3 Things You Should Not Stockpile
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3 Things You Should Not Stockpile

Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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There are certain things that you should not stockpile. Here are some tips on what to avoid.A stockpile is useful in many ways. It helps you to save money, because you can buy things when they are on sale and store them for later. A stockpile is a good resource to pull from when money is tight. That being said, there are some things that you should not stockpile. Here are some tips on what to avoid.

3 Items Not to Stockpile

Fresh produce
It can be very tempting to purchase several boxes of fresh strawberries from a Farmers’ Market. They smell so good! Grocery stores often package fresh fruit or vegetables in bags or boxes. Sometimes, the price per produce is less if you buy a big quantity than if you buy a few pieces.

You should not stockpile fresh produce. It is simply not going to last for more than a week (if you are lucky). The main purpose of a stockpile is to gather up a lot of food that will not expire for a long time. Can your family really consume all that produce before it goes bad? If you don’t know how to can it, and don’t have the room to freeze it, you will end up wasting money when you have to throw it out.

Products you will never use
You found some awesome coupons for a particular brand of soy sauce. So, you went to the grocery store, filled your cart with them, and brought them home for your stockpile. If your family loves to eat stir fry, this might be a good idea. You typically go through a lot of soy sauce. It will get used.

What if your family doesn’t like soy sauce? What if a family member cannot eat it due to allergies to either soy or gluten? In that case, you just wasted your money. There is no good reason to stockpile foods that you will never use. It doesn’t matter how awesome that coupon is.

Baby Formula
It sounds like a good idea, at first. What parent wouldn’t want to have tons of baby formula stored in their stockpile? Sleep deprived parents may love the idea of being able to get away with a few less trips to the store.

There are several reasons why you should not stockpile baby formula. Containers of powdered baby formula do not last forever. Most will expire within a year. Check the date on the package while you are at the store. How much time does it have left?

There is another big reason why you shouldn’t stockpile baby formula. It is not unusual for a baby to have an allergy to a particular type of baby formula (or to be unable to digest it). If that happens, you could end up with a stockpile of baby formula that you cannot use.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.