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Supply Prepping for Coronavirus Pandemic
By stocking up now this means you will already have exactly what you need should there be a pandemic occurrence. You will be less likely to have the need to leave the house for supplies, which will potentially exposing yourself to the virus.
Consider stocking up on over-the-counter medication like:
- Pain relievers
- Cough and cold medicine
- Stomach medicine, including anti-diarrheal
We all know that Over-the-counter medication can be expensive. Especially when you are trying to purchase large amounts. Save money by looking for sales and coupons. Only buy what you need when the product price is discounted. Don’t forget to keep your medication rotated to prevent expiration dates from expiring. Check this every few months.
What should you stock up on?
Focusing on shelf-stable foods your family already eats & enjoys.
This might include:
- Dried beans, lentils, or peas
- Protein bars, granola bars, or fruit bars
- Trail mix
- Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate
- Powdered drink mixes
- Nuts and dried fruits
- Beef jerky
- Comfort food (such as cookies, candy bars, and chocolate)
Boxed & Baking Items
- Instant soup mixes
- Baking essentials (such as baking soda, salt, and yeast)
- Dried milk
- Evaporated or condensed milk
- Oils (such as olive oil, vegetable oil, and coconut oil)
- Pancake mix
- Cereal (including hot cereals like Cream of Wheat)
- Formula or baby food (for young children)
Spices & Sweeteners
- Chicken, beef, and vegetable bouillon cubes
- Liquid seasonings (such as soy sauce, vinegar, and Sriracha)
- Liquid sweeteners (such as honey, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, and agave syrup)
- Spices (such as salt, onion flakes, cinnamon, and ginger)
- Canned soups, fruit, and vegetables
- Pickled vegetables
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Packaged foods (including macaroni and cheese and instant potatoes)
- Canned meats (such as tuna, sardines, oysters, chicken, turkey, pork, sausage, and Spam)
You should also stock up on the supplies you’ll need to stay healthy at home.
These items include:
- Sanitizer and hand soap
- Prescription medication
- Fluids with electrolytes (like Gatorade and Pedialyte) Especially Water
- Garbage bags (for medical waste disposal)
- Plastic gloves
- Diapers for children
Don’t forget about your pets!
You should also stock up on their supplies for your pets.
These items include:
- Dog food (can & dry)
- Cat food (can & dry)
- Kitty litter
- Anxiety supplements
- Pet medications
- Other sanitation supplies
If you have livestock, then you will want to do a large run to the feed supply store for them also. This includes bedding, food, hay, and any other meds you might feel necessary for them.
Again, this all can get really expensive if you immediately run to the stores to stock up on these items at one time. Instead, try to purchase items slowly, spread out over time, and watch for when they go on sale or you can clip a coupon.
Pro tip: Make sure you download the Amazon app before shopping for food and supplies. You can save money and also have the convenience of shopping from home by using the app.