Think that stockpiling is just for crazy survival preppers and wonder what place it might have in your life? Here are a few reasons why our family has chosen to stockpile and once you read them, you might not think it’s as crazy as your originally thought.
Why would one stockpile?
If you ask anyone that has a stockpile or is creating a stockpile, I can guarantee you that you will get several different answers. While most of the answers can be good or helpful. I’ve found that usually there is one main underlying reason behind a persons stockpile. Either they suffered from an income loss at some time or perhaps they had little food in their home when they were growing up and they just want to make sure they have enough. Whatever the reason is, they are all valid reasons to create your own food stockpile. Here are some of our families reasons.
First, we stockpile because I don’t like to pay full price.
Wait, let me rephrase that, I can’t afford to pay full price. When I actually find a great deal or sale on something that we use all the time, I will stock up. That way I don’t have to pay full price when I need some again. An example would be finding beans on sale for less than $0.50 pound. Normally they would be around $1 per pound but if I could find them in a bulk quantity or on sale for much less than that regular price, I will stock our pantry.
–Read more here about Buying in Bulk.
We stockpile food because it’s hard to find what we can eat on sale.
Because of our family’s food allergies and diet, we have to eat things that are natural, with very few ingredients, and without preservatives, dyes, and additives. It’s often hard to find a good deal on things like that, but when I do, I stock up. In the same respect, I also consider my home canned goods part of my grocery stockpile. I “pay” for them with my time.
–Learn more about saving money on groceries when you have food allergies here.
We stockpile toilet paper and facial tissue for the same reason as above.
Neither of these items goes on sale for very cheap so when they do or when I can get them in bulk for less, I always stock up. Plus, who wants to be out of facial tissue when you have a cold? Some people have chosen to do family cloth and old fashioned hankies to replace these items but that’s not a change that we’ve decided to make as of right now. However, we do not purchase paper towels because we use cloth towels instead.
–Learn how to make your own Un-Paper Towels.
We stockpile for the poor economy.
No matter what you believe about the economy’s condition you can clearly see that the price of everything is going up and up and the minimum wage is not matching the price of inflation. The price of gas is high when you need to get into town and there always seems to be little confidence in what the future economy will look like. It just seems to be a good idea to have a small stockpile on hand for the unknown.
–Get a huge list of Frugal Tips on Saving Money here.
We stockpile for “just in case”.
I’m currently re-writing this article and the job economy is good. However, when I originally wrote this article in 2011, the unemployment rate was very high and we wondered what would happen if either my husband or I was out of work. Now I’m fully self-employed so it’s less of a concern for our family, however, this is a real concern for so many families that I know and therefore, an excellent reason to keep a small stockpile. How wonderful it would be to have a few months worth of supplies if you lost a job so you’d have less to worry about until you could get another one?
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We stockpile to avoid going to town.
Depending on where you’ve lived, we’ve always had a 30-45 minute drive to town. If something were to happen like the road being washed out or too much snow or someone in the family being sick (all real issues that we’ve had), we would not be able to get to town to get food or supplies. If I only kept a day or two of supplies on hand, that would run out very fast and leave us in a very vulnerable place. Because of the location, it just makes sense for us to have a good supply of food and other items in case we can’t get to town. Even if you don’t live a distance from town, do you really want to have to go to the store all of the time?
–Learn how to build a stockpile on just $5 a week here.
Ok so what about you? Why do you stockpile or why have you considered stockpiling? Is it for one of the reasons I mentioned above? Or for another reason altogether?
This blog post on Why Do You Stockpile was originally written on Little House Living in January 2011 and has been updated and revised as of May 2019.