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5 thoughts on “Survival Shopping at Costco: A Quick and Easy Guide”
This is a great article. Even some of us who consider themselves pretty well stocked can run low as money comes and goes. I was waiting for a paycheck and the morning it arrived I went in to Costco at opening to find that the checkouts were already clogged with shoppers. Everyone had toilet paper and paper towels in their carts. I headed straight for the paper products. I got mine! Then I got some garbage bags, dog food x2, energy and hydration drink packets, butter, and every kid-friendly food I could fit in my cart. Thank goodness, because the kids have eaten me out of house and home. Within 30 minutes of opening, Costco was out of toilet paper. Thanks to the magic of couponing, we haven’t had to worry about medications, toiletries or cleaning supplies. We were good for water, except that we need distilled water for a CPAP machine. I was lucky to have a few gallons, but the fact that the shelves were bare of this essential for a month put the fear of God in me. That is a life-saving device. I won’t take my stash for granted again!
We too were lucky. I was paying attention to things and when we heard about China and it’s little issue then its outbreak we hit costco and other places for last minute items (we have a decent storage), before it went loco. I also snatched up about 10 gallons of distilled water for the cpap machine. Some family members were asking for others to keep an eye out for that stuff for their machine, they couldn’t find any in an area of 400,000 people. I told them they can make their own distilled water for it. I was not going to share with them, why? because they live over 30 miles away, they should of been ready, this item can be made they just can’t be lazy and it comes to a point when you have to care for your immediate family and neighbors because they will be the ones closes to you when things go wild and you will need to band together.
I consider a good sized pantry or basement storage room with shelves something people looking to buy or build a home should have, on their must have list. What good does rushing to a store to grab what you can do if you have no safe place to organize and store it. Also if you have a large store room, you can buy Before a crisis hits and take advantage of sales. This also lowers your chance of fighting over the last jar of pickles with a desperate housewife who may be carrying.
If it’s a life or death scenario, make sure you get the basic staples first:
1. Milano Cookies
2. Famos Amos Cookies
3. Chocolate covered raisins, macadamia nuts
4. Mtn. Dew
6. Tuxedo Cake
7. Pumpkin pie
8. Combination pizza
Won’t have to worry about cooking. Feed a family of 4 for a week. The right foods certainly releases a lot of stress.
My list might be slightly different, but I think you’re on to something here. 🙂