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Recently we had a scare that our water was contaminated with e coli (yuck!). We were told to drink bottled water or boil it first. We were encouraged to not even use the water for rinsing our toothbrushes and I heard some debate about if we should use it to wash our hands and bodies. A few days later we were told the test declaring our water undrinkable was a false positive. The whole process was inconvenient, but I’m grateful that we have a decent start on our food storage – including water.
Food wasn’t an issue, but obviously water was. I was at our church building when I heard about the situation. I’m grateful I could pull one of our cases of water bottles out of my storage and load up the fridge. I needed to go to the store the next day and I decided to get another case or two, just in case the problem lasted a while. The shelves were empty!
I’m grateful for church leaders that warn and guide us to navigate life’s challenges, from contaminated water to a slew of spiritual situations. I’m glad my pantry is stocked as well as it is, but I have plenty of room for improvement. I hope our water scare will motivate us to be more diligent in following a prophet’s council. Costco run anyone?
Last week’s discussion about coupons leads me to a discussion on how to make the best use of your new stock pile of groceries in your pantry – and in my case under my bed and in my closet. I call this the ability to shop from my pantry. The kids use up the last of the ketchup? No problem, there are three more bottles on the top shelf of the pantry along with mustard and mayonnaise.
I have made the mistake of buying items because they were cheap, only to have them go bad before we could use them. I’m a little wiser when stocking up and check the best by date. If that bottle of ketchup is best before next summer, how many bottles will we use before then? I also need to have an idea of how many bottles are already in the pantry and buy accordingly. If it’s an amazing deal, I still may buy more than we need and pass them on to my family or food banks.
By matching coupons with sale items, I stock up on items we use at their lowest price. The ability to shop from my pantry allows me to use that stock pile until the item goes on sale again.
As food prices rise, I stop seeing those “really good prices”. For example, I used to stock up on flour every November or December because it would go on sale for 50 cents for a five pound bag. I haven’t seen that in a long time. It still goes on sale at that time of the year, but more like $1.50 for the same bag, but it seems to go on sale for that price more often. I also don’t see as many coupons for flour. Consequently, I buy fewer bags of flour throughout the year. One strategy to offset my flour purchases is to grind whole wheat to make my own flour, which is also healthier. I’m still using white flour for much of our cookie baking, but it works for us.
What strategies do you use to keep your food costs down?
I like a neat, well-stocked pantry and for the most part, I succeed. No matter what, every few months, my pantry needs a little tidy up. Food doesn’t always get put back where it belongs. Things need to be shifted and sometimes food even needs to be tossed (not my favorite). Today I spent an hour tiding up my pantry. I filled in gaps from my overflow food storage in my closet. It looks pretty again, not as full as I’d like – but I can’t get the family to give up eating!
For me this is the first step to start working on getting my food storage growing again. I know the logical first step would be to figure out what I need, and then take an inventory of what I have to figure out what I need. Cleaning out my pantry is a mental thing for me. I don’t feel so overwhelmed by the job of acquiring food storage when I can look at a tidy pantry and see I have a year’s supply of salad dressing, BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, oatmeal, spaghetti sauce and so on. Granted its a pretty random list and we wouldn’t be eating that great if that’s all we had to live on, but its a start. Now I’m ready for the next step, to look through my food storage meals and update my list of what my food storage needs. There’s next week’s goal!
How are you doing on your food storage? Could you live off you pantry and freezer for 3 months? This week figure out the next step in your food storage plan.