laid off and learning to love it… my journey from corporate sprinter to life marathoner

stockpile II: what’s in it 06/30/2009

Filed under: Organization,Saving Money,Stockpile — ccatet @ 6:41 am

now you know what a stockpile is… but what goes in it?

this question is challenging to answer because all grocery & household purchases are personal. what you put in your stockpile is based on a number of factors, including (but certainly not limited to) the number and ages of persons in your household, what food preferences they have and what meals they typically eat.

with that in mind, i put together some categories that may help guide your thoughts when trying to figure out what goes in YOUR stockpile.

  1. Canned Goods: fruit & veggies, soups, broths, sauces, condensed milk, etc
  2. Jarred Goods: applesauce, spaghetti sauce, etc
  3. Condiments: all kinds – especially ketchup, salad dressings, marinades, soy sauce, mustard, hot sauce, mayo… anything you cook with or eat a lot of!
  4. Drinks: juice boxes, soda, sports drinks, bottled water, coffee, tea, etc.
  5. Dry Foods: cereal, crackers, pancake mix, oatmeal, rice, noodles, cake & muffin mixes, snack foods (i.e. granola bars, pretzels, chips, etc)
  6. Household Soap: laundry, dishwasher & dish detergent, hand-soap, household cleaners, sponges
  7. Household Paper/Plastic: plates, bowls, cups, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, ziplocs
  8. Personal Hygiene: shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, feminine products, shaving cream, razors, q-tips
  9. Vitamins & OTC Medicines
  10. Batteries & Light bulbs

numbers 6-10 can be stockpiled endlessly since they never expire! however, keep a closer eye on anything from numbers 1-5 since there are expiration dates on most of these items… albeit many months/years away. my goal is to grab the best deals while not risking waste.

as a point of reference (and perhaps a little entertainment), here are some photos of our current stockpile:

basement stockpile

basement stockpile

i confess… i am not allowed to buy any more peanut butter (i think there are +10 jars in these pictures alone, not including what’s in our kitchen cupboard), cereal, crackers, salad dressing or bbq sauce until we get closer to running out. don’t tease me – i am just efficient!

hall closet door stockpile

hall closet door stockpile

regardless, hopefully you get the point here. we have a few months worth of laundry detergent, bleach, diapers, toilet paper, cleaner, paper towels, cereal, and a few other random things that are hard to see in these pictures.

what these images do not show is the stockpile of toiletries under the master bathroom sink. if you’re wondering, i am also on a shopping hiatus for all personal hygiene items!

my recommendation for those of you building your stockpile would be to start by thinking about your typical weekly or monthly meal plan. then make a list of the non-perishable foods that fall in the menu and put these items on your watch list for coupons and promotions. do the same thing for your typical household items used in a month, specifically cleaners.

one last thought… you should eventually use everything in your stockpile so i don’t recommend stockpiling a new product that has not been fully vetted by the household! even if it’s free, it will end up costing you down the road if you can’t eat it and you’re forced to make pb&j sandwiches for dinner. but if you need any peanut butter, give me a call.


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