Are You as Ready as You Think? Join the 2018 Stockpile Challenge

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By Daisy Luther

Have you ever wondered how well-stocked you really are? How would life be if you couldn’t go to the store for a month?  How long would your food supplies last? Of course, you have – if you’re reading this and considering it, you’re a prepper.

I have a challenge for you this month and if you participate, it could change the way you look at your emergency food plan.

It’s the 2018 Stockpile Challenge.

This month, see if you can get by with only the food that you have on hand.

If you’re in, you will learn so much.

  • You’ll learn about the shortfalls in your pantry. Trust me, there’s SOMETHING missing for just about everyone.
  • You’ll learn about whether or not the food in your pantry makes you feel healthy and energized or sluggish and lethargic.
  • You’ll learn whether you have the right foods for that picky family member.
  • You’ll learn whether your pantry meals will be satisfying and tasty, or bland and repetitive.

And if you aren’t yet well-stocked, you can still participate – more on that in a moment.

If you need to hit the grocery store first, go ahead. Mark your month from the day you start. But keep in mind, an emergency is often sudden and shocking, and you may not have time to stock up first. Take note of the things you needed to get to start the month.

The Stockpile Challenge Rules for Preppers Who Have Been Doing This for a While

  • No shopping this month! If you don’t have it, you’ll have to live without it, substitute something else for it, or figure out how to make it from supplies you have on hand.
  • If you can, do this not only for food but for other supplies: shampoo, soap, cleaning supplies, etc.
  • If there is some amazing sale for stock-up items that you just can’t miss out on, those can be purchased but they should be put away and used after the challenge is over.
  • Get a notebook and write down your observations. Hopefully, when this is done, you’ll share your observations with me for a wrap-up article.
  • Make a shopping list from your notes.
  • The items already in your fridge and freezer are fair game.
  • Items you barter for are fair game.
  • Items you forage, hunt, or grow are fair game.

The Stockpile Challenge Rules for New Preppers

  • If you haven’t been prepping long enough to build up a supply, you can still participate. Here are the rules for folks who are new to prepping or are not well-stocked yet.
  • When you go to the store, purchase only shelf-stable items: canned foods, dry goods, powdered milk, and dehydrated foods.
  • The items already in your fridge and freezer are fair game.
  • Make your meals from ingredients you have and shelf-stable items you purchase.
  • Keep notes and make a shopping list based on what you learn.
  • Items you barter for are fair game.
  • Items you forage, hunt, or grow are fair game.

If you say you can’t participate because…

If you say you can’t participate because of one of the following reasons, here’s what you can learn before the challenge even begins – you are NOT ready for an emergency that lasts for more than a week or so.

If you don’t have snacks for the kids… you need to pick up some of their favorites and stash them away for the long-term.

If you don’t have food your spouse will like… you need to rectify that before an emergency makes life even more miserable.

If you think your family will balk… you need to stock up in such a way that they’ll hardly notice the difference.

If you can participate “except for” things like milk and fresh produce… you need to stockpile a milk option, put back some high-quality dehydrated produce, and start growing greens in your window sill.

See what I mean? If you already see the shortfalls, you need to participate in this challenge. Just follow the rules for beginners if you need to add supplies before the challenge is over.

What do you have to lose?

Except maybe, your illusions of how well-prepared you are.

The 2018 Stockpile Challenge is a great way to…

  • Save money
  • Test  preps to be sure we don’t have any holes in our supplies
  • Eat healthfully
  • Practice scratch cooking skills
  • Learn what we will want to add to our preparedness supplies
  • Use our problem-solving skills
  • Use up some of the older items in our pantry before they expire

Of course, this will be a lot more fun if we share our victories and defeats, have others to brainstorm with, and learn from one another. You can post your updates here, in the comments section of this article (I’ll update once per week) or you can join the Facebook group, where we’ll be discussing the challenges of the challenge every day this month.

Are you in? Let us know in the comments!

Daisy Luther

About the Author

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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