30 Staples to Stockpile Now
There's an interesting article that claims Costco executives are warning of a looming recession because of the current buying habits of Americans.
People are switching to lower priced meats and stocking up on canned goods with a longer lifespan. The statistics are sobering.
For the record, long before the covid hysteria, I read Costco was doubling down on their own shipping lines to make sure there wasn't a shortage at their stores. They were predicting problems months before anyone else had brought it up. They knew what was coming.
I like that. I like a buyer who thinks long-range. Of all the stores we visited during that drama, they seemed the least affected. So if they're now talking about a future recession, I'm paying attention.
You can weather a broody economy by stockpiling now.
This is my formula for stockpiling:
- Start small. There's no need to overdo it.
- Concentrate on shelf stable products.
- Stick to basics. Expand the list when you can, but start with the basics.
- Don't forget the medicine cabinet.
Shelf stability is the most critically important. There's no point in stocking up on stuff you won't use up in a timely manner.
So what are the 30 most important items to stock up on? This is my list.
- Seeds. I put this first because you can also grow your groceries even if it's in a flimsy plastic pot.
- Sugar (or sugar substitute)
- Raw Honey. You might think it deserves to go under sugar but honey is a nutritive sugar. It's also anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial. Best of all, it NEVER expires.
- Fats. Most fats are not shelf stable, but coconut oil and Crisco shortening have the longest lives.
- Yeast. This also has a short lifespan unless you freeze it.
- Milk. The only way to store shelf stable milk is to buy dry milk. Canned milk has a limited lifespan.
- Dehydrated Eggs (protein)
- Pasta (unless you make yours from scratch)
- Beans (protein)
- Dehydrated Potatoes
- Jellies or Jams. You'll want something sweet.
- Peanut Butter (protein)
- Canned tuna or other fish. (protein)
- Canned tomatoes
- Dried Fruit (or buy a dehydrator and dry your own fruits)
- Pain Relievers. Tablets appear to have a longer shelf life than capsule form.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Adhesive Bandages
- Soap (bar soap is more stable)
- Non-latex Gloves
- Toothpaste (stock up on toothbrushes and floss too)
- Antibacterial ointment
- Garbage Bags. These have a multitude of uses.
- Water. For drinking, washing, and cleaning.
All of these items are either shelf stable or can be made shelf stable. If you see a sale on any of these things, especially those that never expire like honey or toilet paper, stock up.
If a recession comes, reduce your spending, pay off debt, and build an emergency fund. Forewarned is forearmed.