LEARN WHY A DIY EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN MAINTAINING A COST-EFFECTIVE KITCHEN
Do you lie awake at night worrying about the Zombie Apocalypse?
Probably not. But you do worry, right?
As one mom speaking to another, I know there are things that keep you awake at night because I have been there.
What am I saying? I am STILL THERE.
I worry about my family EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Moms worry. It’s in our nature.
We worry about our family’s health.
We worry about having enough food to feed our family.
And we worry about our family’s safety.
Do you worry about natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, or wildfires?
If yes, is it because you live in an area where natural disasters happen too frequently and you know YOU ARE NOT PREPARED?
Instead of natural disasters, maybe you are worried about a pandemic, now that the world is experiencing it.
Or the economy crashing and inflation setting in because once again, you know YOU ARE NOT PREPARED.
I’m not going to sugar-coat it.
If you want to help your family be prepared to handle life’s “What Ifs,” then an emergency food stockpile is a necessity.
Now that I have you thinking about an emergency food supply, let’s talk details.
HOW BIG SHOULD MY DIY EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY BE?
The answer to that is it depends.
I know. That’s not any help, right? I get it but there isn’t a correct answer.
So, let’s discuss some options.
First, to achieve a cost-effective kitchen, you should have a supply of at least a few months’ of basic staples so you can take advantage of your grocery store’s grocery sales cycles.
Many would call this a large well-stocked pantry.
After you obtain a well-stocked pantry, anything more is optional.
Your stockpile will depend on how much money you have to invest in your stockpile and how much room you have to store your supply.
The size of your stockpile will ultimately be determined by how much value you place on your stockpile versus how much you worry about not being fully prepared.
Now, let’s talk a bit about what should be included in your family’s emergency food supply.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN AN DIY EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY?
Anything your family might need to stay well-hydrated and well-fed should be included.
At a bare minimum, you need safe drinking water and food.
You need tools to prepare that food, and supplies to clean and sanitize.
You should also consider a stash of cash (small bills) so you could purchase additional supplies as needed.
Also, don’t forget your pets. They need water and food as well.
For more information on an emergency food supply, check out Ready.Gov’s food page.
You may also want to check out food safety during an emergency.
Now, that we’ve briefly discussed what size your supply should be and what should be included, you may be wondering if you should become a Doomsday Prepper.
The answer is No, not unless you want to!
DOES HAVING A DIY EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY MAKE ME A DOOMSDAY PREPPER?
Let me be clear. I’m talking about building an emergency stockpile (at minimum, a large well-stocked pantry) to take care of your family in case of an emergency.
I’m not talking about the apocalypse or the power grid failing.
I am not talking about becoming an extreme prepper like those seen on TV’s Doomsday Preppers.
I don’t want this to take over your life or stress you out.
I’m talking about preparing for emergencies as our grandparents and great-grandparents did.
For those generations, it wasn’t called prepping.
It was called saving for a rainy day.
And it was a way of life! EVERYBODY DID IT!
They stockpiled everything from cash and food to sewing and medical supplies.
Today, families living in tornado alley and dixie alley routinely prepare for tornadoes.
Families in California prepare for earthquakes and wildfires.
And families in Florida prepare for hurricanes.
Other families prepare for blizzards or floods.
While families in certain parts of the country prepare for natural disasters as a way of life, many families do nothing at all.
Even if you don’t live in a part of the country where natural disasters often occur, you should still be prepared.
AN EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY ISN’T JUST FOR CATASTROPHIC EVENTS
An emergency food supply isn’t just for catastrophic events.
It can give you peace of mind and help alleviate worry and financial stress on a daily basis.
Did you know that nearly eight out of ten families in America live paycheck to paycheck?
Many families are a paycheck or two away from losing everything.
That is scary as you know what!
While an emergency food stockpile won’t save your family from losing everything, it should be part of your family’s way of life.
Here are several ways an emergency food supply can help your family out!
YOU WON’T BE WORRIED ABOUT RUNNING OUT OF ITEMS YOU NEED
Years ago, the grocery store shelves here in good ole South Carolina would never be out of bread and water unless the weather station was calling for the possibility of winter precipitation or a hurricane.
Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. It’s rather commonplace now to walk into a store and see some empty shelves.
Just the other day I went into Wal-Mart. I needed 4 cans of Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Chilis.
And guess what? They only had 3 cans in the whole store.
For me, it was an inconvenience. I had two other grocers nearby.
But for some, this could spell disaster.
Let’s imagine for a moment that your family is gluten-free or dairy-free.
And the local weather channel forecasts the probability of a natural disaster in your area.
Let’s say a blizzard. You know from past experience you could be stuck at home for days with your kids.
So, you run off to the store to stock up after work only to find the shelves bare of gluten-free bread and almond milk.
What do you do?
You don’t have a fully-stocked pantry much less an emergency food supply.
So you head off to the specialty store across town.
You know, the one that is SO expensive, you can’t afford to shop there.
But, you have no choice. The blizzard is coming and your pantry is bare.
As you’re driving you are not only worrying about finding the items you need but worrying about how you can afford these items.
You eventually find the bread and almond milk you need and blow your budget in the process.
Now you’re worried about paying the bills at the end of the month but at least your family can eat if you lose power.
But what if you couldn’t find what you needed anywhere in town?
Not being able to purchase items when you need them can be devastating to someone who has special dietary needs such as those who are gluten-free or dairy-free.
If someone in your family has special dietary needs, be sure to keep a stockpile of the specialty foods they need.
Don’t rely on the stores to always have them in stock.
YOU NEVER KNOW.
In addition to specialty items, it’s also a good idea to keep a stockpile of foods your family eats on a regular basis.
Things like canned vegetables, pasta, peanut butter and jelly, canned meats, canned fruits, etc.
A DIY EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY IS LIKE A SHORT-TERM INSURANCE POLICY
Having an emergency stockpile is like a short-term insurance policy.
It helps “insure” you against loss of income, shortages at the store, increased gas prices, or unexpected doctor bills.
Let’s say you got hit with an unexpected doctor bill of $150 and you have no savings account. How do you pay the bill?
Well, if you maintain an emergency stockpile, it’s simple. Just pay the bill with $150 of your grocery money and eat from your stockpile instead of shopping. Easy peasy.
A DIY EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY ALLOWS YOU TO HELP OUT THOSE LESS FORTUNATE
If you keep an emergency stockpile, you’ll be prepared to help those less fortunate at a moment’s notice without blowing your budget.
Because of your stockpile, you will be able to help out friends or neighbors who have fallen on hard times.
YOU’RE ALWAYS PREPARED TO SEND ITEMS TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL
We’ve all been there.
It’s 7 pm and your child is just getting around to do their homework when they tell you they need 24 juice boxes and plates for tomorrow’s celebration at school.
If you’ve ever had to make the mad dash Wal-Mart run on a school night, you know the odds of finding what you need are slim.
And the odds of finding it at a reasonable price are even slimmer.
In-store bakeries are expensive. And so are disposable cups, plates, and utensils.
If your children are always hitting you up at the last minute for things for school celebrations, keep an emergency stockpile of school-related supplies.
Keeping supplies on hand avoids the late-night emergency dash to Walmart saving you time, money, and stress!
AN EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY HELPS YOU COME UP WITH EMERGENCY CASH QUICKLY
A minor financial emergency like unexpected auto repairs or a trip to the emergency room can be devastating to those with no savings account.
Imagine you get his with an unexpected auto repair bill of $700.
You have no savings. You have no food stockpile.
You must get your car repaired so you can go to work.
Then you worry.
How are you going to feed your kids for the next month and pay the bills?
You spend the next couple of months robbing Peter to pay Paul, hoping you find extra money somewhere, right?
I’ve been there. It stinks.
Even if you have no savings, give yourself some breathing room by maintaining an emergency food supply.
By keeping your emergency stockpile well stocked with food (and toiletry items), you can absorb unexpected expenses by “shopping” from your stockpile instead of the grocery store.
So the next time you get hit with an unexpected bill, avoid the grocery store and make do with what you have on hand until you get caught up.
At least you will have peace of mind knowing your family’s bellies are full at night!
YOU CAN AVOID THE MAD RUSH AT THE STORES DURING AN EMERGENCY
Having an emergency stockpile allows you to breathe easy should the weathermen announce an impending weather disaster.
Because you are stocked up, you won’t be rushing to the store to fight for that last loaf of bread.
And you won’t find yourself driving all over town for bottled water or that last bag of ice.
Be sure your emergency stockpile includes those last-minute items that cause people to empty the grocery shelves.
You know — bread, milk, peanut butter, etc.
It’ll help your wallet and save your sanity!
AN EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY HELPS KEEP YOUR GROCERY BUDGET INTACT
Even with stable grocery prices, it is hard to stay on budget. Right?
Unfortunately, grocery store prices seem to fluctuate from week to week making it harder and harder to stay on budget.
Having an emergency stockpile allows you to “absorb” unexpected higher prices.
You’ll have the flexibility to cut or replace items from your list with items from your stockpile to stay on budget.
WHO NEEDS AN EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY?
It is simple. EVERY FAMILY NEEDS AN EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY.
Whether you are planning for the occasional hurricane, the zombie apocalypse, or just trying to get a handle on your grocery budget, an emergency stockpile makes sense.
It gives you peace of mind and reduces stress. And it helps your wallet.
Not having an emergency stockpile can add stress and undue hardship for you and your family.
Your family deserves better. Start your emergency stockpile today!
HOW DOES AN EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY HELP ME MAINTAIN A COST-EFFECTIVE KITCHEN?
You build your stockpile a little each week focusing on items that are on sale.
Eventually, you will have a large stockpile of foods your family loves to eat.
Then you will be able to avoid paying full price for the items you need and you can eat from your stockpile as needed.
No more rushing to the expensive stores to pay full-price for peanut butter and jelly the day before a blizzard hits.
And no more running to Wal-Mart on a school night for your child’s very expensive juice boxes.
Because you are maintaining an emergency food supply.
You have the items on hand.
You can weather the current storm and replace you stockpile when the items go on sale at a later date.
Remember, many families are just a paycheck or two away from losing everything.
Don’t be a statistic. Don’t worry about feeding your family.
Start building that emergency food supply today.
One item at a time. As your wallet will allow!
MY FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE A DIY EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY
Every family should have at minimum, several months of their favorite food and water stored in case of an emergency.
It doesn’t have to cost you a lot of time or money.
And your supply doesn’t need to be built overnight but it should be in your family’s plan.
An emergency food supply will help you achieve peace of mind as well as a cost-effective kitchen!
Here’s my final piece of advice:
If you choose to build a large emergency food supply, DO NOT ADVERTISE IT!
We’ve all seen the horror stories of what happens when people get desperate to feed their families.
The same friends and neighbors who quietly snicker behind your back about how you are a “prepper,” will be the same ones LITERALLY beating down your door to TAKE YOUR STOCKPILE FROM YOU in the case of an emergency.
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