I have read a lot about households that stockpile food, drinks, cleaning products, and gifts and can see that it works amazingly well for them. Some families are so passionate about stockpiling that it has become an art and a full time occupation. There seems to be lots of reasons why stockpiling occurs, out of necessity, being frugal, using coupons and being prepared. I can see the benefit and admire the work it takes to buy and upkeep a stockpile, I can also see the advantage of not having to go to the supermarket every week.
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I use a different tactic and that is, I use every last bit of everything before I buy it again. We are lucky that we have all 3 major supermarkets within 2 km of our home, we also have weekend markets in easy reach if that is what we want to do. We only buy enough of anything for the week ahead and if we run out of anything we can either just pick up that one item on the way home from work or make do. With less food in the house, absolutely everything is used up and there is no waste, ever. We eat with the seasons and get a lot of variety that way.
I think my current way of shopping/eating came about from seeing so much excess food and waste due to out of date foods from my in-laws. When my husbands Grandmother was living next door with her son and daughter in law, Gran did most of the cooking. Gran would do a menu and shopping list for the week and not bother to check the pantry, fridges and freezers before buying more. Lets just say their pantry, fridges and freezers were full to overflowing. After we lost both Gran and my Father in law, I started to go through their pantry and fridges and freezers. There was so much food that had expired and so much frozen meat and food, mostly unidentifiable, that we had to throw out. It made me quite angry and upset at the waste and I swore that would never happen at our place.
We also try and eat food that is not over processed and limit bought sweets to a minimum. Any other sweet baked goods are made from scratch and we only eat dessert on special occasions.
The only items we buy in bulk is bread flour (10 kilos for $19.95) and Basmati rice (5 kilos for between $6.99 and $9.99, on special) and I guess you could include dried chickpeas (1 kilo of $5.99) everything else is bought in the most economical size and is used up completely before it is purchased again. We did join Costco when it first opened but soon realised it wasn't for us, the price per kilo is more than what we pay at local supermarkets and we really don't need huge quantities of anything. Again buying in bulk is great for some large families and I can see that it would work for them.
So, at this stage in my life I don't feel stockpiling or buying in large quantities is for me.
|My humble pantry, I can see exactly what I have and how much of it as it is all stored in glass jars|
What about you and your family? Do you stockpile? What is the reason you stockpile? Or are you like me and go the "less is more" route?