OMG the first time I ever saw a proper stockpile (we don’t really have them here in the UK), I was amazed, inspired, awestruck. SOMEONE ELSE SAW THE VALUE OF CONTROLLED HOARDING. It was on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, an amazing show. If you haven’t seen it, leave this blog immediately and go and binge watch it all. Starting a stockpile immediately became second highest on my list of priorities, after finishing the chocolate in the fridge (to make way for the stockpile, obvs).
Mama June has a freaking incredible stockpile in the dining room, that surrounds the family as they eat, and comprises mostly toilet paper. In fact, I may re-watch and adjust my stockpile as per Mama June’s parameters.
Now, my stockpile isn’t actually that big; that just wouldn’t practical in my wee house. Since we have no outside space at all, our only cupboard big enough to house my stockpile is full to bursting of ladders, tools and various accouterments pertaining to the rabbits (food, litter, and hay).
My stockpile is therefore split between the spare room (toilet roll), the cupboard under the sink and our food cupboard.
Why I think starting a stockpile is worthwhile
In a nutshell, it saves us money
– all the stockpile items we’ve bought, we got on sale. Our local supermarket is a Co-op, which tends to be fairly expensive. However, they do some really good offers on washing up liquid and washing powder, as well as Linda McCartney freezer stuff. They also have a good rewards scheme which means that rather than getting vouchers every quarter, you get a voucher nearly every time you shop, usually of 10% of a certain amount, e.g. £2 of £20.
It also saves us time
– we don’t need to go round the supermarket and check out the best deals on, say, toothpaste. It pops up on the screen when we shop online so then we buy as much as will last us until the next time it’s on sale – typically three months worth.
What I stockpile
I don’t have space for a Mama June-esque stockpile (ONE DAY), so I just stick to the basics:
- Washing powder
- Fabric conditioner
- Washing up liquid
- Bin bags
- Toilet roll
- Tinned tomatoes
As you can see, everything is pretty much non-perishable, used on a daily/weekly basis and will always be necessary. It’s also things that are on sale regularly, but YOU CAN GUARANTEE won’t be on sale if you run out of them. I don’t know how supermarkets know when I’ve run out of washing powder, but damn it, they always do.
Where I buy my items from
- Supermarkets – they often have a cost/litre amount on the price label which makes it easier to compare prices. I’ve found that discount shops such as Home Bargains often look cheaper than supermarkets, but actually the packaging is slightly smaller and therefore the cost/litre is the same as in the supermarket.
- Groupon – I got a year’s supply of bin bags for a tenner (4 rolls of 50 – Who uses 200 bin bags a year?). They weren’t particularly thick, but for the price you can double them up (I don’t, I just make sure not to overfill them). They also do HUGE packs of toilet and kitchen roll.
- Farm shops – not food ones, but the ones that sell wellies and tractors. Anyhoo, they sell mahoosive packs of fabric conditioner cheaply – I’m yet to get some yet so I can’t tell you the exact price, but my boyfriend saw the packs and worked out they were cheap but then we both forgot the exact figures, well done us.
How to go about starting a stockpile
- Decide what you want to buy. ONLY STOCKPILE THINGS YOU’LL ACTUALLY USE A LOT OF, OTHERWISE YOU’RE JUST WASTING SPACE AND CASH. Try my list – I don’t think there’s much on there that people don’t use.
- Compare prices online – don’t forget Amazon and Groupon. Try putting the product (make sure to include the volume/size) in the Shopping section on Google.
- Either save up a few quid from your food budget weekly and do a special ‘starting a stockpile shop’ or just pick up a few items at a time – we started with washing up liquid when it was reduced loads in the Co-op. We’re also lucky enough to get vouchers we can use at Tesco for Christmas, which we put towards the stockpile (and Prosecco) because we’re tragic.
What’s next for my stockpile…
So there we have it, my tips for starting your own stockpile. I don’t stockpile in case of a zombie apocalypse – I’m not sure I’d last long tbh. It’s pretty much just to save money (although I do like feeling like a grown up). Also, it’s comforting knowing that if Dave and I were both fired tomorrow we could happily live on tinned tomatoes and coffee. For at least couple of months, anyway.
If you can think of any basic stockpile items that I’ve missed off, be sure to let me know. I’m new to the whole thing and would appreciate some direction.
I’m thinking baked beans, kitchen roll (although don’t you find that the more you have, the more you use?), olive oil and prosecco (I feel this would be money saving, but maybe rather too tempting) next. I also fancy a chest freezer, but unless I put it in the living room, I don’t have space. Poo.
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