During the hospital crisis, the last thing on my mind was shopping. I’ll admit right off the bat that we ate a ton of take-out for about a week. But, it could have been a lot worse. Right from the start, we didn’t have to buy any snacks. Snack-type foods are pretty easy to find super cheap or even free when you combine sales and coupons. So we had a lot of cookies, crackers, Pop Tarts, and such around the house that we could take to the hospital and have on hand.
We are thoroughly stocked on nonperishables like paper goods and toiletries. So if I don’t want to go shopping for a few weeks, that’s okay. We’re not going to run out of toilet paper or toothbrushes or shampoo. I did drag myself to CVS this week for the Huggies deal because I just opened the last package of Pullups (we seem to have raced through the packages I picked up last month at Rite Aid). But otherwise, I could easily not go shopping and not run out of anything important for at least three months, and maybe much longer.
And that’s the beauty of stockpiling when things are cheap or free with coupons and sales: You don’t need to stress when times are tough.