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    Default Is my inventory (stockpile) ok?

    I am so proud of myself. I have cleaned out cabinets and reorganized what I had. I went on my weekly grocery shopping trip Saturday to Aldi and saved $70. ($130/$200-$250)When I got home the kids offered to help unpack but I no thanks, I wanted to see what I had organized. This is what I have:
    9 bottles of shampoo
    6 mouse/leave-in conditioners
    3 toothbrushes
    4 boxes of toothpaste
    2 bags of cotton balls
    1 large box of q-tips
    2 bottles of alcohol
    1.5 bottle of peroxide
    4 razors
    24 rolls of TP
    9 bars of soap
    2 bottles of dish detergent
    2 bags of gel for dishwasher
    24 rolls of paper towels
    9 cans of butter beans (ones in garden aren't ready yet)
    9 cans of string beans (ones in garden aren't ready yet)
    9 cans of corn (ones in garden aren't ready yet)
    1 bag of potatoes
    1 bag of onions
    5 boxes of sour cream and chive potatoes (family's fav)
    1 large bag of rice
    5 bags of sugar
    2 boxes of pancake mix
    2 bottles of syrup
    2 boxes of bisquick
    1 bag of flour + what's in canister
    1 bag of cornmeal + what's in canister
    2 boxes of tea
    15 packets of kool-aid
    1 large can of coffee + what's in canister
    1 large bottle of creamer + what's in canister
    24 bottles of water
    9 bags of squash in freezer that we put up
    2 bags of brocolli in freezer that we put up
    3 boxes of cereal
    4 boxes of poptarts
    2 jars of jelly(grape and strawberry)
    2 jars of peanut butter
    63 eggs and hens are still laying every day
    I still need to work on my meat supply......
    This is what I had already and what I got Sat. I think I am off to a pretty good start. Do ya'll see where I need to improve in any areas? I am still kinda new to this. I do know that items needed depends on the family but I wanted ya'lls opinion.
    Thanks.

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    Looks like a good start.

    Now keep track of how long something lasts and how often it goes on sale.

    When it goes on sale, you can buy the amount you need to last until the next sale or to last you for however many months you'd like to have stockpiled.

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    I don't see any
    pasta
    tom. products
    pasta sauce (if you do not make your own)
    Tuna or canned meats (if you use those)
    condiments (if you use lots of them)
    cream of soups (if you do not make your own)
    dried beans (if you use a lot of them)

    These are just things that I use a lot of and did not see on your list. But each family used different things.

    You are doing a good job with your stockpiling. Just keep at it and you will have a well stocked pantry and freezer.
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    Looks like a GREAT start to me! Keep it up!
    Kace - married to Dh 13 years

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    WOW!! That is all I can say!! You are off to a wonderful start!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domestic Gal View Post
    I don't see any
    pasta
    tom. products
    pasta sauce (if you do not make your own)
    Tuna or canned meats (if you use those)
    condiments (if you use lots of them)
    cream of soups (if you do not make your own)
    dried beans (if you use a lot of them)

    These are just things that I use a lot of and did not see on your list. But each family used different things.

    You are doing a good job with your stockpiling. Just keep at it and you will have a well stocked pantry and freezer.
    My thought exactly was-"Where's the tuna?" LOL

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    I forgot to add:
    4 cans of spam-DH hates tuna
    1 large box of spaghetti noodles + half of one in freezer
    2 bottles of spaghetti sauce.
    We have tomatoes in the garden-just not ready yet.
    4 bottles of ketchup + one in fridge
    2 bottles of mustard + one in fridge
    4 cans of cream of mushroom
    4 cans of cream of celery
    2 bottles of mayo
    Last edited by Suzy; 06-16-2008 at 07:04 PM. Reason: added more items

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    Looks like a fantastic start! You will be able to see better once you see what dwindles off the shelf quickest.

    Do you use powdered milk? Aldi's is pretty reasonably priced.
    Also:

    cooking oil
    Margarine
    Cheese (can freeze)
    Canned Fruit (if you use) or applesauce

    I really couldn't think think of much else.

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    I personally would not count anything perishable (frozen or otherwise) in the inventory. Because in the event of a disaster (power outage, severe weather,flooding, blackout, etc) it will go bad and be useless. It's good to have plenty on hand, and it's nice to be able to have a freezer full, but I dont count it because I can't count ON it.

    I would though count on the chickens and eggs. I would probably bulk up the canned meats a little, get some powdered milk, put away some more bottled water and otherwise pat yourself on the back, you did awesome!

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    It looks like a great start to me too!

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    That looks great! I would try to add more spaghetti sauce and pasta as you find good deals. That stuff always goes the fastest in my pantry!

    Also, be sure to rotate. When you buy new stuff, put it behind the old stuff, so the old stuff gets used up first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missy View Post
    I personally would not count anything perishable (frozen or otherwise) in the inventory. Because in the event of a disaster (power outage, severe weather,flooding, blackout, etc) it will go bad and be useless. It's good to have plenty on hand, and it's nice to be able to have a freezer full, but I dont count it because I can't count ON it.
    Ditto. We lost power for almost 48 hours last week because of thunderstorms in southeast Michigan. Some people who live closer to metro Detroit had no power for four or five days.

    A neighbor gave us a generator feed for a couple of hours both days so we could keep the sump pump running. But the only thing we could do about the freezer and refrigerator was run to the store for some ice to keep a few perishables in an ice chest.

    Most people we knew rushed groceries to relatives' homes, but all our relatives live an hour away. By the time one of us could have made that trip, between our work schedules and babysitting the sump pump, just about all the cold groceries were ruined.

    We lost about $50 to $60 worth of food, and that's with a top freezer that was only half full. I was able to save only the bread, tortillas, condiments and one pound of ground turkey that stayed frozen because it was at the bottom of the pile.

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    Looks like you have a great start!!!!!


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    looks like a good start to me!!
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    It looks like a good start to me also. I myself have decided to not stockpile paper towels for they are a luxury item. I figure my money should be spent on basics instead. But I know that not everyone fills that way. As a matter of fact me and my MIL were discussing paper towels the other day and she said she had 4 rolls out in different places all over her house. I told her that a roll does me 2-3 weeks and if I really think about it a roll can do a month or more. I just keep rags and towels handy and it works out fine for us.
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