Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Building A One Month Preparedness Pantry ... part 6

You can read previous posts HERE along with an explanation of why I'm doing this series HERE. 

In this post we're going to wrap up this series talking about food. I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this as building and maintaining a well-stocked pantry is what A Working Pantry is all about.  

Let me just say this, we saw many people and distributed food boxes to many people who did not have food due to the after effects of Hurricane Matthew.  Some of it was not preventable, most of it was.

Keeping a well-stocked pantry will prevent you from having to live on junk food or whatever else you can find that doesn't have to be cooked until help arrives.  

How long could your family survive on your current food pantry?  Would your family be among those who were helping provide food to others or would your family be among those waiting for someone to help them?

The difference could very well lie in whether or not you have a well-stocked pantry? A well-stocked pantry along with the other things we've talked about in this series would enable you to weather most natural disasters, which is what this
series has been all about.

I hope this series has been benefical to you and that you can take the things I've shared and learn from them.

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  1. Hi Patsy, thank you for all you do to help us learn. Today was the first day I've been out of the house in 2 weeks and the first time I've bought groceries since Christmas. We've had quite the winter here in Central Oregon. We've had a few feet of snow on the ground for about a month. Freezing rain on top of that and more snow and now we're warming up for a few days and will be freezing at night and then back to freezing temps again. We've had schools closed almost a total of 2 weeks, longer than I can ever remember in the last 50 years. We've had crews up on all the school roofs cleaning them off for the last week after a school roof collapsed as well as several other buildings. In all this time I've been thankful that I had a full pantry and could stay home and enjoy seeing the beauty and not be in peril. I'm thankful that I started on this frugal journey about 2 years ago. I've always been frugal but I've worked hard to fill my pantry at the best prices I could. My husband's hours were unexpectedly cut the beginning of December and will continue through winter. I was glad that I didn't rob Peter to pay Paul and overspend at Christmas. Instead I used the cash I had saved. I'm thankful for all I've learned through you and the other wonderful ladies. I'm also thankful for my Heavenly Father that is always aware of my needs.

    1. Melody, your post just makes my heart sing! This is why I do what I do! Thank you so much for sharing ... hmmm ... I hesitate to tell you but our temps are in the 70's. We are having a non-winter winter!

  2. You must have read my mind, Patsy - I was going to ask you if you could post some photos of your pantry. I find looking at pictures like that so inspiring :-) Thank you!

  3. Patsy, I resonate with Melody's post as I am about 2 1/2 hours from her. We have been having the same weather here in Portland Or. I have been able to also eat out of our pantry for the duration of this winter snowstorm. I did have my hubby take me to the store for fresh fruit and coffee and just to get out of the house.
    I'm thankful for my frugal skills and my pantry.
    I always learn something from your blogs. Thank you for what you do.

  4. I'm like Allegra, I love your pantry pictures of all your canned goods!! (Sometimes I even google "pantry pictures" because I love seeing everything all lined up on the shelves...I know that's probably weird! Lol). Thank you for all you do to inspire the rest of us. I am trying to have a no spend January. I did budget $50 for anything I might need like milk etc. however, I've only spent $20, and that was at Sam's club, I got 2 or 3 things that just happened to be a good price. Since I was there I went ahead and got them. No sense missing out on the best price for something I would buy anyway and would save gas going to get it another time. I am one of those strange people who actually likes to grocery shop, or I guess I like finding the best deals. So I have missed that a little, but I'm also loving just "shopping" my pantry and freezers. It is an awesome feeling to stand back and look at the stockpile the Lord has blessed us with. I pray that we always use it humbly & wisely and also bless others with it. Again thanks for the inspiration!!

    1. Vicky, Thank you for your sweet words of encouragment! Those no spend periods really test our will power sometimes don't they????

  5. Such great advice. This is a wonderful series. I hope you'll share it at The January link party. Come over and link all your posts!
    Enjoy your day!

  6. I love seeing your pantry as well! Also the ladies stories above.
    In our town we keep having big storms and today traffic lights were out. I don't have to go out and risk it I can stay home. Hopefully I could do that for a good long time if needed. Many thanks

    1. Annabel, so thankful you are prepared! Stay safe!


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