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Extreme Couponing Tip: Stockpile in Case of Catastrophe

While the thought of natural disasters or catastrophes can be daunting, it is reassuring to have a stockpile ready so you’ll be able to take care of your family, neighbors, or others in need.

Early fall is a season of tropical storms, causing power outages, hurricanes, flooding, and evacuations. Running to the store may not be an option, so you’d be smart to have a ready stockpile of toiletries, nonperishable food, bottled water and batteries.

The end of summer is also a great time to find clearance sales on camping gear—lanterns, sleeping bags, emergency candles, first aid kits, radios, matches, and flashlights can really come in handy during disasters.

Tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, riots, boycotts, and shortages can, and sometimes do, happen. When your area is safe but others are in need, consider sending care packages of trial size items (that you got for cheap or free with coupons), toiletries, and simple lightweight foods, such as tuna pouches, dehydrated/ freeze dried meals, or trail mix.

Helpful Links:

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8 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Stockpile in Case of Catastrophe”

  1. Michael Macy says:

    Stock piling water is a great idea, but not just bottled water. (If you have room) You can get a 55 gallon water drum and fill it with from a water hose (not a garden hose). Place a few drops of water treatment and it will last for about 3+ years. You will also need a siphon hose/pump to retrieve the water. Make sure to fill the drum where you want to store it (most shade possible). And hopefully in 3+ years you will not have needed to use the water for an emergency. You can use the water for your garden, wash dishes, drink or bath from it to save on water prices that would be higher anyways in the future.

  2. Sarah says:

    I can say from recent experience, from a medical emergency that turned into a job loss, that stockpiling kept us supplemented with food and household supplies for 9 months. I look at my bare shelves and thank God that I had started stockpiling when I did. I am now starting all over from nearly square one, but encourage everyone to start somewhere.

  3. When I think of stocking piling for a catastrophic event, I immediately of snow storms or blizzards. Being in the NE or Mid Atlantic states this is all too common. I learned my lesson 2yrs ago when we were hit with back to back blizzards! The only store I could get to was 7-Eleven and you know how that goes. This was of course before I started couponing. :)

    • Anonymous says:

      Those snow storms can be really hard! My parents were stuck inside for several days in the DC snow storm a few years ago– good thing they had a stockpile!

  4. AshleyAshley says:

    When I think of stocking piling for a catastrophic event, I often think of job loss. If I recall that was something Joanie’s family went through, and were able to lean on her stock pile. I often think of my stock pile as an emergency resort. When a big bill comes up, or the car needs repair, something I dont have money for, I’m able to cut off shopping for a week or two and rely on our stock pile. It enables me to halt shopping in order to put money toward something else.

    I know there’s a difference between natural disasters and financial difficulties, but for some financial disasters can seem just as daunting.

    Thanks KCL for all your tips!