Everyone should begin an emergency food stockpile list because you never want to go without.
With increased interest rates and much uncertainty, Canadians should think ahead and grow their pantry when prices are hot.
Today, I want to review the best way to build an emergency food list and what items are great to stash.
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Be Prepared For An Emergency With A Grocery Stockpile
Foof preparedness is essential for times of need such as reduced income, job loss, health decline or the recent hoarding pandemic that put Canadians in a corner until grocery shelves were re-stocked.
I’m fully aware the government assured us that grocery stores wouldn’t be affected; however that didn’t stop hoarders from buying up mass quantities of products.
In the future (hopefully, we won’t have to go through this again), stores will immediately limit products, so they don’t run out as fast.
This is why I feel that since we began stockpiling food and other items years ago, it has given us an edge.
There was no stress as we had hundreds of rolls of toilet paper, water, paper towel rolls, a case of wipes, and a small stockpile of food ready to go.
Our freezer is always stocked up, and we take advantage of 50% off stickers whenever possible.
So, we didn’t freak out and rush to the grocery store because we knew we would be fine even if the grocery stores closed, ran out of stock, or had limited hours.
Stockpiling Depends On Need and Finance
Not everyone has money to stockpile food, but one thing to consider is that stockpiling may only mean two or three bottles.
I’m not getting into extreme couponing in this post because that’s not the message I want to convey.
I want you all to understand that using coupons is a great way to save, but so is building your stockpile food list slowly.
You don’t need to rush out with 100 coupons to buy 100 products on sale just so you have it in your home.
This is about creating an emergency food stockpile list to keep you and your family going in a mass emergency.
We don’t know what could happen, and I know many people who started preparing for the coronavirus pandemic months in advance.
They saw the warning signs and began stocking up on products such as toilet paper, paper towel and grocery items as they went on sale.
Smart thinking, however if we keep the stockpile mindset all year, we won’t have to wait until something comes crashing down on society or in our personal lives.
I’m glad you’re here reading this, and I hope that by the end of this post you’ll print my free printable and brainstorm your emergency stockpile food list.
Hoarding vs. Stockpiling
There is a big difference between having a large food stockpile and hoarding, so let’s debunk a few myths.
- If you have a stockpile, you’re a hoarder– FALSE Stockpiling food and other products that you or your family uses regularly is a great way to save money and always have the product on hand. Over three years, we amassed a moderate food stash + a significant health and beauty stockpile that lasted many years.
- People who stockpile take away from those in need – FALSE Again, engaging in simple foods to stockpile is a process that happens over time and NOT all at once. Grocery hoarders will clear shelves in one shop without regard for other shoppers; stockpilers will not. For example, Brexit or the Coronavirus pandemic, where shoppers rush out and hoard all the toilet paper when everyone is looking for it. Some may hoard products for resale to earn a side income at the wrong expense of fellow citizens. Buying 20 bottles of Advil at full price, clearing a shelf. Essentially hoarders may not even consider price, whereas those who stockpile do so for money savings and emergencies.
- Stockpiling Is Expensive – FALSE Not if you plan your grocery shop according to your food budget, use coupons and coupon apps, and follow the flyer sales.
- Hoarding and Stockpiling is the same thing – False Stockpiling is keeping enough food for 1-6 months, even a year, in an emergency, job loss, health issues, etc. At the same time, hoarding has no end in sight. Hoarders will continue to buy and store until there is no space left in the house, apartment, or room.
There are many reasons why people hoard essentials, especially in the face of the coronavirus, even though we’ve been assured everything will be alright.
Although Health Canada has recommended people build emergency kits — including items like water, non-perishable foods and prescription medication — they’ve also said stockpiling essentials in bulk isn’t necessary right now.
However, they are saying “right now,” which means you don’t need to rush out and go crazy buying stuff.
As I pointed out throughout this post, stockpiling is a process that must meet your needs and done over time.
Emergency Stockpile Food List
Other Things To Stockpile For An Emergency
There are many other products besides foods to stockpile, which I would advise consumers to keep on the radar.
When we were in our stockpiling years, we kept quite a few health and beauty products and laundry products on hand.
To be honest, at the time, the main reasons we would stockpile were to save money and limit winter grocery shopping.
After we became parents stocking up meant fewer trips to the grocery store with our baby and savings since adding diapers, wipes and bum cream to the budget.
Another reason for our food stockpile was that we always had product on hand that we used regularly.
One item we would never stockpile again would be cereal, as we didn’t get through it as fast as we thought.
We donated it to friends in need, who gladly accepted it.
So, it’s important to gauge what you need vs. what you think you need.
Again, using coupons and coupon apps is excellent but try to avoid stockpiling just because it’s free or near-free if it’s not a product you think you will use up before expiry.
Let’s look at some of the items we would stockpile and continue to stockpile.
Personalize Your Stockpile Food List
Remember that this is our list; yours will differ as it should be custom to your nutritional lifestyle.
Some items below are what we would stockpile in the past, but our diet has changed where Mrs. CBB has been keto for three years, and I’m somewhere in the middle.
You can see from our Keto Pantry Staples that we tend to keep extra on hand of everything apart from the nuts.
We also bulk shop at Costco for many products on sale, especially if they are keto-friendly.
Another thing we keep on hand in our Budget Binder is a printable spice list that we update often.
We use many spices in our house to keep doubles, but not too many, as they can go off quickly.
You won’t find any pasta in our house today unless it is Nupasta, a zero-calorie pasta found in the health food section of most grocery stores.
Food Stockpile List Example
- Canned Tomatoes
- Tomato Paste
- Lemon Juice
- Franks Red Hot Sauce
- Pasta, Quinoa
- Pulses/Beans either dry or in the can
- Canned goods and frozen vegetables
- Jars of pickles, hot pepper rings, and pickled beets
- Sugar-Free Jam or Jelly (if we don’t make it homemade)
- Peanut Butter
- Cookies for Junior (he won’t eat homemade, figure that out)
- Frozen fruit- Strawberries, Cherries, Pineapple
- Meat and Seafood that we would freeze
- Loaves of Bread, Tortilla or Pita Bread that we would freeze for times we can’t make it fresh
- Chocolate Chips that we would freeze
- Cheese that we would grate and freeze
- Cereal, Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat (not now)
- Ketchup and Sugar-Free Ketchup
- BBQ sauce and Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce
- Coconut Milk
- Some Dry Spices – Parsley, Basil, Oregano, Dried Onions
- Chocolate bars for baking or eating stored in the freezer
- Almond Flour
- Avocado Oil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Maple Syrup
- Baking Supplies
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Butter that we would store in the freezer
- Bacon that we would store in the freezer
- Jugs white vinegar (maybe 2 or 3 jugs)
- Fresh vegetables that we can blanch and freeze. For example, we bought 6 bunches of rapini last week, blanched it, then froze it in packages.
- Fresh Fruits that we can make jam from, such as sugar-free strawberry rhubarb chia that we all love when on sale, or we pick strawberries in the summer and make jars of jam for the year.
- Apple juice not from concentrate
- 2% Milk 4L we freeze
- Instant Coffee
- Sweeteners such as Splenda or Truvia and other Keto Sweeteners
- Water Enhancers
- Gum (is that a food group?)
- Powdered Organic Chicken and Beef Stock
Health and Beauty Stockpile List
- Toothpaste for adult and child
- Condoms (you never know)
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Hair Colour (not for me yet)
- Face Care Regime products
- Hand Sanitizer
- Toilet Paper
- Over the counter medications (watch expiry)
- Wipes and Baby Wipes (we still buy wipes from Costco)
- Diapers (no longer in our house)
- Other Baby essentials
- Liquid Handsoap
- Razor and Blades
You get the idea.
As I could go on a bit more, you should sit down and fill out the food stockpile list printable with your essentials and how many of each you’d like to keep on hand.
Cleaning Stockpile List
There isn’t much to this stockpile list apart from a few great items because they won’t go off.
- Laundry Soap
- Dryer Sheets or Dryer Balls
- Dish Soap
- Cleaning Supplies for around the house (Windex, Vinegar, Floor cleaner)
- Mr. Eraser but the dollar store version (must-have in our house)
- Stain Remover
Again, this is an example of a few items we would stockpile more than one.
Once you personalize your cleaning stockpile list, you’ll better know how much you need to buy.
Another great thing is that once you have your stockpile food list, cleaning list and health and beauty list prepared, you can keep an eye out for sales.
There’s no reason to rush out and purchase it all when you can take time to build your stockpile.
Another considerable advantage point that we’ve taken seriously is PC Optimum Points, where we’ve amassed 5 million PC points.
The great thing about rewards points is that you can use them in place of your hard-earned cash.
Free stuff always tastes and feels better in my opinion.
Oh, and the new favourite mobile app that helps us to build our food stockpile list is Flash Food which boasts 50% off or higher on products at the grocery store.
It’s worth checking out, for sure.
Be ready when you need to be ready, so you aren’t panicking, as we’ve seen over the past week around the world.
The Grocery Stockpile Food List Is Essential
The more I think about it, the better I understand why we continue to stockpile food products and other items in our home.
Another thing I want to point out is that you should always take note of the expiry dates of any products you purchase.
We’ve reviewed the expiry on many health and beauty items without incident, although you may struggle with aerosol sprays.
Be prepared that they may clunk out on you if you hang on to them for too long.
Your food stockpile should always be rotated, and if you store food in your freezer, be sure to print my freezer inventory list to track it all.
Having a Budget Binder is not only for your financial budget but for everything that it stands for.
Keeping your life organized is simple as long as you commit time to do so daily.
Good luck with your stockpiling journey, and if you want even more tips on grocery shopping, visit my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide with over 200 blog posts.
Download and print the Free Budget Binder printable for the Stockpile Food List by visiting my Free Downloads Page under the printables heading.
What items would you put on your emergency stockpile food list? Leave me any comments below that you have on this post, and I’ll be sure to respond.