Do you have a stockpile of stuff??

United States
October 1, 2008 3:18pm CST
I am wanting to start stockpiling for in case times get any worse and I want to stockpile food items, toilet paper, soaps, etc. Does anyone else on here stockpile and how did you get started and where are you ate right now ?? I would like to have at least a stockpile that will last us at least 6 months.
3 people like this
9 responses
• United States
1 Oct 08
I think that's a really good idea. Some things that I know I need to stockpile are toilet paper and paper towels. I don't know where it all goes. lol. 6 months worth of items is a lot. I'm not even sure if we would even have room for something like that. We don't have very much storage space in our apt. But I think I'm going to try that, and I think I'll start with bodywash.
1 person likes this
• United States
1 Oct 08
Maybe you could just stockpile a 30 day supply. We have limited space also, I am going to be stuffing stuff anywhere I can!!!!
1 person likes this
• United States
1 Oct 08
I can probably do 6 months worth of stuff with certain items. Like, the soap for sure. I've already started thinking of some ideas as to what to get. It would be nice to already have those items here when we should need them. I'm glad you brought this up, because I never thought of it.
1 person likes this
• United States
1 Oct 08
I do have a stockpile. I love it. We have always had one since we got married. am not a big shopping fan so when I have to go into the store I want it well planned out and organized. I wait until things go on great sales and then I buy a years worth. When the sale comes again I buy another year worth and use it after the first year is gone. Early on My Hubby got a job transfer and we had to pack up and move away. I quit my job and we lived on one small income. The food supply we had stocked up in the month we were married saved us. It was a hard adjustment to go from two incomes to one and the cost of moving. Then when I got pregnent with my first son we found out that my body does not handle it well. I could not get to the store and I needed help when my hubby got home. We asked my Mom to bring us bread and milk once a month and lived off out stockpile. It was 8 months I could not go shopping or be on my feet to long. If we didnt have the supplys on hand it would have added a lot of stress to the situations we were already dealing with. The easiest way to start is to find a great sale and buy as much as you can afford. Then find ways to use what you stock up on. If you cant use it in a year then it will just go to waste. I really think that having a stockpile will make your life so much better. Let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to help. It is a big task to take on but it gets so much easier.
1 person likes this
• United States
1 Oct 08
Wow that is amazing that you were able to live off of the food for 8 months. How did you go about that?? What kind of food items did you stockpile??
1 person likes this
@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
2 Oct 08
As soon as this non-recession...recession hit and knowing how not-very-well-off we were I started then. This past summer. I have some shampoos, disinfectant and tea-tree oil, lots and lots of granola, some huge cans of tea, plastic bags filled with cereal, spare rags, tissues, bar soap...I DID have a whole bunch of batteries but they were the cheapie kind and started to get corroded, lol. And um...more things, but I can't remember the rest of it all off the top of my head. We hadn't had a ton of space in this house, but I also set up a separate bunch of canned foods in this kitchen. But we're moving, and I'm going to be gardening alot more next year, so hopefully I'll be able to can and freeze alot of stuff as well. Right now, I think I have enough stuff to look after my whole family for maybe a month...for most situations. Better than nothing, I guess. And good considering the space we had to do this in.
1 person likes this
@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
12 Jan 09
We have a stockpile of some things, but it takes a while for us to go through some stuff. So we don't have stockpile much on some things.
@KrauseHome (34983)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Well, my husband and I are always known to be doing stockpiling when it comes to stocking up on food. We make sure and about every 2 months will go and stock back up on all of the Canned goods, etc. we love to eat, and also buy the Family size packs of meat, etc. and have enough to live off of for at least 2 months usually. Even with it being just the 2 of us, you never know when a day might come you have to pinch a few pennies, so being prepared in advance never hurts for sure.
@Shellyann36 (8918)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Yes I do stockpile food and supplies. I am no where near having enough stocked up though. I belong to forums where people have enough food and such to last a year to two years without needing things. I have right much room at the moment and I am hoping to really get the hang of it soon. I buy things in bulk such as flour and sugar. I store them in plastic containers inside. I would like to have at least a years supply of foods and personal items on hand.
@peavey (16306)
• United States
3 Oct 08
Stockpiling is a great way to cut expenses and the best way I've found to do it is to keep a certain amount of money set aside just for that. When you come across a sale, buy more than you normally would and stash it away. Also keep an eye out for coupons. If you have one that's expiring soon and you use the product, use the coupon whether you need the product at that time or not, then stash it away. It will save you having to pay full price for it later. Keep a running list of what you have stashed so you won't overbuy one thing and neglect another. Be sure to rotate so that you don't wind up with a lot of expired items. I have enough of most things to last a year, but that's just for one person. If things get really tough, my daughter will probably have to move back home, so I'd have to do some stretching.
• United States
2 Oct 08
That's a good idea. I usually only have enough stuff on hand to last for about two or three weeks without needing to go out. I would like to have a better stockpile of stuff, especially since I live in an area where winter can get rough.
• United States
2 Oct 08
We don't have a stock pile of anything, but I am going to start on that. It is a wonderful idea and with the cost of gasoline it will really help us out. There will be days when I won't have to get out especially this winter. Thanks so much for the idea