Do you know how much toothpaste your family uses in a month? How about toilet paper, laundry soap, and peanut butter? All of these items, and hundreds more, are consumed each year and should be part of your prepping. However, a lot of busy moms find themselves getting distracted when using the slow-and-steady approach to prepping. If this describes you, mega-prepping may be the answer. Here’s how it works.
Begin tracking how much of an item your family uses in a month. Watch for sales and coupons for that item, and when you see it at a good price, buy enough to last twelve months. It’s a good feeling to know that you don’t have to give shampoo, for example, another thought because you have twenty-five bottles stashed away in a bin labeled, “Shampoo”. Likewise for paper plates, cotton swabs, and coffee. Once you have one item fully stocked, go on to the next.
The beauty of this system is that your attention and money are focused on stocking up on one single thing at a time, and that you can also use it just for a few items instead of everything. This works particularly well for staples, such as wheat and sugar, and non-edibles, which are often on sale.
DO check for expiration dates.
DO remember the six enemies of food storage.
DO keep your own storage goals (and space) in mind. Stocking up for a year may not be practical in your circumstances, or it might not be enough!
DON’T store your goods so well that you forget where they are!
DON’T forget to keep a master list of what you’ve purchased, and update it as you use items.