Author of The Blackout Book and the online course Bloom Where You’re Planted
Lots of folks have mentioned that their grocery stores never fully restocked after the rush on food and supplies back at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown. And with the current news stories about spiking COVID numbers, it may not be long until we’re locked down again.
Work on what’s within your control
It’s important to note that even if you are unconcerned about the virus, there are a lot of things that could be out of your control in the event of another governmental series of actions:
- Workplaces may close back down
- Supply chains may be further damaged
- The economy will take another hit
- You may not be able to go where you want
Real, or not real; dangerous or not, the end result for us is the same.
It’s just like the debate over whether a terror attack in the news is a false flag or an actual terror attack. Every time I write about surviving one of these attacks, people flock to the comments to tell everyone that it was all crisis actors, the whole thing is a hoax, or our own government did it to take away our guns.
But we’re talking about survival. If you’re there when the bullets are flying or the bombs are going off or the planes are crashing, it doesn’t matter who’s behind it. Your only goal at that point is to survive it.
With COVID, does it even matter if the numbers are accurate or not? Because the government is using it as an excuse to exercise rigid control over all of us – telling us when we can go to work, when we can visit with loved ones, keeping us away from hospitals and leaving our ailing relatives to die alone, and enforcing laws about masks and appropriate distances.
Whether or not there’s another lockdown isn’t within our control. There are those who believe the entire thing is baloney and that we locked down for no reason. There are others who believe the lockdown saved countless lives. As it’s impossible to prove a negative, we really have no way of knowing if our lockdown worked or not.
If stores aren’t open or supplies aren’t available, the end result is the same whether the virus is as deadly as it’s portrayed or not. You may not be able to get what you need.
This article is about what you CAN do – you can be prepared. With that, at least, we have some control.
Things to buy every time you go to the store
We can reasonably predict that some of the things which were out of stock during the last run on the store will be low again. People will remember the things they couldn’t find and they’ll be determined to get them this time. Most stores still have limits on certain products, so I suggest that every time you go to the store, you add the following items to your stockpile:
- Toilet paper (or you may be stuck with one of these TP alternatives)
- Hand sanitizer
- Canned goods
- Baking supplies
- Powdered milk
And if you have a baby in the house, don’t forget to grab:
- Infant supplies like diapers, wipes, formula, etc., if applicable
You may not need to get these items every time but definitely pick up a few extras:
- Paper towels
- Disposable plates and cutlery
- Disinfecting wipes
- Disinfecting sprays and cleaning products
These were some of the most common things that people ran out of or couldn’t purchase the last time around. Allocate some of your budget to purchasing some of these items to put back every time you see them. This will help to replenish your stockpile, which isn’t necessarily an easy task in these days of purchase limits.
Other things you may want to do
A lot depends on whether or not you are considered an “essential worker.” If you are, your life may feel somewhat normal. If you’re not, being home all the time could feel like a pretty big change.
- Save some money – another stimulus check and another round of unemployment + $600 are not guaranteed.
- Gather the supplies needed for projects to stay productive – organizational containers, paint, hardware, fabric, etc.
- Get what you need to work comfortably from home – laptop, office chair, headset, etc.
- Take a look at different homeschool programs for your kids – here are some suggestions for places to start.
Check out this article – it’s a thorough guide to preparing for the second lockdown.
Now is the time to prepare
If you prepare little by little, it’s a lot easier on your budget than buying your entire lockdown inventory all at once. And keep in mind, everyone is thinking the same thing – “I’m not going to run out of toilet paper this time.” You may not even be able to find what you need if you wait until another series of lockdowns are announced.
By adding an extra $20 or so of supplies each time you visit the store, you’ll be better prepared next time around.
Do you think we’re headed for Round 2 of lockdowns? What are the things that you’re picking up every time you go to the store? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Daisy Luther writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and runs a small digital publishing company. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.