Stockpiling Saturday – Shopping Safely

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Today for Stockpiling Saturday I want to discuss Shopping Safely. Not too long ago a friend of a friend was approached in a grocery store parking lot. They stole her car and purse but she was left unharmed. I thought of the safety issues associated with shopping. The reason shoppers are often victims is because they have money, credit cards, children, and often are preoccupied with their purchases and getting everything in the car.  I know as a Stockpiler I am often really excited about my purchases and how much I DID NOT spend!  As I think more about my exit from the store I am probably not as aware as I should be.  I am so excited about what I just accomplished.  So here are some ideas for safe shopping.

  1. Shop with an adult family member or friend.
  2. Carry a very small amount of cash or just the credit card you are using for that particular shopping trip. I often put my credit card, id, and cash in my coupon binder so I do not have to keep up with everything.
  3. If possible leave small children at home. I know some people do not have this option. If you don’t always keep them close by! Something that I always do with the kids is put them in first and then the groceries. At night I often get in the car, lock the doors, and then turn to buckle the kids in.
  4. Do Not leave your purse unattended in the cart. I see this all the time while I am in the store. It only takes a second to steal your purse.
  5. Always put your credit card or cash away before walking out of the store.
  6. Always park in a very visible and well lit part of the parking lot.
  7. How many times do you forget where you parked. I always park as close to the lamp post as possible or a cart corral.
  8. Don’t forget you have a horn in your car! If someone approaches you while you are in your car BLOW IT!!

Stockpiling 101 Series:

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How do you build a stockpile?

How to use the freezer to stockpile

Monthly Menu Planning

Collecting your coupons

Comments

  1. An elderly shopper once gave me a great idea years ago that I still use today. Strap your purse in the cart like you would a child, it would definately slow someone down trying to steal it.

  2. Like you, I always put my children in the car first, then unloaded the groceries. Unfortunately, that is not always the safest action. If someone wants your car, they might not give you time to remove your child from it. Whenever possible, I keep my daughter in the cart while I put the groceries in the back of the van. Sometimes the weather is too cold, or it might be raining, but it is a practice I have tried to adapt after we had a local incident involving a child in a carseat when a carjacking took place. It is sad that we are forced to worry about these things, but the best advice is to always be vigilant. Be aware of your surroundings and the people in them. Keep your keys handy – most cars have a panic button on the key fob these days. If someone approaches you and you feel threatened, use that button. At the very least, it will draw attention.

  3. The best tip that I have seen in years is, if your car has a key fob hit the panic button. If it does not have a panic button, just hit the lock unlock button which makes your lights flash and horn beep. People already in their cars may see the lights blinking erratically.

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