There are many reasons for storing food. Lots of good reasons for food storage.
Unfortunately, most people don’t pay attention to food storage. Don’t let that be you. Here’s a list of practical reasons why you need food storage. Read them and let me know if you agree. Got more to add?
Why Do We Store Food?
What Are The Reasons for Storing Food?
One of the most practical reasons for storing food is convenience. Build up your own “mini mart” of sorts. It sure is convenient to simply go to your “deep pantry” area and pick out what you might want for dinner, for example. Seriously, that’s a great reason all by itself. It’s convenient.
Food storage enables a feeling of independence. It just happens. That’s probably because of subconscious assurance that you have plenty of extra. Naturally, anything that you do towards a bit more self-reliance will result in a bit more independence. It’s a good feeling. Food storage = peace of mind.
Because The Ants Do
“In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest…”
[ Read: Are you an Ant or a GrassHopper ]
Food Price Inflation
Food prices always go up over time! And sometimes rapidly and significantly! Food Storage is nearly always a good investment for your household. The more food you buy now, the less you will pay in the long run when prices are higher. Store what you normally eat. Eat what your store.
“The price per serving goes way down when you buy in bulk. Massively so. Bottom line – it’s more economical, especially when you cover the basics like bean, rice, wheat, salt, spices, etc. used in many recipes.”
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With An Existing Food Storage, You Can Wait To Buy “On Sale”
Here’s a secret: One of the beneficial financial reasons for storing food: When you have accumulated a decent amount of stored food (a deep pantry, full chest freezer, dry goods, etc.., basically your own mini grocery store), then you will have the luxury of (mostly) buying only when something’s on sale.
How’s that? Well, if you mostly eat foods from your stored food inventory, you won’t be forced to grocery shop for “needs”. Your needs will already be in your home. Thus, you can be picky about your shopping – buying items when on sale, etc..
Hunger Is A Motivator
A commenter here on the blog once said, “I have been hungry before. It was not a good feeling. I still remember that feeling today.” ” I try to make sure that never happens to me again. ever… “
Crop Failures | Large Scale Agriculture
We rely on big agriculture, corporate farming. There are times when major weather shifts will decimate crops or greatly reduce output. What happens next? Prices will go up on those products while availability goes down.
Systemic Risk of “Just-In-Time” Delivery
‘JIT’: ‘“Just In Time”‘ delivery: It’s pretty much how all distribution works these days. Basically there is zero extra inventory in stores (including grocery stores). If this is disrupted (for any number of reasons), there will be shortages. So this is a systemic risk.
Weather Event PANIC
Severe Weather Events: People preemptively freak out right before a forecast weather event (snow storm, hurricane, etc.). They flock to the grocery stores to clear out the shelves. Why? Probably because they don’t have more than a day or two of food! This is another reason for storing food…so you don’t have to be part of that crowd.
Weather Event – Actual Disruption
Stranded at home. A major snowstorm, ice-storm, flooding, hurricane, (fill in the blank) can leave you stranded at home for awhile. It may leave people isolated for days or even a week or more! Power and utilities are often damaged while roadways and distribution is affected (availability of food & supplies). Severe weather is one of the common reasons for storing food — for preparedness.
Sick, Injured, Recovering at Home
Unable To Leave Home: You might become sick. Maybe a health issue or injury has you home-bound for awhile. You will be glad that you have at least a minimal food storage and one less thing to worry about!
You Lose Your Job: It’s not unheard of to lose one’s job. Expected or unexpected. With no more paycheck, if you’ve built up a food storage supply it will be one less expense to deal with until you get back on your feet.
Drop in Income
Your Income Drops: It happens. For whatever of the many possible reasons, if you are suddenly faced with reduced income (maybe you retire, a pay cut, your spouse loses a job) – storing food in the house will be a relief.
A reader here said, “I learned from experience! We had a financial crisis. It taught me…if I hadn’t had a deep pantry we wouldn’t have eaten.”
For Those Reliant On EBT
(EBT) is an electronic benefit transfer system that allows state welfare departments to transfer money. Lots of people are on it, and I’m not judging here. For those who rely on this assistance, you can (and should) be smart with grocery purchases. There is cheap food available that could be added to a food storage. Forgo some of the more expensive products to make that happen. Just suggesting.
[ Read: How to Prep when you’re Broke ]
Just look what happened with Covid. Shortages! First the TP, then more and more foods. When people notice a shortage of something, they will buy more of that something the second they see it on the shelf. Quickly the supply chains are disrupted. Basically all of our food comes from a complicated supply chain. A pandemic will directly affect that.
Earthquake: For those who live in earthquake country, do yourself a favor and build up emergency food storage. The “big one” is going to happen. You don’t know when. It could be tomorrow. Building and infrastructure damage could bring an entire region into shutdown.
The follow-on effects of “terrorism” could be bad enough to limit movements and travel. The reasons for food storage are many. And this is just another one…
Prices go up as the uncertainties of war pressure the markets. The price of oil puts price pressure on everything, including food. You know that food prices will not go down. Rumors of war? Yet another reason for food storage.
Financial Economic Meltdown
Economic collapse of the current financial system could lead to a domino effect bringing down the entire system. If bad enough it could lead to an era similar or possibly worse than the Great Depression. Buy food storage now, while you can afford it.
Societal Chaos Being Triggered In Urban Areas
Social Chaos: Mass protests, rioting, looting on a grand scale, perhaps caused by a trigger event. More likely in urban areas of high population density. The trigger event could be nearly anything. We’ve seen it in the news, and it will happen again somewhere. Perhaps even widespread.
EMP or CME Event
EMP: An electromagentic-pulse, either man-made (EMP nuke) or a natural event (massive solar flare and CME). It could badly damage or destroy the electric power grid, anything electronic. We could be sent back to the stone age and most will not survive it. This is a worst case scenario, but worth mentioning.
Food Storage = Personal Security
A commenter on the blog said, “I went to observe my local super market 8 hours after the Hurricane had passed. There was definitely a lot of people panic buying. If there is a run on Food you do not want to be anywhere near the masses of people that’s for sure.”
Another commenter said, “You buy insurance, hoping you won’t need it. You buy food, and you know you will use it. Even if some of it gets wasted, the majority of it will be used at some point in time. It’s crazy not to have food insurance!”
These are just a few reasons to have extra food storage.
Obviously you can build up your own food storage with your own grocery shopping, growing and preserving some of your own, and other ways.
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