Create a list of items you use every day. Don’t waste your time or money on items you don’t use. Even if you have a tight budget, you can still add to your stockpile with just a few extra dollars.
Shop at stores during sales and stores that specialize in low prices, like Dollar Tree. Don’t forget to always check out Clearance areas! USE YOUR COUPONS for even more savings, some items could be free or close to free!
Your stockpile should at least have –
- Stable pantry foods (like rice, dry beans, flour, sugar, honey, canned goods)
- Items that can be frozen (like meat, cheese, bread, even eggs can be frozen)
- Candles, Zip Lock Bags, Laundry Detergent
- Household items like cleaning supplies and paper products
- Toilet paper
- Cold/Flu items and Vitamins
If you don’t have a separate freezer, keep an eye out for one – a 5.0 CF or 7.0 CF would suffice. If you don’t have room for another freezer, then allocate the bottom shelf for saved items. Taking meats and other certain items out of their packaging, and putting them into freezer bags, will help on space.
Every time you go to the grocery store, allocate about $5- $10 to build your stockpile. When things go on sale, buy 3-4 or more of them.
For items you regularly use, like toilet paper or paper towels, or items you had a hard time finding earlier this year, you should grab one every time you go to the store. A lot of stores save these items behind “Customer Service” area now, so make sure to ask for them. Many stores still have limits on certain products, so buying one each trip will help you build up a good supply.
How Much Do You Need for a Stockpile?
It’s a good idea to have around 3 months of stock in your home. Even if you don’t have a lot of space, you can clear out a cabinet or shelf just for your stockpile. You can also buy bins or save those boxes that fit in tight spaces, like under your bed.
Making a stockpile doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming – just do it a little at a time. It’s like saving for vacation or a bank savings account, saving a little bit over time and you can have enough for when you’re really in need.