How to Choose What to Stockpile
Stockpiling for your family is almost a must-do in today’s economy, but it can be extremely hard to decide exactly what you should stock up on for your family. If you stock up on the wrong types of items or food, you could end up with a bunch of waste, but if you stock up on the right types of items, you’ll be able to build a fantastic stockpile that will be there for your family if you need it.
For food, you definitely don’t want to be stocking up on things that your family doesn’t eat. There’s no real point in it, even if you’re stocking up for emergencies only. If you don’t eat it now, you won’t eat it when you need it. Instead, take a month and write down everything your family eats. Then, go through your recipe books or sites and find the recipes that your family loves, but that you may not have eaten that month. Add the ingredients to your list. These items are the things that you should stock up on. Don’t forget to include things like snacks, items for lunches and breakfast as well as any infant formula or baby food that you use.
For fresh foods and meats, you CAN still stock up on them. A deep freezer works well for meat, but even without one, you can build a significant stock by learning to can or dehydrating them. Fruits can be dehydrated to make them last longer. Dehydrated foods retain their flavor for years and can taste just as fresh as it was the day you bought it
You won’t want to forget about personal care items in your stockpile. Things like shampoo, body soap, razors, feminine napkins, diapers and more are all needed in your daily life to help keep your family healthy. To figure out how much to stockpile, watch how much of each item and which items your family uses in a month. If you have six brands of toothpaste and your family won’t touch four of them, you won’t want to continue stocking them. The same can be said for everything else. Brand loyalty is bad for your budget, but we all have certain ones we just don’t like. Those brands have no place in your stockpile.
Other items that you’ll want to consider are pet foods and accessories, baby items besides food, household cleaning supplies and household maintenance items (think lightbulbs and that type of thing). Not having those items when you need them can make life incredibly hard, especially if you don’t have the money to buy them. Make a list of what you use for each category of items and build from that. Just be sure to update your list as your family’s needs change.