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Why do you have food storage? Why would I need food storage? I get asked these questions ALL the time… so I’m sharing with you my reasons for storing a year supply of food.
1. Save money
These are the ways I save money by having food storage:
- No extra trips to the grocery store. Instead of running out of a baking item and having to head to the store go buy it; I can run down to my pantry to grab another one. This saves me an extra trip to the grocery store… which in turn, allows me to go grocery shopping once a week. Going shopping once a week saves money because I am less tempted to make impulse buys.
- I have learned what my “staple” food items are in my pantry and plan a variety of meals around those basic ingredients. This saves money for 2 reasons. One, I used to try a lot of Pinterest recipes which used random ingredients that would go to waste. Two, I quit buying extra times because they were on “sale” and realized never used them.
- If I happen to be over on my food budget for the month (usually because I bought a ton of Easter candy or some other reason) I can eat a food storage meal or two. This saves money because I don’t have to buy the ingredients.
- I can easily see what food I have, and haven’t used. One, this allows me to do quick inventory before grocery shopping. Two, it allows me to “eat up our pantry” and see what foods we really do and don’t use.
The money I save from going to the store can be better used for other items, or put into our savings.
2. Financial Emergencies
- Loss of job or between jobs. Instead of spending $50 a week on groceries, eat from your food storage. The $50 can go to other bills you would have been paying with your income.
- Huge unexpected medical costs which you are unable to pay for from your savings account. Lets say you spend $250 a month on food. Buy fresh food items only, then eat from your food storage for 3 months and you could save around $200 a month, $600 in 3 months to pay off that medical debt.
- Major break down of car or house that’s unexpected (like sewer main break, which happened a few years ago). Again, similar to the previous two, eat from your food storage and use the rest of the extra money towards the unexpected expense.
Unfortunately, these are only short-term solutions. Replenishing your supply after an emergency is just as important as using the supply for an emergency.
3. Winter Storms
I live in Nebraska… it doesn’t happen very often, but there are times in the winter when they expect “Blizzard” conditions. We could get 12-24 inches of snow in one day! On cold winter days before the predicted blizzard, people rush out the the store to get items they need. I can save time, gas and energy by staying home because we have a stocked supply of food, toilet paper, heating supplies and more. If the storm lasts longer than predicted we don’t have to worry, we have prepared for the unforeseen future!
Church has asked us to prepare for the future with food and finances. We have been asked to store food in case of various emergency’s. When the Lord asks me to do something, I’m not going to doubt it, because he knows WAY more than I do. Having enough food for a year in an emergency, allows us to share what we have with others.
Last but defiantly not least. Floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards, and all other horrible things are happening all around us. When there is a huge disaster sometimes the grocery stores run out of food or are unable to get deliveries for a few days. Having a food storage and a water supply allows us to have the supplies and food we need. (Like mentioned in #3, we don’t have to fight the crowds and high prices)
For natural disasters or evacuations, it’s important to have a 72-Hour Kit, aka Bug Out Bag. These are a bag with 3 days of food, water, and other important information you can grab on the go when in a hurry. Read and download my FREE Step by Step Instructions to Customize your 72-Hour Kit.
There are so many reasons why you need food storage and should be preparing for your unseen future. Being prepared makes US feel safe and happy!
Here is an article on “How to be Prepared for Anything” that might get you started.
Read my 1 Year Food Storage Challenge to get a years worth of shopping lists and recipes to gather food storage for a family of 4 for FREE!
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