Monday, 16 March 2015

Creating A Stockpile Cupboard

Something that we have found to be so helpful in our family is a stockpile cupboard. We've only recently begun one, and already we are seeing the many benefits of it! 

I was inspired by another blogger (I can't even remember who now), so the idea is not my own. She began by saying that a stockpile cupboard can be any cupboard anywhere in your home and is used to prepare for times when things can be more financially lenient. 

There are a couple of ways that you can begin a stockpile cupboard of your own. We began by using a small amount of cash from my husbands income when e had a week of quite a bit of over-time. I stocked up on non-perishable items that we frequently use in our home. So, on any given week, if my husband has a smaller pay, or if we have more bills than usual, we should have food/cleaning items on hand, without a big grocery expense for that week. 

I began by purchasing ... 

Cleaning Items ...

  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • dishcloths (although I recently brought two crotchet dishcloths from an op-shop for $1.00 each, and they are fantastic!)
  • toilet cleaner
  • white vinegar
  • dish washing liquid
  • glen 20
  • glad wrap, alfoil and \baking paper
  • washing powder
  • pre-stain remover
  • tissues
  • napkins
  • toothpaste
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • soap

 Food Items ...
  • tomato Soup
  • crushed garlic
  • baked beans
  • aoli
  • mayonnaise
  • tuna
  • corn and beetroot
  • coffee
  • tea
  • spreads (jam, Vegemite, peanut butter)
  • vanilla essence
  • long-life milk and custard (just in case)
  • sauces (BBQ, tomato, sweet chili)
  • soy sauce
  • olive oil

I find that these items are regularly used in my home and kitchen, so having them on hand is very helpful. It's also nice to know that if a family is struggling for whatever reason, we can put together a little hamper for them from our stock pile and add some fresh veggies from the garden and some fresh eggs from the girls! It's a small way to bless others!

We keep track of our stockpile items by using an extremely complicated method ... pieces of paper masking taped to the inside of the cupboard door! The cupboard is actually in my husbands and my walk-in wardrobe! We write each item on the paper when we purchase some at shopping, and add a tally mark next to the item, then simply cross off a tally mark when an item is taken out. Very easy! The kids are actually the ones who add the items in and on the list, as they really enjoy it, and they get to cross the items off too! Lots of lessons learnt there! 

I know that stockpiling is not a new thing by any means, but it is new to us, and we are finding that it's saving stress and money; and allowing us to bless others when needed too!

How do you set up your stockpile? We would eventually like to invest in a chest freezer to be able to stockpile meat and breads etc. in that too! Do you have any tips for stockpile 'beginners'?! Would a stockpile be something you could use if you don't already?

Blessing to you this week!

(Linking up with Amaze Me Mondays)


  1. I always used to stockpile and it is so useful. I have let it go a bit now as we have moved to a much smaller house and I am still trying to organise the space for a decent stockpile again. I would say it is well worth it as you never know when a situation will arise when you need it. Even if it is just so you don't have to go to the shops when you are feeling sick! It is a real relief to know that it is there and you won't HAVE to go to the shops ever again!

    1. I haven't thought of that fact that it saves you a trip to the shops when unwell! Another positive for stockpiling! I hope you enjoy setting up your new home and that you can create yourself a great stockpile again. It's really nice to meet you Jayne, thank you for commenting and visiting! I hope you have a fantastic week! Until next time ... :)

  2. I try to keep at least two to three weeks worth of food and toiletries in the house, but we are now going to try to increase that even more. What a wonderful idea about sharing with struggling families. That is such a valuable lesson you are teaching your children. I usually just give money, but hadn't thought about the fact that maybe they don't have enough gas to even get to the store. So you also taught me something as well. Have a blessed day!

    1. I would love to get to that stage where I have two to three weeks in the stockpile! I love how there are so many ways, big and small, that we can help those in need! I find that money and gift cards for grocery shops are really good too; maybe there might be fuel gift cards available? I might look into that! Thank you for commenting, it's so nice to meet you Joi! Have a lovely day!

  3. This is something we do and love Elisha! Especially when farther from town! Thanks for sharing the inspiration! :)

    1. It is definitely something that is very handy when living out of town Jes! :)

  4. Hello There! We have a stockpile pantry as well and I keep it very well stocked. On each pay check I go and buy the things that I know we use and eat. It has come in handy on one or more occasions. Like you said with either a small paycheck or lots of bills. I like being able to "shop" from my own pantry. When I can, I also store those away and with anything store bought or canned I put the date on it. (the day of purchase or made) Then this way it's easier to rotate the foods.

    We live about 45 minutes from town, so if we happen to get a big storm or things go crazy, we are prepared!

    I really enjoyed your post and your blog is wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings, Amy

    1. Hi Amy! I think that having a stockpile cupboard is very wise in case of emergencies! I think I'll add dates on my products too. Thank you for your kind comments, it's so nice having you here! Have a lovely day!

  5. I notice you are an Aldi girl like me! I love stockpiling and I find it really comes to the fore when money is tight. Blessings!

    1. Oh Glenys, my Mother and sister in law and I are hooked on Aldi! They have such great specials! There's been so many rewards to stockpiling! Thanks so much for saying hi! Have a great week! :)


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