UPDATE: I have to apologize to everyone who left comments the past week while I was doing the pantry. I never checked them and when I looked a while ago I was surprised at how many there were. I just wanted to let you know that I have responded to them all.
Have you thought about how you are going to spend your stimulus? I am sure there are as many answers as I have readers.
I realize that some people who have been laid off from work will use it to try to survive. I pray for you and your families every day.
I have seen people say they are going to save it.
Since it is meant to stimulate the economy, we are going to spend it. I will tell you how we are going to spend it and you can tell me what you are going to do with it.
Hubby and I were pretty prepared for this pandemic. For that I have to thank a Mormon online friend and a couple of friends from Arizona. I always kept a small pantry but nothing like I do now until I learned how the Mormons did it and why they did it. It made a lot of sense to me.
So in Arizona, I started keeping a moderate sized stockpile. I did not have a freezer when we lived there because the only place we had to put it was in the garage and with temps from 100 to 125 from March until October, it would have cost a fortune in electricity to run it. So I only had the freezer in my refrigerator. When we lived for 34 years in Eastern New York, we had a large freezer in our basement and that saved our family of 4 a lot of money on meat, veggies, fruit, French fry’s, and ice cream because I always bought these things on rock bottom prices.
When we moved back to New York, we purchased a 7 cu ft. freezer figuring it was big enough for the two of us which most of the time, it is. However when it dies, I will buy a larger one. Hubby helped with getting shelving for the pantry.
Getting back to being prepared, we were. When everyone was looking for toilet paper, we had it. We had masks, disposable gloves, and some sanitizer but not much. I had lots of Lysol and Clorox wipes but no Lysol Sprays. All of these things were purchased many years before the pandemic. I am an asthmatic so I have always kept a few masks. I am severely allergic to dust which is another reason we keep them. I always kept a little Purell near the sinks in our home and a small one in the car. But I only do this in the winter. So when it looked like we were going to get many cases of this virus, I was able to snag 4 bottles of sanitizer at Walmart. I shared one with a son and his family. The other son said he needed none.
We had plenty of food and an almost full freezer when this virus hit because of my stockpiling. We have eaten a lot of it since.
So we will spend it to replenish our freezer and stockpile. I have learned through this pandemic where my holes are in the pantry so I have a handle on what I should be stockpiling. That way we will be prepared again if the virus comes back next Fall or Winter or if there is some other emergency.
Being in the high risk category, we will wait until it looks safer to even think about restocking. Right now, as you all know, it is difficult to get a pickup or delivery order. At least it is here. A lot of things are out of stock. So we will do the best we can when we can actually safely shop again.
I finally finished moving everything back into the pantry yesterday as you can see in the photo above.
It was huge job which took me a week. But now I am inventoried. That will help me a lot when it comes time to restock.
So I am curious, how will you be spending your stimulus? Feel free to leave a comment and share with all of us.
24 replies on “How We Are Going To Spend Our Stimulus”
I want a freezer. And, I want to pay off a small debt.
That's a great plan!
I will be restocking pantry was leaving it get low then this happened. Still are in good shape with basics. but will have to really look for specials as prices will be rising. Luckily I do alot of baking from scratch and strecting our meals. By the way welcome back. Love your blog. Be safe. Joyce
Thanks. Great plan! I find myself stretching meals too.
Your pantry looks great.
Stimulus $$ I'm thinking of donating half to a local ministry/food bank. They help struggling families and I am thankful to be doing ok. The other half will be in savings until I can shop normally, whatever that may be.
Nice plan. Food banks are in need right now.
I can't think of anything I need, so we are going to save this. It was our money to begin with, and I don't like people telling me I have to spend my money. Call me a bad American, but there it is.
As for pantries, I, too, always kept one, but then befriended an LDS. Boy, did she help me expand/rethink my stockpile. This pandemic, other than the price of eggs, has been little more than a blip on the radar for us in terms of supplies.
We all do things differently. Save away! It's great that you learned to rethink your stockpile.
We aren't getting a check (which, I'm fine with), but we have upped our donations & made intentional spending decisions for places we'd like to see stay in business.
That is so nice of your family.
We are keeping a portion of our stimulus in savings, just in case. Each week we are going to add to our stockpile.
That sounds like a great plan!
We are donating our stimulus funds to two local non-profits: one feeds the homeless, and the other provides affordable housing for seniors.
Those are two wonderful ways to donate. Kudos to you.
We are donating our stimulus money to young family members who are in need and to our local food pantry along with the homeless shelters in out area. We are so blessed we think it is the right thing to do. Mary Ellen
Hi Mary Ellen,
That is wonderful!
We had a tree taken down, put some into our emergency fund, ordered a homeschool curriculum for next year, and I made a large grocery run.
Wow! You made that really stretch!
Hi AD, this is Chris. We haven't gotten our stimulus money yet. When we do, I am thinking we will put it away in case someone needs it. As you know, our daughter was furloughed in mid March. They are still doing ok for now, and it looks like she may go back in some capacity sometime in May. When we get the stimulus, we will also tithe to a local food pantry who are doing great work in our town during this time. We have also been giving food donations to them. They are doing a weekly drive by drop off at the local high school with different things they have specifically asked for each week of the month. This week it was canned tomato items. I am happy to see the whole town rallying around them.
I sure hope you get it soon. Helping family and others is a great way to use your stimulus money.
Increasing Life Insurance and paying a year of premiums. Then a new lawn, hopefully
Terrific way to spend it.
We are going to use ours to start a small stockpile. We had what I thought was a good start, but we have used more of some things and not of others during this time with the 3 kids and myself being home 24/7.
Now you have figured out your gaps and know what to buy. That's terrific!