Hi everyone! When it comes to survival, we all think of food first and foremost. But for many people, saving up an emergency food supply on a budget seems overwhelming when you still have to buy food for current, everyday usage.
There are some tips you can start using now to help you save up a good food supply for your future.
Money is really no excuse to ignore your survival food preparation. You might be hemorrhaging money that could be spent on survival food supplies – because you’re being wasteful with your regular monthly food budget. Create a grocery list and stick to it.
Many people tend to go over budget because they see things at the store that they think they need when in actuality, it’s not needed. By having a list, it helps you stay focused and aware of the things you need to buy and the things that you don’t.
Stick to your budget. Record your monthly spending on food and look for ways to save based on those numbers, putting extra leftover money towards your food survival prep. This will force you to become more creative with your recipes and eat healthier, more nutritious meals.
The problem that most people have when they use the excuse that they can’t afford to gear up for survival is that their outlook is far too broad. They’re looking at a list of food supplies as a whole rather than breaking them down and concentrating on building up in small increments.
You can set aside the food supplies you need for survival even if you don’t have all of the money you need at once because you can do it on a budget. But you can also find great deals on bulk food buys.
Many times, buying things in higher quantities means more money saved. Buy durable things in bulk that you’ll need in the future, like canned vegetables, canned meat, and even food for your pets.
Money might be a little tight right now. Maybe you’re trying to stretch your dollars. In today’s society it’s very common to have difficulty making enough money for the things you need most – let alone, add more items for future survival supplies.
Even if you live paycheck to paycheck, you can afford to prepare. What you have to do is buy just a few food survival supplies each month. As each month passes, your store of food supplies will grow.
Concentrate on reaching small goals first. For example, you can prepare for a 72-hour emergency food kit first. So what you do is focus your money on buying just what you need for each member of your family to live for three days.
Once you have those supplies, then you gradually increase what you have – such as preparing for enough food for a week – and you slowly increase those supplies to make sure you have enough for two weeks, and so on.
When buying food storage items, don’t stock up on processed foods just because they’re cheaper. These foods are less nutritious. Buy the inexpensive but healthy items, like oatmeal.
You can find ways to add money to your budget by cutting out things that you don’t absolutely have to have right now just until you get your food supplies built up. Budget for everything and don’t waste money.
To save on current food bills (and allow yourself some leftover cash for survival supplies), plan out your weekly meals before going shopping. This will help you shop for only the ingredients you need for the dinners you’re serving.
Use coupons – especially the buy one get one free coupons. Buy one get one free can be a great savings, but only if you’re going to use both items before they expire. Always shop for sales for your food supplies.
Clip coupons for the things you buy. Try shopping at stores that double or even triple the value of the coupon. Join a coupon swapping organization. This type of group tends to swap items for coupons.
So for example, if you have a coupon for peanut butter but you don’t need peanut butter, you can go to this group and trade someone for a rice coupon, or an object you may need for your survival supplies.
Buy store brand items. In many cases, store brand foods are a lot cheaper than those more well-known brands. And in many cases, the manufacturer of the foods is the same, but the labels are unique.
If you find you still don’t have extra leftover money for food survival storage, then consider selling some of the items that you have around your home that you don’t need or no longer use and then put that extra money toward building up your food storage.
Another method you might try is simply setting aside a few dollars here and there and ordering bulk survival food supply kits online that are ready and packaged for you. This takes less time and effort and many of them have free delivery if you have Amazon Prime.