18 September 2015

How to Build a Stockpile Part 3

 
Building a stockpile is a personal thing. It needs to contain items that you use, otherwise it's just wasted money. There are all sorts of lists and suggestions around, and they are great to use as a starting point.

In my dreams I can just make a list, go shopping and buy everything we need for the next twelve months.

In reality I have a grocery budget that I need to stick to, so building the stockpile must fit into my  grocery budget, and if you want to build  your stockpile and save money, rather than go into debt, your buys will need to fit into your budget too.

Here's a list of what is in (or will be in) our stockpile for 2016 to see us through 2016. Remember as you read this that this is for my family of 5, you may or may not use/need/want some/any/all of these things - write your list to suit your needs. And remember, I wasn't starting from scratch, I already had a very good stockpile, at least three months of most things, six months of some others and a one year supply of cleaning supplies.

Groceries
No.
Baked Beans
104
Baking Paper
1
Cereal - Ricies
12
Cereal - Weet-bix -1.2kg
24
Cereal -All Bran
24
Cereal -Rolled Oats
10kg
Choc Bits/Melts
12
Clingwrap
1
Cocoa
2
Condiments - Coleslaw dressing
12
Condiments - Herbs

Condiments - Honey
6
Condiments - Jam

Condiments - Mayo
2
Condiments - Nutella
6
Condiments - Peanut butter
24
Condiments - Peppercorns
1
Condiments - Salt
5kg
Condiments - Spices

Condiments - Stock cubes
4
Condiments - Vegemite
2
Cornflour
3
Cream of Chicken Soup
24
Custard Powder
2
Dried Fruit - Cherries
1kg
Dried Fruit - Dates
6
Dried Fruit - Mixed Fruit
5kg
Dried Fruit - Sultanas
5kg
Drinks - Coffee, Instant
2kg
Drinks - Coffee, Pods
48pks
Drinks - Cordial
MOO
Drinks -  Tea bags - 100pk
4
Flour - Gluten
5kg
Flour - Plain
112kg
Flour - SR
60kg
Foil
1
Icing Sugar
12
Legumes - black beans (canned)
12
Legumes - soup mix
3kg
Legumes - split peas
3kg
Legumes - kidney beans
5kg
Molasses
1
Mustard - wholegrain
12
Nuts: almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts

Oil - Olive
12L
Oil - Vegetable
4L
Pasta - Noodles
12
Pasta - Spaghetti
26
Pineapple rings
12
Popping corn
1kg
Powdered Milk
12kg
Rice
20kg
Sauce - BBQ 250ml
6
Sauce - Soy
2
Sauce - Sweet Chilli
1
Sauce - Tomato 2L
4
Spaghetti - tinned
12
Sugar
48kg
Tinned fruit
24
Tomato Soup
104
Tuna
24
Yeast
2
Freezer:
No:
Butter
24kg
Casserole/Stewing Steak
15kg
Cheese - Tasty
24kg
Chicken - Drumsticks
15kg
Chicken - Fillets
52kg
Chicken - Wings
12kg
Chickens - Whole
26
Corned Beef
12
Fruit - oranges, strawberries,

 apples, lemons, peaches

Legs of Lamb
13
Mince
40kg
Roasting Beef
13
Sausage mince
5kg
Sausages
12kg
Steak
12kg
Vegetables - carrots
20kg
Vegetables - celery, onion, eggplant,
capsicum, beans, broccoli, cauliflower,
 sweet potato, pumpkin, tomatoes
From garden
Vegetables - corn
12kg
Vegetables - Peas
12kg
Cleaning
No.
Bicarb soda
5kg
Borax
3
Bug Spray
4
Dishwasher powder
12
Dishwashing liquid
6
Eucalyptus oil
3
Laundry soap
3
Scrub buds
3
Washing soda
4
White vinegar
5L
Toiletries
No.
Bodywash
12
Conditioner
12
Deodorant
43
Hairspray
4
Handwash
12
Moisturiser
4
Mouthwash
6
Razors
4
Shampoo
18
Shaving foam
6
Soap
60
Toilet paper - 12pk
12
Toothbrush Heads
6
Toothbrushes
24
Toothpaste
30
First Aid
No.
Band Aids
2
Bandages
2
Betadine ointment & drops
1
Ginger tablets
1
Hydrogen Peroxide
1
Immodium
1
Isopropyl Alcohol
1
Nurofen
2
Paracetamol
2
Saline
1
Savlon cream
1
Zyrtec/Telfast/Claratyne
3

Boy we eat a lot! And that list doesn't include the produce from the garden that will be dried, bottled, pickled or frozen over the summer. 

When I look at that list I wonder where in our home I'll be able to store it all, but it all fits. So where to do I store all these groceries?

Grocery items are either in the pantry in the kitchen, in other cupboards (tea and coffee are above the kettle, spices and herbs are above the bench) or the shelving. Bulk dry goods are in labelled tubs in the laundry.

Cleaning supplies are under the laundry sink. Dishwashing liquid and dishwasher powder are under the kitchen sink.

Toiletries are in the bathroom cupboards. 

The first aid box lives on a shelf in the linen cupboard.

Frozen food is of course in the freezers, one in the laundry and I've "borrowed" freezer space at my mother's for the overflow.

I've found the hardest thing to store is the toilet paper, mainly because it is so bulky. At the moment it is in the garden shed and I bring in one pack a month as it's needed. 

I don’t have a lot of designated storage space in this house so I make do with what I have and sometimes I need to be a little creative and shuffle things around. 

As long as I remember to update the inventory when I move things nothing will get lost and I won't be tearing my hair out trying to find the peanut butter when I know we have it but it's not on the bottom shelf of the pantry!

6 comments:

  1. If I keep anything that long- the weevils get to it- and I'm positive, (because I've packed the rice and dried onions in an airtight glass container) that the weevil eggs are already in the packets when I buy them.

    Vera Joosten

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    1. Vera weevils used to be the biggest pain for me and you're right, often when you buy something it's already infested. Nowadays I freeze all dry goods as soon as they come into the house, for at least a week. That just means if I have the freezer room they stay there until I put them into canisters in the kitchen. Bay leaves in canisters and on shelves help, as does making sure all canisters and containers are spotlessly clean before you put anything into them or refill them.

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  2. A great list Cath, I have to sit and work out what I need of each and build that item up. It sure helps in times when money is tight to not have to shop for food and still be able to eat wonderful home cooked meals.
    My stockpile is nowhere as big as yours but I'm slowly building it up.

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  3. Aha - the garden shed for loo paper - great idea - I'm onto it. I shall not hav eto have a chat about converting part of our bedroom cupboard :-) phew

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  4. It is awesome to see the amounts in black and white. Yep we go through a lot of food. But to work it out makes us more realistic. Between freezing things and bay leaves I eliminated pantry moths and weavils. They hate bay leaves. I keep them in organza or lace bags in each shelf of the pantry now and this produced major results. Thank goodness for amums bay leaf tree.
    You have made great progress. It is a good feeling. Have a great week, love Annabel.xxx

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  5. Wow Cath, i never really looked at a whole years worth of food like that and its brilliant to see it in black and white. xoxo

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