Do you all do this? What do you have in your "kit"? How long are you prepared for? Are you prepared to be totally self-sufficient or just "bad storm prepared*"?
* I say bad storm, because I've lived in hurricane territory for a good chunk of my life, so I know about those sort of preparations, but not much about collapse of society preparations .
I'm not a catastrophic planner, I just want to be supplied for any weeks when our budget is especially lean. Also, I want to be able to be fully stocked so I can take advantage of great sales when I don't technically "need" the item.
I do what greenluv is doing. If something is on sale, I stock up. I take advantage of any sale I see of things I use on a regular basis. I think the key to stockpiling is buying things you would actually eat. Then you can rotate your stockpile into your pantry and it won't ever go to waste or expire.
I have about 20 cans of chicken broth, 30 cans of beans, 10 boxes of pasta, 6 boxes of crackers, 15 cans of tomato sauce etc. I don't have a pantry, and we have very few cupboards, so I have to really limit how much stuff I buy.
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Costco is limiting rice sales because individual buyers are stockpiling and not leaving enough rice for their business customers (like resturants). So aren't you just perpetuating the problem, if you decide to stockpile?
I didn't really mean I was going to put away a six month's supply worth of rice, specifically . I was just speculating (probably in a rather paranoid way) that if things keep heading down the crapper, we may reach a point where we have some severe food shortages or infrastructure issues (collapse?). I thought it might be good to have some sort of stash put away just in case.
Originally Posted by gargirl
I have started a deep pantry and hope to have about 6 months worth of food put by for emergencies.
For those of you who have supplies, what sorts of circumstances are you preparing for? Storms, economic catastrophes on a personal scale, economic catastrophes on a global scale? I'm especially curious about this question for those of you who have stocked freezers. We live in a tiny apartment and don't have room for a freezer (beyond what's on the top section of our refrigerator), so that option is out for us. I was mainly thinking about non-perishables.
I live in Montana, and the roads (even in town) can be bad 6 or 7 months of the year. I store enough supplies so that I am not forced to drive on the bad roads for something I need (loo roll is especially important to me!)
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I turned our 2nd bedroom (the play room) closet into a pantry. I put a wide four shelves structure in there, and I have a couple of tupperware bins and also the top shelf of the closet (that was there before). I've been working on this since February. I still have plenty of room left over.
My deep freeze is small but when I priced larger units today, they were in the $500 range so I think I may just buy a second smaller freezer for $150, which would give me more space than one large unit. I don't have to pay my own utilities so I can get away with this otherwise I'd have to worry about the electric bill.
I am going to shop only sales and buy only those items we use regularly that will keep on a shelf or in the freezer for a decent amount of time. Doing all of this means I've had to reevaluate how I store items in my kitchen and pantry. I have begun to use those Green Bags so I can get the longest life out of my fruits and veggies. I'm not sure I really expected to have to do so much planning and organizing, but it's really necessary for me.
My pantry has canned goods, juices, pasta, bulk sugar and flour-which I put in wrapping paper bins I got on sale after christmas. They hold flour and sugar very well.
When/if we have a house, we will do a little more stockpiling. What little we do now is mainly because we don't go into the city that often and we're too lazy to go to the grocery store here every week. In fact, I haven't been to the store in at least 6 weeks. I'm sure I'll be shocked at some of the prices when I finally get there.
I'll have a conversation with my mother and ask what she thinks about stockpiling, now that she's been through it once.
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Katheek - looking at what you've listed, I'd guess you have 4 or less months' worth of most items. Things like the molasses, oats, and peanut butter, probably 6 or 7 months. Of course, it depends entirely on what you guys eat. Have you kept account of everything you eat over a two week period? That's the best way to estimate. I'd keep quiet about your preps to others, though. Most people don't have 2 week's worth of food in their house.
I think it's really important that people start putting food by, but don't do it out of panic. I've heard others say that this is actually what hoarding is (panic buying). Especially if you buy things that you won't use. If you don't eat rice, don't go buy it just because there is a world-wide shortage. Keep your head and when you go to the grocery store, buy a couple of extra cans... soon you'll have a nice little stockpile. Good luck!
I keep pantry items like rice and flour and canned stuff, plus home-canned, home-dried, and a lot of frozen stuff in the deep freeze. I don't hoard. I just buy a few extra of whatever I'm buying anyway, when it's relatively non-perishable, and rotate through, so that I always have a bit on hand.
I'm a big believer in peak oil and radical climate change and the collapse of the western economy as we know it. I see the world around me going to hell, and i like the idea of a little extra security for me and mine. Most people IRL think I'm rather nutty about it. So we also keep a large stock of seeds, that we rotate through, and save seeds every year. And lately I've been growing my pantry storage to include some more long-term items, and stockpiles of stuff we might not normally eat but would be handy if fresh stuff would be unavailable, like commercially canned produce and meats.
My big dilemma, that I can't get over, is that both me and DH are prescription drug-dependent, and I've found it impossible to convince the docs and pharmacy and the idiot insurance company to allow me to keep stockpiles of the drugs we need. So in any seriously bad situation, we're screwed. I worry about this a lot.
So we also keep a large stock of seeds, that we rotate through, and save seeds every year.
I have an end of the world food storage 6 mos at least. everything in my house is there is at least triple. I don't have a chest freezer, I wish I did. I just don't have the room.
The only thing that scares the $hit out of me is that we live in the city. I have no room to do what I need to do. Too many stupid people to wreck things and ZERO room for animals. I have thought about getting rabbits. Thats about the only thing that I can get.
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We are also going to be gardening a good bit to stock up our freezer and pantry.
Currently, I'm evaluating our needs regarding a stockpile. I already buy extra during sales on freezer items and non-perishables, but I really need a better system and one that more fully takes into account our needs.
We are also going to be gardening a good bit to stock up our freezer and pantry.
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