Not a Prepper? 4 Other Reasons to Store Food
Maybe the idea of prepping and storing food seems a little crazy to you. I would like to share 4 of my other top reasons to store food that don’t scream wacko!
It is easy enough to see the benefits of storing food in the case of an emergency. In fact, most of us witnessed first-hand the need to be more prepared during the coronavirus pandemic. Week-long power outages, snow days, hurricane shelter-in-place orders, and so on have the potential to affect many of us. But do the benefits of storing food extend further than the possibility of misfortune? Might there be situations less calamitous that we should consider?
Here are my top 4 reasons for storing food:
#1 Reason to Store Food: What’s for Dinner?
Let’s first explore the most mundane reason of all to store…the dreaded “What’s for dinner”? I cannot tell you how many times my food stockpile has come to the rescue when what I thought I was going to cook for dinner just didn’t pan out. Whether it be from a missing ingredient that I needed or perhaps not enough time to prepare what I hoped to make my emergency pantry saved the day. Now, I should mention that you are not technically supposed to touch your emergency food until it has been fully built to meet your food supply goals, but no one is looking if you occasionally pilfer the pantry. Just be sure to add the stolen good to your next shopping list.
#2 Reason to Store Food: Saving Money
For many the biggest reward in storing food is the is the financial gain. Savvy housewives know a good deal and stock up accordingly! Canned goods at Aldi, farmer’s market vegetables for canning, half a hog in the freezer; locking in a great price is almost as rewarding as creating your food storage! Perhaps money is tight at the end of the month in your household. It can be a relief to not have to buy groceries for a few meals and use your stored food to save money. You could certainly lean on your food storage in the unfortunate event of job/wage loss.
#3 Reason to Store Food: Long-term Investment
Another pragmatic benefit of food storage is investment! Perhaps you have funds in excess and would like to put it to use in something valuable and tangible. Our current economic trend is such that buying more now is valued over waiting to purchase later. Granted food is generally of a perishable nature, but there are certainly many items that can be purchased now that will most likely increase in value later. Freeze-dried foods and powders with a 25+ shelf life is definitely a long-term investment. Think outside the box and it won’t take long to make a list of daily items you use that could be purchased now to use later. I like to think of my food storage as another savings account. Consider setting aside a bit of money for pantry purchases instead contributing it all to a 401K or stock portfolio.
#4 Reason to Store Food: Give to Others
And finally, the most altruistic benefit of a food stockpile is to use it charitably. When you and your family are provided for it becomes easier to recognize and support the needs of others. A homecooked pantry meal after a neighbor’s hospital stay, a donation to a local school’s or church’s food drive, or a large donation of pantry staples to help a local family recover from a hardship will be a blessing indeed!
If you are interested in beginning your food storage, check out the 2 Week Emergency Supply for Beginners article I wrote.
I would love to hear from you if you have a situation that was improved by having food storage on hand!
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