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July 3, 2013

Readers suggest stockpiling alternatives

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We call the extras backup. If it’s on sale, or I have a “buy two” coupon, we use one and put one away for backup. Whoever opens the backup lets me know to get more. To begin with, who can afford to stockpile?

— Barb Z.

Inventory on-hand, or in-hand inventory. Think like a business!

— Sarah C.

I read your column asking for opinions on what to rename stockpiling. In my church we call it a short- or long-term emergency food supply. No one knows when a food supply will be needed due to lost jobs or a natural disaster that cuts of outside supplies. We discuss shelf life and rotation strategies as well as how to make room in your budget to create a steady food supply.

— Anne W.

A little over a year ago I decided that I didn’t like the term stockpiling so I changed it to collection. Now I have a mayonnaise collection, a mustard collection and a laundry detergent collection!

— Sandy M.

I enjoyed reading all of your responses. There are quite a few other readers who suggested inventory or variations on the word stock. While most of the emails I received agreed that we are long overdue for a new term, one reminded me that the word stockpiling still means different things to different people.

Dear Jill: I loved your column on stockpiling vs. hoarding. Thank you for writing it. I think the difference is often context-based. I have had this discussion with my stepsister.

She lives across the street from a very nice grocery store and I live in a town with only a convenience store out by the highway. I have to drive more than 30 miles to get to a supermarket, so I keep a well-stocked pantry and freezer.

She recently accused me of hoarding because I had two 12-roll packs of toilet paper in my hall closet. Hoarding seems to be in the eye of the beholder.

Thanks again for great columns.

— Donna M.

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