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    Your own personal 'Food Bank'.

    I answered something similar to this in response to a question about migration to UC, but think it's a good tip for anyone/everyone on benefits.

    You never know if your benefit payment might not go in one week, or your banks computer might go offline and you can't withdraw money or use your card to buy anything.

    Why not put aside a store cupboard and make your own 'food bank'?

    Fill it with long shelf life items -

    • Dried rice, dried pasta, cereals, packet soups, tinned meats/vegetables/fruit, dried fruits/veg, etc.
    • Potatoes can be stored a long time, even longer if they are tinned or packets/tubs of instant mash.
    • You can buy bags of bread mix that just need water adding, how long is it since you baked your own bread?
    • Flour is a good staple to have in, learn to bake again.
      Flour mixed with fat (butter, margarine, lard, any fat, even vegetable cooking oil works) and a drop of water - you've got pastry (or dumplings), add sugar and bake biscuits, sugar and eggs (and maybe milk) you've got a cake to bake (scones if you've used milk).
      Flour and milk makes pancakes, or batter, or Yorkshire Pudding (Just depends on how thick you make it).
      Flour is used to thicken soups, stews, sauces, and gravies.
    • Store some instant powdered custard to have on the cakes/puddings that you've baked.
    • Don't forget tea, coffee, powdered milk, cordials.
    • Tinned evaporated milk can be used in drinks or poured over tinned fruit or over cakes.
    • Stock cubes, curry powder, herbs and spices all keep a long time and add flavour to whatever you are cooking.


    Just add a few items each week as/when you can afford them, it soon builds up to a decent and varied stockpile.

    You could also put in there a tin/jar with some supermarket 'gift vouchers'/savings stamps etc.
    Again buy them gradually as/when you can afford them, but check if they have expiry dates.

    I don't advise making a stockpile of your medications, it can be dangerous to have too much/too many old drugs hanging about.
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    But we all do it to a greater or lesser extent. (And it's even been suggested that we do in the run up to brexit).

    These are all things that you can do to build up an 'Emergency' reserve as and when you can afford it.

    Any other good suggestions for what could be put in your own 'Food Bank'?

    PS. I'm not talking about alternative ways of saving money, PO budgeting card, Crdit Unions, Amazon account, PayPal account etc., just things you can put aside yourself at home for use in a benefits 'emergency'.
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    I tend to buy tins of soup beans tomatoes etc when they are on offer.Big soup and Heinz soup have been on for a good price in Asda.
    I have a fridge freezer that doesn't work so we put it in the corner of the conservatory and use it to store tins in and kitchen things like my steamer and slow cooker so they are out of the way.

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    I think in this weather its more a case of possibly not getting to the shops. Or deliveries being delayed. ALDI and Lidl both sell tinned and dried goods at a very reasonable price. Tinned fruit and veg is an idea when you can't get or keep fresh.

    But really nukecad "your banks computer might go offline"????? Anymore apocolypse scenarios? How about satelites fall out the sky and the global internet goes down? then we're all screwed.
    Another reason for trying to grow your own.

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    My banks computer already has gone offline this year at least twice.

    I worked on a satellite in the early nineties which did exactly that - dropped out the sky onto a beach! I was shocked at the time until my manager said it happens all the time - people just don't realise because they (usually) fall in small bits. This one didn't though for some reason.

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    There have been well reported cases this year of people being unable to access their money because the banks computers have been offline.
    Natwest, RBS, HSBC, Ulster bank and the Visa system have all gone down this year leaving customers without access to their money.
    Can't withdraw cash from an ATM, can't use your card to buy anything.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/li...s-live-updates
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    Execellent idea, this is what I've been doing myself.

    But a word of warning! Supermarket gift vouchers often have an expiration date so be careful not to lose their money.

    Also don't forget key meters if you've got one for utilities and the other bills like the phone and Prepayment cards like Oystercard in London need extra.

    Good luck.

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    I actually do something similar but for the winter - every year.

    Top of my list are Toilet Rolls tinned meat or fish cartons of UHT milk etc etc.
    Last year when we suffered the Beast from the east my stock lasted weeks and I was able to leave the foods in supermarket for people who hadn't managed to get provisions in.
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    I now have what I call a Brexit cupboard. Got 6 packets of pasta, 6 tins of tuna steak, three packets of rice, lots of timned beans, potatoes etc. Also some noodle bowls, they are called Goodwin noodles at Tesco get 2 packets for £1 last months and all you do is add hot water job done.

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    Point being if your cut off from power/can't pay bills you wouldn't be able to access banks etc.
    I've got an account thats purely mobile (which I used on hols) so as long as I can get some sort of charge, it covers emergencies..

    Cash and bartering/exchanges are here to stay for a long time..

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    I'm a big fan of sci-fi movies and so have seen the gamut of apocalyse scenarios in fiction. Have got to say, some of them are not that far from the truth now! "The Day after Tomorrow! anyone? Heck they laughed when it came out and then 3 months later apparently the Bering ice shelf DID break off.
    The global internet going down? well it will happen one day and then society and the world will have to change the way we live. Bartering, freegle, schpock - all these things are helping the planet by recycling instead of buying new. and as was said above - if things are tough, you can't afford to buy at all

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