Okay, let's face it: bulk buying is happening, whether it's necessary or not – the official advice is still that there's no need to bulk buy anything if you're healthy, and there are contingency plans in place to make sure the UK is well fed and well stocked during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Having said that, if you currently feel unwell and are self-isolating, or you've come into contact with someone who has the virus and have opted to self-isolate, then you will need provisions and basic necessities to last you for the next couple of weeks. Here's what you should stock up on to stay well – from the best places at today's best prices. We've chosen buys that will happily sit in your cupboard and won't go off any time soon – meaning there'll be no food waste either.
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1. Baked beans
Baked beans are calorific and nutritious – they're the closest you can get to a balanced meal in a tin, and you can easily warm them up and make them more interesting with spices.
Forget bulk buying dried pasta – because if you do, you'll need to also bulk buy olive oil, pasta sauces, or tinned tomato, which is quite a lot of stuff to bulk buy. Noodle soup is super easy to make in seconds, and is great for when you're feeling unwell.
3. Plant milk or long-life milk
You can't really bulk buy fresh cow's milk, because it most likely will go off before you've used it up. Opt for long-life milk or plant milk instead – we like Oatly Original, which has a great taste that's quite similar to dairy milk.
Tea is one of the easiest ways to increase your liquid intake while sick, and if you're not sick, then having a cuppa will make all the staying at home a bit less boring.
If you're going to be out for a while without access to soap and water, get some antibacterial hand gel. At home, however, what you really need is soap and hot water. Bulk buying soap is always a good idea anyway, as it's more cost effective.
6. Pet food
Got a pet? The last thing you want to happen is to run out of their pet food while you're ill or self isolating. And especially if the food your pet likes is niche or made in smaller batches, stock up now.
7. Loo roll
This one's pretty self-explanatory. Out favourite loo roll to bulk buy is Ecoleaf, made from recycled paper.
Like soap, this is one of those basic necessities you really can't replace with anything else or make at home, so make sure you have enough toothpaste at home to last you a few weeks.
9. Laundry detergent
Washing your clothes and towels regularly is super important right now, especially if you're sick. And even if you don't go through all that laundry detergent in the next couple of weeks, it doesn't go off, so you can just carry on using it.
Last but not least – even if we are all stuck indoors, we'd rather smell fresh, right? So stock up on your favourite deodorant – again, there's no harm in doing so because you'll still be able to use it afterwards.