C’mon everyone – it’s a hoarding party!
So you think we’re heading toward economic collapse, total financial TEOTWAWKI, cash chaos, and dollar dumping. Now you want to stockpile goods, hoard what you can, fill the shelves, and stand smiling in your living room as you watch the sun set on good financial times . . . . or maybe you just want to be prepared. Your solution? Buy in bulk!
Buying in bulk has advantages:
- it’s cheaper on the whole
- you can split orders with family and friends
- there’s less packaging
- bulk foods are usually better, healthier foods
- some items are only available in bulk
These are the techniques you’ll want to keep in mind to keep costs down:
- get a membership to Cosco, BJ’s, Sam’s Club, etc. – these places specialize in bulk
- clip coupons and combine with promotional offers whenever possible
- buy at liquidation stores
- watch for sales
- make a list BEFORE you head out, this way you stay organized and on target, a list also means you’ve made a written plan and thought things through
Buying in bulk means a few things. First you’ll want to clear space. Toss out useless crap for the incoming goods. Assess how much space you have before you go shopping, this may dictate what you purchase. You might even need to make shelves. Think creatively if you live in a small house or apartment. You can put your bed up on blocks to create space. You can make a loft for your bed, put a computer desk under the bed, and suddenly you’ve “made” room. There might be space in closets, your garage, etc.
You may want to puchase large, clear, plastic totes to store goods in. These are particularly useful for basement storage. You can see what’s in the boxes without having to take the covers off. Labeling is an option, but clear totes allow you to see inventory – it’s easier. You’ll likely want to label dates of purchase anyway, but ALWAYS rotate stock. This keeps good fresh. When you eat or use whatever you’re hoarding, use the oldest item first, replace it, and rotate. Don’t forget household goods, shampoo, soap, toilet papers, etc.
Gear up, SHTF party peeps. It’s gonna get worse before it gets better!
– Ranger Man
BTW: The price of gas just hit a new record average retail price of $3.20 a gallon. The price has risen 64 cents in the past 12 months. Analysts are predicting it’ll move up another 20-30 cents in the next month. Got diesel? That’s averaging $3.80 a gallon. Scope the article here.