Food Stamps or Food Storage?
The latest statistics surrounding food stamps and other food assistance are astonishing. According to a recent CNN money article, food stamp usage reached a record 45.8 million in May. That’s up 12% from a year ago.
The economy has taken a toll on many families who are struggling to put food on the table. So how do you stock up on food storage in these hard times? That’s a tough question, but it’s not impossible. Here are five things you can do that might help:
1. Budget wisely
There are surely people that are spending their money wisely and don’t have extra money leftover, but the majority of Americans could change their spending habits and invest the savings into some extra food storage each month. The Department of Labor conducted a survey and 43% of the money spent by a family on food went to “food away from home”. Cutting back on eating out or other frills could go a long way towards building your food storage and emergency preparedness plans.
2. Grow a Garden
Gardens are a fantastic way to fill up your pantry for a lot less. Even if you have limited space, or you need to grow indoors, its worth it. Gardens will not only make you more self reliant, but they will also help you eat a more healthy diet. Square foot gardening is a great space saving option for some people.
3. Food Co-ops
Check the internet for local food co-ops. Many times you can save big on fruits, veggies, and even meat through a co-op. You get way more for your money this way.
With a little extra effort, you can find amazing deals on food with coupons. Check your local store ads, and the internet for fantastic websites that help you find the very best deals anywhere. Of course you will need to be focused on buying what you need, don’t let that 20% off coupon on a Filet Mignon derail you from the track.
5. Pool Your Resources
Many times companies will give bulk discounts to groups of people who are willing to pool their money together to buy in bulk. This is a win, win for both you, your friends, and the companies. (Several stores will do this: Check The Ready Store website as well as Nitro-Pak.)
We all have had to learn many tough lessons from this economy. If we continue to rely on the basic principles of self reliance that our parents and grandparents taught us and we will be able to weather the storms of life much better.