Sunday, April 11, 2010

It's good to have a back stock...

I can't afford to hoard. However...

  • Every time I go to the grocery store, even if it's just to pick up cat food or paper towels, I buy some form of canned good or other long-term-storage-type food. Before you know it, you've got a six month supply of soup and veggies and suchlike.
  • Every time I go to a gun show, I buy a magazine for my pistol or carbine. Any time I'm at a gun shop and see a quality AR or 1911 mag in the "miscellaneous stuff" bin, I get one. Before you know it, you've got fifty pistol mags and fifty rifle mags.
  • Whenever I need batteries or light bulbs or suchlike, I buy the next size larger pack than I really need and set the extras back. Before you know it, you've got a pretty decent store of both items in the sizes you need most.

23 comments:

RobertM said...

I think I shall adopt this practice for myself. I already do it with mags and ammo. It doesn't make much sense to fail to apply it to other needful things.

Sabot said...

I do this as well. However I always consume the beef jerky.

FatWhiteMan said...

Toilet paper and coffee. I grab some every time my wife makes me go to Wally World for something else.

Brian J. said...

I keep good rotation going on the fruits and soups so that if it nears the printed expiration date, I donate it to the local food pantry.

Old NFO said...

Good idea, and yes it does pay off in the long run!

Gewehr98 said...

I do the same with Tucks Medicated Pads. I'll be hornswoggled if the U.N. Blue Helmets come marching up my driveway (or was that Cheetoh-eating Wookie-Suiters? I forget...) and I'm left without an adequate supply of same. IIRC, I have three spare jars stashed for now. :-)

Tam said...

I'm not as worried about U.N. Blue Helmets as I am about unemployment, magazine bans, goofy light bulb legislation, or short-term natural disasters...

...although all of the above are panicky wookie-suited fears and have never happened in my lifetime.

:-) back atcha. :p

Gewehr98 said...

Oh, I don't disagree with the practice. I'm just placing a smidgen different priority on something I feel necessary when civilization goes to hell in a handbasket - at least until I can grow and extract Witch Hazel myself during a protracted survival situation. I ain't terribly effective being a tough-as-nails bastion of American ingenuity and all that when there's a nagging little problem. Kinda hard to make use of those wonderful USAF Combat Survival School skills when my God-damned pooper's bleeding and on fire. So, between that and Prilosec, you might say I'm hoarding like a mofo...

Douglas Hester said...

Gewehr98 said:
"Kinda hard to make use of those wonderful USAF Combat Survival School skills when my God-damned pooper's bleeding and on fire."

Tough to argue with that.

Lewis said...

Cooper wrote an article on "Ballistic Wampum" extolling the virtues of continually setting back some .22 LR, essentially doubling the order and setting half back "for my friend."

og said...

I have a good handful of those temporary filling kits. I don't want to live through the zombieapocalypse with a bad tooth or a missing filling. I also have a good stock of the ointments and creams and etc for all the other ailments north and south.

I get good samples of other stuff from my MD, who rotates out the sample analgesics to keep them fresh.

Anonymous said...

"Cheetoh-eating Wookie-Suiters?"

This is something we all fear.

They could invade our homes and set up shop in the basement playing video games.

Shootin' Buddy

Weer'd Beard said...

Wife and I bought a few cases of REAL lightbulbs. (currently we DO use the curley ones when possible just because they do use less power, and they last a good long while, but we don't have kids who might roughhouse and break teh mercury globe)

But we'll be damned if our supply gets cut!

Also I'm happy to report we stored them up high so the basement flood didn't gank them!

Boat Guy said...

+1 with FatWhiteMan. I've always lived by "Sgt Edward's rules" from Parris Island; "Ammo, water and 'toilet'(sic) paper, hogs; everything else is negotiable" I'm adding coffee to the list. I'm less concerned with mags (though it's a good idea to "opportunity shop") than having plenty of "goods" with which to fill them.

Joanna said...

Cornmeal and gunpowder and hamhocks and guitar strings.

Also 100-watt bulbs and paper towels, and lots and lots of coffee.

Anonymous said...

Boat Guy +1

When the coffee runs out, somebody is getting shot.

Gerry

The Freeholder said...

It isn't really that hard to prepare for bad times. I just takes a little thought. Good for you.

D.W. Drang said...

Boat Guy. Maybe Uncle Sam's Misguided Children are different, but the Army runs on coffee, beer, tobacco, and toilet paper. Or did; tobacco use was frowned on but not dead when I retired, but I understand that it's up in The Sandbox, even if you can't legally get a beer...

For operational needs add ammo, ancillary shooting needs--magazines, repair and replacement parts, and cleaning supplies--and batteries.

Ed Foster said...

A brick of either .22rf High Speed Hollow Point or Large Rifle Primers every month, and an eventual well rotated goal of 6 months Spam, canned bacon, canned butter, soup, any kind of long term protein.

Starch is available anytime, if needed, off the back of a National Guard truck. I run hypoglycemic and need my meat.

Larry said...

Chicory grows pretty well in North America, and while it may not really be coffee, it's better than nothing.

Will said...

Ed Foster:
If you are Hypoglycemic, I know of a way to control it. At least, it's been working for me for about 16 years. Might work for you.

Firehand said...

I recently found a can in the garage with three bricks of Federal .22's in it; old enough the price was $7.90 each. They still shoot just fine. Cool, dry place and they last well.

Sigivald said...

What Brian said.

Remember to rotate your stock of wear items, by use or donation.

All the batteries and canned food in the world are useless if they're inedibly old and discharged from age...