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Stockpiling more food & other supplies

March 20th, 2008 at 12:58 am

With the way the economies of the world these days, with shares, banking, peck oil & shortages of some food items. I do think it time for me to start stockpiling more food & other supplies. Things are only going to rise and almost never will come back down in price. My starting point is reviewing what I have already got stockpiled. Then filling the gaps first, using any old or nearly old stock replacing them with new items that I will use and can cook without power if there is a shortage in electricity here. Iím looking into different ways of cooking so I can cook if there is rationing of the power grid. I do believe that is may be happing some parts of the world now. Solar cooker, hay box, camp gas stove & BBQ non-gas one, two of these methods I have already have. Food lines can be used in my normal cooking until needed but keeping them to a peak level when each comes on special in they cycles. They are many places now on the internet telling you how much you need to store per person. As I am in a single household I will be only storing for two, mostly things that other people will not to want to make from scratch too! Dried & canned beans, dried & canned vegetables, mainly canned tomatoes, and other foodstuffs, oil & vinegars, spices & herbs, coffee & tea, water plus paper goods and good first aid kit enough for a few months at least. Torches & radio with batteries, to name a few things Iím thinking of. Another thing is the information of how to use these foodstuffs using these cooking methods and how to make things & repairs them to last longer.

11 Responses to “Stockpiling more food & other supplies”

  1. RegkinsOrDie Says:

    Don't buy into too much hype, kitty.

    Stockpiling is what causes shortages. The natural economy will correct itself, just as it has before.

  2. DeniseNTexas Says:

    I think having a 6 months to one year supply of food is an excellent idea. It isn't just the economy tanking that might cause one to need it but other things too - the loss of a job, illness, etc.

    I feel much better knowing that we have plenty of food put by. I say you go! Wink

  3. debtfreeme Says:

    that is a wonderful idea. there is no idea what kind of natural disaster could happen that would make having some supplies on hand a necessity. There is a great calendar to use found here: http://www.bioprepare.org/Resources/20WkStockpiling.pdf

    this is one of the resources i use in my disaster preparedness work. might spur some thoughts and ideas for you.

  4. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

  5. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    Good idea and one I'm getting ready to refocus on.

    One good place for a progessed systematic buying plan to check out is one I've long been familiar with:

    http://www.geocities.com/nursehealer/NL.htm

    Some of the older newsletters are a gold mine of information on this topic. If you like what you see here go google 'nursehealer' and you'll find her latest info.

    Tightwad Kitty, the only thing I can think of for you in using this lady's plans is that the time of year for certain things might be slightly off because of the difference in location.

  6. homebody Says:

    We have a freezer full, just cleaned out my cupboards, but need to restock and learn to rotate better. We live in Earthquake country so it's a good idea for us. Plus living in rural Northern California, we have been cut off from the rest of the world in past winters with slides and flooding, another good reason to have a stock of food.

  7. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    Homebody,

    Rotation - here's where a sharpie pen can be your best friend. I just marked the case of green beans I bought yesterday on the tops w/ '3/08' and moved them to the bottom of the case pile in the basement pantry. A tiny bit of work, but helpful making sure the old 'First In First Out' rule is followed by the helpers in the house to bring me the oldest canned goods first. When they leave home I plan on turning one of them's old room into the upstairs pantry if we stay in this house. I'll miss their legs running up and down stairs for me!

    I have to agree with you and TightwadKitty, the orderly accumulation of a good supply is certainly helpful in times of emergency. And I don't believe it causes shortages. If you are constantly topping off a year's supply then you aren't in those lines the day of the big storm necessarily taking the last 'whatever' off the shelf.

    Our storage has proved invaluable to us - once when Hubster was laid off for six months and our emergency budget only allowed $25 A MONTH for groceries. We did not go hungry. I bought milk, margarine, eggs, and fresh lettuce, tomato, onions, apples, bananas, oranges with it. Everything else? Came from the storage pantry! Was it everything we wanted? Nope. We ate what we had and were glad of it.

    And again in the recent ice storm when we were basically iced in for about 14 days. What was in the house was what we had. Glad I am that I am not like many who only have a day or two worth of food on hand.

    Because we have storage we are not in the hand out line during emergencies. We aren't taxing the already overburdened system becoming agitated and distraught because they run out of 'whatever' before we move up in the line.

    I believe we who shop ahead are good for the economy as well.

    We are possibly quicker to get back on our feet and helping a burdened economy turn around because we likely have a few dollars stuck back here or there as well that we can use to infuse into the system. We still buy. We still invest. Our dollars just go further because while some are eating 89 cent tuna, I'm eating 33 cent tuna that I bought last year on sale, and investing the 56 cent difference in either this year's wonderful sale on aluminum foil or in the stock market. The difference is I have a choice. The person w/o storage must go for the food choice at whatever inflated price is being offered at the time of the emergency.

    Tightwad Kitty, somewhere near your area just suffered flooding. Did many get stuck w/o being able to get out of their homes? I wonder what they ate????

  8. homebody Says:

    Lux, I did that earlier in the month. My problem is forgetting to do it the next time! I am really bad at continuing good home management habits...thanks for the reminder.

  9. Tightwad Kitty Says:

    Yes many that didn't get flooded but were cut off had to have drops made to them with food and supplies or be taken out of the area because of the snakes and crocks in the area looking for higher ground. To many poison snakes around here. I personally will almost never will be flooded but fires or riots could be a problem if things got to bad. As for transport I only live 1 hour walk from the CBD with a lot of shops for food around here.

  10. john Says:

    What is wrong with stocking up?
    My parents always had a large pantry and several boxes of potatoes in the basement incase of any emergency.

    With the high tech system of food delivery that we have today it becomes more apparent that a stock-up on hand is mandatory.
    Example: what if an disaster happens ergo earthquake?
    u will starve if u dont have food on hand. The trucks will not roll due to bridges down and it will take weeks or months to certify the bridges safe before the government will let the trucks on the bridges compounding the problem.
    example:Katrina in New Orleans...........fema stopped the trucks that were carring water the next day.( proof the government was responsible for many deaths)

  11. Denise Says:

    I am now starting my stockpile, but it is very small and just in it's infancy so I look forward to getting more! Almost every time I go to the grocery store, I buy a little bit more and more to save but I have to admit, if it were a natural disaster, it probably wouldn't be enough. I'm learning some great tips on here so thank you!

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