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How much to Stockpile for your family
Building a stockpile is a very personal thing for a family. What works for one family won’t work for the next and what works for that family won’t work for the one across the street. Just because your Mom might want to stockpile 180 boxes of mac & cheese doesn’t mean you will want to. Learning how much to stockpile for your family isn’t as hard as you might think.
One thing to keep in mind is that once you start stockpiling? A lot of people will come out of the woodwork with ideas as to how much you should keep on hand. Some will think you don’t have enough, some will think you have much. The best response to either person? Just smile and nod. It’s easier than arguing your side of the story with them since they’re usually pretty set in their opinions.
To start, you’ll need to know just how long you want your stockpile to last if you have to fall back on it for any reason at all. For some, the comfort level is one month, for others its 3 and for some it’s 1 year or longer. Again, this is a personal decision so whatever you come up with, don’t let anyone tell you that it’s wrong.
When figuring out the amount you need, keep in mind that it will always be an estimate. You’ll never be able to figure out the exact amount that your family will use so don’t waste too much time trying. Instead, try to come up with an amount that is an over-estimate. It’s better to have and not need than to need and not have.
To get a good idea formed in your mind, watch how much you use of a specific item over the course of one month. If your family only goes through 1lb of sugar each month then buying 100lbs of sugar for your stockpile is likely going to be overkill. On the other hand, if your family goes through 50lbs of flour each month then buying 200lbs may not be too much and in fact would only be a 4 month supply. How much you need to stock for your family is relative to how much of an item you use…every single time.
Only you can decide what the right amount is to stockpile for your family. Because it is so personal, you can’t listen to anyone else tell you how much you’ll need. You know what your family needs and you know what your family will use. Use that knowledge to build your stock and tune everyone else out.