Where There's a Will, There's a Way!
Many parents are saying, "I simply can't afford to stockpile food right now"
So many families are just barely surviving and struggling to make ends meet so stockpiling food seems to be out of the question when the electric bill needs to be paid and fuel put into the car.
But in the back of their minds, there is this nagging fear that all the talk about a coming food shortage will actually happen one day and they will not be able to feed their families.
Where there's a will - there is always a way.
We share a few tricks and tips below, that we have picked up along the way and maybe it will encourage someone to at least get started with a survival food storage.
So...How Can We STILL Stockpile Food...With No Extra Money?
Here are a few simple tips to help you get a small food storage started for your family. I know it works because we have done it while on a monthly income of $1000 as a family of six!
We all go grocery shopping, whether it is at a Walmart superstore (my all time favorite for stockpiling groceries!) or a regular grocery store. And I dare say that most of us love sales.
I like to shop sales myself, so here is what I like to do. Allow yourself five to ten bucks to spend towards your stockpile food list every week. That may not sound like much but what will happen is that as you start building up your emergency food supply, you will find other ways to add to it.
Be careful to only stock up on things that have a fairly long shelf life, and things that you use a lot of. A lot of folks are needlessly worried about their food getting outdated. If you have a pretty good food storage system going in about a year, you can start rotating items. (for most of us with families, it is rare that food stays stored for more than a few months anyways!)
Whenever you see something on sale that is on the Survival Food List, pick up several items...
For instance, if you use a ton of ketchup and the ketchup is on sale one week, stock up on $5 - $10 worth of ketchup. Next week, it may be salt. Get $5 - $10 worth of salt.
Try to stick with plastic or metal containers and bottles.
It seems almost everything is in plastic these days anyways, but if you have a choice, choose plastic and that way, if you ever have to move everything quickly, you will not have to worry about glass jars breaking, etc.
I know, you can't get pickles in plastic... yet. :) (and I sure like my pickles...)
But you get the idea. What will happen, and it has happened for many others, is that as you start your emergency food storage in the small ways that you can, you will be amazed at how quickly you will start thinking - "Oh, we can make it without ice-cream this week, and get that case of fruit that is on sale instead"... especially if you make a family thing.
The beauty of starting to stockpile food is that even though there may not be a food crisis within the next year or two, as we build up our storage, we have the comfort of knowing that should even harder economic times hit us, we will be prepared for it...
Plus, you save a ton on your grocery bill by getting into the habit of buying when things are on sale!