Here’s how to store food on a budget for as little as $5 per week! A home stockpile is not just for emergencies. It is one of the BEST ways to save money on groceries because you can always shop for food at the best prices Here’s how to do it!
How To Store Food On A Budget For $5 Per Week
I have lived through extreme poverty, job loss, sickness, 12 moves, the births of 4 babies and low paying jobs, so I know how important it is to learn How to Store Food On A Budget! One of the most loving things you can do for you family is to have a stockpile of food always on hand.
Not only is a food stockpile great for emergencies, but it is so EASY! I mean SUPER EASY! It makes my life so much more hassle free because I’m not running to the grocery every time I need something and I am able to save much more on my grocery bill by planning ahead.
Here are my top 6 tips for How to Store Food On A Budget and you can do it starting with just $5!
Start slow. Start with just 1 week extra of food. Then work your way up to 1 month, then 3 months, etc. until you have a year’s supply of food.
Figure out how much you need. If you have a family of 2, your stockpiling is going to be totally different than it is for a family of 6.
Don’t buy 15 jars of peanut butter when you have 2 kids that eat 1 jar every month. Buy just the amount that you will use. You don’t have to figure out an entire year’s worth of food at once. Just do a month or two at a time as you build your stockpile.
Buy ONLY foods you normally eat. We hate the taste of brown rice, so I buy white rice instead -brown rice doesn’t store well anyway. Instead of thinking of it as a stockpile, think, “This is my mini grocery store at home.”
DON’T BUY IN BULK! Yes, it’s in caps for a reason. The “prepper” tip to buy in bulk is seen all over the internet, but it’s a really stupid thing to do! Why? Food stays fresher the longer it is in its original package, so don’t buy huge bags of grains like rice and flour. Buy them in smaller bags so you can open them as needed. Do you know how long it would take to use up a 25lb. bag of rice? That is 100 servings of rice. If you have a large family it would go quick, but if it’s just you and hubby, it would take you a long time to eat it! Don’t buy in bulk!
$5 a week? Yeah right! No really, you can do it for $5 a week! How?
- Watch sales. If something comes up on sale or on clearance, buy as many as you can afford.
- Just start! Just get something. For $5, you can get 2 bags of beans and 2 bags of rice that will feed your family for at least a week. You could get 5 cans of fruit for $1 each. Or you could get 1 can of canned meat that would be protein for 1-2 days.
To get started, just start. At first, you are just getting some food for survival. Then, as you build your stockpile, you will be using it for your daily cooking.
Where do you store it? Anywhere you can! I have 3 shelves in my basement that I store our stockpile, I mean mini grocery store, :-) but you can store it anywhere. Some ideas are:
- pantry (make sure it’s organized and stocked)
- under beds
- under couches
- small nooks
- under stairs
- as furniture (use an empty trash can and put a circle wooden top with a table cloth for an end table)
“I don’t have room for a year’s worth of food!!!” That’s fine!!! Don’t worry! Just stock up as much as you can. I know a single woman who has a great stockpile of food in just a 4×4 area in her basement.
Use it! Then, as you need items to use daily, bring them up to your pantry. Add the used items to your shopping list and restock the next time you go to the grocery store.
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