This is all well and good, with one caveat -- the money wasted if your stockpile gets destroyed.
We lost power a few weeks ago for several days, and I had to throw away everything in our fridge and freezer. I had been building a stockpile of leftover bits of things -- fresh herbs frozen in water, tomato sauce, chicken stock, extra burritos, biscuits and egg rolls -- and of course I’d just made a big Costco run. All tossed in the garbage.
Since we were filing a claim with our homeowner’s insurance for other reasons (ahem, flooded basement), we included the lost food in the claim as well. This will replace the full bags of chicken and strawberries and veggies, but it won’t recover my stockpile of little bits of things and homemade stuff. So it’s the same as if all that stuff had gone in the trash to begin with.
Luckily, we managed to save our belongings from the flooded basement, but what if we hadn’t been home? We might have said goodbye to our stockpile of paper products like paper towels and bath tissue.
From this experience, I’ve learned a few things that I’d like to share with you to protect your stockpile.
Consider your storage situation
Place stockpile items somewhere they’ll be safe, and not just out of the way. Consider things like a flooded basement or an infestation of fruit flies or a curious toddler, and stash your treasure where it won’t get damaged.
Keep an inventory
I might have been able to claim some of the homemade stuff if I’d had any idea what was in the gross soggy bags that I was throwing away. I didn’t get to this icky task until a few days after the power had gone out, and I was not getting my face close enough to those stinky bags to read the tiny writing of what was in them. If I’d kept a separate inventory, I would have known for sure what was there.
Rethink what you bring in your house in the first place
Stockpiling can definitely be a way to save money, but it’s not the only way. And if you’ve got a serious stockpile, you are taking up space to store it. Try keeping a stockpile of only a few months’ worth of items, instead of years, or just two or three extra tubes of toothpaste.
In my situation, I will be making a point to use up those freezer bits on a more regular basis.
Have you ever made a big stockpile and then lost it?