My friend Rob Hanus of ThePreparednessPodcast gave this assignment to members of a prepredness Meet-Up group, and he gave me permission to use it as this week’s Action Step.
Make a list of all the sundries that you use. Sundries are your everyday items, like toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, etc. Include items like toothbrushes and washcloths. Make a list of these along with how long the item lasts. For example, how long does it take your family to go through a tube of toothpaste? Figure out how much of each item you’ll need to last 3 months.
Determine how much you can afford, and go out and get the stuff, with the goal of having a full year’s worth. Check out coupons in the Sunday paper and online and watch for store sales to make this less expensive.
In my house, we tend to buy in bulk and then don’t realize that we’re using up the items and will suddenly find ourselves low on stuff. One way I’m countering this is by putting 3 months worth into a duffle bag. Not only does it remind us we’re getting low, but it provides an easy way to grab toiletries and stuff in case of an evacuation.
We try to keep at least 6 months on hand at all times (ideally), so on our next purchase run, I plan to put another 3 months in a different bag. This will make it easier for us to keep 6 months on hand and when we dip into one of the bags, we know that it’s time to go out and buy replacements.