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Friday, July 31, 2009

Food Storage without going broke

Here are some really great tips and suggestions that will help you reduce spending and free up money you already have so you can get the food storage items you need.

Change your grocery shopping habits. You will be amazed how much money you can save each week if you follow this rule. Eliminate buying name brands if a generic brand is available, purchase name brands only on sale, and if possible use a coupon. Additional savings on groceries can be obtained if you first prepare a menu, then create a shopping list, and buy only what is on the list. Leave your kids at home when you shop, and resist impulse purchases. Eat basic wholesome foods, and avoid prepared boxed mixes.

When it comes to food storage, store what you normally eat and eat what you store. If you have to eat foods you are not used to during a stressful emergency you will become even more stressed.

Do not pay full price for anything. Watch for sales, and shop at second-hand stores, flea markets, garage sales, and swap meets. You will be surprised at the great deals you can land for a fraction of the price you would spend on new items.

Attend "dollar movies" or rent videos, instead of paying full price for a theater ticket.

There are many ways to reduce spending on entertainment and save a great deal of money. Have family fun nights at home playing games or having activities that do not have a cost.

Reduce driving to save on expensive gas prices. Stay close to home as much as possible.

Have a meeting with your family and use these examples to begin a discussion of ways to save money. Once you get everyone talking and thinking you will come up with many more ways to save money that can be used to help you accomplish your food storage goals.

Financial preparedness is an essential part of any preparedness plan. Once your finances are in order, other areas of preparedness will fall into place.

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