Really the trick to stockpiling is to take advantage of sales and/or combine them with multiple coupons. Anyone can make a stockpile by going out spending 200-300 dollars and then brag about a full pantry..i prefer to brag about my stockpile knowing i spent less than the normal shopper would in one shopping trip...keep an eye on the boards...don't buy stuff you don't need unless its free or very cheap and you are giving it to family friends , donate whatever. Trust me once you start on couponing your stockpile will be there before you know it. Don't try to do everything at once...start with one store such as cvs, walgreens whatever is best for you..learn your way around how to work the system, learn from the board, ask questions, and yes you will mess up, we all have and still do...learn from it, don't get frustrated, try to plan ahead what you want to get, it helps a lot specially when you first start out. Once you are comfortable with that one store, venture to the second one.
I started with walgreens because my daughter works there and no employees give me a hard time about the coupons i use...i learned there, then i saw all the deals people talked about from cvs, so i ventured to that store. Now i shop walgreens,cvs, homeland and walmart and williams..i pick out the best deals from each store but it took me a while to figure out each stores rules. At first you will feel like you spend a lot more..$2 here $5 there, but if you end up with 10 shampoos for 2-3 dollars...well that's about $30-$40 you won't be spending over the next few weeks. make sense? and if you have questions ask away..we are all very helpful here, some people might wonder about something and are embarassed to ask "dumb questions" , there is no such thing..every question answered helps a few people and not just one.
and welcome to the coupon crazyness...it's addictive, trust me!
German and taking over CVS and Walgreens one coupon at a time!