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Stockpiling 101 | Stockpiling For Emergencies

There are many reasons why I stockpile.  In addition to saving our family major money there is another reason.  I like the feeling of knowing that my family is able to survive in case of an emergency.  Right now I know that my family could survive for at least 4 months with the items that I currently have stockpiled, if not longer.  At any given time I have 2 gallons of milk, 8 loaves of bread, several 1/2 gallons of orange juice and several cartons of eggs.  When those four items run low that is what I am “in need” of purchasing at the store, as well as fresh fruit.  So as you can see the perishables I “need”  to purchase weekly does not cost our family a great deal.

Knowing that I don’t have to go to the grocery weekly is a GREAT feeling.  Not only because it is time consuming but because I am not spending the money that I used to spend weekly and monthly on groceries.  For example last month I spent $94.00 total for the month at the grocery store.  This month I will spend around the same.  My grocery budget is $400.00 a month so basically I am “banking” or “saving” $300.00 a month thanks to stockpiling.  In addition I am spending very little time at the store.  Now that I have my stockpile established I go for my free or near free items and for perishables.  Of course that is unless there is a great sale!

In addition to stockpiling groceries you should also stockpile over the counter drugs and household items that your family would need if there were a natural disaster or health related outbreak.  I have stockpiled over the counter drugs, tissues, cleaning products and more.  This is in addition to my “normal” stockpile.

I am not writing this to scare you but just to make you aware that stockpiling is a plus for your family in addition to saving money.  You should  be prepared for your family in case of a crisis, loss of employment or emergency.  As my Mom always told me, “It is better to be prepared”.

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  1. Tiffany C. says

    I really want to get to this stockpiling place that you are at. I am about a month new to couponing. I have stockpiled deodorant, razors, shampooo and other personal needs. I just can’t seem to get the grocery thing down. There are too many chain grocery stores near me that I get overwhelmed trying to figure out which one is the best deal. By the time I figure it out, the sale is over. What do you recommend?

    • Ann M says

      @Tiffany C. I feel the same way. I have been able to stockpile a couple of things. My biggest problem is money. I want to stockpile to save money. but I only have around $50 per week to feed a family of 4.

      • Melissa says

        I spend $150 a month to feed my family of 3. When I started building my stockpile I was spending $450 a month. You will spend more the 1st month and then it will start decreasing.

  2. AllieZirkle says

    this is a great post! i love the photos! organized stockpiles make me giddy!!!!!!!!!!!! where’s the razor hooks? :)

  3. says

    Interesting article. I am still not able to figure out how stockpiling saves money. You spend more the first month when you buy a lot of things, then you spend less on the weeks to come.

    • Melissa says

      For example I used to spend $450 a month to feed my family of 3. By stockpiling I now spend $150 a month to feed my family of 3. I no longer purchase retail for my needs as I shop from my stockpile.

  4. Heather Pfingsten says

    This is a great article. We have things like tylenol, cleaning products, bottled water, etc… on hand. I think it is important to be as prepared as possible.

    To anyone that is starting out new… LIMIT YOUR STORES. When I first started I was looking at circulars for 6 stores and failing miserably. I am now down to 3 stores… I sometimes look at a 4th if I hear an amazing deal that I just can’t miss. I focus on 3 because of the close proximity of the stores (my Kroger and Meijer are right across the street from each other). If you are just starting… focus on ONE grocery store and ONE drugstore. I don’t know how to classify Target but I check their deals weekly.

    I hope this helps!

  5. says

    Great idea to stockpile your meds too. I had never thought about that before in case of an emergency. I have blood pressure meds, but just my month’s worth. You’re right though, in an emergency when stores might not be open, I will still need those meds.

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