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post #41 of 100
We got hit by that hurricane in OH a couple weeks ago - we were out of power for a good 5 days, which is what has really encourage us to stockpile more, actually My dad had been procrastinating about buying a generator for YEARS... and he finally did it, like, 1 month before our power went out - a nice little honda generator. It burned all of 1 gallon a gas a day, and kept our fridge & two freezers going. Twas, fantastic!
post #42 of 100
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Originally Posted by Ziggysmama View Post
I don't stockpile because I don't have enough money to have a bunch of food lying around not being eaten.
: I can't afford it, nor do I have the space. I plan on being able to at least have a deep freezer full of meat in a few months but otherwise we are doing good to have enough food in the house for a week at a time.
post #43 of 100
I guess we stockpile, but I hadn't thought of it that way until recently. I usually have (or am in the process of preserving) more than a year's worth of food at one time. We live on a farm, keep a huge garden, and graze animals. I'm also painfully frugal, so when things are on sale, we stock up! DH has a hunting rifle, though I've never considered that we might need it to defend ourselves. So I think we'll survive if the world ends.

DH read an article recently about stockpiling, and he joked that we, in our quest for self sufficiency, probably could manage for the rest of our lives without contact with the outside world. He's right, but I don't think it will come to that.
post #44 of 100
We're currently in the process of getting an actual food storage going, as finances allow. My family has not done so previously mainly due to finance reasons, coupled with the fact that it's overwhelming to figure all that needs to be stored. My husband encouraged me to remember "baby steps baby steps" and that has helped me to undertake the emergency prep effort in a smart sort of way. I spent the summer caning, canning, and canning some more, have learned to dehydrate foods, and also learned to container garden "for real" rather than the whimish gardening I have been doing in years past. In addition to the food & water, we are also gathering together other necessities: flashlights, blankets, a good first aid kit, herbal tinctures/etc, hygiene needs, clothing in larger sizes for our daughter, and much more.


I've been in the habit of keeping a stock pantry at all times since we married, though I never necessarily considered this a special effort of food storage. I grew up in an area that experienced some wicked winter weather, so my parents always made sure we never ran out of essential food items, kept blankets & food in the car...just in case, and so on. The very first area my husband & I lived in after we married was a hurricane prone area and this helped get me in the habit of keeping other essentials in the pantry as well.

To me, keeping a full pantry and items at the ready doesn't necessarily just have to do with wide scale disaster or economic collapse, but also being prepared for a job loss or difficulty my family faces or another family we know. It was not until a banking error took several weeks to clear up about three years ago that I really appreciated the need to have extra food on hand. We were able to live out of our pantry AND host friends who had come up after Hurricane Katrina, all of the very small food storage I had going at that point in time.
post #45 of 100
I don't stockpile b/c...

1- I don't see a need (don't believe life as we know it is going to soon be over),

2- I hate having a bunch of stuff around, it takes up too much room and always seems to go bad before I use it.

But I don't have a bare bones pantry either. I do have several bags of dried beans and plenty of rice and pasta. I'm not hoarding these things, just buying a few extra when they're on sale. I'll use what we've got and buy more when they're on sale again.
post #46 of 100
We don't stockpile for emergencies - we stockpile to save money.

example. Last October there was a great sale on FREE toilet paper at Albertsons.

We stockpiled enough that we have only recently run out. We went almost a year living on our free toilet paper. That's alot of money we saved.

We do the same with lots of other items. It makes sense financially for us.

Now I suppose if an end of the world scenario ever did happen, we would be able to hunker down quite easily - but that is NOT why we stockpile.
post #47 of 100
Same with us. When things are on sale, we stock up, freeze, etc, so technically we would be okay for a little while if something happened, but I think it is paranoid to stockpile for Armageddon type reasons.
post #48 of 100
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Originally Posted by chrissy View Post
I don't stockpile b/c...

1- I don't see a need (don't believe life as we know it is going to soon be over),

2- I hate having a bunch of stuff around, it takes up too much room and always seems to go bad before I use it.

But I don't have a bare bones pantry either. I do have several bags of dried beans and plenty of rice and pasta. I'm not hoarding these things, just buying a few extra when they're on sale. I'll use what we've got and buy more when they're on sale again.
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It is funny I was just saying to dh that I bet we could live for a few weeks on what we have in the pantry. Beans, rice, pasta, oatmeal etc. It wouldn't be gourmet, but we certainly wouldn't starve.

As far as chocolate goes, I store that on my thighs .
post #49 of 100
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Originally Posted by fek&fuzz View Post
Because I think the hype and fear, and the actions that are based in fear, cause a lot of problems, beyond the real ones that might exist.
I agree with this a lot.

I'm assuming the op means stock piling like for an end of the world/complete collapse of the economy as we know it type scenario.

We do have a well stocked pantry for living in an apartment. We have what we need for a natural disaster, dealing with power loss for a while, and even enough where the extra food on hand would make things easier for things were very tight financially for a bit.

I don't think you can ever be completely prepared for every scenario. I think we are reasonably prepared for those that our family believes might actually take place. I think my faith plays a big part too. Its in God's hands and I'll trust in him ultimately that my daily needs are met.
post #50 of 100
I don't stockpile because I don't think that it's necessary.

If I did have a stockpile, I wouldn't be able to eat it knowing that others right next door were starving.
post #51 of 100
Same here, and I certainly couldn't shoot a hungry person for trying to eat.
post #52 of 100
We don't stockpile because our house is not a fortress. Come what may, we are not prepared to make a last stand.

But I don't think that the end of the world is imminent. Some changes in the next few months? Possibly (even likely), but there's a big difference between the two.
post #53 of 100
Also, I wonder if people in flood zones stockpiled clothes to clothe the family for the next 5 years, 850 rolls of TP, 6 months worth of food and lost it all in Ike, Katrina, Hugo, etc.
post #54 of 100
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Originally Posted by milletpuff View Post
I applaud anyone with the self-discipline to stockpile chocolate and wine and leave it there till the disaster comes
You have to rotate it! That means you buy more and eat and drink the stuff you already have!
post #55 of 100
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You have to rotate it! That means you buy more and eat and drink the stuff you already have!
Exactly! I'm drinking up the wine from yesterday so it doesn't go bad.

I have forgotten to buy chocolate on my last 2 trips out. I'm rather disappointed in myself for this lack of preparation.

Although I do have a cup or 2 of homemade grassfed butter that I suppose would keep me going for a little while.
post #56 of 100
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Originally Posted by fek&fuzz View Post
Exactly! I'm drinking up the wine from yesterday so it doesn't go bad.
Actually, I've decided to stockpile. In my stomach. Keeps it safer from theft/looting.
post #57 of 100
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Originally Posted by choli View Post
I don't stockpile because I don't think that it's necessary.

If I did have a stockpile, I wouldn't be able to eat it knowing that others right next door were starving.
exactly. To me, stockpiling in case of disaster is about as anti-community as one can get.
post #58 of 100
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Originally Posted by milletpuff View Post
Actually, I've decided to stockpile. In my stomach. Keeps it safer from theft/looting.
I'm using my hips for that as well as my tummy!
post #59 of 100
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Originally Posted by milletpuff View Post
Actually, I've decided to stockpile. In my stomach. Keeps it safer from theft/looting.
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Originally Posted by mamajama View Post
I'm using my hips for that as well as my tummy!
Yeah! My butt and thighs are VERY efficient stockpiling devices.
post #60 of 100
Because I'm lazy.


that's the truth.
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