What Should I Store?-Part 3, Deciding How Much Is Enough.

file0001525508692With Food storage, there is a fine line between enough and too much.  For this post, I had considered making a list of all of the items I would need to buy in order to make my two week menu plan along with quantities, but I realized that it wouldn’t be relevant.  Each families situation is unique.  This decision has to be your own.

In my household, we try to have about a 3 month supply of food on hand at any given time.  Occasionally, we have as much as 6 months of food on hand, but this usually happens toward the end of the summer when  many jars of home canned food items  are added to our pantry and fresh garden produce fills our freezer.  Of course, that only applies to years when our garden is very productive. An older neighbor prefers to have a years supply of food stored in her home, and she regularly rotates through it, so that none of it goes to waste.  Each person, or family,  has to decide what their storage goal is.

If we were going to exclusively eat those two weeks worth of meals, we would need to multiply our two week shopping list  times 26 in order to have enough for a full year.  Of course, I wouldn’t be able to afford an entire year’s worth of groceries at once, so I need to have a specific goal, as far as the number of a particular item of food I want to store. Once I know how much I want to have in storage,  I need to break that  down into smaller amounts and purchase a little extra each time I do my grocery shopping.

This is where the $5 and $10 per week food storage people have a good idea.  In the beginning, I set aside a specific amount of money to buy food items for storage.  I also had a specific amount of money that was allotted to buying groceries per week.  Any money left over from the regular grocery run or the food storage allotment was saved and added to the following week’s budget.  At that point, the weekly grocery store sale papers that show up in my mail box were my best friend.

I would carefully study them and see which of the things that I needed was on sale that week.  If I needed to build up a store of spaghetti sauce and noticed that one of  the stores had them on sale for .99 for a 26 oz jar, I would use my designated food storage money to pick up an extra 5 or 10.    Over time, you will have a very well stocked pantry that you can draw from.  At that point, you only need to replace things as you use them.

If you liked this post, click below to visit the previous posts in this series.

What should I store? –Part 1, Determine what you eat

What should I store?–Part 2, Making your food list

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