With grocery stores overflowing with food, drink, produce, and snacks, why would anyone consider stockpiling food? It's costly, unnecessary and just plain crazy!
Instances in which stockpiling would be helpful:
- Storms and natural disasters
- Job Loss
- Civil Unrest
- Terrorist Activity
- Helping a neighbor
That's not a comprehensive list, but it probably covers most issues. Now, here are some of the thoughts people have about stockpiling.
Stockpiling Food Is Costly:
While stockpiling has an increased up front cost, it actually saves you money in most instances. If you go to the store and buy a bunch of rice, you won't need to purchase more rice for a long time. What happens when you go to purchase more rice once you have run out? It’s not on sale anymore!
Stockpiling is Unnecessary:
This is a very common thought. Here is what should actually be thought: "Stockpiling is unnecessary until you need the supplies." During a hurricane, or natural disaster you will be quite happy knowing you won't be one of the people at the store fighting over the last loaf of bread or last gallon of water. And in today’s economy, what if someone loses a job?Wouldn’t you have some peace of mind knowing that you didn’t need to worry about how to feed your family for a while?
Stockpiling is Just Plain Crazy:
This ideology is unfortunately the hardest one to combat, and tends to be the more common one as well. Why? because it isn't really founded on anything except the idea that stockpiling is outside the social norm. The social norm is currently, go to the store when you need something, the store always has what you need. The social norm also being to spend a ton of money that you don’t have so you can impress people you don’t like. I’m just saying. Social norms aren’t always a smart way to live your life.
The problem is that in times of disaster, this doesn't work. We have become so used to things always being there that we come to depend on it. Grocery stores in most areas depend heavily, almost to a scary extent, on large 18 wheeled trucks to make daily deliveries to keep the shelves full. Even the slightest issue with the roadways could prove disastrous to many grocery stores. Even the thought of something bad happening sends people running to the nearest (convenience/grocery) stores to wipe it clean. If you live on a coastal state then you've probably seen what is left of a grocery store when a hurricane is close. If some form of natural disaster happened, or if the road collapsed(or whatever) those trucks won't be able to make it to the store. We are so used to everything being available now or tomorrow that it has robbed us of our need to prepare.
Sometimes it’s difficult to wrap our brains around buying more than we need for immediate use. As shoppers, we are conditioned to buy based on needs versus buying strictly based on price.
But to understand why stockpiling groceries/toiletries works so well, it’s important to note why prices fluctuate so widely. Grocery stores operate on a pricing cycle that typically lasts 12 weeks. During that time, the price of every item in the store will rise and fall according to various sale. But the price of any given item will only be at its absolute lowest price just once during the 12-week period. So, if you’re not buying your items when their price is at that lowest point you’re paying more, needlessly. If we can buy a sufficient amount of a nonperishable item to last 12 weeks, we don’t have to go to the store and get stuck paying full price for something when we “need” it. And that’s the difference between needs-based shopping and price-based shopping. If we purchase our items when the price hits that low and store them at home, we can “shop at home” for that item when we actually do need it.
Example: Ten tubes of toothpaste, purchased at 0 – 50 cents a tube during a sale/coupon/rebate, is ten tubes of toothpaste you are not going to pay $4 each for a month from now. That’s $35 – 40 of savings on one item alone…multiply that by the number of tubes your family uses a year, and you can begin to identify the potential savings.
Any other questions I haven’t addressed yet on why stockpiling is a good idea??