With the prices of food increasing, it can be difficult to maintain a budget that will feed a single person let alone a family. Government subsidies like food stamp programs often do not stretch far enough, and counting on the government to keep you fit and fed isn't a great long-term plan in the end. Those on such programs often complain about restrictive lists of foods they can or cannot purchase and how difficult it can be to make sure there is enough food on hand to keep bellies full. To save money on grocery bills, a sensible food storage plan can save you money and perhaps your life if times get tough.
Many homesteaders and those who live frugally have found effective ways to survive the inflated cost of food. While some have the ability and the land to grow their own crops or raise chickens or even cows, not everyone has those options. Everyone does have the ability to create a successful food plan based on their own personal budgets.
Planning involves communication
Critical to success is a good plan and open communication. If you are on your own, the plan becomes your main focus. If you have a family, communication is essential. Before you even initiate a plan or purchase goods, you should take time to make decisions and keep notes. The ideal plan includes everyone who will be dependent upon the food you store and purchase. That may mean setting aside an hour or two to talk about needs or mentally committing to such a goal on your own.
One of the first questions that should be asked is why you are storing food. Many who already store food have come to the conclusion that either food prices at their local markets and grocery stores are starving the cash flow for other necessities. Others store food because they worry about the availability of the foods they need being readily available in the case of a disaster or even a family tragic like the loss of a job. Those who plan well think of possible scenarios, like a mandatory layoff that will last for three months, and base their plan solely on that time period. Many plan ahead for at least a year. It is ultimately up to you as to how long you think that you will need to have storage and how much money you will be able to save/spend on the project.
The next question should be what foods you or your family can and will eat. It is counter-intuitive to store food that will simply sit on your shelf only to be eaten as a last resort. This doesn't save you money; it wastes it. Food allergies and sensitivities should be a serious consideration as well. Peanut butter makes a great storable source of necessary protein, but many people have nut allergies. Be sensible and be smart when you get everyone together to talk about a plan, and make sure everyone participates.
Next: How to pay for your plan
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