Think of need-it-now products like this: They need to be purchased frequently. This category includes perishable items like milk, produce, meat and eggs.
Stockpile items are often found in the pantry or cabinet and include non-perishables such as canned and packaged food, baking staples, laundry supplies, oral care products, and personal care items. These products have a longer shelf life and can consequently be stored for extended periods of time, especially the non-food items. A larger stockpile means fewer weekly purchases on the need-it-now list. Make the most of stockpiled items by using before the expiration date and then replacing as needed.