When a mother wanted to make sure her children never went hungry, she started stockpiling groceries in her pantry. That was back in 1995. And although her children have grown up, the Australian mother has only become more obsessed with keeping her pantry stocked up with far more grocery items than you’d think she’d ever need – unless the apocalypse happened.
When the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe, one woman did not have to go rush to the stores and stock up on non-perishable food and household essentials like toilet paper and paper towels. Her pantry was more than adequately prepared for the “end of the world” because she had been preparing for just such a calamity for the last two and a half decades.
The mother calls her habit of stockpiling or hoarding grocery items “bulk buying.” She raised a family of ten, so they always needed a lot of items. Since Australia is subjected to natural disasters like wildfires and more, the mother wanted to ensure that her children never went without – so she made sure her pantry was stocked – and them some – for the last twenty-five years.
When her pantry got filled up, the mother converted a bedroom in her Queensland home into a food storage unit. She uses two 1,000 liter freezers to keep frozen vegetables and other essentials good while she waits for the world to end. These freezers are typically what restaurants use to keep their establishments running.
The woman has enough food in her freezers to feed her household of seven adults, three teenagers, and two dogs and a cat for just six months.
The mom has started sharing her bizarre lifestyle on Facebook. She uploaded photos as well as her reasoning behind the weird choices.
“I’m that obsessive about them I can tell you exactly what is in each and where to find it,” she wrote.
Every three months, the mother spends about $2,500 on trays of canned food and other bulk items like dry goods. She shops at Australia’s leading wholesaler, Bidfood. To save money and space in her pantry, she bakes her own bread and sticks to the basic ingredients like flour and yeast.
The hoarding habit shown in the pictures is two and a half decades in the making.
The mother’s obsession with hoarding in the form of “bulk buying” has been passed onto her adult children. She admitted they have the habit of buying more than they need as well.
“As a full time stay home mum, this is what I take pride in. This is me helping provide for our family by making sure there is always food and snacks and more available,” she said.
The photograph of the stacked buckets reveals that she has labeled these containers. They read, “custard powder,” “quick oats,” “self-raising flour,” and “pasta.” In other words, these are carbohydrate-loaded items that will provide plenty of energy to her massive family in the event of a catastrophe like the coronavirus pandemic or the 2010 Queensland floods.
Do you have an overflowing pantry?
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