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The everyday benefits of keeping a fully stocked pantry and medicine chest - beyond emergency preparedness

 
mercury2
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The everyday benefits of keeping a fully stocked pantry and medicine chest - beyond emergency preparedness
I just wanted to say how nice it's been to have cupboards full of food and extra home remedies and supplies on hand over the last couple of years since I started trying to keep more necessary items on hand.

Right now I have been sick with a cold for over a week (no big deal, just a cold) and I did not have to leave the house to go to the store for ANYTHING, the only thing I have bought is some cough drops for the two days that I did work.

Otherwise I had food in the house (wasn't eating much anyway), I had Kleenex and other paper products, I had plenty of cat food, I had all kinds of herbs, spices, herb teas, regular tea, bottled lemon juice, extra honey (almost used it up!) etc. And vinegar! I have been experimenting more with taking vinegar to help with the symptoms and happy with the results.

So, a lot of times on here people ask about emergency preparedness, survival kits, stocking extra food and medicine, and it turns into a discussion of the total end of the world as we know it scenario with hard core wilderness survival, self sufficient farming, being the dominant point of view. That's fine but for the ordinary person who just wants to start somewhere, I just want to say how it has helped me in general in day to day living to keep extra supplies on hand.

It is financially sensible to buy extra quantities of things when they are on sale for half price, when you know you will buy them anyway, necessary things like paper products, soap, canned goods, things that keep. It really does save money in the long run and if I didn't do it this way I wouldn't make it on the tiny amount of money I am earning presently.

It is also psychologically very beneficial to have some stocked pantry shelves and a house full fo food, it helped me a whole lot when I had a couple of severe financial blows to my income last year. I was able to roll with the punches a lot better because I had a lot of food and stuff on hand than I would have been if I had no money and no food, too.

I had a thread before about this, about how having extra food and supplies can actually be a way to prepare for good times too, as well as bad times. It is a money management tool that gives you flexibility. Also you have extra on hand and you can have people over unexpectedly and feed them, and some of the things you would put aside are perfect for camping and picnics too, so that could lower the impact of the cost of having fun, when you already have some of the stuff you need.

Anyway I had all kinds of herbs to experiment and make herb tea out of, I had the Master Tonic that I made with vinegar and all kinds of strong and fiery roots and vegetables, I had honey and lemon and tea, so it was easier to have a stupid cold too.

Anyone want to comment on how stocking up has helped them? I don't keep any "survival type" food around, except extra rice and beans, but I have extra canned goods, and just extra of things I know I will need. Wish I had more but I did recently get some things and that helped with this situation for sure. Lots of cat food! Good idea.
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Re: The everyday benefits of keeping a fully stocked pantry and medicine chest - beyond emergency preparedness
I'm sitting here eating Mountain House freezdried pork chops and I've got to tell you they are quite good. I'm going to order a couple more cases.

More and more, I'm moving towards food that requires no refrigeration. When the power goes out it's no big deal for me.

Keeping the house well stocked with food and water and other survivor gear does away with the fear factor.
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Yes! Always keep stocked up when I can. Back in 1999 I was freaked out about Y2k and wanted to stock up. But I was torn because I wanted to trust God for my needs, not my panic. I asked about it in prayer and the answer was a clear "stock up". My husband of seven years left me on Jan 9, 2000, taking 90 percent of our income. My boys and I lived on my stock until I could get on my feet!
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08/28/2007 11:20 AM
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"My boys and I lived on my stock until I could get on my feet!"

that's the way I see it. if the money runs out, I won't have to worry about food for a long time....
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08/28/2007 11:23 AM

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Thanks for the replies, I see you guys are figuring out the benefits of this too. Rebecca that's a good story, well a bad story, but one that illustrates the point. You never know what you might be preparing for. Maybe just preparing for having spent your money on a vacation and not having grocery money that week, you know?

Tell me, for those that do keep a stocked pantry and extra supplies on hand, have you influenced your friends and family at all? Do other people stock up because of your good example now, that wouldn't have otherwise? Do you think your kids learned something Rebecca?
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08/28/2007 11:32 AM
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Yea, my friends say if TSHTF, that they will come to my house.
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08/28/2007 11:34 AM
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It also helped when I broke my knee and had to be off work for four months. Lived on my stock then, too!
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08/28/2007 11:37 AM
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I've tried to convince friends....they're hopeless.

I've had knee surgery and it was a good thing I was well stocked up on everything and not having to ask anyone to go to the store for me.
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08/28/2007 11:39 AM
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Howdy Mercury 2: Finally somebody gets it! It shouldn't take end of the world thinking to save.

We live in a very different world than most I say we because our household has 5 families. We also live in the middle of the mountains with little contact to neighbors or town I'm one of only two that gets into town regularly. We also grow all are own food and what we don't grow like Rice is traded for but that doesn't mean we don't have food stored for hard times. Hard times? Yea how about a poor growing season for our grain Barley, Wheat and corn? It doesn't take the end of the world to make things uncomfortable or at the worst unlivable. How about loosing your job or a broken leg or like you have a sickness.

The funny thing is people read all this stuff on the web about the end of the world or the end of the US and they think ooh I need to stock up (most never do), how about simple every day stuff.

Smart thinking now don't forget to resupply the stuff you used.


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Yea, my friends say if TSHTF, that they will come to my house.
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I've had people say the same thing and I tell them two things, first I don't think you can find where I live, second if you do show up I have a place in the freezer reserved just for you. Usually they shut up!

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08/28/2007 11:43 AM
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I was born in the Caribbean, so we had to be prepare for really bad weather ,this have serve me all my life,not only during desasters but when the economic situation is tight. Food that doesnt need refrigeration is a most, first aid and natural remedies, alcohol( a few books are good too, about survival, medical emergencies) big box with plastic tarp, hammer,mini shovel, nails,rope, candles, matches,water and clorox(8 drops per gallon).Now you can buy radios and lanterns that you can crank (no batteries).small hand tv, a few magazines, your family, good neighbors, your loyal dogs and a humble prayer.
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I was talking to my mom one day and said" I gotta go the the store, I'm almost out of food". My mom laughed and said" Your out of food is not the same as other peoples idea of being out of food!" LOL.
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08/28/2007 11:49 AM
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Re: The everyday benefits of keeping a fully stocked pantry and medicine chest - beyond emergency preparedness
I was born in the Caribbean, so we had to be prepare for really bad weather ,this have serve me all my life,not only during desasters but when the economic situation is tight. Food that doesnt need refrigeration is a most, first aid and natural remedies, alcohol( a few books are good too, about survival, medical emergencies) big box with plastic tarp, hammer,mini shovel, nails,rope, candles, matches,water and clorox(8 drops per gallon).Now you can buy radios and lanterns that you can crank (no batteries).small hand tv, a few magazines, your family, good neighbors, your loyal dogs and a humble prayer.
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I didn't even mention weather: I'm sure you know hurricanes all to well. Where we live it can be snow in the tens of feet and while I have a snow thrower sometimes it can come down so quickly there is noway to remove it fast enough. If we had a bad winter and not have any stores to rely on it could get pretty hairy.


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Re: The everyday benefits of keeping a fully stocked pantry and medicine chest - beyond emergency preparedness
the way I see it...if I've got my own food, water, backup heat source, protection etc, I won't have to go to a government shelter. I can stay home and protect my property...
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08/28/2007 12:45 PM

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Re: The everyday benefits of keeping a fully stocked pantry and medicine chest - beyond emergency preparedness
Thanks you guys, this is turning into a nice thread, hopefully it might prompt someone to pick up a few extra things at the store next time they go.

Winter is coming sooner than you like to think about, for those of you that live where there are harsh winters (I'm a native Minnesotan myself!) do you make a point of keeping a few things around in case of a big snowstorm where you really wouldn't want to leave the house or drive?
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08/28/2007 06:28 PM

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Re: The everyday benefits of keeping a fully stocked pantry and medicine chest - beyond emergency preparedness
I just made dinner and wanted to brag that I have not bought any groceries for about ten days, I only went to the store for cough drops last week, that's it. Did not have to buy any supplies or food this whole time that I've been sick.

I am trying to shake the last of this cold today so I stayed in even though it is nice out, and am trying to force myself to rest.

I liked the discussion we had going this morning and hope that the evening crowd can add some more to this thread. :-)
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08/28/2007 07:02 PM
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Re: The everyday benefits of keeping a fully stocked pantry and medicine chest - beyond emergency preparedness
Too numerous to list, but here's some examples....

-Having a extensive first aid kit to stop arterial bleeding and splint a neighbor's arm when he fell outta a tree while pruning.

-saving a night fishing trip when the boat owner didn't have 2 stroke oil for the motor...rather than waiting hours for the store to open, I grabbed some from home....

-not having to spend time food shopping for a spur of the moment camping trip...its also a good way to rotate your stock...

-having plenty of batteries/flashlights/lantern during a extended blackout....the local stores were stripped clean in an hr. on the first day of a 4 day blackout...

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