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by , 02-24-2009 at 07:53 AM (1339 Views)
I've been giving this alot of thought here lately. As you tell by my posts.

The more researching & reading that I've been doing, the more I realize that there seem to be phases that one goes through when 'stockpiling' or adding food for 'food storage'.

If you're a person like me, that never grew up around anyone who did food storage, or at least long-term food storage.
You really didn't have the foggiest idea where to begin, or how to even go about it.

This time last year, I had heard of mylar bags & oxygen absorbers, but hadn't researched how to go about storing food in them for our long-term needs.

This time last year, I would never have thought about going & buying a 50 lb. bag of rice.

I mean, I will admit that I always picked up a 'few extras' of the items that I knew my family would eat fairly quickly, but I never looked past a month away, much less 20+ years from now.

So, I digress.
The phases of food storage:
1. Picking up extras while an item is on sale.
2. Buying a case of an item, while on sale.
3. Picking up a 3 month supply, while on sale.
Extending that to a 6 month supply.
4.Then, before you know it, you might as well just buy 6 cases, 'cause you know that it has a 3 year expiration date & you know you'll now have enough to feed your family for an entire year.
5. Or you just shop at warehouse type stores & buy an entire case of something because it's so much easier to buy because it's nice, large containers or else it's all nicely shrink wrapped it'll be super easy to store or stack somewhere.
6. Now that we've gotten our everyday food stuffs covered for the entire year, you begin thinking longer term:2+ years or even longer still, 20-30+ years.
7. Now you begin buying buckets, ordering mylar bags & oxgen absorbers & looking into storing ideas to store all of those buckets of rice, beans, oatmeal, sugar, etc.
8. Then it's onto buying plywood to build a shelf out of the stacked 5 gallon buckets to conceal them all over your house, because you're entire downstairs is full of large shelving units holding your year's supply of food.

I've heard lots of reasons behind food storage, the biggest & best one?
Insurance against a 50% increase in the items you use everyday.

When, do you ask. do I expect this to happen?
I'm no fortune teller, but I honestly think that by 2012 things will be looking alot differently on our grocery store shelves.
If they don't? GREAT!!! That could be *the* best news that I will have heard in awhile, if there are no dramatic increases in our grocery prices in the next 2-3 years.
How wonderful will that be?
But, it's not likely.

Will items be increased by 50%?
Yes. I believe certain items that I buy regularly will be.
Would I much rather buy them at a discount rate right now?
Once my reserves are used up, will I then have to pay the 50% increase?
Hopefully not.

Hopefully most of those items, I will have had enough put aside that I can eat from those stores for the next 30+ years.

I haven't even started on my long-term storage to be quite honest.
I've bought 1-50 lb. bag of white rice & 2 bags that = 45 lbs. of jasmine rice.
Will I still be storing food 2 years from now?

Most defiantely.

I think that food storage, stockpiling, whatever you want to call it, is a ongoing process.
You can't just go out & spend $3,000.00 on a family of 4 for an entire year's worth of those dried/dehydrated long-term food storage 'sets' & put it away for long-term storage.

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, but you kinda gotta eat today, next week, a month from now, kwim?

But however you do it, whatever method that you find that works with you, your family, your finances.
Just find one, continue to tweak it along the way & continue adding items to your storage.

To be honest, I love looking at the pictures of bedrooms, basements, shelving stacked full of everyone's food.
It's cool to know that there are so many other people out there, going about their daily lives, but having food put away to care of their families long-term.

But I probably won't be one of them.
I just don't feel like I want people seeing into that part of my life.
I will most likely continue to post some of the items that I buy to add to my food storage (see, even the name has changed), but I've decided that putting it out there for the world to see, probably isn't the best idea for my family.

And, because I'm a very private person.
I just don't feel the need for people knowing what I store to feed my family, 'cause, well, it's entirely none of their business.

Just like what car I drive, what clothes that I choose to wear or how much debt I have.


Hope some of my thoughts speak to others here, I hope to hear comments that I'm not alone in my feelings & I hope, I really hope, that some of what I just rambled about will get someone else started preparing.

Have a GREAT day everyone!!!


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Updated 02-24-2009 at 08:59 AM by cheles2kids (To fix the many, many, many typos! Did I say, many??)



  1. craftypam's Avatar
    I have been stockpiling for years because my husband has a seasonal job. With the economy the way it is now; I'm saving alot of money because of the prices of things having gone up so much.
  2. cheles2kids's Avatar
    Craftypam, how did you go about getting into stockpiling?
    Was it something that you grew up around, just knowing how to do?
    Or did you just learn as an adult?

    I'm always fascinated by how people get started with this whole process.
    I find it really interesting to see how it all began.

    Thanks for posting!
    Updated 02-24-2009 at 09:01 AM by cheles2kids
  3. Debbie-cat's Avatar
    I started stockpiling last summer before the election. So many people said that the SHTF if Obama was elected and I just wanted to be prepared. Nothing happened of course, like I knew it wouldn't but then I started thinking well.....this can has gone up in price by .10 what will it have gone up in 2 years from now? That was when I started to get serious.

    Yes, we will be saving money by buying now. Yes, alot of produces might not be available in 2 years. Yes, it is NOT a waste of money as you can eat it! Yes, it is a good emergency plan if your significant other all of a sudden loses his/her job and you are done to one or no income! Homesteadmamma proved that when her hubby lost his job and they ate from their stockpile for a year! What would have happened if they didn't have that stockpile?!

    I too keep mine private. I don't believe anyone else should know about it. I encourage stockpiling to friends and family. Keep up the great work. One day you will be thankful.
  4. Cricketlegs's Avatar
    It doesn't bother me to share my info with frugal village because I keep my personal info private.

    I am kind of a shadow person so to speak.

    I just know that as I am learning I can help others learn too. I still have questions myself and I am sure when I finally get to a year there will be things that I would do differently.

    I also enjoy talking with other stockers, it keeps me going forward and learning.

    I have changed so many aspects of our day to day life from how I run my budget, homemade cleaners and soaps, how I cook and what we eat. Stockpiling is just a part of the total package.

    I worry about job security, food shortages, and inflation. All excellent reasons to put up food.

    As to what will happen after a years is put away, that remains to be seen.
  5. cspp04's Avatar
    I might be one of a very few FV's who doesn't stockpile. I keep a few things on a closet shelf because I can't fit everything into the one cupboard I have for food storage. But my tastes change drastically and I eat as much fresh food as possible. The only things I keep a few of around here are things like pasta sauce and toothpaste.
    As for sharing details of what we do, it's all a matter of choice. When we share what we do with others that have similar interests, we are encouraging the continuation of community. There's no right or wrong in what we choose to share though.
  6. cheles2kids's Avatar
    I just want to say thank-you to everyone who posted their personal experiences here.
    I'm sure that it will help someone else along the way.

    I completely agree with Cricketlegs about sharing how we go about stockpiling, even taking it as far as where we store it, where we've found some of the best deals, etc.

    But I definately think that there is a fine line between our process & putting it out there for the entire world to see what we have.
    I dunno. I don't really even 'talk' stockpiling with anyone other than here & one other forum, so in a real life scenario, no one would ever imagine that we are preppers.

    I've heard of people going so far as to make 3 or 4 trips into the same store and going through different cashiers, so as not to draw attention to themselves & what they are purchasing.
    To me, that's just called, paranoia.

    But to each his own, as I say.

    I appreciate everyone's points of view, their thoughts & opinions. I think a person learns much better by taking alot of different perspectives into consideration.
    Updated 02-26-2009 at 09:04 AM by cheles2kids