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The basics of stocking-up

The basics of stocking-up can be boiled down to three things: water, food, and supplies. Water: Keep a gallon per person per day on hand at all times. Food: A good rule of thumb is to have 4 cups of grains, pastas, or rice, 3 cups of beans and legumes, 2 cups mixed dried fruit and nuts, and 18 ounces of canned goods per person. Supplies: Basic needs like paper plates and plastic utensils will make your life easier when you can't leave the house. First aid kit with medication prescribed by your doctor for chronic conditions. Important documents such as copies of birth certificates and deeds should also be kept in a safe location that's accessible in case evacuation is necessary.

Tip 1

Save money when stocking-up

Just as you would at home, you should start preparing for university as soon as possible. If you’re going to start university in September, some things you should think about buying before you go are: a USB drive, a pair of headphones, notebooks, pens, and so on. Feel free to browse our list to find out all things that you need.

You should always make sure you have a back-up of all your important documents and information.

Tip 2

Make a grocery shopping list

It takes time to build up a stockpile of non-perishable food items. And when you are trying to feed your family from what you have on hand, it's easy to buy more than you need and spend more money than necessary.

That's why it is important to create a grocery shopping plan in advance. It will help you determine how many items you need and keep your budget in check. A great way to start is by using our stock up your pantry template for recipes that call for the ingredients that are on sale this week. For example, if lentils are on sale at the store this week, we can find recipes with lentils that would be perfect for your stockpile!


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Most fresh fruit and vegetables will last around one to two weeks if stored well. Some items like apples can last even longer than that! This means that you can buy some fresh food, just keep in mind that it makes more sense to buy canned food if you’re not planning to use them in two-weeks time.

As you can read in this article the nutrient values of canned vegetables and fruit are very similar. Indeed, levels of fat-soluble minerals and vitamins (like A, D, E and K) are the same in both fresh produce as well as canned goods because cans can be produced at peak freshness.

Many times producers for these foods can be found near farms, ports or other sources which means a food's nutritional value is not greatly impacted by long journeys before getting to you through cans. Fresh produce on the other hand travels great distances with each moment it loses more nutritional value until they get to your supermarket shelf

- Dried beans: Beans and legumes are shelf-stable for up to 5 years!
- Rice: Rice can be stored in airtight containers in a cool, dry pantry for up to 6 months.
- All-purpose flour: You'll have some time on your hands to bake breads and other goodies while your friends are sick. The more leavened foods you have on hand, the better off your family will be.
- Honey: Honey has been known to last indefinitely if stored properly. It's not just sweetening that honey offers either; it's antibacterial properties make it perfect for protecting against infections like pink eye and strep throat.

Also, it may seem like a small thing, but an organized pantry is one that can be easily accessed. It's also less likely to get bugs and rodents in it if you keep it clean. You'll want to start by cleaning the inside of your cupboards then wiping down all shelves with some soapy water or use a mild cleaner spray or dish soap on them; this will remove any dust buildup as well as kill any bacteria living there (which might not make for delicious food).

Make the most of every space so that you can easily find what you need. If you have a lot of canned goods, make sure they are stacked in order by expiration date on shelves or storage containers with labels for each type (e.g., pasta sauce, tomato soup).

Stick to the plan

Now that you know more or less what to expect, it’s time you created your own stock-up grocery list. Feel free to use our template and add what you think should also be on the list, as well as take off anything that you wouldn’t otherwise buy. Also, check our other shopping lists here.

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