My good pal and Coupon Project reader Kelly left an intriguing post idea on my Facebook wall last week. She writes:
“I was thinking it would be cool to do a post about stocking up before a big storm. I don’t know if we’ll be getting one or not here but it’s crossed my mind to make sure we have what we need.”
Well, Kelly. Let me first report that we have had a bit of a snowfall last night here in Western Washington. As the weathermen predicted, it was a huge storm and we’ll likely be snowed in for weeks. Let me check out my window and see how much has accumulated…wow! Looks like it’s gone! Good thing they cancelled school today, just to be safe. At any rate, I’m staying indoors. That wet weather looks troubling. Could be dangerous.
Snarkiness aside, this is a pretty good question.
What most people do? They don’t stockpile when prices are low. So at the first sign of a “Winter Storm Watch,” they race to the store in a ridiculous frenzy and clear the shelves of toothpaste, toilet paper, canned soup, and frozen meatballs.
This is why there is added advantage to being a couponer! When you hear of said “Winter Storm Watch,” you can cozy up by the fire with a good book, or perhaps make a bowl of popcorn and laugh at all the weather people on the news trying to drum up more drama than there really is.
Here are a few things I like to have on hand at all times – regardless of pending storm, power outage, or zombie apocalypse:
- Pasta & pasta sauce
- Milk, eggs, cheese & butter
- Peanut butter & jelly
- A few meals prepped in my freezer
- Cereal & oatmeal
- Coffee & hot cocoa
- Toilet paper
You’ll notice some of the items I’ve shared are perishable. That means I’ll need to make sure I’m doing a good job of doing a trip once a week to get those things I need. But I’m a firm believer we can always make do. No milk? Eat oatmeal instead of cereal. No bread? Make some. No produce? Eat fruit snacks. You’ll survive.
A good place to start is by asking yourself, “what items do we use every 2-3 days?” Begin to list them out. Make them a part of your “stockpile wishlist.” If the concept of stockpiling and/or couponing is new to you, please check my Coupons 101 page for more I’ve written on these topics.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. What other things do you try to always keep in your pantry? And if you live in Western Washington, are you surviving the storm of the century? I sure hope so.
Photo credit Darrick Hurst (Note: picture was NOT taken of today’s WA snowstorm. It was probably taken somewhere that actually gets snow.)