I don't know why hoarding gets such a bad rap. It probably stems from those horrid reality shows. They give such a skewed look at society.
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, hoard is defined as: supply or fund stored up and often hidden away
Well, yeah. If I'm stockpiling anything I don't want it out in the open and in my way. Sheesh.
I started my little stockpile when I moved out to the boonies out of necessity. For the first few weeks at our homestead it seemed we were driving into town two and three times a day. Considering the closest town is a half hour away, that turned out to be excessive and costly.
I learned two things.
• Plan ahead for my meals.
• Always keep two or more of everything I use regularly.
But I started with baby steps in the early days and only stockpiled things that were either very cheap, or had no expiration date. I store it and forget it--at least until I need it.
My favorite supplies are:
• paper towels (I don't need many since I try to use cloth.)
• plastic wrap
• aluminum foil
• paper plates
• plastic utensils
• razors/ razor blades
• shampoo (you can always get these at a great price with coupons)
In a later post, we'll talk about food staples you can stockpile for the short term. Can you think of any other non-perishables we can add to the list?