I grew up in a home where food storage was taken very seriously. My mother has ALWAYS been good at hording food and it saved our families bellies over and over. When my husband and I had just had our first child, I became a SAHM and he made $7.75 a hour. We relied pretty heavily on the food storage my mother had been building up for us (Christmas presents...he he). Some weeks, I only had $12 or so dollars for fresh groceries. True story! Our food storage definitely saved us too.
One of my "New Years Resolutions", this year, is to get a better hold on my year food storage. It's looking pretty sad right now. Something about dragging 4 kids to the store and pushing around a full cart while trying to wrangle them just doesn't appeal to me....so I have been avoiding it at all costs. And it shows. Like I said...our storage shelves are looking pretty empty and the task of filling them once again seems daunting, to say the least.
Then I remembered I had picked up this "Food Storage for $5 dollars a week" program at a church activity not too long ago. Ta Da! Perfect. I can do that. (I only wish I knew who came up with it so I could give them the credit...but I don't. So...if it was you....thank you.)
The basic idea is that, for every two people in your family, you can build up a basic years food storage on just $5 (ish) dollars a week (because there are 6 of us, that's $15 a week, $60 a month).
The reason I say $5 (ish) dollars is that, as you know, food prices are rising. This program is a few years old, at least, so we'll have to account for inflation. My plan is to keep track of my purchases and report the present day cost to give all y'all a better idea.
By following this plan you should end up with:
500 lbs wheat
180 lbs sugar
12 lbs salt
6 lbs yeast
10 lbs honey
6 lbs shortening
40 lbs powdered milk
5 lbs peanut butter
45 cans tomato soup (we dont eat this so we will be substituting for chicken noodle)
15 can cream of mushroom soup
15 cans cream of chicken soup
21 boxes mac and cheese
12 lbs macaroni
24 cans tuna fish
500 pain reliever pills
---for every two people.
Now...if you don't have the room to store this much food (we are going to have to get creative ourselves) you can adjust the amounts as you see fit. The idea is to prepare yourself for whatever may come (unemployment, sudden financial hardship, etc) and to do it little by little so that it doesn't stress you out or strain your food budget. The way I see it...something is better than nothing.
Each week you will take your $5 (for every two people) and purchase the items on the list. Some weeks you will not spend the whole amount. Save the left over in a jar to be used for the weeks you may exceed the $5 (like when purchasing wheat and pwd milk).
These basic staple items should be enough to sustain 2 people for one year.
Remember to add an extra $5 dollars a week and double or triple (or quadruple...or he he) the amount of items being purchased for every two people in your family.
How does that sound?
One Year Basic Food Storage for $5 (ish) Dollars a Week--JANUARY