January 30, 2011

Best Food Storage to Buy in February 2011

The February focus is breakfast foods. To save money on food storage items in February, watch for sales leading up to Chinese New Year, the Super Bowl, Daytona 500, Valentine's Day, and President's Day. Or other holidays in your country. This is National Canned Food month, National Hot breakfast month, and American Heart month.

The February List
STEP 1: 3-Month FOOD STORAGE SUPPLY - Breakfast Foods
(Suggested amounts are for 1 adult)
CL = case lot sale, WM = Walmart, LDS = available at LDS Home Storage centers
LT 30 YR= Long-Term shelf life if stored properly. Consider storing a year's supply.

1. Decide on a monthly food storage budget
2. Choose a few items from the list that you want to focus on
3. Multiply list amounts by # of family members. Adjust amounts and items for younger children
4. Each week look at your grocery store ads for items on sale that match your goals
5. Carry your list with you, or put it on your cell phone notepad

FOOD ITEMS
Cereal/Instant oatmeal, etc. 6 boxes or 6 lbs.
Muffin mix 1 box
Pancake mix 2 lbs.
Pancake syrup 32 oz.
Powdered eggs 1/2 #10 can (LT 15 YR)

NON-FOOD ITEMS
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Floss

72-HOUR KIT (pp)
Emergency contact list
Feminine items
Razor

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
AM/FM portable radio
Latex medical gloves
Assorted band aids
Rolls of gauze
Food storage book (used at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble)

AUTO EMERGENCY KIT
Detailed map of area
Toilet paper roll
Plastic trash bags

STEP 2: DRINKING WATER Store a 2-Week Supply of drinking water, which is about 14 gallons per person. If you've already started this, continue to add to your supply. For drinking, that is about 4x24 ct. cases of 16.9 oz. bottles per person. You may need more for hygiene and cooking which you can store in other containers. Always keep stocked up on water. You can't live without it.

STEP 3: FINANCIAL RESERVE
Each week add some money to an emergency fund. Decide on a do-able amount and set up weekly transfers from checking to savings. Or put aside your loose change in a jar. Whichever way you choose to save, use it only for emergencies.

PREPAREDNESS GOALS
1. Learn to bake bread or a new bread recipe.
2. Get a physical.
3. Copy important papers

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