about $5 for it so I waited. I bought dish soap instead that week and knew that another brand of laundry detergent would be cheaper the following week.

The Flipp app really helps me track and compare prices. Some circulars offer a preview on the app before the current week is expired so then I know if I should wait to buy or go ahead and purchase.

You can fill your cart with items thanks to tracking prices, rebate apps, and coupons.
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Best time to buy

While some stores may offer sales on cycles, some items are just better if bought during a certain time of the year. Now this may blow your $10 a week budget, but at least you’ll know when items are on sale and can plan your shopping trips. For example, Christmas decorations are always on sale the days following Christmas and even in January, in some stores.

Food items like condiments, hot dogs or buns are almost always on sale around holidays like Memorial Day or July 4th.

Bonus: Big ticket items like furniture is best bought in January because companies typically release new products in February and August. So the best deals will be in January to make room for the new releases in February.

Drug stores have hidden gems

Don’t sleep on drug stores because they have a plethora of hidden gems aka deals upon deals upon deals. I buy all of my laundry detergent, dish soap and hair care products from either Walgreens, CVS or Rite Aid. I wait for a sale and match that with a manufacturer’s couple for an even better deal. For example, I recently bought Oxi Clean laundry detergent that was $3.99 (regularly priced around $7). I found an online coupon for $3.

Now when I shop at Walgreens I always scan my Balance Rewards card because I get points and bonus points for buying certain items. Most stores these days have some type of reward cards. I also load any coupons to my card so that once it’s scanned the coupon automatically is used. Walgreens points are in the 1,000 increments. So 1,000 points is equal to $1. Once I’ve accumulated points I can also use those during a shopping trip at the store to reduce my price.

Say I have 10,000 bonus points and my total is $12.99 then I can apply my bonus points, which again would be $1 per 1,000. I could use the $10 toward my $12.99 bill and walk out of the store only spending $2.99.

Walgreens also has a coupon savings booklet at the front of the store next to the weekly circular. I always browse the booklet to see if there are coupons that I can apply to a product.

CVS also has a reward system and coupons available on its app. I haven’t found very much luck getting the app to work in my favor, but I’m going to keep at it.

I normally stockpile up on toothpaste and soap from Dollar Tree.
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I also recently lucked up by clipping a manufacturer coupon for $2 off any L’Oreal face product and I read the fine print that just said any face product. I asked the clerk if that applied to mascara and she said it did not. I asked her if she would indulge me and scan it anyway. It worked. I bought a Voluminous Lash mascara in carbon black (my favorite) that was originally around $8 and I got a rebate because it was on the Ibotta app.

If you, like me just want to save a little extra cash, find a good deal and store up some household products then I challenge you to try my $10 a week stockpile. Go ahead. I dare you. Set aside just $10 a week and watch your stockpile grow.

If you try it comment below because I’d like to know how it turns out for you. Or you can let me know via Facebook, Twitter or share a pic with me on Instagram of your stockpile.

 

 

 

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I’m a Mom…What’s Your Superpower

This September our daughter will be two and my hubby and I will be married for three years. As a new mom and new wife I’m still learning to balance work, family church and all the little in between things that can suck up your time.

I recently attended my first ever women’s conference at Ridgecrest in Black Mountain, North Carolina where the theme was Super Women. It was three days of absolute empowerment. I learned so much about myself and who I am as a Christian woman, a mother and friend.

Some of the workshop sessions were about discovering your kryptonite, using the word to tap into power, and unleashing the superpower within. I heard so many wonderful testimonies from other women who have really overcome some situations that would cripple non-superwomen.

I recently attended a women’s conference at Ridge Crest in Black Mountain, NC. It was awesome.
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So before the conference I was starting to feel that I was failing as a wife, a working mom and sister. I was trying to be the perfect wife, the perfect mommy, perfect matron of honor that I thought my sister needed me to be. As mothers, as women we have a tendency to want everything to be perfect and it’s just an unrealistic expectation.

I think I have this mentality that “I don’t want to seem like I can’t manage the household, be a good wife, take care of baby girl, help get my sister down the aisle, do church work, and maintain all of the responsibilities at the job in which I get paid to focus on work.”

If I’m honest with myself, like most moms we don’t want to admit that sometimes we just can’t get it all done today. Sometimes there are days that require a lot of juggling just to accomplish a fraction of your massive to-do list.

But as a busy moms we have to remember that we are capable of thriving in may facets of our lives.

Instead of focusing on what I wasn’t accomplishing, I began to look at what all I had accomplished. My child was healthy, happy, fed and clothed. My husband had a home cooked meal 6 nights out of the week (shoot even Jesus Christ rested on the 7th day).

So I only got through with 4 stories that day at work instead of 6 (If you don’t know I’m a reporter for a daily newspaper). Ok I only drank 4 glasses of water and I ate chocolate before dinner. Ok I left dishes in the sink, but at least my family ate a great meal.

We as women put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be supermom more than anyone ever expects us to be.

I’ve come to realize that I manage to get a lot done before most people arrive for work.

Look at all I’ve managed to accomplish.

So I say to any mother who is doubting her abilities and questioning whether she is doing a good job — you are a good mother. If someone says oh you’re a mom as if it’s a bad thing look them straight in the eye and say: I’m a mom what’s your superpower?

I’m a Supermom….What’s your superpower?
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If you’re a supermom I want to hear about it. Share your stories of being a superwoman or knowing a superwoman in the comments below or share a superwoman photo via instagram or twitter or facebook.

It’s My Blogiversary

This month 2 years ago I began blogging. I took a hiatus but I’m baaaaaaacccckk.

What was supposed to be a holiday time off became a four and a half month break, but what can I say, but life got hectic. It still is, but I missed blogging and hope that with a regular one day a week post that I can still make time for family, church, work and give you a great quality blog.

I’m hoping to do more DIYs, recipes, mommy stuff. That said I’ve got some exciting blogs planned. But for now here’s a few of my favorite blog posts from the past 2 years.

I’m always on the go for either work, family, church and have to really maximize my time. So I had an idea that there are probably things that all moms and some dads do to manage their time. I created a list of 10 things this busy mom does.

Moms and dads are always juggling something. Here you’ll find some tips to streamline your load.
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I love a good slice or three of pizza. We have our favorites and have quickly added our own at-home pizza to this list. It’s such an easy way to add everybody’s favorite ingredients and heck make it healthy and do all veggies.

The post I created in October was the first time we made our own pizza and we have since then perfected our recipe and tried different ingredients. But if you are looking for an easy at-home pizza recipe then look now further.

The ingredients are fresh and pre-made to create one delish pizza.
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When my Bath & Body Works Peach Bellini foam soap ran out this DIY Diva had to create her own. I had so much fun creating this for my Tip Tuesday series. I did try other “soaps” first like the original blue Dawn, but the Olay Hand Renewal version left my hands clean and soft and isn’t that the point. It only required like two “ingredients” — Dawn liquid soap and water. That’s it. Pour in water, mix in a few squirts of the soap and you have DIY Foam Hand Soap.

A little Dawn dish soap, water and a reused foam soap dispenser is all you need to make your own.
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The last post I thoroughly enjoyed and still love is the last one before my break — Relax….it’s the Holidays. In that December post I talked about how holidays can be stressful, duh. So instead of holiday food recipes or Christmas decorating tips, I shared how to relax. Yasss, girl.

I created, with the help of the Internet, three detox bath recipes. I’ve always been a bath person and when I was pregnant bath time was such a relaxing way to end my day. So without any further discussion here’s my favorite detox bath recipe. Check the blog post for more.

epsom salt, baking soda and essential oil make for simple and relaxing detox bath.
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If you are a follower of the House That Walker Built and have a favorite post, please comment below. Or share with me on any our socials if you’ve re-created or used any of my blog tips via instagram, twitter or facebook.

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Relax it’s the holidays

I could share a great side dish with you on today’s blog post, but I’d rather show you how I unwind, detox, and relax this holiday season. It can get pretty manic around this time of year — meal preps, holiday parties, gift shopping and in our household trying to determine who will host this year’s festivities.
You may know that I’m a reporter for a local newspaper and this time of year is VERY busy and stressful for me. I have deadlines and projects that must be done. So suffice it to say there’s few nights when I get adequate sleep and plenty more groggy mornings.

I’ve taken to bathing away my stresses. When I was pregnant I took baths all of the time because it eased my sore back, tired feet and most of all it made me feel relaxed afterward. It was my way of ridding my body of all the stress, sort of a detox.

Now don’t misunderstand, the body has a way of naturally detoxifying, specifically through the liver. The liver flushes toxins from the body, which eventually is expelled through urine or our bowels. But, we are subject to more and more toxins every day so why not do a little to help your body?

So here are a few recipes to detox your way to a little less stress, but first the benefits.

Detox bath benefits

  • Reduces stress
  • Relieves sore muscles
  • Flushes toxins
  • Relieves headaches
  • Improves sleep and concentration

Basic ingredients

Essential oil
Epsom salt
Baking soda
Popular ingredients are: Epsom salts, essential oils, milk, ground or fresh ginger, honey, green tea and apple cider vinegar.
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Directions

1. Draw a hot bath. As hot as you can take because you really want to sweat here. Fill the tub.
2. Add a few drops of essential oil. I really like lavender.
3. Pour in baking soda, immerse yourself and sit for at least 20 minutes.
4. Close your eyes and sit back. Maybe do a few deep breathing exercises
5. Rinse in a cold shower
6. Apply a natural moisturizer like shea butter or coconut oil

 

Important: Do not eat immediately before or after, but be sure to drink plenty of water before and after. Baking soda helps neutralize chemicals and aids in mineral absorption as well as softens the skin. Stand up slowly because you may feel drained or light-headed.
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epsom salt, baking soda and essential oil make for simple and relaxing detox bath. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

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Add distilled vinegar, sea salt and ground ginger to a basic detox recipe. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

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This detox is more of a hydrating bath, but the benefits are the same as a traditional detox bath. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Let me know via the comments below if you’ve ever tried a detox bath or on facebook, instagram or twitter if you try one of these recipes. Share your own recipe below.

Cinnamon & milk sore throat tea

I’ve been feeling kinda crummy lately and after dealing with a sore throat, coughing and sneezing I finally went to the doctor. I was forced to, but I digress. The doctor told me I have a virus (which is apparently going around) and allergies.

She didn’t really instruct me to do anything other than what I was doing. So since I had no official prescription I did what I was doing — homeopathic remedies.

I’ve talked about this before and I’ll say it again. If I can find a natural remedy for an illness or health issue rather than resort to medication then I’ll try it. I admit on my first few days of sickness I tried the store bought lozenges and expectorants. They worked temporarily and so I hit the Internet first and my pantry second.

Google sore throat remedies and you come up with lots of pantry items that have been shown to help cure a sore throat — honey is at the top of the list. No matter what sore throat remedy I try I always include honey even if it’s a honey cough drop.

My quick go-to remedy is simply any hot tea and a honey lemon cough drop. I suck on the cough drop a bit and then drop it in to melt. I breathe in the menthol from the cough drop and drink in the tea.

I wanted to try something different because I was sick the other day with a sore throat and I was nauseated. My mom said drink some warm milk and then she quickly followed that up with eat a spoonful of honey. She always suggests a spoonful of honey. I think she saw that on Dr. Oz.

It takes me back to when we were kids and she would suggest we use Vaseline — on everything. We would get a burn. Vaseline. We would get a paper cut. Vaseline. We would get a scratch. Vaseline. You get it.

So I’d like to say I created the following remedy, but it was a Pinterest find. Surprise!

The ingredients are simple: milk, ginger, honey and cinnamon.

Milk

Contrary to what people think that drinking dairy will increase phlegm production warm milk can be of benefit if you have a dry or raw sore throat.

Ginger

Loosens and expels mucus as well as fights bacteria. It has powerful antioxidant effects. It will soothe a sore throat and reduce coughing. Fresh ginger is also said to be effective against the RSV virus (a common cause of respiratory infections).

Honey

Has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also reduces throat irritation and coughs. Even a spoonful of honey alone can soothe and coat your throat.

Cinnamon

Has antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral properties. It’s full of antioxidants and reduces inflammation. It also thins mucus.
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A few ingredients that I had in my pantry and fridge created this warming, soothing cinnamon & milk sore throat tea. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

So if you have a sore throat and try this cinnamon & milk sore throat tea please let me know how it turns out because it did wonders for me. Or if you have your own sore throat remedy leave me a comment below, post to facebook or tell me via twitter or snap a pic via instagram.

Pizza and a Movie

My husband and I love pizza, but hate waiting for delivery and don’t always feel like driving to get it. What’s a person to do? I mean, of course it’s obvious — make your own. We made the decision recently to make our own pizza. We are trying to eat healthy and it was a way to choose what we put into our mouths.

We chose fresh and some pre-made ingredients, but you can totally use all fresh. I’ve always liked the bite that fresh spinach gives to pizza so of course we had to have it on our pizza. We also wanted bell peppers, onions (I love onions). The mushrooms and black olives were canned and bought from my local Food Lion store.

I preferred Boboli because the crust was thick, which is the kind of crust we like and it was available at grocery store. I bought the Inspirations Neapolitan pizza sauce on sale. It was a closeout item and only cost me 78 cents. I bought two jars.

An array of ingredients like fresh spinach, mushrooms and peppers make a great at-home pizza. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

An array of ingredients like fresh spinach, mushrooms and peppers make a great at-home pizza.
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We chose a pizza cheese blend and a pre-made pizza crust that only took 10 minutes to bake. The only effort really was chopping the vegetables.

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Chopped onions and peppers make a great addition to at-home pizza. We chose canned mushrooms and olives.
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We sprayed olive oil on the crust before spreading the sauce. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Creating a family pizza night doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. We made two pizzas and had plenty of leftover sauce for two more pizzas later in the week.  We had a couple of slices and watched a great movie on Netflix.

The ingredients are fresh and pre-made to create one delish pizza. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

The ingredients are fresh and pre-made to create one delish pizza.
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Make Your House Smell Like Fall

Fall to me is not only about the cool weather and the comfort foods, but the smells. The smell of pumpkin, hot apple cider, and cinnamon — it all puts me in a fall mood.

You know when you walk into a home and it smells cozy, have you ever wondered how they do it? Well I recently turned my house into a cozy, fall oasis. I used some ingredients I had on hand to infuse citrus with a light earthy scent. It smells so good that I wanted to share it with you.

Some of the ingredients you may have in your pantry, but if you don’t they aren’t that expensive. There are lots of recipes available online, but I chose to use orange and lemon, cinnamon and whole cloves and bay leaves as my key ingredients.

Just a few ingredients from my pantry created this wonderful fall smell in my house. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Just a few ingredients from my pantry — cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, bay leaves as well as orange and lemon peels created this wonderful fall smell in my house.
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This is truly what you make of it. I mean instead of using lemon and orange peels you could substitute a gala apple and you could take out the bay leaves and use fresh rosemary. Or if you want your home to smell like pumpkin use pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

I took my ingredients and filled a large pot with water and let it boil. Once it struck a good boil then I let it simmer on low. Make sure you watch your pot because the water will eventually boil out, but all you have to do is fill it back up.

Cinnamon brings this simmer pot together along with orange and lemon peels, whole cloves and bay leaves. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Cinnamon brings this simmer pot together along with orange and lemon peels, whole cloves and bay leaves.
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You can reuse your simmer pot concoction, just store it in your fridge in a closed container for up to one week.

Blogger Bonus: For apple juice, cranberry juice, herbs and spices that are outdated, don’t throw them out just add to them to your simmering pot.

If you try my fall simmer pot recipe let me know how it turns out or if you have your own that you would like me to try share with me via instagram, twitter or just comment below.

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