How to Build a Stockpile to Save Money

A stockpile is a collection of nonperishable goods beyond what you need for day-to-day use. People rely on stockpiles to sustain themselves during tough economic times and natural disasters. They also incorporate them into their daily usage to lower their monthly expenses and eliminate last-minute trips to the store. Learn how to create your own stockpile in my Financial Edge article for Investopedia, How to Build a Stockpile to Save Money.

Not sure what to include in your stockpile? Here are some ideas:

Food
Nonfat powdered milk
Bottled water
Cereal
Protein bars
Protein shakes
Dried fruit
Nuts
Canned soup
Pasta
Pasta sauce
Coffee
Breakfast bars
Canned fish
Beans
Rice
Peanut butter
Chips, crackers and pretzels
Cookies
Baby food
Pet food

Household Items
Laundry detergent
Fabric softener
Paper towels
Cleaning products
Dish soap
Sponges
Trash bags
Aluminum foil
Sandwich bags
Batteries
Light bulbs

Toiletries
Shampoo
Soap or bodywash
Facial cleanser
Razors
Qtips
Toilet paper
Feminine products
Diapers
Contact solution
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Dental floss
Deodorant
Medicine
First aid supplies

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