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Old 08-03-2020, 12:44 PM
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I always have back-up:
*hair dryer
*curling iron
*TP
*batteries
*light bulbs

My story: Many years ago, when I was still working, I received emails from an online store that carried high-end stuff deeply discounted. I got some fabulous (originally very expensive) clothes and shoes. (I unsubscribed when I retired.) I also got a pink hair dryer in a brand Iíd never heard of because it was lightweight and the color appealed to me. Still in the box, it moved with me. I offered it to DD, no thanks. A few days ago my ancient Conair started making terrible noises. I threw it away and am now using the pink one. Itís fine and I like that itís smaller, but I began to wonder what made it qualify for the high-end store. I googled and itís $125 at Amazon. I maybe paid $20. Itís fine, but my next backup will probably be Conair.

Not food, but what do you absolutely have to have another ready to go?


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Old 08-03-2020, 12:57 PM
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We never run out of:
TP
dish soap
kitty litter
pet food
propane for the grill

I have a back up phone charger, and buy doubles of toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant.
I know it's food, but God help everyone around me the day I run out of coffee.
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Old 08-03-2020, 01:11 PM
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DS has a favorite stuffed animal, Ellie the Elephant.

I have two emergency Ellies in the closet should anything horrific happen to the original. Mama don’t play.

Other stuff we never run out of/I always have a spare:

- DS’s daily meds (prescription and OTC)
- TP
- laundry detergent
- DS’s “safe” foods
- DS’s sound machine
- dish soap (friend of the family bough a huge bucket of it at an auction 10 years ago, we’re halfway through it)

It occurs to me based on this list that my child is kinda high maintenance/demanding.
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Old 08-03-2020, 01:23 PM
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> most of the previous items

> catsup, mustard, mayo, spray butter, spray oil,

> cereal and shelf-stable almond milk

> flavored seltzer

> reading glasses x 5
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Old 08-03-2020, 01:24 PM
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My mom always kept a closet of basic toiletries- things like deodorant, soap, toothpaste, etc. so that we never ran out. I've continued to do that as an adult. I also keep batteries and lightbulbs on hand.

Here's probably a unique one: The make up item I feel like I can't live without is my eyelash curler. I hate the way my lashes look without it. I also have a really hard time getting ready on time in the mornings (I'm so tired that I'm slow as molasses, even if I feel like I'm rushing) so I got in the habit of keeping my curler and mascara in my school bag in case I ran out of time before I left.

After a time or two of losing that little rubber piece on the curler (not sure if there's a word for it?) and feeling self-conscious all day long, I now keep a little baggy of those little rubber pieces in my car!


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Old 08-03-2020, 01:27 PM
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batteries
shampoo
liquid soap
TP
paper towels
tissues
common over the counter meds
condiments
hair dryer
curling iron
pet food light bulbs
vacuum bags
sponges
AC filters
old eye glasses
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Old 08-03-2020, 01:30 PM
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TP
laptop power cord
Medications
Distilled Water
Coke Zero
DH:Peanut Butter, jelly, bread
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Old 08-03-2020, 02:12 PM
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Toilet paper
Just ordered a Harry josh hair dryer because mine died. Got it today!
Paper towels
Always have lots of beans and tofu!
Razors, probiotics, Allegra
Coffee!!
Different types of tea
Nuts
Gluten free everything
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Old 08-03-2020, 02:14 PM
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TP
batteries
water bottles (ready to go in fridge and freezer)
bike tube
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Old 08-03-2020, 02:23 PM
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DS has a favorite stuffed animal, Ellie the Elephant.

I have two emergency Ellies in the closet should anything horrific happen to the original. Mama don’t play.
1. This made me laugh
2. You are a VERY wise Mama!!


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Old 08-03-2020, 02:24 PM
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Cat food
Litter
Glasses and contacts
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Deodorant
Body wash

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Old 08-03-2020, 02:28 PM
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Eye drops because my contact make my eyes dry and make it hard to see

My inhaler
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Old 08-03-2020, 02:36 PM
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Since the pandemic, I've kept back up for many products, especially toiletries and makeup. Since I can't go inside stores to select exactly what I want I make sure to get the products I like.


I have a mini stockpile in our basement just to ease my mind.
laundry soap
dishwasher detergent
leaning products
batteries
paper products
razor blades
coffee pods
rice
sugar
nuts
peanut butter
cans of chicken, tuna, and salmon
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Old 08-03-2020, 02:44 PM
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I don't usually have a back-up for things.

However, at one point I thought was I running low on shampoo, so I bought a new bottle and it turns out I still had plenty. Needless to say, that bottle is my bathroom waiting for the current bottle to go out.
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Old 08-03-2020, 02:45 PM
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Every hurricane season we prepare. We have:
Water
Batteries
Canned food (soup, meat, etc)
Crackers
If there is a named hurricane, we make sure the cars are filled and extra gas containers are full.
All important documents (insurance papers) are in a file box.
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Old 08-03-2020, 03:27 PM
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An iron! I have a small travel one in case the big one gives up the ghost. I am hard on irons because I usually iron everything I put on and I let the auto-shut-off do its thing instead of turning it off each time. I am sure that makes them die sooner. I also have a back-up hair dryer, but I bought that one more for the DIL's who always wanted to borrow mine when they visited. I keep one in the guest bath for them now.
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Old 08-03-2020, 03:27 PM
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I'm so happy to read these lists. I buy two of everything (mainly consumables) and when I'm done with the first one, I buy two more. My husband seems to think I'm over planning. When the pandemic first started, though, he did admit that it was nice to not worry about running out. And, of course, now I feel vindicated so I'll never change!
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Old 08-03-2020, 03:27 PM
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My mom always kept a closet of basic toiletries- things like deodorant, soap, toothpaste, etc. so that we never ran out. I've continued to do that as an adult. I also keep batteries and lightbulbs on hand.
Same here- I have always done the same. Added to Haley's list is shampoo/conditioner, moisturizer, sunscreen, toilet paper, chapstick, tampons/pads, pantyliners, hair oil... basically anything I use in the bathroom.
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Old 08-03-2020, 04:20 PM
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Laundry Soap
Hand Soap
Body Wash
Lotion
Hairbrush
TP
Batteries
Baking Soda
Clorox Clean Up
Chlorine for the pool
Dog food
Peach Nectar Juice
Reading Glasses

Nancy
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Old 08-03-2020, 04:46 PM
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Not sure I really have backup things, but I ALWAYS have a back up plan.
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Old 08-03-2020, 04:56 PM
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We have a backup shelf in the garage and I call it my Costco shelf. It has basic toiletries,laundry and cat supplies. In the house I have a pantry always stocked with backup canned and dry goods. Our freezers have backup meat supplies and dh has a box of batteries and light bulbs. The Teajava is always stocked too. Guessing the only thing I absolutely have to have stocked would be the tea.I love that stuff !
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Old 08-03-2020, 04:57 PM
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We have back ups for just about everything. Sometimes multiples!

DH and I combined two established households in 2016, and we kept two of so many items.
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Old 08-03-2020, 05:39 PM
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I know you said no food, but I always need backup coffee and milk. I keep a couple of milk boxes in my pantry.

I also have back up TP and tissues. I think thatís about it. I tend to buy things when I am running low or need them.

Interesting question!
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Old 08-03-2020, 05:43 PM
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I always have TP and paper towel, as well as laundry and dis washer detergent.

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I have two emergency Ellies in the closet should anything horrific happen to the original. Mama don’t play.
When my daughter was young, she had a small purple hippo that was her absolute favourite toy. I bought a back-up. One day when the original was in the wash, I gave her the bathtub to go to sleep. She was not fooled! When my daughter was young, she had a small purple hippo that was her absolute favourite toy. I bought a back up. One day when the original was in the wash, I gave her the back-up to go to sleep. She was not fooled! She still has the original (very well loved), and I have a brand new back-up. Perhaps one day I’ll have a granddaughter and I’ll give it to her.
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Old 08-03-2020, 06:01 PM
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For many years I lived far from any stores so I'm used to stocking up on all kinds of needed items even though now I live right in town.

I always have plenty of toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, Saran Wrap, foil, trash bags, paper plates and cups, pet food, kitty litter, shampoo, conditioner, facial cleanser and moisturizer, soap, detergent, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, hand lotion, and sunscreen.

Plenty of plain black tea bags, preferably Tazo brand, even though I only drink one cup a day.
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Old 08-03-2020, 07:35 PM
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I always have back-up:

Mascara
Eyebrow pencil
Eyeshadow primer
Tweezers
Perfumes I suspect will be discontinued
Bed pillows
Earbuds
Gel pens (not terribly smart since they can dry out, but I like having a spare pack)
Sunglasses (a pair that stays in my car, a pair that stays in my purse, a pair for exercising outside)
Special coffee mug my dad bought at an airport in Mexico- I broke the first one he gave me and was so upset. He bought two more and I use one and have packed away the other.

Good idea to have a back-up hair dryer!

When my kids were babies I had tons of back-up items: diapering items, mattress pads, plain white onesies, bibs, burp cloths... I have a small house so storage was a real challenge back then.
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Old 08-03-2020, 07:36 PM
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We shop at Costco for nearly everything and I am just like elsa:
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I buy two of everything (mainly consumables) and when I'm done with the first one, I buy two more. My husband seems to think I'm over planning. When the pandemic first started, though, he did admit that it was nice to not worry about running out. And, of course, now I feel vindicated so I'll never change!
And with 3 boys and 3 dogs, I always have a ton of food on hand.

I don't have extras of appliances (not sure that's the right word), but if my husband's electric razor dies or my hair dryer, we just get a new one then. We don't keep batteries because the boys just burn through them. We have a few re-chargeable ones for game controllers.
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Old 08-03-2020, 07:38 PM
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Contacts.

Coffee Maker
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:41 PM
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Re the backup "lovies."i wised up with ds #2 and when he attached to a blankie I immediately bought two more and rotated them so they all smelled right, wore the same, and there was a backup if he got sick and desperately needed comfort while emergency laundry was happening. I was so lucky he attached to something I could get more of, because we went through lots of trauma with ds #1 over that!
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