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How to Keep Your Stockpile from Expiring –
While stockpiling certainly has its ups, it has its downsides too. One of those downsides is when things expire before you can use them. It’s a HUGE waste when that happens and if you’ve worked really hard to build your stock up? It can make you want to just sit down and cry. So how do you keep it from happening? Check out these # tips for how to keep your stockpile from expiring.
Decide how long you want to stock for – The first thing you should do is decide how long you want your stockpile to last. We’re all stocking up for different reasons, but most of us expect to be able to fall back on those goodies if we need. Putting a time on it will help you decide how much you’ll need to buy to make it stretch for however long.
If you’re unsure, start with one month and take a second look after you’ve built one for that month. Most people stock for 6 months or 1 year.
Everything in Moderation – Yes, I know you’re stocking up, but keep limits in mind. If you buy too much of one item, more than your family can reasonably use, it will most likely go to waste. Purchase each item with a set # in mind and stick to it.
To be sure that you’ve got the right numbers, watch what your family uses on a daily basis. Then, as you start to have to buy things at the grocery store, write that item down. Eventually you’ll start to see a pattern as to what is being used and how often you’re using it. This list will help you determine how much you should stockpile.
Rotation is key – One of the most important things that you can do to keep your stockpile from expiring is to rotate. Essentially, newer purchases go in the back, older in the front. This keeps your stock constantly rotated as you use it meaning that very little will expire before you can use it (as long as you don’t have too much).
To make rotation easier on yourself, mark each item with a sharpie and the date you bought it and consider getting can rotation racks for your canned items.
Eat what you store, store what you eat – If your family doesn’t like beans? Don’t stock them. Why? Because they’ll expire before they get used. If your husband refuses to use a certain brand of shampoo, don’t buy it. While soap doesn’t expire, it’s still going to be a waste of money if you don’t use it.
Buying something that won’t get used, whether its food, baby items, pet care or personal care is just plain silly. Unless you’re buying specifically to donate, buy only what you’ll use and you won’t have a bunch of things that you don’t like going bad in the pantry.
Keeping your stockpile from expiring isn’t a hard thing to tackle, but you do have to stay on top of it. If you only stash things in the closet and walk away, you’re likely to come back to expired foods and more.