Being a Brit is quite hard at the moment as we cannot get away from Brexit. We should have left the EU last week but we haven’t and we still don’t have a deal to agree on or work towards.
We might leave on April 12th, we might leave next month, or we might not leave at all!
Because of this, no one knows for sure what Brexit will mean in the immediate and foreseeable future and as we all know, uncertainty is scary.
That’s why many in the UK are preparing for any eventuality that may arise. Bristol Live reports that people in Bristol are even “stockpiling food, drink, medicine and other essentials, in the event of empty supermarket shelves on the day we leave the European Union.”
That seems drastic, but who can blame them, right?
Then again, anything can happen, especially in the event of a No-deal Brexit. The problem is that’s increasingly likely. The economic calendar on FXCM details how the upcoming parliamentary vote on Brexit will increase the chances of a no-deal exit if May’s plan isn’t voted through.
If this is the case, then an even more uncertain future is ahead for all of us. That being said, erring on the side of caution might not be such a bad idea after all.
Being a frugal soul I like to know where I am with my bills especially my food bill. Food being extremely important and all that. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to stockpile in case of a food shortage.
Don’t Panic, Plan
Andrew Rawson learned first hand the value of storing food years ago, when his village was hit by a snowstorm.
Now, he is sharing his knowledge of stockpiling through his self-published book Preparing for Brexit: How to Survive the Food Shortages. Rawson also shared some stockpiling advice with iNews, the first being, “Don’t panic.”
Keep calm and draw up a plan. Planning allows you to take note of everyone’s needs, including your pets.
Hand-in-hand with the above advice is prioritisation. Before you go to the supermarket, think first about what’s best for you and your family, along with what each member will need both for the short and long term.
If possible, try and be specific. For instance, food is obviously a priority, but what food do you and your family need and want? Are there family members who have a specific diet?
Does anyone need particular medication or supplements? Ask these questions, as answering them can help you in prioritising what to buy.
Be Wise With Food
While food is obviously a priority, be wary of storing perishables like fresh meat and poultry. A supply of fresh proteins is all well and good, but only for three, four, maybe five days at the most, and only if they are stored properly.
In a Manchester Evening News ‘survival guide’ to Brexit, retired police officer James Patrick advises people to keep “extra non-perishable, shelf-stable food which can be prepared and cooked quickly and requires little water.”
Some of the food items include rice, instant noodles, grains, tinned fish, soup, and pre-cooked vegetables. Most importantly don’t forget to store plenty of water.
Just because you’re stockpiling doesn’t mean you throw budgeting out the window. The opposite, in fact, is true. So, set a budget — and stick to it.
If you follow the tips in this post 30 of the Best Frugal Foods to Buy When You’re Broke then you will be able to focus on stockpiling healthy but cheap food to keep you on budget. Included in the post are 12 meal ideas using your budget stockpile for you and your family.
Brexit is clearly pushing the UK to desperate times; and as the saying goes, “Desperate times call for desperate measures.”
Even then, there ought to be a method to these measures. The above tips serve that purpose, so keep them in mind when you do decide to stockpile in uncertain times.
This post was written by Patricia S. Day