Friday, July 30, 2010

Organization Ideas for CVS Stockpile

I have found that serious CVSing produces a stockpile of everyday consumable items when regularly taking advantage of CVS extra buck deals.  This supply needs to be dealt with in an orderly fashion to keep it from being wasted thru
eventual spoilage.  If it is easy to access and is stocked by like items it will be easy to find and to rotate the stock.

CVS shoppers also need to decide how much stockpile they want to store--either by length of time or by space available.  When the limit is reached deals need to be passed up or donations made.  Another option for extra stock is selling it.  Serious couponers often sell it at garage sales, on Ebay, and to friends, family or coworkers (many have recommended saving all your receipts, just thrown in a box, in case anyone questions where you got all the new stuff). 

Say you have a space on a shelf that is dedicated to toothpaste storage.  You have decided that this space is all you can spare for toothpaste storage and that it also will store a year's worth for your family.  If CVS has a deal on Colgate this week that is free after extra bucks and you have coupons to use you really aren't going to want to pass it up because it is a money making deal and a great way to roll your extra bucks into ones with a later expiration date, but your shelf is full, what do you do?  Take advantage of the deal, take the two oldest toothpastes off your shelf (still not expired) and replace them with the new ones, rotating your stock so you will be using the oldest first.  Donate those two tubes to a local charity or ministry, set them aside for a sale or share them with a friend.

Finding space for a stockpile can be challenging, but with creative thinking it is possible.  I have read of all kinds of hints on this.  Some shoppers have garages or basements and that helps a lot--I have neither.  Under the bed, in closets, under the sinks, top shelves in cupboards are some of the common ones I have come across.  Some of the less common include: the trunk of your car for lightweight paper items, buying a Rubbermaid storage building (they have it all figured out what can handle the temperature change) and I read where one lady, whose kitchen cupboards did not reach to the ceiling, stacked stuff on top of them and then took cardboard pieces cut to fit and covered them with wall paper to match the kitchen and slipped them in front of the stock for easy removal and it looked like a wall.

A couponing friend I met online stressed the importance of using containers to control the stockpile.  She said if you have your 30 bottles of shampoo in containers you can move one or two containers instead of 30 individual bottles of shampoo if you decide to rearrange your stock.  It also keeps it dust free and makes staking easy if you don't have shelves.

CVS has plastic containers for sale usually at back to school time and the New Year.  This January they had them and had b1g1 sales on them.  I used extra bucks and got several different kinds for virtually free.  It doesn't do a lot of good to save money and then spend it on the container, but a shoe box size container can hold a powerful lot of $3 toothbrushes you got free and will only cost $1 at a dollar store.  At the CVS b1g1 sale I got 10 (they come packed in 5's) for $6.99 and used extra bucks and a $/$$ coupon so they didn't cost me any out of pocket cash.

Some of the storage containers I use:

I have several of each of these--shoe boxes and sweater boxes--in my little office (which was a 3/4 bath, then my stock room and now an office).  If you shopped CVS last August at the back to school sales you'll remember there were lots of free school supplies.  Over the years I have been able to keep stocked in school supplies and when making the office I decided to get the containers for everything.  It is nice to have the stock for personal use but it is also nice when there is a collection of school supplies.   I can just go take some out and participate by donating without any out of pocket expense.  I used old business cards for the labels, writing on the back and taping them inside the container with scotch tape (or rather free CVS tape).

I got these a few years back at CVS and really like them, but they didn't have them this year.  I have two for medicines, one for toothbrushes, razors, first aid, etc.  I stack them in the bottom of my bathroom closet mostly.

This is one of two rolling drawers (without the wheels) that my daughter has in her closet full of make-up and beauty items.  Each year she gets a huge stocking full of CVS stuff from other daughter and then what I get her throughout the year.  CVS had these on sale for $9.99 and I once again was able to combine a $/$$ and extra bucks to bring them home free.

So make preparations for your stockpile if you're new to CVSing and if you are a veteran we'd love to hear how you handle your stockpile.

Happy CVSing.


Anonymous said...

You are very organized. Mine is not quite there yet! It's been an adjustment trying to arrange all of my CVS finds in my tiny house. But I've managed. I have donated and given many away as gifts. I love always having what I need on hand.

- Dusty

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

It is neat, Dusty, to always have we need, plenty to share and almost always ready for a gift, all from CVSing!

Anonymous said...

I keep one of the shoe box plastic containers in the bathroom full of travel size (samples or freebies from CVS and other stores) so when you run out of body wash you can dig in the box first before getting into a big bottle. The box stays only half full that way and you get to try a variety of items so you know if they are free somewhere if you really want to stockup or not.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

What a great idea, Anonymous! I am always looking for new ideas for stockpiling and I often have those trial size things and I put them away and never use them up! Thanks.

mtrentham said...

This post is fantastic! Great ideas for this part of Texas where there are few basements and attics and garages are very hot. Because I replied to you on twitter, CVS extra is following me! fun.

I love the idea of separating the school supplies/office supplies, because I had them in one big box and it is much harder to access.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Thanks, mtrentham, so neat they started following you!

Madeline said...

Great ideas! I put things in the linen closet and try to rotate the older things when I buy new things. I sometimes just put things wherever and need to get more organized!