Storage on a Shoestring
With the daily cost of living tugging at your pocketbook, you may wonder how in the world you can afford to add one more item to your budget. You may want to store food, but don’t see how you can stretch your income any further. The following tips may help you see how to put together a food storage program without exceeding your budget:
Set aside a plot of land to grow specific "food storage" plants. Consider growing tomatoes, peppers, and cilantro and canning some delicious salsa and plain tomatoes to add to your food storage. Or grow other fruits or vegetables that your family enjoys and are easy to preserve.
When you get the urge to splurge on fast food or pizza, resist it. Take the $10 or $15 you would have spent and put it toward buying honey or wheat.
Sprouting seeds cost pennies to purchase, yet provide great nutrition. Learn how to grow this economical source of greens. Sprouts are tasty additions to salads, sandwiches, soups, and stir-fry and they usually grow in a matter of days. (Note: Never sprout seeds intended for planting in gardens.) For more information, review the Insight Article on [“Growing Your Own Food.”]
How many times do you buy food at the store, and put it in the refrigerator only to throw it out a week or two later? Plan a menu and stick to it. Cut the waste, and every time you go to the grocery store for your major shopping, set aside an extra $5 that you normally would have spent on perishable vegetables you usually end up discarding. Within a month, you will have enough savings to purchase a "favorite something" on your food storage list.
Come up with your own creative ways to save or make money, then use it to add to your food storage. Involve the whole family. Perhaps a family paper route or other job will provide just what you need.
Store what you and your family will eat. Don't just arbitrarily put together a food storage list. Purchase the basics (honey, salt, wheat, powdered milk, grains, legumes, and garden seeds), and build upon that. Don’t forget the non-food items as well. Sit down with family members and make a custom plan to systematically develop your storage according to you and your family's food preferences.
A short-term, as well as a long-term food storage program is the most sensible. If you cannot afford a year supply, work on a three-day supply, then a week supply, and so on. Remember that storing extra food and other necessities is just as important as having money saved in the bank.