My weekly “What Did You Prep This Week” posts frequently contain information about what I am doing to have an appropriate amount of food on hand in case of a disaster. I thought it might be a good idea to share some information on the basics of food storage so everyone would have a common frame of reference and a base of knowledge to start from.
Why Keep Food On Hand?
There are a lot of reasons to keep a good store of food on hand including:
Convenience – Having food on hand saves unplanned trips to the grocery store and the unplanned expenses that entails. Tell the truth, how many times do you walk in for a $5 item and walk out having $20-25 poorer?
Savings – Let’s face it, nothing seems to be getting any cheaper these days. Prices, despite what government inflation numbers say, sure seem to be going up faster than my income. So, buying ahead of time allows us to eat tomorrow at yesterday’s prices. Plus, having enough stock on hand means that I can afford to wait until items are on sale or buy in bulk to save money.
Security – In a crisis, whether it be financial, social, or weather related, is literally better than money in the bank. In a financial crisis like those seen in several European countries of late, you may not be able to get money out of the bank to buy food or the money could be so devalued that food becomes too expensive to buy in needed quantities. In a situation involving social unrest being able to “hunker down’ until the crisis passes could be the difference between life and death. Being caught in the middle of a riot is not a fun experience, ask Reginald Denny if you don’t believe me or google the video. Flood, Hurricane, Ice, Tornado Earthquake and any number of other natural disasters can make it pretty tough to get to the store or for the stores to even be open. Having a supply of food on hand means you can get by anyway.
As I have mentioned before, I was laid off about a year and a half ago. Sure, unemployment eventually kicked in but it didn’t replace my whole salary. Given the state of the economy, my age and income bracket finding another job was going to be tough. As it turned out I was able make it through, find another job and we didn’t fall behind on any bills (thank you, Lord) and a big part of the reason we were able to make it through is because we had enough food set aside that we didn’t have to spend much of anything on groceries.
So, the next question is:
Which will be part two of this series…