Have you ever made a quick run to the store to get something you were out of, only to kick yourself because you had to pay full price when you know it will most likely go on sale soon? Often times we end up paying for items we need right then, because we weren’t prepared when we run out. Stockpiling food and supplies can ensure that you have staples on hand so that you will not have to pay full price for those things. Or if you should come into a financial downturn, you will not have to spend as much money on food in hard times.
Stockpiling basically consists of accumulating food and supplies in case of disaster, power outage, financial crisis, or just to save some money. Getting your stockpile started is easy. The types of goods you buy can depend on the reason you are stockpiling. If you are planning for disaster or crisis, look for goods that do not require any refrigeration and can be prepared without a stove or microwave. Examples would be canned goods like soups, chili, fruits, and vegetables. Also foods that will not spoil or go stale quickly are good to get, such as peanut butter and crackers.
If you are stockpiling more to save money than any other reason, than you can vary your items more. You can purchase meat when it goes on sale and store in a deep freezer. If you have a vacuum sealer, bag and vacuum seal cuts of meat, or pieces of animal, and store for later. This can really help save money as meat can be very expensive when it is not on sale. If you do not have a vacuum sealer, wrap meat in plastic bags and foil, making sure it is airtight.
Be sure to include items for family members with special needs, such as allergies or conditions like diabetes. Include jarred food if you have any infants. Also include food for any pets.
Also, if you are stockpiling in case of emergency, be sure to include water. You can either buy bottled water when you can, or if you have the means, collect and purify water on your own.
No matter what your reason for stockpiling, it is a good idea to include some toiletries. These will come in handy in disaster, and are also good to have on hand if you are just trying to save some money. Buy shampoo, conditioner, soap pr body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shave gel or shave cream, and anything else your family uses regularly. Toilet paper, paper napkins, and baby wipes are also good to have.
It may seem like there is a lot to buy, and it would cost more money to have a stockpile. But making sure your stockpile is reasonably priced is what will help you save money in the long run. To stockpile frugally, always check for sales. Determine what food your family eats regularly, and buy extra of those items when they go on sale. When an item you need gets marked down, buy more than you need. Always check the newspaper and internet for coupons. Use coupons when items are already on sale, and stock up. Buy as many of that item as you have coupons for. If your store only allows you to purchase a certain amount of that item, you can come back another day, or possibly go to a different branch if there is one in the area.
If your store allows doubling or tripling coupons, this is an even better way to save money. You can consider buying coupons. Check websites like ebay, thecouponclippers.com, and centsoff.com to purchase coupons. If online shopping is the case, check for online coupon codes. Each coupon should cost you about 2-5 cents, but if you are definitely going to use the coupon, than it is worth it.
When stockpiling food, make sure to check expiration dates periodically. Rotate your stock, when you buy more, always put it in the back so that the oldest stuff gets used first. Also, pay attention to food recalls. Food gets recalled all the time, and there may be a chance something in your stash may get recalled.
Always plan where you are going to store your items. If you are stocking up on meats, then of course the freezer or, even better, a deep freezer is the best place. Dry goods are ideally stored in a dark and cool area such as a closet or basement. Be sure that where ever it is stored, that it is a place that will stay dry. Water will cause cans to rust, making the food unsafe.
People stockpile for many different reasons: preparedness for disaster or crisis, or to just save money. No matter what the reason, the best way to stockpile is to do it frugally. Stock up on sale items you will use, make sure to use coupons, and always store your goods where they will preserve and not get ruined.