A few days ago, I officially declared October our month of getting prepared. We’ve spent the last few years becoming financially prepared, but lately we’ve both been feeling like that isn’t enough. I recently read an article on Real Simple that outlines how to stockpile for an emergency, and it has me wanting to quit thinking about it and start doing something. So while all of you are buying Halloween candy, we’ll be stockpiling peanut butter and powdered milk. And if the trick-or-treaters are lucky, they’ll get a scoop of both in their bags. But you better believe I’ll be dressing Sally up and taking her trick-or-treating. Because free candy.
But back to emergencies. Neither Johnny nor I are what you would call extremists. We’re actually glass-half-full pragmatists. We don’t believe in conspiracies, we don’t believe the apocalypse is coming, but we do believe that sometimes bad stuff happens (like, maybe, a zombie apocalypse). We know firsthand about being laid off from a job, for instance. And now that we have little Sal, we just want to make sure that if for some reason we need an extra supply of food and other resources, we’ll have it.
So how does one go about stockpiling? Well, as the Real Simple article says, I’m mostly planning on buying food items that we already eat and that have a longer shelf life. I’m probably going to buy many of the items from the list that we already use regularly:
- Peanut butter
- Nuts, trail mix
- Granola bars
- Canned tuna
- Canned veggies
- Bottled water
- Bottled sports drinks
- Powdered milk
I also plan to get a first aid kit put together, as well as over-the-counter drugs we use regularly, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen, both in child and adult form. Some items, such as toilet paper and soap, I already naturally have in bulk from buying at Costco. And it just so happens that our guilty TV pleasure of choice right now are a bunch of survival reality shows (ahem, Naked and Afraid) that are helping inform us on survival.
We’ll keep you updated on our preparedness progress throughout the month — what we buy, where we store it in our condo, and how our budget fares in the process. And, of course, we’ll keep a tally of our total spending. What about you? Have you ever considered stocking up and preparing for an emergency? And not to be a Debbie Downer, but it’s not completely coincidental that this post is coming out the day after the first reported case of Ebola in the US.