Creating a stockpile of food and necessities in case of lean times just makes sense. Lean times can come about for anyone, for instance having to take some time off work due to economic slowdowns, weather emergencies, your 6 month car insurance bill just arrived, an emergency brake job for the car that uses up cash, and so on. It happens to most of us. If you utilize a few tips it won’t be a huge amount of money spent all at once and will give you some piece of mind. Here are some tips to get you started.
Establish priorities. Food with a long storage life, water, first aid supplies, toilet paper are just a few categories. Think of what is important to your family and come up with an individualized list of what you need. One size does not fit all nor does one list suit every family.
Watch for sales and then stock up on non perishables. Watch for coupons and really make your money stretch by buying on sale and using a coupon. This also is helpful in having a ready supply in case you run out of an ingredient while cooking.
Diversify. If you have ample supplies of food, consider another area to stockpile, such as paper products like toilet paper, or an extra box of bandaids.
Be sure to rotate your supplies, always using older items first.
Canning is a good way to take advantage of produce during the growing season.
Choose a method that fits your lifestyle. Perhaps buying two of the same item, one for immediate use and the other to go into your stockpile suits you. Another way is finding a good sale and stocking up on that particular item. Or perhaps a hybrid of the two methods will work for you.