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I always have a cupboard full of dry, canned & frozen food. I think this is something I learned at my mother's knee. She canned, dried, jammed, pickled & froze everything she could. She was the youngest child, was born during the Depression & grew up during the war. Her parents were retired when she was in high school so she learned economy. I canned everything until I became single & found I just didn't NEED to do that anymore. I still can tomatoes but prefer to eat my fruit & veggies fresh. I always have cereal, rice, pasta, dried veggies, canned fish, dried pork fluff, dried sausages,canned milk, chicken broth, juice, flour, beans, dried mushrooms, soup, canned tomatoes & whole grains in the cupboard. Frozen veggies, whole berries, chicken breasts, stewing hens, creme cheese & fish are in the freezer. I can eat out of my pantry & fridge for a month easily except for fresh dairy, fruits, veggies & meat. I'm a Contractor & get paid sporadically November thru February. February is a brutal month for me because I'm still working but no one has the money to pay me - so I've learned to stockpile everything to carry me till March!

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My cupboard is getting pretty bare. Very few canned goods left. Still have some pasta and stuff in the freezer that need to get used up. I have started buying some of the raw food staples that I want to transition to.

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2/10/11 8:32 A

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Yes, we have 2 small freezers.Plus1 big one that was left from the former owner. Small ones are full, working on the big one. Also have a pantry cupboard that's full.

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actually I am working in reverse. I'm trying to use up what I have, and once that is done, I hope I am transitioned over to eating mostly raw foods. I am actually seeing some bare space in my cupboard and using up things that have been around for quite awhie. The freezer still has alot in it though, so it'll be awhile before I get that used up. Mostly I just buy produce....and chocolate. Lol

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I know have about a weeks worth... slowly but surely

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Im in the process of starting my stockpile dont know where to begin though....

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If I planned carefully, we would make it for a month. I would have to ration. Some days, our protein source would have to be eggs. I have some legumes on hand. We could have some meals of rice and beans.
This time of year, I am trying to use up what is in the freezer so that I can freeze berries this summer.

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I don't know that I have a full month's worth, but I certainly have more than I need right now...especially considering my teenager's pickiness. He'll just have to get over it as we are not going to move food 3 states away this summer. My freezer (I have the fridge/freezer as well as a 7.5cuft stand-alone freezer) is full. The meat supply is finally dwindling...this is good because we are eating more meatless or less meat dishes. I had way too much cereal that was not getting eaten so I gave that to my brother for the 2 little kids. I have tons of tomato products so I can always make pasta sauce.



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4/5/10 6:59 A

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I've been thinking about starting more of a pantry (actually small storage rooms full of food) like my grandmothers used to have. Of course they used to can their own food but I could just lay in extra supplies.

Has anyone done this with family members who have allergies or food restrictions? My DH is allergic to soy and nuts (great sources of protein) and one daughter doesn't eat meat and might not unless truly close to death herself.

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Time to start buying supplies and canned goods a little at a time again. Hurricane season is coming soon.

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i am going to attempt a garden this year.....so we'll see what happens

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Have been wanting a stand up deep freeze again since I moved into a townhouse so planning on Spring cleaning and gutting out the garage to make room for one. Also entering an annual kids swap selling the kids old clothes which'll give me some money for one. Geez, food or clothes those kids are costing me! Lol. But great idea to plan ahead cause one just never knows.

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I have a year's supply, purchased at bargain prices.

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We have two freezers and a pantry, so we have a definite supply of food, but I think it's time to concentrate on using what we have before spending the $ to stock them up again!

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I have a bread maker that I plan on finally using this year (I have had it now for 2 years).....


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I am going to try out that dried banana recipe tonight. We don't really have much food stocked up, but I would like to start. We need to invest in a chest freezer so we can store our meat and beable to freeze meals for the future. I am getting a pressure cooker from my dad soon so we can start canning! Excitement!

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I am almost embarrassed to say this when there are so many that have so little, but I have at least 6 months of food in my 2 chest freezers and pantry.

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I'm trying to use up things in my pantry and buy healthier food instead...but my husband keeps coming home with BOGOs. I'm doing a good job avoiding those packaged convenience foods.

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3/13/10 7:35 P

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I'm still working on using up my stock. I cleaned my freezer and refrigerator good today, so now I know exactly what's in the freezer.

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Well I restocked freezer and pantry well pantry was still only half empty but it is full again. See how long I can make it last.
I went Vegan on March 1 but my DH is still big time meat eater, my son eats meat a few times a week. So I had to spend $ on meat which is expensive but I lucked out the local store had a 1 day meat sale so I got a lot for my $ this time.

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I am currently using up a lot of the stuff that I had bought in bulk (last year) before it expires....But other than that I always have at least 2 months of food available.....

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I'm spending as little as possible right now, so eating what I already have has become a priority. I am also trying to use up meat out of my mom's freezer before it goes to pot. She is not a meat eater, but still buys like she did when my Dad was living, and my brother was at home. She is doing much better about it now, but there is still a deep freezer that is full of items she will use rarely.

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We were never big meat eaters to begin with. But, with the economic downturn, we have since gone to a Fexitarian diet (mostly vegetarian) diet.

I eat alot of different kinds of beans w/ brown rice, quinoa, peanut butter, tofu etc. I took up a challenge our church had to eat nothing but rice, beans, and water for 7 days. It was to raise awareness on hunger. What I found was, I wasn't hungry.

So, I started eating down my pantry. I DO have a pantry stocked with rice, dried beans, quinoa, peanut butter, flour, whole wheat pasta, onions, potatoes etc. but, VERY few processed foods. Broths are homemade and put in the freezer. When we DO have meat, we'll roast a whole chicken (45 minutes in the convection oven. It's a beautiful thing) And, we'll eat on that for more than a week and then make broth.

I started making the broth because I couldn't find ONE canned broth that didn't have sugar of some kind in it and, my husband has to avoid added sugars.

Dried beans are easy to make in the Crock-pot. I make big batches and freeze them.

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Well I made 6 weeks w/o regular grocery shopping I only bought milk, eggs, fresh veggies, you know the weekly needs which was only $20- $30 per week. Much better then the usual $100+ weekly.
I'm thinking I am going to have to go soon getting low on flour & spices and deep freeze is almost empty so I'll defrost it and start over. It was wonderful to be able to carry all my groceries in the house in 1 trip.

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Have staples for one or two months, fresh foods weekly.

Can't wait to start gardening either. Have had garden for years, but new house is in new development on clay so will be doing raised beds!

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We usually always have a months worth of food my teenager would say not b/c his snacks need replaced weekly but for the most part we could make it. In fact DH & I decided to use our usual grocery budget $ for Feb to start our garden (fencing and raised beds). We live in limestone mountain area so to keep animals out I need fenced in & can't really dig up anything so have to have raised beds. I can't wait to garden again.

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I usually always keep at least two months supply of food available but due to shortage of funds I am running low on meat for the first time since I got laid off back in '06-'07....I did not get a raise '08 but did in '09.....but it still does not help all that much with the price of everything going up faster than my income.....That is why I am known as the "Coupon Queen" at work........

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at the end of summer, we bought a freeaer full of meat for about $2.50 a pound (easily half the price of the grocery store) so for that, we are good for about a year. Packaged goods, we are good for about a month. Husband would like to increase that though.

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I'm thinking of giving away a lot of my "soup stock" to my brother. I've gotten into making lower-sodium soup for myself out of fresher ingredients. He's a fan of the canned variety :)

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I have extra food around at this time of year.
I really have enough excluding bread and milk for a month I would say.
My freezer isn't full but is 3/4 full.
I think where I am in cold climate and snow fall keeps me inside sometimes for a few days that I tend to store up food. But it does tie up your money , and
it isn't often that I really have been house bound for any long periods.
So perhaps I am overdoing it with having too much on hand after all , things can go out of date.
and if you need something other than food, you can't really barter to get it with food lol emoticon

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We have about a 3 month supply.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
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Hey Demi. You could start storing food in shoe boxes under the bed. Ha! He would never think it's weird to put shoes there. Ha! Although he may start getting on you about spending so much on shoes. :-)

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I keep my flour in the frig. I tend to stockpile for Christmas, so some in the freezer some in the frig!

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I try to make dinner for less then $10 for a family of four
times r tuff so we dont have any xtra stored

and on off beat question how can you keep flour from going bad after it has been opened

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Yes, I take advantage of sales and use my crockpot at least 4 times a week to cook ahead for the freezer emoticon

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Very kind and generous of you, to help the hapless dust bunnies!! lol!! We have some very healthy ones around here, too.

I told my hubby that I wanted to store food under the bed. He looked at me like I had been sniffing the rubber cement. lol!! So I will give it a few weeks for him to mull the idea over, then I will bring it up again. That method has worked in the past. :)

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Sounds like a good enough place as any. Might as well use that space for something. I use mine to collect my dust bunnies. Ha! I have a pretty big family of them that I have adopted. HA!

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Hi, TEEBOP! You mentioned ramen noodles...oh, we have no lack of them here! DH couldn't live without ramen noodles under the best conditions, let alone a power outage, etc. :)

And DEMI, I've heard of people storing food and water under their beds. Sounds like a good use of space to me.

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Teebop, I am glad to see you, I had been wondering where you had gone!!

April, I am with you, my biggest problem if we lost power would be with perishables. I think that I am going to start stocking up and storing food under the bed. There isn't much under there, and I don't have anywhere else to stockpile. Is that a weird idea?

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I seem to be late on this topic. I haven't been very active on Spark in a year.. logging food from time to time...BUT I am going to be better. I really miss being on here. I really need this team as well.

We definitely have a months supply of food. Although at some point we may be stuck with Ramen Noodles every meal. Ha! We don't really have too often that we are unable to get out of the house. Every once in a long while may some heavey snow.

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I went back to the very first post by ANGORA4 on this thread. She refers to this link among others. www.fema.gov/pdf/library/f&web.pdf

The biggest risk where I live is wind storms and power outages. Perhaps an occasional blizzard. Unlikely that we would have to evacuate unless it was a tornado.

I have enough supplies for a several of months if the freezer is working. Without the freezer, we would run out of meat in a few days. I have about 4 cans of ravioli, soup, cereal & crackers if we would have a power failure.



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This is a massive digression from the topic, but it was actually pretty funny... The first time she asked me if I had considered having my tonsils out. The second time she said, "Can I go ahead and make that EMT appointment for you?" The third time she said, "When did you say your surgery was scheduled?"

Or, at least, it would have been pretty funny if I hadn't felt so bad.

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When I was in my early twenties, I had several bouts of tonsillitis in one year.

But strep three times in *one month*?? Yep, I think I'd be hounding my doc for a tonsillectomy at that point! Glad you'll never have to go through that again, Demi - whew!!

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LOL - Ethel, I appreciate you ascribing that to my good nature, you are very sweet for that. But no, it is really that I am too cheap to bear the thought of them spending all that money on fast food.

And no, you don't want to go through a tonsillectomy in adulthood, it was awful!! But when you have strep three times in a month and a half, it is time to yank those suckers!! :)

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A year! That's great, Joe!

Demi, I'll bet they were so grateful you had everything all ready for them - they didn't even have to go to the trouble of going out and foraging for not-so-healthy fast food. (And bless your heart! I would not have liked to have undergone a tonsillectomy in adulthood. I hear it's rougher on adults than kids... Glad that - and the strep - are all over for you!)

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Ethel, that is a great point that I hadn't thought of! I know that when I was down with multiple bouts of strep, then a tonsillectomy, hubby and the boys didn't eat near as much fast food as they might have if I hadn't had lots of canned and frozen food ready.

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We like to keep a year supply of food.

my favoite quote has to be:" IF IT IS TO BE,IT STARTS WITH ME" This applies more now than ever.

I know that all I have or will have comes By way of the Lord Jesus!

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Another good reason to have that extended food supply, I think, is just in case schools and offices are closed due to a severe flu outbreak. So many reasons to have extra on hand, and a good supply of it...

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Yes we do. We keep plenty of canned food and pasta in the pantry

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Cerriden, that is why I always have tried to stay stocked on food, is in case someone loses a job. Now, hubby's work has dried up, I am thankful that we had extra food on hand!!

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I always keep at least a month of food on hand...I have been laid off before & having this supply helped to keep us feed.....

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So helpful to read all the creative, resourceful ideas here! I'm really impressed!

I store some canned goods in a basement pantry and have a good deal in the freezer, so we may have about three months' worth of food. If we get heavy snow this year, I won't worry too much.

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Yes, we have some. Only now buying perishable foods (e.g. milk, eggs, bread, veggies, fruits etc.)

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Yep, I do the same thing. If it is a great deal, I usually buy three and freeze two. If it isn't a great deal, I may not buy it at all. lol!!

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Way to go!!!!! We also shop the sales and plan menus that way, instead of the shopping around the menus.
Saves quite a bit. I stock up on many items and
have quite a "larder" as my Mom would say. emoticon emoticon

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We have a lot of canned beans. , dried lentils barley and brown rice. We could survive for a month on it probably but I am in the process of making an inventory and a plan in case of food shortages and to have abundance to share with those who may need it. I buy sales and work menu plan around those along with seasonal produce from our garden.

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I truly believe that smart spending/saving/consuming habits are one of the best gifts you can give to your children and grandchildren. :)

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Yes. Plus now it the canning and freezing of the harvest from the co-op garden that I share with my
daughter and her neighbor. So, soon there will be more than a month's supply. Trying to be more and more frugal and pass on the habit to my daughter and grandchildren. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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not even close

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Yep, hence why I need to eat what I have and not buy!

I'm just not giving up on me. I will never stop trying to be healthy, no matter my failures and shortcomings.



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I don't stockpile. Well, not anymore, since the kids are away for College. Americans are so blessed. There is a general policy(?) of "one day, one eat" here. There was one time our entire city was flooded and we couldn't leave our compound. With this emergency, we just did the best we could and shared whatever was in the house. Somehow, it was more than enough. Made me think of the Miracle of the 5 loaves and fishes. God is Good! :)

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Well, it was just as easy to make multiple batches as it is to make one batch. So I figured how much I had in plastic jugs and made enough to fill those. Although it may not last quite 6 months though since I have been exercising again and have been washing more clothes because of that. But it'll still be pretty close I think.

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Made 6 months of laundry detergent? That gives a whole new meaning to "batch cooking!" I love it!! :)

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I'm still pretty bare bones on the pantry, I still have meat in the freezer though, and I think that I will probably only buy as needed for awhile longer yet, at least until I get a few more bills paid off, then I will have more money to put towards a food budget. I did make double the amount of laundry detergent this last time I made it though and that will last me about 6 months or so.

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A lot of us tend toward stockpiling... I would do more of it if I had room. But I was looking through my pantry and I do probably have 1-2 months of food, excepting fresh veggies & fruit, and stuff that the kids plow through like breakfast cereal.

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Yes............ Some things anyway:

Meats = 1 month
Canned Goods = 3 months
Boxed Dry Goods = 4 months
Condiments = 1 year
Bottled or Canned Drinks = 2 months

I am a stockpiler, I buy extras of items I find on sale for pennies on the dollar or free so my stockpile is constantly changing. One week I may have 40 boxes of cereal and another week I may have 20 cases of soda. It just depends on what I can get utilizing coupons and sales. ( I even have a stockpile of a year's worth of health and beauty products.) We don't have a lot of money so I get what I can when I can. :)

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I have a 6 to 10 week stockpile of all dry and canned goods. I tend to buy my meats fresh since it is just me and the hubby. luckily he is a lite eater!

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We invested in a chest freezer last year for that reason too. Even tho the food tastes much fresher when freezing, it doesn't last as long. That's why I freeze and can my veges.

A big mistake I make when freezing meats is that I leave the store wrapping on it instead of wrapping it in freezer wrap. I've had quite a few get freezer burn that way.




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always....I have a freezer in my garage for 'long term' freezing

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Yep. And I am all about fitting more in the freezer. :)

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You can also fit more in the freezer that way too.

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Speaking of freezing food... Ya'll may already know this, but if not, it is good info.

When freezing food, put it in a slightly larger bag, and spread it out and flatten it, then put it in the freezer. Making the food thinner like this allows it to freeze faster, so it will taste fresher when you take it out and thaw it. As an extra bonus, it will thaw faster, as well.

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I am visiting a friend and she showed me how the vacuum seal thing works. It seems like a great investment! Foods would last a lot longer in the freezer and not get freezer burn that way.

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Yes that's one that I would highly recommend. It makes freezing foods very quick and easy. I think it comes with 4 bags. The bags are inexpensive too. I have the quart size ones but I think they also come in pint and gallon size.




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Thanks for telling us about the hand vac thingies, I have always wondered about them! But if they are that good, I may need to invest in one!!

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Hi everyone! I do buy food for the month, I think buying in bulk saves me money, plus time having to run back and forth to the store. Also when I shop I make out a list with all the sales at the different stores and cut out coupons, the off I go. Sometimes I will go to up to 5 stores to get the best deals on what I need, but I get it all done in one day and I save a bunch of money.

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I have one of those reynolds handheld things! I love it! If you all don't have one you should get one, they make things last so much longer and they are cheap and easy to use. I would like to do more canning and I have never used a pressure canner either, I am hoping to come across a used one that somebody is getting rid of.

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No I do not have a month supply of food but it is a work in process. I have a small chest freezer that I am gradually filling with food. I am also building up my dry goods. I am hoping by the end of the month to have a month supply of food accumulated.

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I make a menu every month for 25 days of meals. I buy everything that we need (that is not perishable) for the month and then when I go to the store all I am buying is fresh fruits and vegetables and milk.

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Hi all! emoticon I'm slow to catch up on threads but this one is so interesting I decided to jump in. I always buy the extra sales when shopping.

I grow a garden every year and either freeze or can my produce. Freezing is the fastest and easiest but canning lasts much longer. If you can't get a big food-vac sealer and want to freeze foods, then pick up the Reynolds hand held food-vac. Reynolds came out with this a year or so ago and it is FANTASTIC!!! You find it in the aisle with the plastic bags. It is very economical and works GREAT!

I use the waterbath canning method. The only drawback to that is I cannot can soups or meats. A pressure canner is next on my adgenda so that I can do those. They say that you're not supposed to use foods after a year but I've used canned foods 2+ years after and they are just as good. I have even baked bread in the wide mouth jars and it turned out great.




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I buy lots of fresh and organic food, so coupons aren't a big help for me, but now that the produce stands and farmers markets are gearing up, I will do much better.

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I have enough to feed my family for about 30 days. I would need to get perishables (milk, fresh fruits etc). My freezer is well stocked for the next month or so. I go shopping big once a month when my local store has double dollar coupon days. They let you double $i.00 coupons with 4 coupons from the sales flyer. I have a huge notebook filled with coupons and love looking at those flyers to match sales to coupons. I shop small the rest of the month as needed and stock up on sale items. Yesterday I saved over 80.00 off my food bill with sale items and coupons. I was able to use a store coupon from buying cereal during a previous trip. The savings from this trip went towards paying a little extra on a credit card.

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I am going through my coupons tonight so I can build a menu and make some great purchases for the next few weeks and some to put back in my back-up supply.

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Chrissie - "Cheap" is a compliment around here!! We are all for ways to be cheap, or thrifty, or smart shoppers, however you want to say it! :)

I would like to learn to can, but I don't have the storage space. I was thinking about whether I could find some way to build a weatherproof bin in my crawlspace... but we have real repairs to make before that. :)

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I am LDS and our church says we should have a years worth of nourishment and water for our family at any time. Especially during hard times. If you lose your job or a disaster and for other reasons as well. We are taught to can food as well as encouraged to garden.

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Amen to that Chrissie

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I loved the dehydrating tips!

I always shop ahead. Except for staples, we could last a month without shopping. I collect coupons from friends and family, watch the ads, and buy everything when it's on sale. I typically save $40 per large shopping trip. I can't remember the last time I went shopping and didn't use coupons. This may sound a bit cheap but I'm an at-home mom and I look at saving money as my "job". In todays economy, it's really difficult living with three people on one income.

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LOL - They tend to bring up all kinds of great ideas that I have never thought about!! :)

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Thanks for the great ideas on drying. I never really thought about it.

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Wow, thank you very much!! I was just going to Google it, I appreciate that!!

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