Zero to Stockpile Challenge – Week In Review, My Plans for Next Week & My Challenges

Zero to Stockpile

Well guys, we got through 6 weeks of the Zero to Stockpile Challenge. While I’m not fully stocked up, my stockpile is truly saving me money because, once again, I’m way under budget.

Like last week, I still have around $80 left in my budget. And, I even stocked up on 80 rolls of toilet paper which is being delivered tomorrow.

While the saving money part is great, I’m loving the ease of the shopping. So much less stress, so much less time. I hardly need to shop.

What I Gave Up

I have decided, that on top of giving up using paper towels and paper napkins on a daily basis (I use cloth rags and cloth napkins instead), I am now giving up on buying liquid hand soap. Seriously, it’s so easy and inexpensive to make your own. I’ll be doing a post on it but, long story short, fill an 8oz soap dispenser (preferably an old foaming soap dispenser) with water. Add in 2 tablespoons (1 oz) of concentrated liquid castile soap. I had castile soap (Dr. Bonner’s) in my house that I used and I added about 5 drops tea tree essential oils (supposed to have antibacterial properties, although from what I understand, it’s not proven here in the US). The foaming dispenser works best so if you have an old one then you can use that. If not, they sell them on Amazon. You can get basic foaming dispensers or if you want a little more fancy, you can invest in something nicer. I found these apothecary jars which are pretty but pricey.

I’m almost out of the castile soap and I’m also considering using it for everyday cleaning as well (still doing some research on that) so I’m in the process of finding deals. I’m really leaning towards this Oregon Soap Company Concentrated Liquid Castile Soap. It’s the lowest price per ounce I could find so far at just $0.45/oz which makes each bottle of hand soap I make, just $0.45 a bottle. Well, maybe a little more for the essential oils.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you use and where you find the best deals on the products.

How I Shopped

Once again, a super easy week. I shopped on Monday at ShopRite, CVS, Aldi and Best Market (my local market). And, I shopped online buying toilet paper. It really doesn’t get much easier than that.

I did buy the following after my last shopping trip:

At ShopRite:
Bought 1 ShopRite Brand Ricotta Cheese $4.69
Use $3 catalina from previous week
Paid: $1.69

On Amazon:
Bought 1 Case of Toilet Paper (80 rolls) $40.14
Paid: $40.14


My Plan for Next Week

It’s looking to be a quiet week next week. I have $10 to spend at ShopRite and I might just go in and spend it on coffee (don’t judge!). I will definitely hit up Aldi and maybe Best Market for some produce. I may be doing some Costco shopping as well to fill in a few things I want and need like butter, maple syrup, almond butter. I need brown rice but I haven’t figured out where to get it yet. There is a coupon available at Costco but I’ve always gotten it free (or super super cheap) at ShopRite when the coupon comes out. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen that coupon since we started the Zero to Stockpile challenge. My luck, I’ll buy a big pack at Costco and then the coupon will appear.


How I Challenged Myself This Week

If you aren’t following me on social media, you probably don’t know that my word for 2018 is Challenge. This year is my year to challenge myself on things I’ve been afraid to try, haven’t put the time in to try or even things I never thought I could or would do. This week, my challenges fell into the category of “haven’t put the time in to try”.

  1. Making my own Liquid Hand Soap – This was the second week I was playing with the liquid hand soap. As you can see above, I’ve finally come up with a solution that works for me. Now, I just need to find the best deal on the soap.

Now It’s Your Turn

So, now it’s your turn. How did your week go? Did you have goals you wanted to reach? Did you reach them? Did you stock up on some important items your family needs? Did you challenge yourself with any new challenges or any of the ones I posted during the past two weeks?

What You Might Have Missed

In case you missed my shopping trips, you can see each one of them below.  I also show my budget as well as the items currently sitting in my stockpile and freezer.

I Challenge You

And, I challenged you with five things to make this an even more successful journey for you:

Zero to Stockpile Giveaway Winners

This week’s Zero to Stockpile Giveaway Winner is larissajoleen (from Instagram). She won a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Remember, head to our Zero to Stockpile giveaway page to find out how to enter.

Tips to Follow My Journey

  1. Follow me on my Instagram account where I post, via my IG Stories, all my day to day!
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  3. Sign up for the Zero to Stockpile Newsletter



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  • amy

    Love your DIY liquid hand soap Cindy! We also make several DIY products for our home! They’re not always cheaper than we can get with coupon deals, but certainly less toxic to ourselves & the environment. Great job!

  • jz

    I fill my empty soap dispensers with all the free body wash I get. I figure your hands are part of your body. LOL! I started doing this a few months ago when I was very low on money. Works great. I was never into all that antibacterial stuff. I’m saving a fortune and no one in the house has noticed the difference.

    • Jen

      soap is soap in my opinion……

    • Lady J

      I like this idea. I have made soap in the past by melting down Ivory Soap (I had gotten a lot of it for free with sales and coupons back in the day when the P&G inserts had the good ivory bar soap coupons), but everyone in my house hated it. They said it didn’t feel like regular hand soap, and I’ve been asked not to make soap anymore. Oh well. I’ve been buying those 80 oz Softsoap refill bottles they have at Costco when they are $4.xx a bottle. I know people get good deals on the regular size dispensers but my SRs always sell them for more. Even when they are on “sale” for more than listed here, they get cleared out. I stock up when Costco has them on sale and it lasts me. At .06 cents an ounce, I can’t complain. Will definitely keep this body wash idea in mind. Just picked up 2 free ones this past week.

      • Ang In CT

        I do that too with Softsoap but at BJ’s. I just refill the individual bottles when they get low. I find the trick to keep the pump working best is to not let it get past 1/4 way used up. To some people soap is soap but those with allergies and skin issues this is not the case. I say find what works best for your body because it’s likely cheaper than a doctor/dermatologist visit. My tip is if you are buying to donate try to get the scent free or sensitive varieties as they will really help those who need that type.

  • Louise

    Personally, I don’t have the desperate need for a “stockpile”. It’s difficult enough to buy food for the month. I do have some shampoo ahead and maybe tea bags, other than that we have a one bedroom apartment without much storage room. As my mom always said, it take money to save money. Just out of curiosity, isn’t it true that most liquid “soaps” are more detergents than soap? How do they get it to stay in a liquid form? I’d like to see the list of ingredients for most liquid soap, including body wash. Notice they call it body wash, not body soap?

    • Louise, if you are having difficulty buying food for the month, try to focus your budget, regardless of what that amount is, on stocking up on items when they are on sale. If you slowly do that each and every week, your spending will go down a lot and you won’t have a difficult time buying food for the month. If your budget is small to start, it will just take a little bit longer but you can do it and I promise you that you will find you will need that stockpile. It helps you to control how much you spend.

      • Louise

        Thank you for the advice. I’m sorry that I didn’t see it until now, I’ve been busy starting an online store (a first for me). I did a bit of shopping a while back and do have a small stockpile of sorts. I won’t need to buy shampoo, conditioner, or body wash for quite a while. It was fun getting these items free or almost free with coupons and sales. I have less time at the moment though, but I still print coupons.

  • Maria

    Thank you Cindy great idea