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I am noticing that I stockpile without meaning too . I am going to actively work on it when the money gets under control LOL. Once we are in a position that our regular grocery's don't take up the whole budget then we will start adding the extras. Coupons are helping to bring down the amount spent .
If you stockpile how do you work it into your budget?
The truth of the matter is food stamps provide a ridiculous amount. So right now a family of five living on $600 cash we get $700 in food stamps, So over 50% of our income has to be spent on food. Instead of being friviolus we try to be provident. I buy things when they are on sale and stock up because when DH goes back to work and the food stamps stop we are going to have to live on food storage, because the $700 cash will be needed for back bills.
Did you start with one or two items and build from there or did you have another plan?
I started with my three favorite foods, I was told if you know your husband was going to be out of work what would you want to have on hand to eat? Chocolate, Tomatoes, and Bacon. So First I bought coco powder, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup and finally eating chocolate. Next I bought diced canned tomatoes, sun dried in olive oil, planted tomatoe plants, a few gallons of salsa, Ketchup, spahgetti sauce, and tomato paste. Bacon was easier I buy it on sale $1/lb and freeze, then I buy the expensive bacon that I can collect bacon grease from, last I have bacon bits from Sam's club.
After i got my feet wet I made a big spread sheet of all the food I use and I guessed how much I needed for a year. Then I would buy enough to last as long as it is good, a year or how much I could easily store.
I don't stock pile. I have a weekly grocery budget for the things we need/use. Since I'm diabetic, canned fruits/veggies don't work well for me anyway, so 97% of the stuff I buy is and must be fresh. So we do fresh fruits, fresh veggies, meats I have 3 weeks or so worth on hand, but I don't consider that stockpiling. I only have one cupboard for canned goods and it's half empty. I tend to cook fresh foods rather than using canned and frozen stuff. So I go to the grocery store once a week and have a weekly grocery budget that I stick to.