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Buying in Bulk: 3 Essentials Parents Should Have Plenty Of

As a parent, keeping your family safe and comfortable is undoubtedly one of your highest priorities. While there are certainly countless ways to accomplish this goal, being prepared to handle problems which may arise is one of the best ways to ensure you are successful.

Part of being prepared is having a solid plan in place of what to do in case something unexpected happens. Another part of being prepared is having the right supplies available to be able to implement that plan. Whether it’s a problem big or small, here are some supplies you should always have plenty of.

Facial Tissue

As soon as one of your children has a runny nose, you can be sure that your other children, and your spouse, and probably yourself, aren’t far behind. To be drippy-nose-prepared at all times, make sure you always have plenty of facial tissue on hand. If you don’t make it a point to keep many, many extra boxes around, you can be sure that just about when you’re working through the last box is when all the nose faucets will spring forth. Plus, facial tissues make great wipes for small messes, inside-bug smashers, and emergency toilet paper when someone forgets to replace the empty roll.

First Aid Kits

First aid kits might not be the first supply item you consider when choosing what to buy in bulk, but if you think through all the places that bumps and scrapes can happen, it makes a lot of sense. After all, if you or one of your children get a cut or scrape when you’re outside, the last thing you want to do is have to leave them to go find the one you have inside, or trust the (somehow usually younger) sibling to go find it while trying to stop the bleeding in the meantime.

With simple bulk first aid kits from companies like NorMed, though, you are empowered to have a first aid kit wherever an accident might occur, including in your shed for outside booboos, your garage for automotive mishaps, one in every car for when you’re away from home, and one in each room of your home for easy access under any circumstance. The important thing here is to make sure you replenish your first aid kits as supplies are used up.


While perhaps not as important as the emergency of drippy noses or scraped knees, the emergency of hungry tummies is certainly one that will result in more than a few complaints if it’s left unchecked. That’s why cereal is an essential supply to always have available in bulk. Obviously, it makes a great breakfast food, but it also makes for a guilt-free snack food or even an acceptable dinner substitute when the day has just been too much. So long as you avoid super-sugary cereals, your family will be getting a low fat, high fiber food that will fill their bellies and help keep the peace.


While you won’t find it at your nearest grocery store or on your favorite website, the items listed above won’t be nearly as effective if you don’t keep a bulk stock of the most important commodity: patience. Patience will ensure that even long bouts of runny noses don’t become overwhelming, that you stay calm during the worst scraped knees, and that you don’t get your feathers ruffled when your kid refuses to eat what you cooked for the third night in a row. Plus, the people you serve with patience will hopefully learn a little for themselves, as well.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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**Parents seeking gifts for their children age infant through 17.

Dates & Times -

** Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for those living within western Arapahoe or Northern Douglas counties. Areas include Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

**Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for anyone in Colorado

What’s Needed -

**Interested parents will complete a registration form in our office. The following documents are also needed - Parent ID, Child ID (birth certificate, Social Security Card, or school ID), and Proof of Address

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- We will not be able to honor requests for clothing or specific toys.
- We have very few items for teenagers.
- If we run out of toys, we run out of toys.
- Unfortunately, those seeking gifts can receive no other services that session.

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