Building a Stockpile With $5 a Week

by Merissa on March 28, 2014

in Buying in Bulk, Simple Living

Building a Stockpile With Only $5 Per Week Challenge - Little House Living

Building a Stockpile

One of the questions I seem to get asked most often is.... "I want to build a stockpile but how do I find the money to do it?"

Can you spare $5 a week? If not...what can you cut out of your week to find $5 to help build your stockpile? Just how important is having a stockpile to you? Can you make it a priority over something else in your life that costs $5 a week?

Let's chat for a minute about having a stockpile.....

I'm no zombie prepper. I'm not prepping for the end of the world. I'm not prepping because I think aliens are going to attack the earth and we might have to hide in bunkers until they are gone. I'm prepping to be prepared. What if we lost our availability to go to town for groceries? What if the prices were raised temporarily so we couldn't afford to get the basic things we normally get? What if our co-op truck can't make it here and we have to go without ordering our groceries for a few months? What would happen in the event of a job loss where we would need to save as much money as possible to pay other bills? In the event of any of those situations, having a small stockpile on hand is a good idea.

Did you know that 55% of the US population only has no more than 3 days of food in their house? I can't imagine that! In rural South Dakota were we live we have a pretty good chance of being snowed in or stuck at home for much longer than 3 days, so having less than 3 days worth of food would just be unsafe for us.

Ok, back to building a stockpile with that $5 a week....Before you start this challenge, keep this in mind. Be realistic about your stockpile. Don't stock up on things that your family can't or won't be able to eat. If there is a week where you aren't going to buy what's planned, just buy double of something that you definitely can use from another week.

Building a Stockpile

Building a Stockpile Weekly Buying Guide

Make sure to spend no more than $5 per week buying the item listed. Before you buy, also make sure you have proper food storage containers for everything.

Week 1 - Spend $5 on Rice
Week 2 -  Spend $5 on Beans
Week 3 -  Spend $5 on Sugar
Week 4 -  Spend $5 on Salt
Week 5 -  Spend $5 on Baking Soda
Week 6 -  Spend $5 on Milk Powder
Week 7 -  Spend $5 on Dried Onion
Week 8 -  Spend $5 on Dried Garlic
Week 9 - Spend $5 on Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Week 10 -  Spend $5 on Baking Powder or Yeast
Week 11 -  Spend $5 on a Whole Grain
Week 12 -  Spend $5 on anything else

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Now comes the real challenge....just how much of each of these items can you get for just $5 a week? Do your very best to make that amount stretch as far as possible!

Are you ready to join me on this challenge? By the end of 12 weeks you aren't going to have the biggest, most impressive stockpile there ever was, but you will have a nice amount of basics set aside for an emergency time. Of course a full stocked stockpile will have more items than this (hopefully you will be able to preserve some meats, fruits, and veggies too!) but this list will build a great basic foods stockpile.

To help keep you motivated, here is a fun chart that you can print out and keep in your pantry or in your kitchen to keep track of your progress.

Building Your Stockpile (free printable checklist)

Not sure where to store your stockpile? Make sure to check out these Small Space Storage Ideas.

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1 Sarah D March 28, 2014 at 7:28 am

This is awesome! I have been trying to add to the pantry, but it’s been in a pell-mell sort of way, so this will be great!

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2 JD March 28, 2014 at 7:31 am

I think your suggestions are great. I am constantly amazed at how many people I know that go to the store (costly) and purchase 3 to 5 days of food. Yikes. I am like you, a what if person. Whatever we have as far as a stockpile I would more than willing to share with others but having water, basic staples and enough on hand for a couple weeks helps my security gland. Smile.

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3 Robin A March 28, 2014 at 7:31 am

I would love to do this. Then I can also start to build a bigger stock pile of other items.

Thanks for doing this.

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4 Tina Larson March 28, 2014 at 7:36 am

How do u store large amount of oatmeal.

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5 Merissa March 28, 2014 at 7:39 am

I store everything in large 5 gallon buckets with Gamma lids.

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6 Lona Smith March 28, 2014 at 7:44 am

Right now, I use ziploc bags inside a used 5 gallon bucket. I haven’t ordered new lids yet but I can get used buckets at my local grocer from the deli.

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7 Rebecca March 28, 2014 at 7:51 am

I get icing buckets, with lids, from the local bakery for $1. I use them for all of my food storage, cleaning buckets, homemade laundry detergent, etc.

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8 Sarah March 28, 2014 at 11:04 am

We use washed out and dried screw on jugs, like a two-liter soda bottle. We store rice, beans, oats, etc. We have been storing flour in large half gallon mason jars. Keeps everything out and they stay fresh.

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9 Jennifer March 31, 2014 at 8:13 am

You can also use handwarmers in airtight storage containers. You activate them and toss them in before sealing the container. The handwarmers are cheap and they use up the available oxygen which keeps the food fresher longer and keeps pests like weavels that may have gotten mixed in from living and destroying your supply.

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10 Lona Smith March 28, 2014 at 7:42 am

I’m in! We just moved into a new apartment, and our stockpile is basically gone. This is a great way to get things back on track!

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11 dee March 28, 2014 at 7:43 am

this is inspiring! thanks! i can’t wait to start! 🙂

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12 Lacey March 28, 2014 at 7:45 am

I think this is a great challenge. I have a stock pike, but I often forget the basics. I have recently found powdered buttermilk. It needs to be refrigerated once opened but personally this will be something I will add to my stockpile. Thanks again for this challenge.

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13 Merissa March 28, 2014 at 7:47 am

I love powered buttermilk! I don’t use buttermilk often so it’s a great option 🙂

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14 Kelly March 28, 2014 at 7:57 am

We’re in! Good way to stock up on basics.

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15 Kate March 28, 2014 at 8:23 am

Love this list! With a large family it’s hard to add to our storage. Thank you! Do know where there is a list of other supplies a family should stock pile? Thanks again.

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16 Merissa March 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Hi Kate, make sure to check out our Buying in Bulk/Stockpiling Page. I have several articles on there about building a stockpile that you might find helpful!

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17 Deb March 28, 2014 at 8:24 am

Loving your posts! Have a question, maybe this isn’t the correct place to ask, but I can’t find your blog other than Facebook. There are BIG rumors about upcoming produce shortages due to weather in CA. I have a small patio urban garden. What do you suggest are the MAIN veggies or plants to grow for my family.

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18 Merissa March 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

I would say anything that your family eats the most of. For us that would be tomatoes, green beans, and squash.

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19 Allison March 28, 2014 at 8:27 am

I love this site! It is my “go to” above all the others out there! It is so practical and I love the recipes! Thanks for all the posts! It’s a jem!

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20 Deb March 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

Another question I’m making bone broth, how many batches of broth do you think I can get from the same bones? They are from a grass fed non hormone nor antibiotic beef.

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21 Merissa March 28, 2014 at 11:07 am

I don’t make much beef broth so I’m not sure about that one. I know which a whole chicken though I can make at least 10-15 pints of broth.

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22 Victoria March 28, 2014 at 8:33 am

I love this approach. Whenever I start researching how to build my stockpile, I get overwhelmed so quickly. Thank you for breaking this down and making it fun!

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23 Wanda March 28, 2014 at 8:36 am

I’m willing to give this a try. I could be interesting to see how this goes.

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24 Missy March 28, 2014 at 8:45 am

I love this article. I have built my extras with an extra $10 a week( large family ). I also use coupons which helped me a bunch.

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25 Shannon March 28, 2014 at 8:45 am

Looking forward to rebuilding our stock pile

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26 CKay March 28, 2014 at 8:49 am

Great idea on stocking the pantry but just doing it a bit at a time and not have excess of this and none of that in case of an emergency of some type!!

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27 Peggy Stenglein March 28, 2014 at 9:19 am

I’m in!!! I think this is a wonderful idea!! I already have a good bit of rice, but will stock up on maybe some organic specialty rices that I haven’t bought for awhile, and we most definitely need milk powder and cocoa powder, we actually have used up our ‘winter stockpile’ of both items this winter, just using my last tub of cocoa now, my youngest daughter loves to make homemade cocoa!! 🙂

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28 Jena March 28, 2014 at 9:20 am

I’m excited to get the basics stored up! My new house has a large cold storage area all ready for me to use. Yay!

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29 Sara March 28, 2014 at 9:27 am

I’m excited for this challenge; thanks for the opportunity, Merissa! Assuming one or two items are already fulfilled, is a similar item in its place acceptable?

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30 Merissa March 28, 2014 at 11:06 am

Of course! Make it to fit your lifestyle and your family’s needs 🙂

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31 Jean March 28, 2014 at 10:26 am

$5/week is doable — one bit at a time, several cans at a time, or boxes at a time. Thanks for the reminder!

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32 Maura March 28, 2014 at 11:03 am

I’m excited for this challenge! I’ve read many articles this week talking about how the price of various foods are expected to rise this year. Hopefully if I can build up a decent stockpile, I will then be able to pay a little extra later for some of those other things we need. Thanks!

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33 Kathy March 28, 2014 at 11:03 am

I’m going to give it a try. I have one bucket with a lid from the grocery store that I can put somethings in. Thanks for putting this up for us.

Kathy

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34 Deborah March 28, 2014 at 11:31 am

Really good info. Going to start this weekend! Update on week four

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35 Kelly March 28, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Definitely want to do this!

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36 Daisha March 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I’m sure gonna do it! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while!!!

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37 Eeva March 28, 2014 at 2:14 pm

You are so right that people should be prepared in normal life,too. There can be simply situations, that you’re not able to go shopping because of storm, because of sickness in family… – not to mention bigger problems that can happen.
Actually over here we have official precept to have well abide food and also medicine and other supplies at least for 7 days -even if you live in the middle of the city.
During the years I have found it good -there has been sickness, there has been lack of cash, when it has been smoothing to have assurance I am having supplies to feed children.
Your idea of $5 a week is great, I will follow your journey and wish you best of luck.

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38 Julie March 28, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Oh! Count me in. Sounds fun.

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39 Brooke Lewis-Slamkova March 28, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I am so excited about this challenge. I just cleaned out my pantry for only whole foods and this will help me get some basics for the weeks that money is tight.

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40 Ginnie March 28, 2014 at 11:40 pm

This is a great way to build a stockpile…count me in.

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41 Therese Bizabishaka March 29, 2014 at 2:13 am

I’ve just come across your blog this week and am loving it. The title Making the Most with what you Have is so apt. I live in a large rural town in Australia. We bought our large suberban house with in ground pool but a tiny paved courtyard and side lawn for the dogs. We originally wanted to buy average but couldn’t find anything in our budget. Even with 5 children I now wish we had gone with the “it’s too small house” with land. Well that may happen someday but for now I’ve decided to make the most of what I have and grow some veggies in our small garden bed and make even more stuff from scratch. I’m in for the stockpile challenge though I do think food is more expensive here. We currently spend as much on groceries as we do our large mortgage. I used to have a modest stockpile in my large laundry cupboards but then the price of food went up and it became depleted. One question though. Once you have your stockpile what do you do with it. Keep it for a disaster or gradually use it while you replenish?

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42 Merissa March 29, 2014 at 8:14 am

I gradually use it and replace so nothing gets stale or bad. 🙂

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43 Briana January 4, 2016 at 12:11 am

To grow veggies with next-to-no yard space: use old box springs propped up against a wall outdoors to trellis your sprawling plants – squash, cucumbers, zucchini, even eggplant and beans. Also hang your tomato and strawberry plants, allowing them to grow upside down. I have a friend that does both of these along with making her own compost, and she has some of the best tasting veggies I’ve ever had. It also cuts down on spoilage from bugs and animals.

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44 Nihal March 29, 2014 at 3:08 am

This is great! I would like to join but most of the items on the lists are the items we never use or have very little use.. Like dried onion and garlic.. Am I to replace those items with other important items for us or skip those weeks entirely? Also how about the money.. 5 dollars equals roughly 8 thousand Tanzanian shillings, should I convert or keep it as 5 thousand tzs instead?

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45 Nihal March 29, 2014 at 3:10 am

Also is this stockpile meant to be kept aside from the actual items you are using, I mean if you put away 5 dollar worth of beans away you start to use it right away or keep it unused? How do you make sure it does not go bad?

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46 Beth March 29, 2014 at 4:12 am

I am going to take this challenge!

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47 Stacy A. March 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

It’s so awesome that you’ve broken it down this way, into manageable, bite sized pieces! I just donated a good portion of my stockpile to a food bank because we’re moving. I also found that when I was amassing what I thought to be a “stockpile”, I was just buying too many cleaners and health and beauty items. Now that I’ve gone natural with those things, it’s time to add vinegar to my stockpile! I can’t accept your challenge-yet. When my move is over, I’ll be right back to your page so that I can easily rebuild my stockpile in the new house!

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48 Sherri March 29, 2014 at 7:09 am

I have found over the years that the key to building a stockpile is to make a list. List the things that your family uses on a regular basis. Then try to figure up how many of each you use in a month. That gives you a basic starting point. Decide how many months worth of stockpile you want to have and then using your list buy what you need. It’s also very important to remember that things like power outages can affect how you use your stockpile. If you depend on a freezer for all your meat and veggies and the power is out for an extended time you may lose it all. How will you cook if your power is out? Do you have a hand can opener? Lots of things to think through when building a stockpile.

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49 Sarah Mc. March 29, 2014 at 8:01 am

What a good idea! We tend to try to stockpile items with what we can. There is a place that is called Railroad Salvage where I live that provides bulk flats of food. One flat of veggies is usually 4.50 or something. Yes, it’s canned, but when you are on a budget…well you do what you can.

I LOVE the idea of a weekly stockpiling plan.

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50 Laura March 29, 2014 at 8:45 am

This is a great list to go by. I’m having a difficult time stockpiling my gluten free flours, but we stockpile almost everything else on this list. I also stockpile canned tuna, canned fruits and veggies (because we don’t have a garden and I haven’t done much canning – yet), and canned tomatoes/sauce.

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51 Merissa March 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm

I often wondered how I was going to stockpile gluten free flours and I’ve actually ended up just not doing it much. I do have a little extra of each kind I use (to make my blend) on hand but otherwise I work on stockpiling other things instead since making gluten free “bread” items isn’t part of our main diet and is more of a treat.

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52 Kristin March 29, 2014 at 9:33 am

This is a great way to start a stockpile of basic ingredients. I am excited to participate.

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53 Mary Henning March 29, 2014 at 9:55 am

I have always stockpiled for common sense reasons. Raising a very large family ment putting up a year’s worth of jelly when you got a windfall of fruit (wild plums & blackberries) free. I try to keep 3 mths of groceries in my pantry, as well as a weeks worth of food &water in our basement which doubles as a tornado shelter. To get started when I last moved I used part of my income tax refund to lay in adequate supplies. This lets me take advantage of special buys as I come across them. You might include pasta, beans, & dried soup mixes to your stored goods.

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54 missey March 29, 2014 at 10:32 am

i will be doing this but in my own little way. i am a full time student and work twice a year. pasta is on sale this week and i go past the store almost every day (50 cents/box) but i also want to add some meat. when i’m not working, food is a little scarce. i’m known to eat pasta a lot but would love to add in meat to that. and i’ll figure out what else. storing should be interesting too, my apartment is about 300 sq ft. but i will make it work!

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55 Lori Denton March 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Besides having a stockpile of food, I saw on TV a program about emergency items to be used in the south in Hurricane areas and liked it. They advised each person in the household have a container or bag that includes one or 2 sets of clothing, extra socks and underware, a coat, sweater, shoes. A blanket, pillow and quilt if you like. A bag with tooth brush, tooth paste, bar of soap, towel and washcloth, hair brush, comb and other personal care items. This is so if you have an emergency—-flood, fire, hurricane, tornado what ever, you have the basics to start over with. It is to be stored close to an outside door or in another weatherproof building. If you loose everything in your home, you have something for each person to start over with. I love the idea. We have done this after watching the program.

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56 Andi Nicoke March 29, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I love this idea! Question…is this $5 before or after taxes? (Want to make sure I’m following the rules!)

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57 Merissa March 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Either way works 🙂

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58 Jessica C March 29, 2014 at 5:48 pm

This is a great challenge! I look forward to building my stockpile!

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59 Tejas Prairie Hen March 29, 2014 at 7:02 pm

I would like to participate, as I already do this, but not in such a formal manner. Do we have to send pictures–I don’t know how, I’m afraid.

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60 Merissa March 29, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Nope you don’t have to send pics, just follow along! The pics are just for fun and encouragement 🙂

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61 Seth March 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm

This is something of what I’ve been looking for, but I do have one suggestion With the milk powder I suggest getting the largest box and skipping it on the list each time you come back to it once more. because I have never found milk powder anywhere near $5.

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62 Amy March 29, 2014 at 7:40 pm

We are in!! Thanks for sharing:)

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63 Marcie J March 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Looking forward to the challenge!! I’m planning on subbing either shelf stable almond milk or white vinegar for the milk powder because my son has dairy allergies and we wouldn’t use the milk powder. Now I just have to figure out where to find more storage space in my little house!

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64 Tanya B. March 30, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Use to coupon while I raised my 4 sons as a single mom. Also did bulk buying and scratch cooking. Boys are all grown now, but i love the idea of smart shopping and reasonable stockpiling, not only for me, or my grown sons, but also if there is a family in need, I can be in a position to help.

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65 Mayra March 30, 2014 at 11:25 pm

I’m so excited about this. I found the post by chance on Pinterest.

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66 Marlies March 31, 2014 at 6:39 am

The next time that you go to the grocery store, check with the bakery and/or deli department to see if they have any food buckets. You can get them free that way and just wash them thoroughly when you get home. I do can a lot and make quite a bit from scratch. Even without a basement or a root cellar we do have a good size pantry.

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67 Amanda March 31, 2014 at 8:52 am

On five dollars a week, how many people am I stockpiling for? I have a family of seven. Should I double this?

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68 Crystal Hohman March 31, 2014 at 9:32 am

I’m definitely working on getting stocked up on stuff. One thing I’m working on is laundry soap. I have a 25 gallon tote that I’m filling up with laundry pods. I’m trying to save those while I use up all my liquid. I want to get stocked up on the pods because you know for a fact you’re getting one loads worth of soap. It’s hard to measure with liquid.

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69 Robin April 12, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Mark your liquid soap lid on the outside with a permanent marker. This way you can measure precisely each laundry load.

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70 Beth March 31, 2014 at 10:44 am

I’m in!

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71 Andrea March 31, 2014 at 11:38 am

I try to keep a stocked pantry already but I love a challenge and am going to do this along with you. Money is tight here and has been for a while but I feel this challenge will open my eyes a bit more too.

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72 Kirsteen March 31, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Love this idea. Makes stockpiling doable. Thank you! I’m in!!

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73 Lacy Goodman March 31, 2014 at 4:10 pm

I’m in, looking forward to a little more piece of mind.

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74 Kendra P March 31, 2014 at 5:35 pm

I like this! Definitely joining the challenge. Thanks

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75 Marsha Cooper March 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I’m in!
Fun and helpful at the same time.

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76 Michelle Pamplin March 31, 2014 at 9:09 pm

I have started (barely), this will help give me the incentive! TY!

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77 Dianne April 1, 2014 at 4:42 am

Thanks! I am going to do this and try to spend 5-10 per week, Family of 7…:)

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78 Christa April 1, 2014 at 6:43 am

I am in! after A long winter I am running low on allot of the basic staples, Thanks for helping to make it a doable frugal way to refurbish or start a stock pile of necessary Items and for other to learn this basic tool to help them. cant wait to get started 🙂

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79 Barb R April 1, 2014 at 9:35 am

I am so ready to do this!

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80 Maria Matter April 1, 2014 at 6:34 pm

After a rather harsh winter, we definitely need to re-stock! Thank you for making this DOable!

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81 loyda April 1, 2014 at 7:27 pm

We have always stocked up and our pantry usually is full. Our scenario was one of our family members found out their student loan went up from 50 a month to 500. Needless to say they were frantic and didn’t have enough money for groceries. I had them come over and gave them grocery bags and told them to help themselves. You never know when there will be a need out there and what a way to bless another family !

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82 SHANNON JENKINS April 1, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Loving the ides for this starting (or building) a beginning stockpile. We are about to move and will be starting our pantry from scratch. This is a great way to do it. I will definitely be joining you in this!

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83 Renee April 4, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Bought our first $5 worth of stuff today!

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84 Merissa April 4, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Woohoo! 🙂

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85 Katherine April 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Well, I’m a few days late, but I’m in.

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86 judy shockley April 8, 2014 at 5:40 am

This is great but I need idea to make all meals no or low sodium ,only 2000mg per day ,my hubby has congestive heart failure ,a diabetic ,pancreatic cancer

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87 AisLynn April 23, 2014 at 12:50 am

Herbs will make the biggest difference. They work great to replace the tcgz flavor lost by not using salt.

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88 Lynn April 10, 2014 at 7:40 am

Well last week I got 4 kg of rice for 6 bucks, so this week I got 4 kg of sugar for 4 bucks because sugar was on sale and it was a happy coincidence that the price also made my numbers work out! I will do beans next week to get back on track. :0)

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89 Cheryl April 10, 2014 at 7:47 am

Thanks for this wonderful idea. I already have a few of the items you suggest for the first couple weeks so I am very excited to “play” along. I absolutely LOVE your blog. You are living the way My husband always hoped that we would. We plant our own garden and I voraciously can and jam every year. We do this among other “make-do” processes to stretch our money. <3

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90 Angela Martin April 10, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I was happy to see that I’ve already taken care of many of these items! But I am going to work on this with a few substitutions. That much baking powder would expire on me (I have some rather flat biscuits to prove it!) while we buy rice in 20 pound sacks. It’s a great deal that way. I also tend to stockpile pasta while it’s on sale. It is a big staple in our house. What’s cool about your timing though is that I have a neighbor who comes to me to learn how to shop. I can use this list (and the weeks that I’ve already filled my quota) to help her out. Five dollars is a small enough amount to help others as well.

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91 RenovationGirl April 22, 2014 at 8:55 pm

I’m super late on this, but can I play along? I LOVE this idea!!!!

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92 Amanda Neaveill April 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Thanks for a great guide! I’m moving my family to North Dakota right now so I know we’ll need to keep a good stockpile in case the freeway is closed this winter!

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93 AisLynn April 22, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I’ve been a stock piler for a while and we have a huge family. I keep no less than 100 lbs each of flour, rice, sugar, oats, salt, and dried milk on hand at all times. I keep buckets of pasta and dehydrate most of our garden harvest which I keep in vacuum sealed Mason jars. This includes herbs and spices.

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94 terri April 23, 2014 at 8:35 am

How do you store the salt where it doesn’t end up in chunks?

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95 Andrea April 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

I am loving this challenge. I know you are busy but I wonder if you would be willing to come up with another list for the 12 weeks after this one. Here is my progress so far – http://livingrichbeingpoor.blogspot.com/2014/04/5-stock-up-challenge-salt.html

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96 amanda April 28, 2014 at 11:37 am

What are some whole grains that I could get ?

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97 lorine August 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Silly question, flour is good to stockpile? New to this and have a big emptying to fill

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98 Merissa August 4, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Yes, flour is a great basic item to stockpile 🙂 If you want to store it for a while you can preserve it best either in the freezer or in an air tight container (so bugs can’t get in).

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99 Brittany October 23, 2014 at 11:56 am

I know this post is a couple months old, but i’m just now getting back into trying to blog again and following people but this is a very helpful and very simple way to build your stock pile I moved to a big city from a smaller city and it snows here. Luckily my husband is working in an industry that he will always have work (he does pest control) but when the winter months come it will be hard for me to go to the store in the snow with 2kids (and one on the way) i’ve always wanted to have a stockpile also and got overwhelmed at how to do it and where to even start, so this post is very realsitic and very simplistic at reaching our goals. So I just want to thank you for sharing, tremendous help.

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100 Merissa October 23, 2014 at 12:10 pm

I’m glad I can be of some help Brittany. Good luck with everything!

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101 Katie November 17, 2014 at 12:08 am

Where does the 55% statistic come from? Just curious, and would be interested in reading more.

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102 Joan Weber December 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I would need some recipes for unsweetened chocolate. Milk powder is really expensive and doesn’t last long. I’d suggest sharing that with someone else and using it ongoing for cooking.

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103 stacey March 8, 2015 at 6:34 pm

hi, I like reading your posts. And a stock ultrasounds good, but also time consuming. I work and coming home and making something from scratch each night. The kids usually make their own dinnerand lunch while iI sleep. I saw the muffin Mix, dry recipe. Anything else? My kids won’t eat beans or rice. It will sit in fridge and rot, they choose to starve

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104 Amanda March 15, 2015 at 9:44 pm

I buy pallets of canned goods from costco. Tomato sauce can be turned into so many yummy sauces! Cream of soups, chicken/beef/veggie stock, pasta, different types of rice, etc.

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105 claire March 22, 2015 at 8:17 am

how do you keep grains or beans from spoiling or getting rancid over time?

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106 Merissa March 22, 2015 at 8:59 am

You will want to make sure they are stored in an air tight container. For larger amounts we like 5 gallon buckets with Gamma Lids.

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107 Ney July 15, 2015 at 10:52 am

I love this post and find it really encouraging! I recently wrote a post about how to buy one week of food for one person for $10 now that I am reading this post I realize that these items could also be frozen or put in the pantry as stockpile items for lean months! I would love to hear what you guys think!

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108 Lara July 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm

This is a great planning strategy, especially since prepping can be VERY costly. Thanks!

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109 Mary Beth May 4, 2016 at 1:06 pm

I love this method of stocking up! I did something similar just when I found out we were expecting our first child about this time last year. Each pay day I would take a set amount of money and buy pantry staples, items that could be frozen, household items, personal care products, and baby items. I really started stockpiling when I found out my maternity leave would be unpaid. Its a really good thing I did too because about a month before our son arrived, my hubby was in hit and run motorcycle accident that left him unable to walk until after surgery, and without a paycheck for almost three months. Prepaying bills and stockpiling is the only way we survived three months without a paycheck!

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110 Debbi June 23, 2016 at 6:54 pm

This is a good ideal. For those of us the collect cans and bottles can take five dollars from the money we get from recycling to do our stock pile. Which will make our items free.

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111 Karen October 17, 2016 at 12:40 pm

I have things stored in weird places, too…an end table in my living room is an old shortning can. It’s full of rice, flour, sugar, etc. I have a wooden tray on top of the can lid so I can lift off the tray with the lamp, etc, on it to get into the can. Another tall can by the kitchen has ramen noodles and some other light weight stuff in it. When our house burned in 2010, we had food stored in the cabin that had been there for 20 years in glass jars…flour, rice, corn meal, sugar, vinegar – all of it was still good. I have things in a storage building (canned food, flour in glass jars, dried vegetables in glass jars (and food in an old freezer that is out there). You can store a LOT in small spaces. I even have things under my bed. I live “20 miles from nowhere”, so it’s nice to have food on hand if the road floods or there is heavy snow!

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