There are some things we just need to make sure we always have in our home. I know, we are spoiled, and these are first world problems, I get that.
That being said, here are 10 things I ALWAYS make sure we have in the house. Be sure to read to the end for some tips on making sure you don’t end hollering for some paper!
10 things you never want to run out of
toilet paper - this one is self-explanatory. Always buy ahead. Don’t wait til you are to your last roll! (I keep a box of tissues under my sink, just in case!)
shampoo – I buy a BIG bottle of shampoo that has the pump so I have to pick it up occasionally to check the level. Especially if you have multiple bathrooms and kids using shampoos, you will want to keep a bottle on hand.
soap – whether you use bar soap or a body wash, you want to make sure you don’t come up empty handed once you are already naked and wet.
toothpaste – This is another you would like to not run out of, however, if you had to, you can use baking soda for a day or two. (some people use baking soda in place of toothpaste)
laundry detergent -I know how much my readers like to stay caught up on the laundry and it would be a shame to be all ready to do some laundry and find the bottle empty!
dish soap – whether it is dishwasher or dish soap, you don’t want to run out. If you do it will mean a backlog of dishes and you don’t want that. A sink full of dirty dishes can be depressing and self-defeating, so make sure you keep extra on hand.
diapers – This is a given, but I know many parents have pushed the envelope and have had to go out at night for diapers. It isn’t fun.
coffee – for me personally, this would be a disaster. We make coffee every day at our house. It is a necessity.
milk – This is a staple in most homes. I have to have it for coffee (see #8). The littles drink it. It is used in cooking. Also a necessary ingredient in chocolate milk
peanut butter (or cheese or eggs, some protein) – I try to keep all 3. Even if you can’t cook something, you can always make eggs, or peanut butter sandwich, or cheese sandwich
3 ways to never run out of stuff
1. One way to make sure you don’t run out of these things is to always buy another as soon as you open your last *whatever*. Not run out the door right then, but add to your shopping list for the next time you run errands.
2. Another way to make sure you stay fully stocked (and the method I mostly use) is to buy a month or so’s supply at a time (except for milk). First of the month, I make my list for Aldi typically, as that is where I find the best deals on many of these items. I go check the status of each of these things and anything else I might need at Aldi (such as trash bags or paper towels) and I add them to my list.
Once you do this mom thing for a little bit, you get a handle on how long a pack of toilet paper may last. Or how long a tube of toothpaste will last. Obviously that doesn’t take into account your little ones stuffing the rolls of paper down the toilet or squirting them self with toothpaste in the tub. So keep a little extra on hand, just in case!
3. A third option, and one I would definitely consider if I still had a houseful of kids, is Amazon’s subscription service. You can put certain items of your choosing on regular shipment, PLUS they give you an extra discount.
From healthy and beauty to diapers to cereal to dog food, you can have it show up every month, without you having to remember. If this sounds intriguing, check out this special below where Amazon will give you 30% off your first month’s order.