Let me say upfront that I do not support stock-piling food in a way that takes away from others ability to get access to food or essential supplies. In an emergency, when resources are scarce, you should only take what you need. I am talking about slowly building up a reverse over time in a way that is socially considerate of others and financially painless for you.
I repeat I do not advocate stock-piling all the toilet roll and leaving none for anyone else like we have seen in recent events. The purpose of this article is to show you ways to gradually, build up a reserve of some essentials over time should you need it.
Why might you want to stock up on supplies?
In case of an emergency for example if weather conditions prevented you from being able to get to the shops. Additionally having a back-up can give you a feeling of security and preparedness. And also to have no need to fear running out.
What to stock up on?
- Focus on non-perishables and items with a longer shelf life for example tinned foods, tinned tomatoes, tinned coconut milk, tinned chickpeas, porridge, rice, pasta, beans, and lentils.
- Items like toiletries, cleaning products, medicines, and other household goods like nappies and baby formula.
How to stock-up?
- Slow and steady wins the race. You do not need to build a supply overnight or all at once. Add an item or two to your food shop each week and build it up slowly.
- Know your prices and when goods on sale stock up some extras. Buy one now and buy one or two for your stock, if your budget allows.
- Rotate your goods to ensure they don’t expire. When you buy something new, put it to the back of the pile and use the ‘oldest’ one in your stock.
- Don’t keep too much stock. You don’t want to keep your money tied up in inventory. Only keep what you need.
- Use your freezer. You can freeze meat, fish, soup, prepared fruit and vegetables, and fully prepared meals. Take advantage and build up some stores in your freezer.
- Keep a list of your inventory so you know what you have, what you need, and make sure you don’t over-buy in any category.
If you found this article useful, you might also like my other articles related to emergency preparedness below:
- What To Do When A Financial Emergency Hits
- How To Be Financially Prepared for An Emergency
- What Is An Emergency Fund and How Do I Get One?
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