In case you haven't been paying attention we are in some serious trouble. Have you been to the grocery store lately? Prices have escalated to levels never seen before and all signs lead to even higher prices in the coming months and years.
Folks- it is time to re-evaluate our food situation. If for some reason you haven't already done so, now would be a good time to start stocking up your pantry. If you haven't thought about long term food storage I seriously think you should start. I cannot stress how serious this situation is becoming all across the country.
Just last month food prices rose 3.9 percent. That is just one month. The month before was almost as bad. According to the Labor Department this is the biggest gain since November of 1974. The increase of the cost of vegetables alone was almost 50% Bloomberg reported that coffee, sugar and cocoa prices will rise 50-100% by 2014. If those numbers doesn't freak you out I'm really not sure what will.
There are over 40 million people in the United States on food stamps. That is an incredible number and it is rising daily. It is a good representation of just how bad things are getting. People are finding that they cannot afford to eat the way they have in the past. There are more "meatless" meals being served. There are meals being skipped. Folks are going hungry. It is time for us all to take a really good look at what we can do to prepare ourselves for what is coming. It is no longer a matter of "IF" things are going to get worse. They most certainly ARE going to. So what can we do? How about getting up off our butts and getting involved in our own food storage plans. It can be a daunting task if you let it overwhelm you. Just don't let it. Get up, make it a priority.
Even FEMA suggests that you have at three day supply of groceries in case of an emergency. Personally I think that three days is not nearly enough. Of course it is a start but many emergency situations last much longer. For instance, we had a snow storm here this past winter. Nothing was moving. Even the mail delivery came to a screeching halt. Three days into it we had another huge snowstorm move through and the trucks couldn't make deliveries to the grocery stores. The local news reported that stores had run out of things like milk and bread. Because we were prepared this ended up being a "non-issue".
A few months ago I wrote an article (here ) about some of the things that I do to save money when I grocery shop. There are lots of valuable ideas that can help you while you are doing your shopping. This doesn't cover everything but it is a good place to start. There has been a huge resurgence of interest in gardening this year. It looks like some folks are finally waking up. I've heard that there are more people starting a garden this year than there ever has been before. You can save tons of money by growing your own vegetables. Not to mention the satisfaction that comes with it. You might be surprised at what all you can grow even if you don't have room for a big garden. There aren't to many veggies that can't be grown in containers. The cost is minimal. You need seeds, a place to put the seeds and a little bit of time.
Another thing that has been making a come back is home preservation of foods. Canning and dehydrating foods is easy. The hardest part is getting up off the couch and just doing it. There is a little cash layout to get started, but you have to remember that once you have the equipment, you will be using it for years and years. It will pay for itself in no time at all. There are even plans online to make your own dehydrator for next to nothing. Preserving foods like this can save you tons of money and is a super way to get your pantry stocked up for the long run. Not to mention how much healthier these foods are. You know exactly waht you are feeding your family.
I guess what I am trying to say is that if there ever was a need for having a well stocked pantry, that time is NOW. Make food storage a priority. Think of it as insurance against the rapidly growing rise in prices and the cost of feeding your family. I know that alot of you are already doing some or all of these things. For you guys (I'm talking to myself here as well) I suggest you pick up your tempo just a bit. What you buy today will only be more expensive tomorrow.
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