1. What have been your biggest challenges/downfalls/failures turned successes with stockpiling and bulk buying?
I am very limited by space. Four of us in 1,100 sq feet, and this summer we had my MIL living here, too. But, I think of it as a challenge. See #2.
Otherwise, I am challenged by rotating out my freezer portion of my stockpile. I do ok with the shelf stable stuff (oats, rice, sugar, pasta, etc). Our extra freezer is outside, and when it is cold I get lazy about going out there to store the extras and to use the extras. It is also hard to access the outside freezer and hasn't been completely reorganized in about 6 months. It is due.2. Where do you keep your stash?
Small kitchen pantry, on two shelves in the hall closet, and in DD's closet. Her closet is great bc it has two outside walls on the east side. It is fairly cool year round.3. Do you have a goal?
Originally, I had a price goal of being able to afford the best quality food for our family within our tiny budget. I still aim for that, although with DH's job increasingly tenuous, I am now stocking more out of fear and security. I still am not sure how many months/weeks worth of food we have. I know we have a year's worth of some things and less than a few weeks worth of others. Regardless, we could eat something for at least a 4-6 months.
I have a year's worth of HBA, which is fairly easy considering it is only dish soap, toothpaste, baking soda, borax, vinegar and a natural body wash.