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DH and his Brexit cupboard
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Anymom · 25/01/2019 22:45

Dh has converted two of our kitchen units into his Brexit cupboard! He has filled them up with all sorts of tinned delacacies including different beans, chilli and dogs (hot!)
He's also stockpiled toilet rolls, medicines, cleaning products etc. It's all stashed away in his new Brexit cupboard, that we have been warned not to touch! I darent tell him that the dc have already been in there hunting for chocolate. They were disappointed to find numerous bags of rice and pasta but alas no chocolate. Seems he has got his priorities mixed up! 😁
AIBU to think this is unnecessary and over the top? I need help to convince him as he talking about stockpiling and filling up the freezer and I'm dreading what concoctions I will find in there! All joking aside, it is just Dh panicking isn't it? We don't really need to be stockpiling food in one of the richest countries of the world, do we?

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MongerTruffle · 26/01/2019 08:22

We don't really need to be stockpiling food in one of the richest countries of the world, do we?
I lived in Norway (i.e. the country with the highest HDI) during a lorry drivers' strike around 2005. The shelves in every supermarket were mostly empty.

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VanillaSauce · 26/01/2019 08:31

So a Brexit stockpile is just like doing the big Christmas food shop innit?

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drspouse · 26/01/2019 08:34

@PostNotInHaste thanks, that's helpful. He has a Nanny State Theresa May Libre so uses very few test strips!

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noodlenosefraggle · 26/01/2019 08:38

fliralhousecoat the Jack Monroe site posted earlier has a good list of food. Things I hadn't thought of.

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starryeyed19 · 26/01/2019 08:39

I'm barely halfway through this thread and you've all convinced me. I don't have anything in to cope if there's bad weather let alone disruptions to food supply chains...

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Maryjoyce · 26/01/2019 08:39

He’s nuts

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LizzieSiddal · 26/01/2019 08:50

He’s nuts

Thanks for the reminder! Nuts added to the list.😂

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PerverseConverse · 26/01/2019 09:07

@bellinisurge can't see you on this thread but thought it would please you as I bet your advice has been heeded by many of the posters here.


OP your husband is sensible and pro-active. I have a brexit box and extras in the cupboard/freezer too.

Chopped tomatoes
Lentils
Rice
Pasta
Tinned fruit
Frozen veg
Mini eggs
Curly wurly squirlies (made in Poland)
Shampoo and condotioner
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Custard powder
Flours
Butter
Tea
Hot chocolate
Vegetable oil

I'm adding to my stash regularly.

It might not be needed but I'd rather have them and not need them than not have supplies and need them.

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TheElementsSong · 26/01/2019 09:07

Lizzie Grin

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TheGlitterFairy · 26/01/2019 09:10

I started mine this morning with my delivery just now - loo roll, chopped toms, tuna, beans, dry pasta, paracetamols and tampax as a starting point for this week. Will add to it each week. Wine clearly needs to be included!

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MamaBear2181 · 26/01/2019 09:10

I have a Brexit cupboard too. OH was skeptical at first but as events have gone on he’s incredibly relieved I started doing it when I did. We have four kids to feed and if there’s any chance of shortages it’s our duty to be able to continue to do so.

I started with things likely to be in short supply so we have lots of tinned fruit and veg. We usually have fresh and they will definitely run low if there’s issues with the supply chain. We have a lot of big bags of rice, pasta and porridge oats and stuff to make bread at home. Some stuff to add bulk to meals, dried peas, lentils, quinoa and so on. I’ve also got a lot of dried milk, tea bags and cat food. I’ve started adding some treat foods recently, large slabs of chocolate etc -some of which I’ve eaten- and adding other things like crackers, peanut butter, nappies for the baby, medicines and multivitamins. There is more but I forget.

As a PP mentioned, even if there aren’t shortages as such there will likely be a large jump in prices and I doubt we would be able to meet the extra costs.

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WaxMyBalls · 26/01/2019 09:16

Sensible of him, but buying in a load of pot noodles if none of you eat them is stupid. Use the money for something long life that you do actually eat!

If we do Brexit, and I hope and think it's a realistic possibility that we won't, but given the lack of planning there's likely to be at least some short term disruption. Especially in a hard Brexit. This, coupled with the fact that we as a culture tend to panic buy anyway means it's a good idea for those with the space and money to buy in advance. This has the advantage of being the opposite of panic buying, since as we're still in the EU and the just in time systems are still operating properly, supermarkets will just bring more in.

It also assists those who aren't able to buy ahead, and indeed those of you who could afford to do so but prefer to make dicksniffs of yourselves chuntering about millennium bugs, because it will mean less competition in the event of shortages due to short term disruption.

It's also likely that prices will increase due to Brexit, and even if they don't then there's general inflation. 50 tins now will probably cost you less than they will in January 2020, and would've cost you less in January 2018.

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ZigZagZombie · 26/01/2019 09:18

I thought I was well-prepared until I read about my Botox! Can I stockpile that in my face right now? Grin Spock at your service...

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Floralhousecoat · 26/01/2019 09:24

Thanks for suggestions everyone.

Ok. Silly question. Why are we stockpililng toilet rolls for brexit?

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Howdoesthisbloodythingwork · 26/01/2019 09:25

DH works in imports/:exports.

The U.K. already has a stockpile of wheat so flour will be OK. He says that perishable fruit, veg, dairy and meat will be most affected and that there will be severe delays at the French side. Fill your freezers as much as possible.

There may be gas shortages. Stockpiling vehicle fuel is very very dangerous so the only thing I can do is to top the car up as often as possible.

Personally I am going round the supermarkets and buying the things that are on offer that I would normally use, only more if it - ie 4 x the amount of my favourite washing up liquid.

I might cook up a lot of onions and garlic to then freeze in ice cube trays.

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ZigZagZombie · 26/01/2019 09:29

Floral Nobody wants to wipe their bum on empty pot noodle cartons? Grin

Seriously - I've been buying "Who gives a crap" for a while now and figured I'd just get a box in early. Of all the things you want to be fighting over... I live very rurally and last year when we were snowed in for nearly a week - alongside the usual stuff like bread & milk - there was no bog roll to be seen!

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Howdoesthisbloodythingwork · 26/01/2019 09:29

floral. Stockpiling loo roll - any fuel shortages will mean that the supply chain is broken, so even if Tesco has a million loo rolls in Cardiff warehousing, it can’t get any to Newcastle - that’s a generic example (so please do not take it literally that there are a million loo rolls in Cardiff).

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WaxMyBalls · 26/01/2019 09:30

Yeah bog roll is one thing people tend to panic buy when it snows, when Asda is shutting for 2 whole days over Christmas etc. Plus, it's not likely to go off!

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JamAtkins · 26/01/2019 09:37

Got loo roll, flour, yeast, beans, rice, lentils and coffee so far. I’m planning on buying extra butter and cheese towards the end of March. I’d rather eat beans on toast for every meal than venture into pot noodles

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Burpsandfustles · 26/01/2019 09:38

Only read first op, I can't see how it will harm... Stuff like pasta you'll get through anyway!
Won't harm to add some medicines.

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BrieAndChilli · 26/01/2019 09:42

I’ve approached my stockpiling like this-

  • bought more of the things we use often eg baked beans, tinned tomatoes, tinned sweet corn and peaches etc
  • looked at tinned/packet stuff that I could use to replace fresh stuff that I currently use/make so Frey bentos pies. I normally make a pie but those would make a meal in the event that the SHTF. Likewise tinned peas, tinned pineapple, pasta and sauce packet macaroni cheese etc.
  • getting some UHT milk, bottles of water, shelf stable squirt cream, etc
  • got in extra supplies of stuff I can use to make things with so flour, yeast, sugar, oats, syrup, large chocolate bars for cooking etc that way I can make some bread/flapjack/cakes etc
  • keeping stocks of fresh essentials topped up so eg making sure there are 5-6 blocks of butter (plus stork) in the fridge all the time rather than waiting until we have used our last one before buying more. Same with cheese etc
  • I’ve convinced DH we need to buy another freezer (ours is a tiny undercounted one) that way I will be able to stock it with meat and frozen veg etc
  • I’ve also made sure all of our cleaning and medical supplies are stocked up.
  • the last prong of attack I’m thinking about it being self sufficient so growing own veg etc but I havnt done anything about it. Also keeping chickens would be good but we have a tiny garden!!
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Cobblersandhogwash · 26/01/2019 09:44

Yep. Got a small stash. Intend to get a load in this month.

Loo rolls galore. I'll flog 'em. £20 per roll to Leavers. 20p each to Remainers. 😂

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Lexilooo · 26/01/2019 09:47

@whoami part of the point of such a union is that is isn't easy to leave. The EU was designed to give stability and you can't have stability if someone is deciding to leave or rejoin every five minutes.


It would be possible to leave in an orderly fashion but our government don't seem motivated to ensure that we get an orderly brexit, they would prefer to throw us under a bus. Triggering Article 50 before there was any withdrawal agreement on the table, or even before the government had any idea what sort of brexit they wanted was like jumping out of a plane without checking whether you had got a parachute or just a backpack.

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RangeRider · 26/01/2019 10:01

dh appears to have ordered 2 cupboards worth of random items including pickled eggs
You'll be able to trade them with people who like pickled eggs for something more useful like chocolate.
And it's pointless buying Jaffa Cakes for your Brexit cupboard - I tried that and have eaten a whole 3 pack in a really short period of time!

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noodlenosefraggle · 26/01/2019 10:11

crappygilmore thousands of people worked round the clock together to make sure y2k didn't happen. We didn't just sleepwalk into impending disaster hoping it wouldn't happen and hey presto it didn't!

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