I have a friend who works for a rather large aerospace company and his union happens to be on strike at the current time. When I asked how he was doing, he said fine. Being one of the old timers, he knows well that strikes happen with surprising regularity so being prepared, especially for a financial crisis, is just a way of life for him and his family. One thing that he does, in addition to stocking up on food and keeping lots of cash in savings, is to buy enough disposable goods to last for a year at a time. Not surprisingly, his garage looks like a section of Costco! Although I have a good supply of the basics such as toilet paper and laundry soap, I thought this was a great idea so I recently made a "shopping list" of things that I need to buy in order to stock up for an entire year. Here's my list:
- Laundry room: laundry soap (10), dryer sheets (6), Spray and Wash (4), bleach (4).
- Family room: boxes of Kleenex (6).
- Bathrooms: shampoo (18), packages of bar soap (8), razors (10 packages), toothpaste (20), toothbrushes (24), floss (6), frilly bathroom hand soap (16), toilet paper (18-12 packs), lotion (5), hair gel (12), feminine hygiene supplies (14 boxes), rarely used items (Vaseline, peroxide, alcohol, cotton balls, q tips, suntan lotion, handi wipes: about three of each), deodorant (16). basic first aid supplies (band aids, antiseptic, aspirin, Motrin, TheraFlu: about six boxes of each).
- Kitchen: 13 gallon garbage bags (4-100 piece boxes), dish soap (12 bottles), dishwasher soap (4), scouring powder (16), Pinesol (8), sponges (30), mop heads (10), paper towels (18-6packs), Windex (6), furniture polish (4), ziploc bags (25 of each size), aluminum foil (industrial sized roll from Costco), plastic wrap (industrial-sized roll from Costco), picnic supplies (paper plates, paper cups, plastic utensils: enough for 200 settings), 32 gallon garbage bags (4-100 piece boxes), batteries (9v-6, D-25, C-16, AA-100, AAA-100).
- Office: printer ink (6 color, 10 black), stamps (roll of 100), DVDs (100 pack), printer paper (1 case).
I think that's about it. Of course I will have to refine the amount of each product but I think that will give me a good start. On a side note, not having to shop for all of these items for an entire year will be great!