Welcome to some new followers, manic stamper, sammy skint and thrifty.
It occurred to me the other night in bed, waiting to go to sleep (like you do), that our winter larders could be filled up gradually during the year, without us really noticing, to see us through to Spring. For example, we are currently in week 2 of this year, see here.
If you buy one extra thing on top of your normal weekly shop (more if you shop only monthly), put them away so they can't be touched, come the 1st November, for example, when winter may be getting started (or another date if you prefer), you would have at least 42 items put to one side.
Of course you could start to add Christmas things into the equation as that time draws nearer. If 1st November is your chosen date, you could also back track and get the items each week you have missed going back to 1st November 2015. Then you would have 52 items ready by that date.
Items could be tinned goods such as fruit, beans, tomatoes, legumes, soup, milk etc. Packages could be flour (which can be frozen), pasta, rice, soup ingredients, milk, dried fruit, herbs, spices, cereals etc.You just have to remember to check the dates go through to April 2017.
This sort of idea could also be used for donating to a food bank. One extra thing to your winter box, a second extra thing (or the only extra thing) to a food bank. They would receive 52 items from you over the year. Not bad if you can afford to do so and if 100 people did this, the food bank would get 5200 items over the year etc. It all adds up.
Of course you are not limited to one item, 2 every week would give you 104 items etc. I have added a new link on my tabs above to show what I will be putting into my box.
What do you think? What would you put in your winter box?