Food Storage & Other Adventures in Motherhood

Everyday Home Storage

by heather

As I have mentioned before I’m a Mormon, and we Mormon’s have a magazine called the Ensign. The primary purpose of the Ensign is to strengthen our testimonies of  Jesus Christ and the gospel. However, sometimes there are articles that make me want to shout “Yes! This is for everybody.” Not that the gospel is not for everybody. It is for everybody who is willing to accept it. Things that are just good advise. This was one of those articles.

The author Emily Jamison, and her husband decided that it would be a good idea to have food in storage and money in savings. Her husband was a graduate student at the time and they had limited space and resources, but they made an effort to acquire a long-term supply of food and few months worth of savings. Their foresight proved to be especially helpful when her husband was hit by a car while riding his bike. Because they had food and money, she was able to focus on spending time with him and her children through his recovery instead of going to work to make ends meet.

This is just one of many stories I have heard or read where people used their food storage, not to get them through Armageddon, but everyday real life problems. I know I have gotten on this particular soap box many times before, but I am certain that food storage can bring peace and strength to your life. You don’t have to invest thousands of dollars. Start small, but just start. Whatever little steps you can take are little steps that can make your life easier in the future.

The article also gives ways to start your food storage now. I have done most of these things and I promise that they do in fact make my life easier as well as provide peace and comfort.

Start Establishing Family Home Storage Today

  • Designate an area in your home where you can keep your food storage
  • Each time you go grocery shopping, pick up a few nutritious items that will store for several months to add to your storage
  • Stock up on items when they are on sale, and buy in bulk when practical. Be sure to check expiration labels before you make the purchase.
  • Buy only items you know you’ll use so you can easily rotate through your food storage.
  • Store water in sturdy plastic juice or soft drink bottles that you have emptied and rinsed.
  • Order basic long-term food items such as wheat, flour, and oats from a Church home storage center or other trustworthy organization.
  • Designate a percentage of your monthly budget for food storage.
  • Start putting a percentage of your income or a certain dollar amount in a savings account each month.
  • Help others establish home storage by giving food storage items or money for savings as gifts.

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