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Friday, August 14, 2009

Stockpiles mean not having to worry during times of stress

During the hospital crisis, the last thing on my mind was shopping. I'll admit right off the bat that we ate a ton of take-out for about a week. But, it could have been a lot worse. Right from the start, we didn't have to buy any snacks. Snack-type foods are pretty easy to find super cheap or even free when you combine sales and coupons. So we had a lot of cookies, crackers, Pop Tarts, and such around the house that we could take to the hospital and have on hand.

We are thoroughly stocked on nonperishables like paper goods and toiletries. So if I don't want to go shopping for a few weeks, that's okay. We're not going to run out of toilet paper or toothbrushes or shampoo. I did drag myself to CVS this week for the Huggies deal because I just opened the last package of Pullups (we seem to have raced through the packages I picked up last month at Rite Aid). But otherwise, I could easily not go shopping and not run out of anything important for at least three months, and maybe much longer.

And that's the beauty of stockpiling when things are cheap or free with coupons and sales: You don't need to stress when times are tough.



  • At 8/14/09, 10:48 AM, Anonymous Mr Credit Card said…

    like an emergency fund!

  • At 8/14/09, 3:29 PM, Blogger katy said…

    I think there is something about toilet paper. I need to have a stockpile. I think, if we all have diarrhea, I want enough to go around. When the weather person predicts snow, people stand in line at the grocery stores to prepare. I don't have to do that.

  • At 8/14/09, 4:07 PM, Blogger Daisy said…

    I agree with Mr. Credit Card. It's a great sense of security to know you'll be able to take care of your family. Even though my kids think it's a mini store in our house. But respectfully so :-)

  • At 8/14/09, 4:10 PM, Blogger Michele P. said…

    I get laid off every year for a few months and also during that time this past year hubby suffered an achilles tendon injury which kept him out of work for 3 months. Lucky for me, I had a stockpile of paper goods and toothpastes, hairspray, soap, etc... to rely on. Also lots of canned goods, crackers and soups-I look for items with a long shelf life. Great post-I am constantly adding to my stockpile because you never know when the next emergency or crisis will be, whether personal or on a national level.

  • At 8/14/09, 9:33 PM, Blogger karissa said…

    I really need to start paying more attention. the mister of the house shops now, i know he pays too much for everything.

    thanks for stopping by PrissyGreen! have a blessed weekend!

  • At 8/15/09, 8:32 AM, Anonymous Tia said…

    This is so true. When I was first laid off I did not know how long it would be before unemployment started and my income bought food for our home. Our stockpile kept us going without worry that first six weeks and while it has been a task to replenish with everyone home for summer I was so grateful to have it. I hope health has fully returned to your house!


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