A worthy reblog on how to prepare for isolation in your homes while the #Coronavirus looms – from groceries, to social distancing, supplies, and staying safe by The Frugal Hausfrau.
Stocking Your Pantry for Coronavirus
If you, like me, are on a budget, or even living paycheck to paycheck, or even if you’re just overwhelmed by it all, it can be really frustrating to think about preparing. Hey, I’m already past my spending limits, and I’m paying close attention to what I need to buy to ride out a possible crisis. And preparing for it isn’t just about toilet paper (there WILL be more) and bottled water.
Just a note, if you’re financially stable, keep an eye out for your friends. relatives, adult children, and neighbors who may be marginal. Help make sure they have enough to weather this crisis and you’ll not only be helping them but you’ll also be helping the community by keeping them at home and out of the stores and possibly out of the workplace when they’re sick. Now is a great time to donate in bulk to your local food shelf and of course, they’ll welcome goods and/or cash.
First of All, Don’t Panic But Don’t Ignore It, Either.
If your community isn’t hard hit and you are well and able to shop, you don’t have to buy everything at once although there are probably certain things you’d like to get sooner than later, and if you haven’t prepared at all, it’s time to get on it. Like today on it.
Right now before Easter is actually a great time to look for bargains, with so many items, including canned fish, on sale during Lent and many items going on sale before the Easter holiday. You can check my list Easter/Lent Leveraging the Sales. I’ve yet to see stores in my area responding to Coronavirus at any scale; it would be nice if they would.
Of course, you will need to have an idea of what to plan for and that can be a little confusing. As coronavirus has spread, our response to it is morphing and there are a lot of terms being tossed around. I’ve noticed that even the administration, doctors, and the media don’t always get it right but the CDC put out a page to clarify just what’s what. They also have an excellent fact sheet.
How Does this Impact Planning?
I’m really concerned for situations that are going to keep you (and me) at home and how to stock up for them. And we’re all going to have to plan for multiple possibilities because when coronavirus knocks at your door, it’s going to be a “go to jail, do not pass go” situation.
You will have no chance to shop and prepare if you’re asked to quarantine or self-isolate (and all the conditions for “monitoring” include isolation) and if you’re asked to social distance, your opportunities are going to be limited, too. You’ll want to be prepared just in case the situations below, happen. . . please continue reading for many more tips!