Mum has been buying a little extra each week to stock up our cupboards. She has about 50 cans if fancy feast and this week she will buy some more of my biscuits. Mum is thrilled to have 20 rolls of toilet paper, 4 boxes tissues and a couple of boxes of paracetamol and a digital thermometer in the cupboard in case she gets ill. She has had a bad flu a couple of years ago and knows how sick it can make her. She also works at the hospital, so the chances of coming in contact with infected people is raised.
She has lots of rice and pasta and canned soup available - and plenty of chocolate too. This week she wants to reassess what is in the freezer, and make some space for some more bread, vegetables and chicken. Mum wants to have enough of what she would buy weekly, so that if she was stuck at home for a month there would be enough to survive on. She only has a small pantry so it is nice to see it well stocked.
Mum is happy that she is prepared for most possibilities. She has been watching the news and the lockdown in Italy, and if she gets sent home from work tomorrow she would be ok. Because mum lives alone she wants us to be prepared. She is not considering it as pain buying but more as being stocked up.