Got a Brexit stockpile? Stock up with Approved Food

Brexit Stockpile

I asked on my Instagram page if anyone else was making a little ‘just in case’ Brexit stockpile, and a surprising number said that they were! To start with, I thought it was just media scare mongering. Then I read this article from the BBC and I started to wonder.

As a result, I have started my Brexit stockpile with a large bag of non perishables from Aldi. Tinned tomatoes, sweetcorn and potatoes, tea bags, pasta, rice, etc. It might be unnecessary, but what’s the worst that can happen? I have lots of staples to see us through for a few months.

My Brexit stash shopping list

I had planned to get a few bits each week. Then I remembered that many of these staples are usually super cheap on Approved Food. So I went on last night and bought the following.

It’s always worth checking out the bundles and boxed deals. My biggest bargain was a box of sauces worth £21.33 for £4.99. I will be interested to see what’s included, but the reviews are good! I usually cook from scratch, but it is always handy to have some jars of sauce for when I need something quick and easy after work.

2kg Whiskas dry cat food, £5.25 – hope they like this. Much cheaper than the usual stuff I buy!

500g Tate and Lyle brown sugar, £1

Huge 1kg bag white sugar, £1.49

1 kg Hovis granary bread flour, 2 for £1.50

‘Perfectly Good’ self-raising white flour, 2 x 1.5kg bags for £1 (that’s a lot of flour!!)

500g plain flour, McDougalls, 2 for £1

Ryvita thins multi-seed flatbreads, 2 packs for £1.50

Rajah Biryani Curry Paste , 2 for £1

Jordan’s 6 pack Frusli bars, 99p

Kallo vegetable stock cubes, 2 for £1

Kernal King peanut butter, 2 for £1.50

Resisting temptation

Brexit stockpile

My Brexit starter pack…

I’m not going to lie, you have to wade through pages of catering size packs of items such as yellow icing to find the useful stuff. There is also a lot of temptation in the way of cakes, chocolates, crisps and other snacks (useful if you have hungry kids, though!). However, the savings, especially on branded items are immense. Some things are near or past their best before dates, but last a long time anyway.

You do need to check that the discounted brands aren’t still more expensive than the supermarket own brands too. Usually you can bag a bargain on most things, though.

Approved Food can be absolutely brilliant for gluten free stuff and items for particular dietary requirements. As these tend to be expensive and branded, buying close to or after the best before date can save you lots of money.

The household section can be interesting too. Everything from shoes polish to notepads, pens to gift sets is on there at really big discounts. It’s a bit random, but worth a look.

Watch out for catering packs

Another tip is to check the sizes you buy. I once inadvertently bought a catering size pack of stock powder. It was so huge it would have lasted us way past the need for a Brexit stockpile and into Armageddon! I ended up giving everyone who stepped through the door a little tub to get rid of the stuff!

There is a delivery charge if you spend less than £55. It’s £5.99 for a single box and £8.50 for 2 boxes. It’s worth clubbing together with a friend or family member to make sure you spend enough to get your delivery free.

My box of staples for my Brexit stockpile cost just over £33 including delivery. I will also continue to pop a few bits in my basket each week to add to our stores. I am reassured by our decision to resurrect our vegetable patches in the garden this year. We are going to start buying our seeds this month.  Hopefully then, even if the shelves are bare post Brexit, we will be OK.

What do you think? Are you building a Brexit stockpile or do you think I am bonkers?

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12 thoughts on “Got a Brexit stockpile? Stock up with Approved Food

  1. AF sugar is double the price of the supermarkets. and 1.5Kg flour is 54p in supermarkets so with delivery unless you get an offer you have paid much more than usual.
    Sue at the cottage at the end of a lane

  2. I started building my Brexit stockpile at the beginning of the year. I’ve targeted foods that come from overseas via Europe, but also home grown items (e.g. onions) that aren’t produced in enough quantities to satisfy the UK market. Most of my stuff is tinned and / or frozen and ALL of it is stuff I will use in the long term, so for me, it’s win win. If there is a problem at Brexit (and I anticipate it will be people panic buying rather than genuine shortages) then I’m OK and can help out family too, if there is no problem, then prices never go down so I’ve just invested some money in food that will get eaten. I suppose I could be accused of getting my panic buying in early but if it helps to keep me out of the shops and impulse buying, plus it makes me feel less stressful about what’s going to happen post Brexit, then I’m OK with that.

    • This is exactly how I feel ! Best to buy little and often rather than joining a mad scramble in March. Good tip about buying items that are imported from Europe. I have a couple of bottles of olive oil already.

  3. Even though people are buying a little and often it is still panic buying. There are many unfortunate people in the UK who are unable to purchase food in large quantities or who are using food banks just in case there are problems obtaining food. How are they going to cope if there are shortages?

  4. I’ve got about 3 months supply of cat food on hand (less to do with Brexit and more to do with a fab Black Friday deal and a recent January payday deal)!

    Living in a 1 bed flat with a tiny kitchen and limited storage space my actual Brexit stockpile is small – but I did take advantage of a good £20 discount on a Sainsbury’s delivery and bought some tinned veg/fruit. Having worked in grocery retail I figure if anything gets hit hard in the immediate aftermath it will be fresh veg and fruit. I going to do one more stock up and should then have enough on hand for one decent balanced meal per day until the allotments start producing 🙂

    In the meantime I need to sort out my tiny back garden to get some spinach and rocket in and get at least half the allotment plot ready to go for sowings at end of February and through March!

  5. Not stockpiling, not worried about Brexit, only me and the cats to think about. Sorry to have to mention this but Whiskas 2kg dry is £3.99 in Home Bargains.

  6. Not being in the UK Brexit won’t affect me – but – living smack in the middle of a very large country – where so many items have to be trucked or flown in – plus – having to deal with frigid winter temperatures – it is always wise to have a stockpile.
    The Canadian Government Preparedness website advises us to have a minimum of 72 hours worth of food & water on hand and preferably 3 weeks. Even if you aren’t directly affected by an emergency, the fact that you can look after yourself and your family means that emergency services can concentrate on those most affected. Many European countries advise their citizens to do the same – I’m surprised that the UK Government doesn’t.
    As for those who can’t afford to stock up – then those that do have extras can contribute to food banks or help out extended family or neighbours – I don’t see it as being selfish or panic buying – I see it as being sensible and prepared. There is no need to empty store shelves or stockpile 500 cans of tuna – it’s more along the lines of a few extras each week and concentrating on items that you know need to be imported – i.e. olive oil, rice, pasta – that sort of thing.
    With temperatures of Minus 30C these past two weeks trucks had a hard time getting through due to the weather and major traffic accidents on the highways so some shelves were looking a bit thin here and there as deliveries were delayed. I have been very grateful to have been able to stay in and eat from my freezer and pantry.

  7. No, I don’t think that you’re bonkers, Jane.
    To begin with I wasn’t sure, but Savannah sums it up well …stockpiling is a win-win. I do take the point about those who can’t afford to and indeed, this would apply to some that I know. The way I see it is that the more I have, the more I can help them out.
    I wrote about stockpiling on my blog and got mixed reactions, as you might expect.

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