When it comes to putting together your food storage game plan, getting started is not very complicated. You may already have a few days’ worth of food in your pantry, and if you don’t, all you need to do is go shopping.
After this, it can become a little more complicated, and requires a little more work. How complicated (or not complicated) this becomes all depend on your situation, and your plans. If you decide you only want to store a months’ worth of food, it will be much easier than storing a years’ worth.
The trade off however is that 1 month may not be enough food storage. While for most scenarios, 1 month would be sufficient, some scenarios would require much more. If you lost your job, or went through a natural disaster, 1 month would be ok. In the event of an economic collapse, who knows how long that would last, and what the repercussions would be.
Here are a few ideas to think about when building your long-term food storage, but keep in mind, every person’s situation is different, so 1 size does not fit all when it comes to food storage.
If you go grocery shopping on a regular basis, there will not be much of a change. If you find yourself going to the store daily, you will need to change your habits. Figure out your monthly grocery budget, and add $25 to $50 to it. Every time you go shopping get a few extra things to add to your food storage.
Buying in bulk is not only a great way to add to your food storage, it’s also a great way to save some money. Look for deals like buy 3 get 1 free, or instead of buying 1 bag of spaghetti, buy a whole case.
The whole point is to be thrifty, and don’t go into debt building your food storage. Don’t focus on the big picture just yet, buy a little extra each time you go, look for deals, and in no time at all you will have a substantial food storage supply.
Your Storage Space
The room you have for food storage is going to play a big role in what you can store, and how much you can store. If you have a larger home, you may want to focus more on pantry foods. If you have a smaller home or apartment, you may not have a lot of room, and long-term food buckets may be your best option.
Regardless of which route you choose, it’s always a good idea to diversify. Having a supply of both pantry foods and long-term food is a good idea because you won’t eat the freeze-dried food on a daily basis, but you will with the pantry foods.
What are You Preparing For?
To have a better understanding of how much food you need, you need to define what it is you are preparing for. If you’re main concern is an economic collapse, or an EMP, you may need a long term food storage plan.
If you are preparing for some sort of natural disaster, you may only want to store a couple of weeks worth of food. This could also be the case if you are still on the fence with prepping, or just don’t have the room to store that much food and water.
Your Time Frame
Regardless of the disaster scenario or event(s) you’re preparing for, it’s important to prepare with a time frame in mind. Don’t think of this like a list and cover 1 area at a time. If you start by getting a months worth of food, then water, then shelter, then sanitation etc. you won’t be prepared until you finish your list.
If you start with 3 days, then 3 weeks, then 3 months, you will have a well rounded plan, and if something smaller happens you are good to go. With any disaster scenario, the more extreme the event, the less likely it is to occur. My point is, you have plenty of time to do this right.
Maintain Your Preparedness Level
The most important aspect of any preparedness plan is maintaining it. This can be easier said than done at times, but it’s important to stay focused and not “drop the ball” so to speak. Over time there are bound to be challenges that come up, but as long as we are being proactive, we will be moving forward.
Preparedness is no different than anything else in life. The more good decisions and positive actions you take, the better your future will be. While nothing is guaranteed, we can increase our odds by working on preparedness on a daily basis.