There has always been a stockpile in my house. When I was growing up, my mother had one and when I moved out, Tony and I started one. It’s something I feel all people should have in some form or another. Chances are you’ve heard the term used by couponers and preppers, but what is a stockpile?
Many frugal people talk about stockpiling as do many preppers. The truth is you can be a prepper and stockpile or you can just want to save money and create a stockpile. As you can see the term is used as both a verb and a noun. So, what does it actually mean?
What Is a Stockpile?
Put loosely, a stockpile is a gathering of products that are stored for later use. Merriam-Webster defines a stockpile as, “a reserve supply of something essential accumulated within a country for use during a shortage.” The items may be used during a time of emergency or just to save money. For example, if your family eats chicken breast, you may purchase it in large quantities when it goes on sale so that you don’t have to pay retail price for it. You can then freeze the excess to use at a later date.
What Do People Stock?
You can stockpile anything that has a good shelf-life or can be preserved through freezing, vacuum sealing, or canning. A great example is how our ancestors would can their harvest so they could enjoy the food at a later date. In other words, stockpiling has been around for as long as people have been able to preserve food. In the post, Stockpile to Save Money: The Top Items to Buy, I discuss what I feel are the best items to stockpile.
Do You Need a One?
As mentioned above, I believe everyone should have one. A stockpile can save you money, help you in times of personal emergencies or environmental emergencies (such as tornadoes, snowstorms, etc.) and even make your life easier by cutting down on how often you need to go shopping. You won’t have to worry about where your supplies will come from should you lose your job or not be able to make it to the store.
If you have more questions about stockpiles and stockpiling, leave them below in the comments. And, if you have one already, let us know what you love to keep on hand or buy extras of when the price is right. Also, for more great content, head over to my YouTube channel.