Having Items for Basic Skills

by Merissa on October 21, 2011

in Practical Food Storage

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In the last article in this series we talked about learning some basic skills to save you money when prices go up. But what use are those basic skills if you don' t have a stockpile of items to use to do them with? Here is some things that you should consider stockpiling to use for basic skills.

For sewing:

  • Threads, several colors.
  • Needles, various sizes.
  • Scrap fabric for patches.
  • Good scissors.

For baking:

  • Yeast. Get the already¬†vacuum¬†sealed packages and when you open one, but the rest in the freezer to keep it good for a long time.
  • Flour, sugar, salt. Basic baking foods.
  • A good bread pan or baking sheet. I recommend stonewear.

For haircutting:

  • A good pair of scissors.
  • A reliable hair trimmer.

If there are other basic skills you are learning, don't forget to stock up on what you need for them! I love to crochet and I make all my own washcloths and dishrags out of a cotton yarn, when I found out the price of cotton was going to go up I started stockpiling my favorite 100% cotton yarn so I could continue making cloths for us. It's smart to plan ahead!

Learn more about Practical Food Storage and Preparing for Price Increases. And make sure you check out how to save and live better in all areas of your life on the Making the Most page!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Leta October 22, 2011 at 9:56 am

Have I mentioned how much I love your blog?

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2 Merissa October 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

Awww, thanks!

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3 Leta October 22, 2011 at 9:56 am

Have I mentioned how much I love your blog?

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4 Merissa October 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

Awww, thanks!

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5 Missy Steiger October 22, 2011 at 11:24 am

I found a bread bread pan at the thrift store the other day, so now I have three! I would love to have a stone. Mine broke about six years ago and I have yet to replace it. I buy yeast in bulk. I’m gradually getting more thread but REALLY need good scissors for sewing and hair cutting.

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6 Merissa October 22, 2011 at 11:27 am

Missy, I always thought the best place to get thread was Walmart but then I realized it’s much cheaper at a fabric store with a coupon or a sale. My good hair cutting scissors I got at Walmart, I think they might be Sally Hansen? They are nice and sharp. Yay for 3 bread pans! I still just have 2 but mine are both stones, I’d really like to have 4 someday since my Bosch can make some large loaves!

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7 Missy Steiger October 22, 2011 at 11:24 am

I found a bread bread pan at the thrift store the other day, so now I have three! I would love to have a stone. Mine broke about six years ago and I have yet to replace it. I buy yeast in bulk. I’m gradually getting more thread but REALLY need good scissors for sewing and hair cutting.

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8 Merissa October 22, 2011 at 11:27 am

Missy, I always thought the best place to get thread was Walmart but then I realized it’s much cheaper at a fabric store with a coupon or a sale. My good hair cutting scissors I got at Walmart, I think they might be Sally Hansen? They are nice and sharp. Yay for 3 bread pans! I still just have 2 but mine are both stones, I’d really like to have 4 someday since my Bosch can make some large loaves!

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9 Patty April 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!

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10 Mike January 30, 2014 at 6:26 am

I had some leftover tiles when we remodeled our kitchen (16″ square I think). I keep one in the oven as a pizza stone and use another to roll my bread and biscuits on. Its a cheap baking stone and works pretty well. Just make sure you clean it thoroughly.

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