How To Stock Your Pantry When You’re Broke

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LEARN HOW TO STOCK YOUR PANTRY WHEN YOU’RE BROKE

Job Loss. Pandemics. Natural Disasters. Worrying about each of these events can cause stress and sleepless nights.

Living through one of these events unprepared can be disastrous.

Don’t put your family at risk.

At a minimum, find extra money to stock your pantry with a few weeks of food.

Better yet, commit to building an emergency food stockpile today!

In today’s post, I want to show you how you can build an emergency food supply when you’re broke.

Then let’s talk about how an emergency stockpile helps you maintain a cost-effective kitchen day after day, week after week.

There are many ways to build an emergency stockpile when you have no extra money.

Here are a few of my favorite ways:

HAVE A YARD SALE

Having a yard sale can give you a nice chunk of cash to help build your stockpile.

But, it takes time and effort. 

If you need to declutter, go ahead and take the time to declutter and have a yard sale.

Then plan on using the cash raised to purchase items for your stockpile.

SELL UNWANTED ITEMS ON CONSIGNMENT

If you’re unable to have a yard sale, consider selling some of your nicer items on consignment.

It’s an easy way to declutter higher dollar items and make money without a lot of stress.

If you’re not familiar with consignment, here’s the rundown. 

You take the items you want to sell to a consignment store.

If they agree to sell them “on consignment,” you’ll sign an agreement. 

Most will keep items up to 90 days.

If the item sells, you get a commission often 30% to 40% of the item sold.

If the item doesn’t sell, you have to pick it up, or they get rid of it.

Each consignment store has its own rules as to who sets the price, the commission paid, and the length of time an item is kept.

If you’ve never sold on consignment, it’s a great way to sell some higher-priced items to help you build your emergency stockpile.

SELL STUFF ONLINE OR TO FRIENDS

These days there are lots of places you can sell items online.

This may be a viable option if you have a few items and need quick cash. 

However, you must practice extreme caution when meeting people for the exchange.

Thieves are using meetups ups as an opportunity to rob you.

If you sell online and before you agree to a meeting place, see if your local police department has a designated place.

Ours does. It has monitored spots set up at local police stations.

If not, then make sure you meet in a public place and try not to go alone.

Don’t carry extra credit cards or cash.

And don’t take your children.

The horror stories I have seen on the news and heard about online, scare me.

I don’t meet up with anyone I don’t know personally or anyone who isn’t a personal friend of a friend.

A better option might be to sell your items through friends.

If you have something to sell, take a picture and ask your friends.

It may take a little longer than selling online to strangers, but it is a lot safer.

I have a friend who works for the local hospital.

She is my number one, go-to person.

It doesn’t matter whether I am looking for farm-fresh eggs, old windows to make a mini-greenhouse, or someone who wants an old sewing machine, she can make it happen.

Find your person and you won’t have any problem finding a buyer for your stuff!

CHANGE YOUR TAX WITHHOLDINGS

Many Americans get back thousands of dollars each year in the form of a tax refund.

If you’re consistently getting back large refunds, you may want to talk to your accountant about increasing your withholdings on your Employer’s W-4. 

Doing so will give you more money in each paycheck.

For example, a person claiming 0 on their W-4 will have more taxes withheld and a smaller paycheck than someone claiming 2.

Let me state again, do not change your withholdings unless you talk to your accountant first.

You don’t want to end up owing Uncle Sam next April.

Once again, please let me reiterate…..**You should only do this under the advice of your accountant. **

USE “FOUND” MONEY

You can always use “found” money to help build your emergency stockpile. 

Found money could be the cash you received for your birthday or an unexpected bonus. 

It could be the grocery store gift card you asked for at Christmas.

You could also collect all the loose change you see laying around and when you have enough, start your emergency stockpile.

BARTER WITH FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS

If you don’t have anything to sell, you can always barter your services.

I love to barter. It is so much fun!!!

Maybe you could help your neighbor out in their garden in exchange for fresh veggies or canned goods.

Then use the money you would have spent on veggies to build your stockpile.

Get creative!

GET A TEMP JOB

If all else fails, you could always take a temp job for a few days to earn some quick cash to help build your emergency stockpile.

Back when I was fresh out of college, I used part of my vacation time to work a temp job to make some extra cash.

HOW AN EMERGENCY FOOD STOCKPILE HELPS YOU MAINTAIN A COST-EFFECTIVE KITCHEN

One aspect of maintaining a cost-effective kitchen is spending the least amount of money on food.

An emergency food stockpile or a large well-stocked pantry, whichever you want to call it, will help keep you from paying high prices on the foods your family needs.

An emergency food supply not only provides food for your family during emergencies, but it also helps prevent you from paying full-price for food week after week.

Still not convinced? Read this article Why every family needs an emergency stockpile.

This post talks about the benefits an emergency stockpile provides beyond natural disasters, job loss, pandemics, etc.

It discussed the normal day after day, week after week benefits every family experiences.

NONE OF THESE TIPS WILL FOR ME, HOW DO I BUILD AN EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY?

If none of these tips will work for your particular situation, please read How To Find Money In Your Budget To Build Your Emergency Stockpile

This post has tips on how you can free up money from your current budget to help build your emergency stockpile.

Happy Stockpiling!

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