Food Storage is a wise way of setting your family up for the unforeseen scenarios that come up – the lost job, the family illness that makes it hard to focus on getting to the store for pantry staples or in the worst case, a natural disaster that takes out our normal amenities unavailable.
So, if you’re looking to make preparations for the unknown, what are some important tips for making that happen?
Organize & Plan Ahead
By preparing lists and making note of what sales you can shop each week to add to your pantry you can gradually add to your stock each week when you shop for your regular grocery items.
Helpful Link: 3 Month Pantry List (pdf)
Begin Shopping Now
Don’t wait for a windfall of money to get started on your storage shopping. Start buying extra now and gradually you will begin to see your supply build.
Helpful link: Baby Steps for Food Storage
Use coupons, hit sales and buy in bulk for items that are a great deal in the bulk sizes.
Helpful link: Money Saving Tips for Food Storage Shoppers
Learn how to store items properly so you don’t find yourself wasting food over the course of time. Keep track of dates, come up with a system that works for your for budget and store your food to maximize longevity.
Rotate & Take Stock of Food Regularly
Come up with a system for noting the dates and be certain you are rotating food accordingly so there is minimal waste.
Look for our next article in this series where you will receive links to a variety of resources which will provide you with what you need to do all of the above in more depth – so be sure to check back for that!
Your homework for today is to make note of possible storage locations within your home. Think outside of the box if you live in a smaller space – you can make it work.
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