Todd’s Note: I know that many of you who visit this site are seasoned preppers. This article is not for you. This article is meant as an introduction to getting someone to prepare with the basics of food, water and information. If you know of someone who is not a prepper, but could benefit from this information, please pass it along. We all know people that we care about who are not prepared, hopefully this article will show them the common sense behind it.
We do a lot to make sure that are families are safe and secure from all the craziness the world wants to throw at them! You talk to your family about safety and how to be careful in public. You purchase insurance just in case there is an emergency. You care about their education and if they will be successful. This list could go on and on. But what if there were a few more things that you could do, right now, that you haven’t thought of, to help make sure your family was better off in the near future. Would you do them? Do you want to know?
There is no doubt that everyone is “feeling” the economy. Going to the grocery store doesn’t buy what it used to. And, to make it worse, the weather in the US isn’t cooperating either. In the near future, we are going to see food prices go even higher. This isn’t doomsday fear mongering, this is fact!
A recent article and chart sited on CNBC mentioned to expect increases in grain, meat and even chocolate. Actually, increases, that is on top of what we are paying now, will be experienced across the board.
“Dinner is served, and with inevitable food cost inflation, consumers will want to pay more attention to grocery store prices this year.
According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture Consumer Price Index report, food prices are expected to increase by 1.25 percent to 1.75 percent, and food-at-home prices are predicted to increase by .75 percent to 1.25 percent. Meat, poultry, fish, fruits and vegetables will all see similar rises.”
To exacerbate the problem, Mother Nature is making sure we pay attention! The drought in California is going to affect prices too! Most Americans don’t realize all the food products that come from California. Rest assured that you will pay more for many fruits and vegetables and other food items.
Recently, Michael Snyder wrote:
“The state produces 99 percent of the artichokes grown in the US, 44 percent of asparagus, a fifth of cabbage, two-thirds of carrots, half of bell peppers, 89 percent of cauliflower, 94 percent of broccoli, and 95 percent of celery. Leafy greens? California’s got the market cornered: 90 percent of the leaf lettuce we consume, along with and 83 percent of Romaine lettuce and 83 percent of fresh spinach, come from the big state on the left side of the map. Cali also cranks a third of total fresh tomatoes consumed in the U.S.—and 95 percent of ones destined for cans and other processing purposes.
As for fruit, I get that 86 percent of lemons and a quarter of oranges come from there; its sunny climate makes it perfect for citrus, and lemons store relatively well. Ninety percent of avocados? Fine. But 84 percent of peaches, 88 percent of fresh strawberries, and 97 percent of fresh plums?”
Source: End of the American Dream
And for those of us Red Blooded Americans, more bad news:
“According to the Washington Post, the U.S. cattle herd has gotten smaller for six years in a row, and the amount of beef produced is expected to drop to a 20 year low in 2014…”
Source: The Organic Prepper
If you need more convincing, you can read a recent article (Jan. 20, 2014) on Breitbart, but the headline tells you everything you need to know – California Drought: Higher Food Prices, Fewer Jobs, Less Power.
My point in providing you all that data is that you can do some very basic, common-sense things that will help your family’s budget and give you Peace of Mind as your pay check has to work harder and harder for you.
Below you will find a common-sense action plan and links for more information on what you can do.
1. Buy Extra Food Now – Any food you buy now will cost less than when you buy it in the future. Think about it as an investment. Utilizing a “First In-First Out” method (rotation), you can make sure that your food doesn’t ever expire. But if you think you should toss something, make sure that it is “REALLY” expired! For info. on expiration dates – click here, here and here.
Don’t forget to use coupons, buy sales and plan your meals out. All these things will help your budget. For a great article on knowing when certain foods goes on sale – click here and here.
2. Store Some Water for Cooking & Hygiene – I bet the people in West Virginia, experiencing the issues with the leaked 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol in their water supply had extra water! Storing water is so easy and rarely requires spending money! Yes, you can purchase a new 55 gallon drum if you want. But, water storage is as simple as cleaning out used 2 liter bottles of soda or bottles of fruit juice (not milk jugs), filling them up with water and then putting them away somewhere out of sight! You can put a little bit of chlorine in each bottle and rotate it every 6 months if you want to. These plastic bottles are food grade and will last! For a good article on water storage – click here.
3. Stay Informed – It’s easy to veg in front of the TV every night and watch the junk the networks provide for you, it’s mindless and numbing. Staying informed requires a little bit more effort. But, you will then know what is going on in the world and not get side-swiped when the economy, food prices, water problems or anything else goes south. Find some news sources that you feel you can trust. It’s amazing how many people don’t realize what is going on outside their little world!
A little preparedness now, pays big dividends later!
If you are ready to learn a lot more about protecting yourself and your family, I have provided links to important topics below. These links will take you to a TAG CLOUD with a TON of information. Don’t get overwhelmed, just browse and checkout what you think you need. If you have any questions, leave a comment!
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There is no need to rotate stored water–I am so tired of reading this; just store water and get ready to purify when needed.
Geeze…why do people give this advise?
I actually agree with you. Water doesn’t go bad…unless the container wasn’t cleaned out a head of time. But for some people, it is hard to believe this. My intended audience for this article are those who have no clue about preparedness. Thanks for bringing this up!
Todd, this philosophy stems from idiots like my neighbor from Ca. that worked for the water dept. for 20 years.
He yelled at me as I filled my 30 gallon drums with house water that it would not be fit to drink; it only lasts 6 months.
I played along and told him I had a Berkey(yes, water clean lasts a very long time)and he yelled that even with a Berkey, water was not fit to drink…blah, blah!!!
I don’t speak to this idiot any longer, but my point is where would an employee of the water dept. get such ideas>??
Folks, we are drinking water that is millions years old –it ain’t made in a factory!!
This is the same man that made his wife use the paper towels and toilet paper he found hidden under the bed; he took THAT off the grocery list, she said!!!
Ron White says it best: you can’t fix stupid.