The Top 50 Non-Food Stockpile Necessities

 

by Zen Gardner

by Daisy Luther
Contributor, ZenGardner.com

Be honest. When you think about a stockpile, the first thing that comes to mind is food, right?

Preppers are well-known for having a stash of long-term food to sustain them through anything from a winter storm that leaves them stranded for a week to the end of the world, but there’s a lot more to a good stockpile than edible items.  Think about the things you use on a regular basis that you purchase from the store. Personal hygiene items, school supplies, cleaning supplies – the list goes on and on of consumable goods that you use without really thinking about it.

Ever since my kids were little, I’ve always kept a stockpile of these types of goods. And there have been occasions in my life that I was very grateful to have them on hand.  When I was unemployed for a few months, I didn’t have to run to the store to get day-to-day items, nor did I have to do without. I was able to simply go shopping in the pantry and meet my family’s needs. Because of this, we survived a stressful situation without the added stress of not having the things we needed to live comfortably.

How to get a good deal on non-food stockpile items

Shopping for non-food stockpile items is much like shopping for your grocery stockpile. It’s essential that you get the best deal you can. If the deal is really epic, sometimes I stock up on brands that we don’t really use so that I have some items on hand for a friend who may have fallen on hard times. A gift of health-and-beauty supplies would be very welcome to someone who has lost a job or otherwise fallen on hard times.

  • Watch the flyers. Sometimes these types of items are loss-leaders, which means the store will be selling them at a loss in the hope that you’ll buy some of their more overpriced merchandise.
  • Buy in bulk. Sometimes you can get a good deal by purchasing items in quantity. Places like Costco, Amazon, and Winco often sell non-food supplies in packs of 3, 6, or 24.  Be sure to do the math and confirm that you’re really saving money, though. Sometimes they can be tricky.
  • Hit the dollar store or clearance store.  I get lots of great stuff at our local Grocery Outlet, part of a chain. They sell lots more than groceries and often have organic brands of health and beauty aids for a fraction of the price that the boutique stores charge. The dollar store can also be a good source for certain items. Take care not to get something of terrible quality that won’t really work, though.
  • Clip coupons. If you’re a coupon-er, good deals can often be found on high quality, name brand items.

Add these items to your non-food stockpile

Your expanded stockpile will save you time, money, and stress. When you have a well-provisioned home, you can meet most situations with aplomb. Scenarios that would have other people scrambling to provide the basic necessities for their family will hardly register as a blip on your radar.

You can click the links to find reasonably priced options for some items.

  1. Soap (At the time of publication this was less than 50 cents per bar)
  2. Laundry products (or the ingredients to make your own)
  3. Shampoo and Conditioner
  4. Disposable razors
  5. Band-Aids
  6. First Aid supplies
  7. Calamine lotion
  8. Dish soap
  9. Feminine hygiene items
  10. Toilet paper
  11. Paper towels
  12. Baby wipes (even if you don’t have a baby!)
  13. Shower gel
  14. Cosmetics if you use them
  15. Coconut oil (This is SO multipurpose!)
  16. Peroxide (The dollar store and Wal-Mart usually have the best prices for this.)
  17. Rubbing alcohol (The dollar store and Wal-Mart usually have the best prices for this, too.)
  18. Hand sanitizer
  19. Bleach
  20. White vinegar
  21. Cleaning supplies
  22. Garbage bags
  23. Kitty litter (for emergency sanitation)
  24. Pet food
  25. Flea and tick medication for pets
  26. Essential oils
  27. Lotion and moisturizer
  28. Sunscreen
  29. Extra filters and parts for your water filtration device
  30. Spare parts for important equipment like canners or tools
  31. Matches
  32. Lighters (These were 33 cents apiece at the time of publication)
  33. Long-burning candles
  34. Batteries (This is a great deal)
  35. Stationary/school/office supplies
  36. Lip balm
  37. Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  38. Sewing/mending supplies
  39. Hair elastics (ask any female with long hair how necessary these are! In a pinch, I’ve been known to use a zip-tie to keep my hair back)
  40. Over-the-counter remedies for common ailments like heartburn, nausea, congestion, coughing, and pain relief
  41. Insect repellant
  42. Deodorant (We usually use homemade or an expensive natural brand, but I still keep this on hand.)
  43. Duct tape
  44. Paper plates and disposable cutlery (in the event of a water shortage)
  45. Tin foil (good for more than hats)
  46. Ziplock bags in a variety of sizes
  47. Cotton balls and cotton swabs
  48. Hardware like nails and screws for emergency repairs
  49. Vitamins
  50. Ammo…duh!!!

UK Muslim convert sends her kids to school wearing stickers taped to their chests that say “HALAL ONLY”

Khadija Khan, 5, has been given non-barbaically slaughtered Halal food by staff at Woodside Academy numerous times despite her parents writing to the school to demand their religious rights. Her mother, Henna Khan, 29, has now decided to take matters into her own hands and is taping the HALAL ONLY stickers to her children’s uniforms in ‘protest.’

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UK Daily Mail (h/t Terry D)  She said she will continue to send Khadija and her other children, four-year-old Mohammed Talib and three-year-old Tayyeba, to school with the notices ‘for as long as it takes’. She said: ‘I really didn’t know what to do anymore. (I’ll tell you what to do. Take your Muslim kids and Paki Muslim husband and move back to Crapistan)

‘We have counted this happening on eight or nine occasions. They have only been attending Woodside Academy for over a year and a half now and yet this has happened a good few times. ‘My children are not the only pupils who eat halal food, which makes me wonder how many others have been given meals by mistake? What if they had allergies? (Nobody has allergies to non-barbarically slaughtered halal meat)

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‘The signs are the only way, other than a packed lunch, that I know my children will not be given non-Halal meals. (Gee, giving your kids packed lunches might cut into your welfare benefits)

‘The “Halal only” signs on the uniforms are a protest by me and my children, which is what I told the head teacher and that it will continue for as long as it takes.’ Mrs Khan and her husband Talib Hussain, 38, said they took action after losing confidence in the school’s ability to prevent the dishes being served to their children.

They said they wrote to the school and even went in to see staff on a number of occasions last year when Khadija was served non-Halal food for her school dinner. On one occasion, it was her younger brother, Mohammed, who pointed out the mistake and the meal was switched.

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However, they said the breaking point came last week when the schoolgirl was again given non-halal food. They said their daughter has regularly been offered ham and crackers in the classroom and sent home with a bag of jelly sweets, which contain gelatine that is banned under Halal rules.

Both parents said that because their children are so young, they sometimes struggle to differentiate between halal and non-halal food, meaning they have to put their faith in the school to provide the correct option.

The school, which is an independently-run academy, is provided the food by Bradford Council, where meals are prepared off-site and separated for different dietary requirements. Staff at the school are informed about which pupils should be given the specially prepared meals.

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Woodside Academy apologised to the family and said an investigation had been launched to establish why the mistakes have occurred.

Mrs Khan said: ‘Every time we complained to the school they say they are going to look into why this is happening, yet these mistakes keep happening.(Send your kids to a muslim school) ‘I asked them does this happen to any of the other children, which they replied no.

This made me question whether someone is doing this on purpose. It has been quite stressful for us since we have moved to the area and I have even been to see the head teacher in tears. (Nobody cares. Get out of the UK if you don’t like it)

The family also complained to Bradford Council, who sent a letter informing them that staff would be given Halal awareness training. A spokesman for Woodside Academy said they regretted the incident and confirmed they are liaising with the Bradford Council to undertake an investigation into their procedures.

In Halal Slaughter, they cut the neck to allow the blood to drain out but do not cut the spinal cord which means the animal spends his last moments dying in agonizing pain. The larger the animal, the longer it takes to die.

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AUSTRALIA: Halal Certification helps funds mosques, Islamic schools and terrorism

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halalAbattoirs in Queensland are having to fork out up to $27,000 per month for Halal certification, money which is allegedly being used to fund Islamic schools and mosques, not to mention Islamic terrorism. Don’t buy food products with any of the halal labels as posted below. Tell store managers you won’t shop there while they fund Islamic terrorism.

FoodMag  (h/t Marina) The allegations that Halal certifiers must donate a share of their revenue to  mosques and Islamic schools has stopped a significant number of Queensland’s Halal meat exports to Indonesia, resulting in affected abattoir operators boycotting the expensive Halal certifiers endorsed by Indonesia’s top Islamic body, The Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI),The Courier Mail reports.

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Halal certifiers must be accredited by MUI and the organisation only approves one certifier per state or territory.

One Queensland processor stated that it had been quoted $27,000 per month in Halal certification fees through a MUI-endorsed certifier – almost four times the amount that the Brisbane-based Australian Halal Food Services (AHFS) organisation charges.

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The AHFS had its accreditation authority suspended by MUI for allegedly engaging in “unfair competition” that could potentially ‘weaken’ the Halal certification movement.

In addition, a Melbourne company Australian Halal Authority and Advisers (AHAA), was deregistered for allegedly operating without a current permit, and the Adelaide Mosque Islamic Society was suspended by the MUI for failing to pay its US $1,000 membership fee.

Stephen Kelly, general manager of industry affairs for Japanese-owned meat packer, Nippon Meat said that its Queensland abattoirs that relied on the AHFS for certification were now unable to sell Halal meat in Indonesia.

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“Indonesia is still an important market and we would be keen to have a resolution of this,” said Kelly.

Also, ZABIHAH is an excellent guide to stores and restaurants that sell halal products:

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The federal Department of Agriculture said that while it  has no power over the approvals for religious certifiers, it was determined to work with the MUI to resolve any issue that affect trade.

“The Australian government values our close relationship with MUI and will continue to work together with MUI to overcome issues that affect the mutually beneficial trade in red meat to Indonesia,” said a spokesperson for the department.

 

Get your Boycott Halal stickers here: Restore Australia

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