How to Stop Stockpiling
Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 7:00 am
Sometimes, people decide that they do not want to stockpile anymore. I know, that may sound hard to believe if you are currently an enthusiastic stockpiler. Many find that it takes a lot more work to keep up with a stockpile than they realized. If that describes you, here are some tips about what to do with the remaining all the stuff you have been saving.
The main reason you started a stockpile was because you wanted to save money. Your stockpile probably helped you to do that. But then, things changed, and you just don’t have the free time to spend shopping, comparing prices, finding coupons, and rotating stock anymore.
It would be such a waste to throw everything away. As you may realize, tossing things into the trash means that you really didn’t end up saving any money on them. Fortunately, there are other options.
How to Stop Stockpiling
Donate to a Food Bank
Food Banks are sometimes called Food Pantries. Their purpose is to provide food for individuals and families who cannot afford to buy groceries themselves. As such, they are in constant need of food donations. You can donate the food that is in your stockpile.
Feeding America has a list that will help you to find a food bank near you. Ask what grocery items they are most in need of right now.
Donate to a Food Drive
We are approaching the time of year when a lot of food drives are organized. Typically, the food gets donated to a food bank, food pantry, or church, that will redistribute the food to those who are in great need.
Ask your children if their school will be doing a food drive. See if your workplace is planning on collecting food for one. Typically, people are asked to donate canned goods. You may be able to unload your stockpile of canned food and help those in need at the same time.
Share with relatives
Contact your relatives that live near you. Tell them you are dismantling your stockpile, and ask if they need anything. They will probably give you a list of stuff that they are out of. Pack it up and bring it over to them.
Or, you could go the other way around. Email your relatives. Let them know you will be getting rid of your stockpile. Ask them to come over on a specific day to pick up whatever they want from it. Relatives that have teenagers tend to go through a whole lot of food in a short span of time. They will appreciate your generosity.