This is the final post in my series on Never Paying for Household Items again. If you missed any of the posts feel free to follow along using the links at the end.
If you get good at “playing the drugstore games” then you will likely end up with many more products than your own household can use. Here are some ways to use up these freebies:
- Your own use (of course!). Figure out how long you want your stockpile to last and keep only enough supplies to last you that amount of time. This will keep you from going overboard. Personally, I like to keep a 3 month supply of household supplies (toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner, soap, etc). When I purchase these items I check my stockpile and replace what needs to be replaced and I put the extras in my giveaway box.
- Extended family use. When I get visitors or if I am heading off to visit family I try to always remember to take a box of my “giveaway” items to see if anybody needs them. It is a great way to get rid of your stash and help out family members.
- Charity. Food products that you do not use (extra cereal, canned goods, pasta, etc) can go to food pantries. Medication, glucose meters, makeup, soaps, bodywash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc can go to women’s shelters.
- Garage Sales. If you need the cash then you can sell your stockpile in a garage sale (or on craigslist/ebay). There are many women who make a few thousand dollars each summer selling the stockpile that they have accumulated during the year. In order to do this you need to have space to keep the items.
Here are the links to the entire series, feel free to check it out:
Part One – Supplies to play the drugstore game