We’re well aware of the fine line between hoarding and stockpiling around here. We’ve even challenged ourselves to use up our stockpiles.
But there is a way to be smart about stockpiling. A carefully planned stockpile can help save you money and your sanity during trying situations.
When a blizzard hits, a severe thunderstorm knocks out your power, or a wretched flu bug wreaks havoc on your entire family, a good stockpile can help you survive until you can get to the store again.
Here’s my list of things that are just plain smart to stockpile:
Over the counter medications. Keep an ample supply of pain relivers, fever reducers, decongestants, cough medicine, and anti-diarrhea medications. If you have little ones, you may want to keep some Pedialyte on hand to help prevent dehydration during an illness. It’s good to keep a good supply of prescription medications around, too, so that you don’t have to worry about running out of a critical medication during an inopportune time.
Toilet paper. You do not want to be caught in a blizzard or be stricken with an intestinal flu bug without a good stockpile of TP.
Laundry detergent. If a flu epidemic does hit, you’ll want to be able to clean up any messes quickly.
Hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes. If you don’t have access to running water or if the flu is at your house, you’ll be able to fight off the cooties from making things worse.
Bottled Water. You should have a gallon of water per person per day in case there is a power outage that limits your access to fresh drinking water. Don’t forget your pets, either!
Non-perishable, easy to prepare foods. Whether your power goes out or you’re just not feeling well, having a pantry full of easy, simple to prepare foods can be a lifesaver. Canned fruit and veggies, tuna, peanut butter and bread can tide you over for awhile.
When you see a sale on any of these items, look for coupons to use and stock up. Then when an emergency strikes, you won’t have to endure paying full price out of desperation. You won’t have to stop at the store with a sick kiddo in tow. You won’t have to risk putting your car in the ditch during a snow storm to get more toilet paper.
Be sure check out my list of 10 Things You Should Have On Hand When You Live in the Country. I think you’ll find that those items can be useful to have around no matter where you live.
What things do you make sure to always have on hand?
About Christina Brown
Christina is a wife and mother dedicated to figuring out how to live a simpler, happier life on a budget.