Monday, January 12, 2009

The Great Depression

I have often wondered if the people alive during the Great Depression could have built up their food storage, what would they, in retrospect, have included. I have done some research on this and here is what I have found. The items that were most needed and most scarce, according to various Internet sources, were as follows: toilet paper (I surely would NOT want to run out of that!), soap, oil, and sugar. I thought it interesting that toilet paper and soap would be high up on the list. You often think of your year's supply of food storage as just being food, not so much the other niceties of life that you wouldn't want to do without.

Here is a list of supplies that I am building up for my year's supply of "food" storage:

  • Toilet paper...and lots of it! :)
  • Bars of soap
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothpaste, floss, and toothbrushes
  • Lotion
  • Medications of all types and for all ages
  • Cleaning supplies: bleach
  • Socks and underwear
Every time there is a great sale on any of these products, I stock up. Also, I make it a point whenever I go to Costco to buy something for my food storage. Usually it is a package of toilet paper, or dish soap, or water bottles. It will take me a while to get to where I want to be, but you gotta start somewhere.


Danyelle Ferguson said...

This makes sense to me because it's what all the disaster management companies and humanitarian charities send to those in need. It's the basic essentials that we always run out of first - TP, soap, tooth paste, water. It's truly important to keep these items on hand as well as food.

Heather Haight said...

I buy a 12pk of tp everytime I go to walmart cuz I DO NOT want to run out! Trouble is, with a family of 6 people and 4 potties, building a large supply is tricky. I have often thought I could always use it for currency to get food if needed! ;)

Sara said... much would life stink (no pun intended) if we had no toilet paper! I don't even want to think about it! :) And I am seriously liking the toilet paper as currency idea. I will now look at my toilet paper stock as an investment. Thanks for your comments.