Hands up if you’ve ever shopped for a pandemic before. Anyone? No-one? That’s what we thought. At this time, knowing what (and how much) to buy can be confusing. We’re all still learning. But there are some golden rules we can stick buy:


1: Don’t stockpile for months.

The grocery stores will remain open during lockdown, and supply will not dwindle. You don’t need to stock up for the next few months in one go. That being said, we should limit the amount of times we go to the shops. IE: no more popping down to Woolies for a frozen latte daily. With that in mind, try collecting enough supplies for a week at a time.


2: Remember those around you.

Remember that people over 60 should not be going to the shops, so offer to help your elderly neighbour, if they need something from the shops.


3: Check your home first!

Before you go out or make your shopping list, check your cupboards to see what you already have, to avoid buying things you don’t need.


If you’re a little lost as to what to buy, try our healthy checklist, built to last – and to please.


  • Pasta sauce in a jar and/or tins of tomatoes to make pasta sauce or soup
  • A couple of cans of soup
  • Jam
  • Peanut butter


  • Pies
  • Pizzas
  • Fish Cakes
  • Meat
  • Fish


  • Long life milk
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Yoghurt


  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Nutrition bars
  • Dried fruits
  • Oats
  • Popcorn
  • Tea
  • Coffee



Check if you already have these. If so: leave them be!

  • Stock cubes
  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Spices
  • Salt
  • Pepper



Most of these items will go bad after two weeks, but get your fresh food in while you can! And remember: most of these fruits and veggies can be frozen (or bought frozen):

  • Green leafy veggies
  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Mangos
  • Avocados (buy unripe and let them ripen at home)
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Leeks
  • Peas
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Sweet potatoes / potatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic


  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Lentils
  • Bread
  • Pasta


  • Toilet paper (only enough for three weeks!)
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Dish soap
  • Hand soap
  • Reusable plastic bags (to freeze items)
  • Tupperware
  • Pet food
  • Ladies… your standard monthlies