Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? Being prepared is important at my house, so today I'm sharing my ideas about food storage.
If you look into my pantry (or in my closets, or under my bed) you might be a little surprised by what you find. I have food, water, and other essentials (like toilet paper) hidden all over my home. Crazy? I don't think so. Food storage is a big part of my life, and today I'll explain why it might be something you should try as well. I'll be interested to see if you change your mind about the value of food storage.
Why I Choose to Store Food and Other Essentials
My Cupboards are Never Bare
Perhaps my favorite thing about storing food is that I always have the basics on hand. Because I store staples--items that my family uses every day--I can always prepare a meal on the fly. Yes, I do run out of perishable items, but there is never a time when I can't feed my family because I forgot to go to the store. Do you have any idea how much money that saves on eating out alone?!
Buying in Bulk Saves Me Money
When buying items for my food storage, I typically buy in bulk. That means that I can take advantage of the lowest prices. I'm fortunate to live in an area that offers case lot sales at the majority of the grocery chains. Because I choose to store (and make room for it), I can take advantage of those huge sales. I can also wait for things to go on sale before buying them again.
I Am Prepared for Financial Emergencies and Unexpected Loss
I'd love it if none of us ever had to experience job loss, debilitating illness, or the loss of a spouse. The truth is, though, that's not reality. Bad things happen. We all need to be prepared for the unexpected. When the family's main source of income disappears, food storage becomes a lifeline! I have many friends who have lived on what they had stored in their home when times got tough.
It's just smart to plan for financial emergencies.
I Am Prepared for Weather Emergencies
Earthquake, tornado, flood, hurricanes--whatever the danger in your area, it's nice to be prepared.
I Am Prepared to Help Others
If there is ever an emergency, not only will I be able to feed my family, but I'll be able to help my neighbors as well. That feels pretty good.
I am Prepared to Feed My Daughter Who Has Food Allergies
I know many people assume that when an emergency comes, the government will step in and take care of everyone. Rather than wait around for help that may be days or weeks in coming (or never coming), I'd rather be prepared myself. One of my kiddos has celiac disease. That means that she cannot eat anything containing gluten (ie-wheat, barley, rye, malt, etc). What if I were to wait for someone else to feed my family, and there was nothing that she could safely eat?
Storing my own food gives me peace of mind that she will be taken care of.
I've Been Warned to Be Prepared by a Trusted Source
The main reason that I store food is that I have been asked to by a prophet of God.
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also called the Mormon church). I believe that we have a prophet who is called by God and who receives revelation from God specific for today's world. Just like God spoke to prophets in the Bible, he still speaks to a prophet today. The prophet has warned us to prepare for emergencies, so I am trying to prepare.
You can find many more ideas for storing food and living frugally on ChurchofJesusChrist.org. I'm linking you to their section on Food Storage.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll check out some of my other ideas while you're here. (Images below are linked.)