Friday, October 17, 2008

Why stockpile?

One thing I get asked quite frequently is, "Why do you buy so much if you only need one?"

Well, first of all, I have two in diapers- so we don't get out much!

Secondly, we're trying to get out of debt. Counterintuitive, right? Wrong! When I'm stocking up on something, I'm buying it at the lowest price possible.

For example, a couple weeks ago, chicken breast tenders were on sale for $1.88 per pound. To me, that's a really good price! Imagine my surprise when I arrived at the store to find $1 off "reduced for quick sale" coupons on the packages! So, I ended up paying about $15 for 15 packages of chicken! When I got home, it took me about 20 minutes to separate and bag it up into meal-size portions- leaving me with 10 packages of diced chicken, 10 plain chicken tender packages, and 10 preseasoned chicken meals. The best part? The packages thaw quickly!

Which brings me to my next point. Stockpiling saves us from the drive-thru. Life is crazy when your bosses are short, bald, and don't speak yet! Who has time to run to the store and pick up that last ingredient for dinner? Instead, I just keep a list on the fridge of meals that we can make using what we already have. Updating is easy- just cross it off or wipe it off if it's on a white board!

And then there's the reason that is nearest and dearest to my heart- a sense of security. I know that if something happens, we're prepared. Whether it is a weather-emergency, personal emergency, financial emergency, or illness, we're ready for it.

So, you think you want to start a stockpile of your own? Stay tuned for the next segment!

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