Friday, 10 October 2014

The value of a well stocked larder

Whether you live in a tiny apartment or trailer, a huge house, or anything in between, storing up food for the "lean times" is a big part of essential preparedness.

Being prepared isn't just about preparing for some major disaster and having to go into lockdown/bug in mode. It's also about being ready to deal with the hardships and unexpected wrinkles that occur in everyday life.
The trick is to expect anything, so you won't ever be taken by surprise when life throws you one of its little (or big) curve balls.

Let me tell you a little story...

As has always been my habit, I always buy a bit more food than what is needed when I go grocery shopping.
At one point, years ago, I had a house which I shared with 4 good friends. I had quite a bit of food stored up in the basement pantry and deep freezer. Even so, I continued to do the regular shopping, rotate out the older stuff and store away the new, and add more to the stockpile whenever I could.

The rest of my household often scoffed at my habits, and told me I was totally going over the top. They shook their heads every time I got on anyone's case to not waste the food, yet I always refused to hear any of the "but there is PLENTY" arguments.

Well, time came when we were all out of work for a couple months. Times were especially hard all over, and the food banks were pretty short on supplies too. Lots of people were living on half rotten potatoes, stale bagels, rice, beans, and not much else. People were willing to trade valuable (in better times) items for a couple bags of plain, white rice or dried beans.

We did fine though. We had regular meals of good, healthy food every day. We didn't have to ration things, because there was enough to last a good 3 months before we hit the "mandatory rationing" cap. (for me, that is the point at which only 2 months of food remains without rationing)

Eventually, we got back on our feet, and when it was time to replenish the stores, EVERYONE was VERY cooperative with my plan!

Anyone can fall on hard times!

How long will you be able to provide for yourself and your family if you suddenly lose your job?
Don't guess! Take out the calculator (if you're reading this, you have one at your fingertips) and actually do the math. Figure out how much food you need per day/week. Not just in terms of budget this time, but in terms of quantity. Now, start saving!

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