In my last post regarding the state of our country, I wrote about the need for us to start preparing for troubled times ahead. One of my recommendations was that you begin building a food storage, if you haven’t already. I even went on to say that, in these times, I strongly believe that it is wiser to have food stored up than to have money in a savings account. If hyperinflation sets in, what good will your money be? None. It will take a wheelbarrow full of your paper money to buy one loaf of bread. And if you are to lose your job? Then, groceries would be one less thing you’d have to worry about paying for! Food storage is just a good idea.
You may not believe that hyperinflation could be a reality here in the United States, but let me share something with you. As part of my budgeting, for the past two years I’ve been keeping a spreadsheet of the cost of food at Aldi’s, so that I could sit down and calculate exactly what my grocery list would cost me. I adjust my spreadsheet as prices fluctuate. Well, looking at my spreadsheet I can tell you that just two months ago a can of green beans cost .39 cents at Aldi’s. Last month, that same can of green beans cost us .49 cents, a ten cent increase. And tonight, as I look over my receipt from our trip to Aldi’s a can of green beans now costs .59 cents… twenty cents more than it was just TWO months ago!!
Is the price increase do to seasonal demands? I don’t know. But that wouldn’t explain why the price of a box of Kool-Aid went up .18 cents in one week, now would it? There’s nothing seasonal about a pack of flavored sugar. Maybe it’s all coincidence. Maybe. But I don’t think so.
I see inflation subtly creeping in. Keep your own spreadsheets, watch how our prices are rising, see for yourself.
This is why we are feeling such a strong urge to prepare. This is why we are building up our food storage. We want to have what we need while we can still afford it. We want our dollar to buy the most it can while it still has buying power.
But having a food storage isn’t only wise in preparing for the possible collapse of our economy. What if for whatever reason trucks can no longer bring food into your local grocery store, and the shelves are suddenly wiped clean? What if your town is quarantined, or a natural disaster strikes? Do you want to have to rely on somebody else to feed your children? Not us. We don’t want to have to *hope* that we would be taken care of. We choose to prepare. We choose to survive.
But how much food should you store up? What all do you need? Well, the girls over at Food Storage Made Easy have some great tools to help you figure all of this out, including a Long Term Food Storage Calculator, which helps you estimate how much of something you’ll need for “X” amount of time.
We are, as quickly as we are able, building up a year’s worth of food. My husband has built shelves in his closet, to stack the food on. Our hallway coat closet is now for food storage. Our pantry and our cabinets hold food, as well as buckets of grains and legumes anywhere else we can hide them. We still have a long way to go, but we are striving towards a goal.
We may get funny looks, and even comments, from people who see us in Aldi’s pushing two shopping carts loaded down with canned foods and things, but we don’t care. We just joke that we have a lot of kids, or something silly, and then tell them that really we are buying what we can before prices go up any more. This usually brings a thoughtful expression to the other person’s face, and they respond by agreeing with these sentiments. I think it’s important to get other people thinking about being prepared as well.
We cannot simply hope that everything would work out for the best. Yes, we have faith. Yes, we pray and believe that the Lord is good, and that He will provide for us. But we also need to put feet to our prayers and do what we can to prepare for whatever may lie ahead.
I am reminded of the stories in the Bible where the Lord spoke to His people, warning them to store up food during the good years so that they would not go hungry when the bad years were upon them. Despite the spiraling situation our economy is in, we are still in a “good year”. I urge you to consider using your resources wisely in order to prepare for the “bad years”.