Food Storage. This can be a yucky word in some households. Images of #10 cans almost 50 years old is what came to mind when I heard “food storage” for quite a few years! But now, I have a different opinion.
Why Food Storage: We are accustomed to being able to run out the the grocery or corner store at every whim. We are reliant on others now days for our food. While we all can’t live on a farm and raise our own food and supplies, we can store our own for when we need it.
When will we need it: Use it all the time and rotate it. Close friends and our family have used and lived on food storage during natural disasters, job loss, loss of spouse, unexpected medical expenses, divorce, kids in college, major financial crisis, and other unexpected “adventures”. We have personally used our food storage when Paul has been laid off to help drastically reduce our spending. We used it when we have gone through hurricanes and we use it everyday as we rotate it.
What is food storage: In my opinion, it is a supply of food for your family to live off of for greater than 3 months.
~ Stockpiling, again in my opinion, is food in your home that you can live on for less than 3 months. The purpose of stockpiling is to take advantage of the cyclical sales in the grocery stores and to get the lowest possible price on the products you use daily. So, you are have the ability to cut your grocery spending drastically. I love stockpiling it is how I built up my food storage.
~ Hoarding, in my opinion, is buying items that you don’t need and store without using them.
What to do first: