Tomorrow will come whether you are prepared or not.
Work first toward one month's supply,
then two and so on. The foundation should be wheat, salt, sugar, dry milk and vegetable fats. Stock up next on canned goods: meats, vegetables, fruits. Don't forget seasonings.
Take advantage of local Community or Church canneries where you can bring your own goods to can or you can buy food there and can it.
Watch for grocery store sales each week and buy extra.
You will soon get to the point where you can draw from your pantry for much of your weekly needs. At that point you can concentrate on stocking up on sale items.
You will soon find that your storage is growing quickly because you are getting more for your money with each trip to the store. As you acquire a comfortable supply of basic items, you can work towards variety.
Think ahead and plan.
Store water. If the water main breaks on your street and you are without water for just one day, you will soon realize how important it is. You should have enough drinking and cooking water for a few days. Calculate how much water it takes to flush the toilet once, and you will want to provide some for that as well. Rinse out your milk containers and store water. If you live in an apartment, store water under the kitchen sink and in the back corner of a closet. Try to keep two days supply of water: 2-3 gallons per person. That should cover you for most emergencies.
My mother said, "Waste not, want not." The pioneers had a saying, "Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."
Live below your means, stop buying "things" and take care of your belongings so you can afford to be obedient to the prophets words of warning.
Be wise today, so you will not fear the future and your family will not be found wanting in a time of need.
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