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Score! Working on Non-Food Preps

July 18th, 2020 at 11:22 pm

Not only did DH manage to find a big case of Charmin toilet paper at Costco, he found a six pack of Puffs tissues at Safeway. Both had a limit of one. My supply of things had gotten pretty low. I would like to stock up before cold and flu season hits again, but it has been very hard to find the soft stuff. With sensitive skin and allergies, we have to be very careful what brands we buy and they can only be white, no dyed patterns.

I have always tried to keep two cases of toilet paper on hand and two six packs of Puffs, but now I feel like I'd like to have four cases of each on hand. And no, that is not hoarding, it is prepping. Hoarding is filling your garage to excess with stuff you won't ever get through. I am going to try again on Monday at Costco. Sometimes they have them in and sometimes they don't, but you always have to go in in the morning after they open. I'd like to get them while they are semi-available and not run up against shortages when everyone starts getting sick again or they have to lock down hard again, which I suspect they will this fall or early winter.

I'd also like to have 2 cases of paper towels on hand, and shore up my dish soap, dishwasher soap, and laundry detergent, as well as some liquid hand soap refills. I mostly use bar soap and we have 8 of those, but I like to use the liquid soap pump for if I am cleaning my hands after getting meat or blood on them so I don't get that all over the bar soap. I also need more disposable gloves, a couple pairs of kitchen gloves, and some Scrub Daddies, my preferred type of sponge.

Other things I'd like to stock up on are dye free Benadryl, Sudafed, Nyquil, Dayquil, Mucinex, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, bandages, guaze, medical tape, Neosporin, antacids, Imodium, and Afrin. Everything but the Mucinex and Afrin are actually store brands of things, but it is easier to type out the brand names. If I can find it, a couple bottles of dye free, unscented hand sanitizer, too. I just really want to be prepared going into this. It really paid off when we all got hit with either Covid or a really bad flu in February. No one had to go out for anything.

I need to get a new pair of shoes and DH needs to get new work boots and new shoes. Then after that DS needs to get new shoes. I just keep adding to the clothing envelope and using as we go. DH's will be pricey. He is a size 16 shoe. His boots will be around $150 and his shoes around $100. Mine will be $80 because I need the largest width they make which seems to come in only one brand of shoe. And DS wants to get some custom Van's. He also has a large foot in size 14, which is at least possible to get in Van's.

I'd also like to get a new kitchen faucet that is much higher and has a built in sprayer so I can wash my hair in the kitchen sink and finally get the bathroom faucet replaced (we've had the new one of that for a couple months, just not put it on).

It feels like a lot, but it is all just the tip of the iceberg.

5 Responses to “Score! Working on Non-Food Preps”

  1. GratefulSaver Says:

    Thank you for the reminder to stock up on over-the-counter meds. I’ve been doing the same just in case. I’m stocking up on things we will eat no matter what as well as toilet paper.

  2. Wink Says:

    I've been slowly rebuilding my stockpile. Here on the east coast stores are pretty well stocked with paper goods again, but certain cleaning supplies are still scarce. I've also been building up a small pantry stock. I want to be prepared for fall, just in case.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Do you have Menards out where you live? it's a home building store. I had earned 11% back on some things we bought previously and we wound up buying some Charmin tp and Kleenex with the rebate. I can't remember if they had Puffs. I was amazed they had so many name brands of home products.

    I also have been trying to replenish our stockpile of things like tp, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and facial tissue.

  4. Lucky Robin Says:

    Rob--No, we have those on the West Coast. I think the closest one to Washington state is in North Dakota.

  5. LifeBalance Says:

    I like hearing about your prepping. I'm targeting to plan ours in August and begin in September.

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