Stockpiling For Winter

by Merissa on September 18, 2010

in Little House Living

With the cloudy overcast weather all day yesterday and the falling temps, and the fact that I am starting to pick the green tomatoes in the garden has me thinking about winter.
Maybe I'm the only one that gets in this frame of mind but when winter is coming I feel like I need to be ready. What if we get stuck in the house for a couple weeks? What then? It's happened before, the first winter in our house we were snowed in for days but luckily we had power. Well, you already know that I keep up a pretty big stockpile all year long. But I do a few things differently when I'm getting ready for winter.
I start thinking about things that we can eat that don't need to be cooked. I like to stock up on granola bars, crackers, that kind of thing. Also I keep several gallons of purified drinking water in the pantry. We also have sterno cans in the pantry to cook with heat if we need it.
We've also decided that we are going to invest in a wood stove. Before we bought the house it had a wood stove in it that we had to take out to pass inspection since it was ancient. So everything is already set up for a stove, we just need to purchase one. Our house is all electric so a woodstove would be our security that we will be warm this winter no matter what. So we will be stockpiling wood to be ready to have heat.
I also stockpile different meds like Tums and Tylenol and also first aid stuffs. We have a large stockpile of shampoo, deodorant, ect year around so I don't have to worry about gathering those things.
Dog food and cat food is another thing we will be stockpiling. I already have a large stockpile of dog food from a recent surplus store sale so we need to work on getting cat food. We also need to start watching for a sale on chicken feed so they can be stocked up as well.
I also like to keep a big stockpile of batteries on hand. We have a bunch of flashlights around that house(the freebies from Menards!) and I also stockpile candles and lighters and matches.
So anyways, that's what's on my mind for now. I'm also in that scary fall cleaning mode where I want to clean out and clean up. I'll post another article in the upcoming weeks on getting ready for winter. For now it's a start to be getting your "winter stockpile" ready:)
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1 Debbie @ extreme couponing uk October 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

Sounds like a really good idea!! We don’t have a realistic chance of being snowed in, but we do get cold days when it is nice not to have to go out. Time to get in the non perishable stockpile and the medications too x


2 Connie Mixon Lee October 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

Love the article, we do much of the same, even here on the Gulf Coast. And we all know…. you can never have enough cats!! πŸ˜‰ <3


3 Theresa Larson October 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

πŸ™‚ Last weekend I did a deep clean of the house. Had the doors and windows open to air it out. Today was the start of cool weather for us here ,so I just finished picking the last of the green tomatoes, and getting things picked up a bit outside. I’ve been trying to stock up here and there , as the budget allows.


4 Rebecca Jolley October 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Winter is not a big deal here on the east cost. Instead we are stocking up for a hurricane something I never though I would need to do when I moved from CT to PA. I am trying to figure out where the camp stove, fluid and candles got stashed with the move. My biggest worry is how to keep the fish warm and filter running if we lose power πŸ™‚


5 Teresa Bolen-Lu October 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I just watched your video on you-tube, what do you use instead of white sugar?


6 Little House on the Prairie Living October 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Teresa, we use Turbinado (raw) sugar or succant, or maple syrup.


7 seniorms September 8, 2014 at 4:15 am

when my family were young, I use to use powder sugar (that I would process on high in my blender). works really well. You can make your own icing for cup cakes, or any kind of cakes , or anything that needs frosting or icing.


8 Patty April 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I thought I was the only one who did ‘Fall Cleaning’!! My husband says it’s ‘Nesting’, as I seem to take inventory and add to our stockpile, I wash the quilts that we put out on the sofas for snuggling, and I make sure there is plenty of drinking water and OTC medications because, as most moms know, your kids always get sick in the middle of the night!!


9 Theresa July 23, 2014 at 10:41 am

Word of warning about pet food, shop in a store that has a good turn over. There is an expiry date on pet food. If I see a long expiry date on a bag I might buy more for the stockpile. I also buy smaller bags since my dog seems to eat less after he lays down his fur. The bag seems to smell stale if left open (in the bin) too long.


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