Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Deal Diva Confession

Photo: Joshua Jordan

I have a confession to make. I haven’t bought a bar of soap in over five years. Yes, that’s right FIVE years. Yikes.

It’s not that we don’t use bar soap. The Diva family goes through the same amount of bar soap as any other family. It’s just that I haven’t needed to buy any in the past several years. We are that stocked up on it.

If you’ve read my blog for awhile now, you may remember that I’m not a huge stockpiler. That hasn’t always been the case. Back when double coupons were the norm in the Twin Cities, I did stock up on anything and everything that was free after coupon. But, in the past few years, I’ve taken a much more critical look at what I choose to stockpile – diapers, non-perishable foods that we will definitely eat, razors, toothbrushes, toiletries – and with everything else, I either pass it up at the store or purchase it to donate.

So, back to the soap. Several years ago, there were coupons available for a free two-pack of Dove bar soap. Anyone remember those? They had a very distant expiration date, and I had quite a stack of them. Bar soap is one thing that really could last for years in a stockpile without any noticeable decline in effectiveness. I used up all of my free Dove coupons over the course of several months, and stocked the soap away in a giant tote in the basement. That was five years ago, and the reason I’m writing this post is because…gasp…we only have one bar left!

Now, to be completely honest, I have purchased some of the Johnson’s Buddies kid’s soap over the past year. These, of course, were free after coupon, and the Diva boys love them in the tub. Who could resist!?!

Your Turn: What have you had the longest in your stockpile? Share your thoughts!

Coupon Photo: Roadsidepictures

1 comment:

Ginger said...

Since there are only the two of us, we have a long list of things we are slow to use....

Sugar - 10 lbs has lasted me 4 years. I still have some.

Flour - 25 lbs (Sam's) I bet I have 12 lbs left

Oil - One large bottle lasts me 3 yrs or so.

There are plenty of things I buy that we pay pennies for these days if not free...

feminine pads
shampoo & conditioner

The list goes on and on but I totally understand how your soap could last 5 years.

Great job!