Yes, yes I know, many of you are probably thinking this. I know that I personally, don’t want to take the time to make my own food storage. A) I can’t afford it, 2) I’ll never need it, D) My family has plenty at home. EXACTLY! Your family has plenty at HOME. Most of you reading this probably don’t live at home with your families right now. Therefore, you need at least SOME sort of teeny tiny food storage in your college apartment in case of an emergency. Our families have been counseled to have about a three month supply of food storage. This is quite unrealistic for most college students, so I found an article that gave four tips on how to have a frugal food storage. Exciting huh!! 🙂 Really guys, you’ll appreciate these things when a disaster strikes, I promise. The full article can be found here.
1. Store any storable food that comes from an unexpected source. For example, if friends or family invite you to dinner or bring in a meal to you, store the canned or packaged food items you would have used for that meal.
2. Set aside a small amount of money each week to buy staples such as pasta, baking ingredients, and paper products. You may be surprised at how quickly you can build up a supply of these staples for only a few dollars a week.
3. Learn how to bottle, freeze, and dry fresh foods. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can preserve small amounts of fresh fruits or vegetables when they are on sale at the grocery store.
4. Set goals for your food storage supply. Work toward a one-month supply, then a three-month supply, and so on. Be realistic.
Try new ideas until you find the ones that work for you. The important thing is to start now; don’t wait until you have more money, or you may never start.
You may look at your closet of food and see that you have plenty of canned foods, snacks, etc. But the important thing is to actually set aside the items you want to put in your food storage. Perhaps just put them in another cabinet in your apartment–this way you will realize that they are simply for food storage and you won’t use them on accident.
There we go! Now go grab that can of green beans and put it in a different cupboard to kick off your food storage frenzy! If you are interested in more serious food storage, you can check out this, this, and this.