A deep pantry is vital if you’re trying to gain some control over the craziness of food prices.
I know – if you’re like most people, you’re often wondering how to make ends meet, and food is often one of the largest categories in your budget.
Well, let me give you one of my best ways to weather all of this and keep your family well fed on even a small budget. A deep pantry could be called a stockpile or food storage, but if you are looking to save money and reduce anxieties over cost and availability of food, you want to start building one.
One of the first things I hear when I suggest people start building up a deep pantry (or food storage – use whatever term works for you) is that they can’t afford to buy extra food for storage.
My experience is that you probably can’t afford not to.
When we decided to get out of poverty and start improving our life, the first change we made was simple.
We took control of our pantry.
If you do not have a deep pantry filled with foods that you use regularly, you are completely controlled by the whimsical swing of prices at the grocery stores.
As long as they are controlling your food budget, you are going to have difficulty getting hold of your finances.
You need to know how much you use in a year or, if you’re building a smaller pantry, how much you’ll use in six or three months. While this is less important for things like dish detergent, it is still something to consider, since everything you buy uses up precious storage space and costs money.
You don’t want to run out, but you don’t want to store too much, either.
Either way wastes your time, money and space!
If you’re worried about figuring this out, or a year seems just too much, focus on THREE MONTHS worth of food storage at a time. (See the ribbon at the top for the link to download!)
Why three months for one person? Because that is something anyone can manage and deal with, and it can scale up so easily.
Even if you have six people in your family and you’re aiming for a two year supply – it’s a simple matter of doing the 3 month plan 48 times. (Okay, that might seem a little lot overwhelming. Stick to three months at a time until it is no longer overwhelming! Honestly, you can do this.)
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