How many weeks of stock do you think is necessary?

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JustAsking1837 Sun 18-Oct-20 15:50:07

How many weeks (or months .....) of food and other items do you think we need to put by in preparation for a deal Brexit in 2021?

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JustAsking1837 Sun 18-Oct-20 15:52:41

* a no deal Brexit

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JamieLeeCurtains Sun 18-Oct-20 18:51:58

We started with cat food, and we've aimed for 2.5 - 3 months. That's in the loft, mouse -proofed, out of the way. It'll get used anyway.

With my essential medications, I'd like to be able to say in December that I've got enough to get me through till March. That'll also all get used anyway.

Food and toiletries, at least 6-8 weeks. We have a lot of tins and jars, pasta and flour/rice. This we will either use ourselves, or give to the food bank.

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Imsayingnothing Sun 18-Oct-20 23:45:40

6 months to a year. If the country is in an even worse mess by then and it's a possibility to relocate somewhere better then consider it as an option.

BlackeyedSusan Mon 19-Oct-20 01:20:13

only buy what you will eat, can afford and have space to store.
what are your priorities? eg your kid will only eat one sort of pasta, get some of that as a back up in case it goes out of stock again. (macaroni for autistic child here. )

I have plenty of coffee and pringles and dried milk as these are important to me.

I have a bit of everything we normally use, but more of the stuff that is essential to members of our family.

JustAsking1837 Mon 19-Oct-20 16:23:04

Okay thank you. Wow 6 months + seems a lot! I was hoping it might just be a few weeks! 😨

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MarshmallowManiac Mon 19-Oct-20 17:11:35

I am going to write a list of about a month's meals, and am slowly trying to amass the ingredients for those meals.

BlackeyedSusan Mon 19-Oct-20 21:27:11

You sound so organised!.

I have found my lists. Need to update them.

Imsayingnothing Tue 20-Oct-20 03:46:19

It's not just Brexit we will be dealing with at the same time there is the economic situation and covid so if you have them all combined at the same time the the effects can be disastrous.

As long as you buy food you are going to be eating anyway then it's like an insurance.

CoffeeAndWhisky Tue 20-Oct-20 05:54:08

Pre-covid, 6 months would have been realistic, although on the optimistic side. I agree that with additional restrictions, 1 year is absolutely possible and realistic.

The Spanish flu took around 2 years to mutate to something less deadly and I expect Covid to follow a similar timeline. Storing a year of supplies is just not possible for most of us, though. If everyone gets in as much they feasible can, it will ease pressure on the supply chain - and that is the best anyone could do.

BlackeyedSusan Tue 20-Oct-20 17:27:48

If everyone gets in as much they feasibly can, it will ease pressure on the supply chain - and that is the best anyone could do.


Do what you can. Anything helps. Even if you can only afford a bit, it will help supplement what you can afford to buy or actually be able to find in the shops or grow.

I will be able to plug in the new freezer as I have now created a hole in the side panel of a worksurface to be able to put the plug through.

MarshmallowManiac Tue 20-Oct-20 17:45:31

I wish I was Blackeyed just think that if I write a list I might have an idea of what I need and the cost. Have had a lot to pay out this year so not too flush atm, am aiming to just try to get as much as I can. smile

BlackeyedSusan Tue 20-Oct-20 17:59:02

Careful thought then. It is difficult when funds are tight.

Offers on 4 for£1 on some tins in Asda. Tinned beans mainly but tomatoes too.

Imsayingnothing Wed 21-Oct-20 13:55:08

Yes I think as others say obviously it's very dependent on funds, but just squirrel a bit away when you can, make sure it's stuff you like and will use and take a note so you don't forget where it all is and when it goes ood.

There is a site called the modern survivalist, he lived in Argentina during the economic collapse, it's full of useful info, videos and lists of what to put by if it helps.

Again all we can do is prepare for the worst the best we can with what we've got and hope for the best.

If planning to grow stuff next year don't forget seeds, compost, quality soil etc.

BlackeyedSusan Sat 24-Oct-20 13:22:19

Talks, which were supposed to have finished, have restarted. Hoping for some sort of a deal while preparing for no deal.

gamerchick Sat 24-Oct-20 13:27:40

At least 4 months. It's depressing.

That and pay those credit cards off, it's important.

MarshmallowManiac Sat 24-Oct-20 23:19:47

Thanks Blackeyed will take a look. Also Lidl do 4 for a £ always. This week they also had an offer on washing powder liquid I think it was £1.29 great value use it all the time.

Iamnuts Sat 24-Oct-20 23:22:03

Till April now. This is the same stockpile I started for the first exit. (A lifetime ago)

BlackeyedSusan Sun 25-Oct-20 09:35:29

We have moved a long way from three days!

Great to know Lidl have "offers" on too. Need to venture into Aldi for washing liquid and other stuff as I have used most of it up since end Feb.

Imsayingnothing Sun 25-Oct-20 15:06:05

This could be pure propaganda but I read this today. . .

MarshmallowManiac Sun 25-Oct-20 16:47:52

Imsayingnothing exactly what we have been saying for YEARS grin grin

BlackeyedSusan Sun 25-Oct-20 21:45:34

and been told we are project fear or scaremongering or summat.

fucking pissed off with the whole thing too be fair.

mum2jakie Sun 25-Oct-20 21:51:54

Given that we're already at the end of October, I don't think many of us are going to be able to pull together a stash of several months worth of food, without doing the panic buying that everyone was so critical of pre-lockdown.

I am just learning my lessons from what went out of stock back in March - plenty of pasta, rice, tinned fruit and veg and of course, loo rolls. Not really counting in terms of length of time, more in essential items.

MarshmallowManiac Sun 25-Oct-20 22:00:37

Yes Blackeyed and what a total shitshow it is!

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