Food Insurance: Keeping Your Family Fed

I can’t be the only one noticing the skyrocketing prices everywhere. Products, both food and non-food items just keep getting more expensive. So what can you do? How can you ensure that your family will be able to eat if this continues?

Food Insurance Keep Your Family Fed Food Storage

What if things really get out of control and you can’t afford food and other necessary items like you used to? How will you be able to feed your family?

Did you know that many foods, if properly stored can last up to 20 or 30 years? How much do you think groceries will cost in 20 years? Well I don’t know the exact answer either, but I can tell you it will be substantially more than the inflated prices at the stores today.

What if, I know…I’m starting to sound a little crazy here, you put away a little extra food here and there to ensure your family will always be fed. No, you don’t have to become a crazy, hoarding, weirdo with an underground bunker and a secret militia.

Just consider it a food insurance policy for you and your family. You probably already have: car insurance, renter’s or homeowner’s insurance, health insurance and possibly even life insurance…so why not food insurance? Unless you don’t think food is that important.

I do and so do many other people out there.

Having some extra food set aside would also be helpful in case of a natural disaster, loss of job and many other potentially awful things that could, in reality, happen.

How To Start a Food Insurance Policy

The easiest way to get started right now on your food insurance policy is to go straight to your kitchen or pantry. Look around and see if you have any excess that you could use.

Do you have 5 cans of chilli (or any other item)? Great! Snag one of those cans and consider your food insurance policy officially started.

Really, that’s all it takes to get started. You don’t have to build up a 3 month or 1 year supply right away. Starting small is sometimes the best approach.

Another approach would be to pick up a little extra the next time you’re at the grocery store.

For example: say you normally purchase 2 of your favorite canned item (hopefully it’s not spam, lol), well, start buying 3 from now on.

Then when you get home from the store, add that extra item straight into your food insurance policy (or food storage).

Overtime, it will add up. So don’t go busting your grocery budget or running up your credit card. Not all of us have a ton of money, so make sure you don’t spend more than your financial situation permits.

Where To Keep Your Food Storage

If you’re only storing canned goods, you could just designate a separate shelf or cupboard to store your food.

Not enough room in your kitchen or pantry? A shelf in your basement would be fine as well.

You could even keep it in one of those under-the-bed storage buckets that just slide right under your bed.

Even a box in a closet or on a shelf in the closet is okay.

You don’t have to start out with tons of space or fancy can rotating racks or shelves. That’s how people get overwhelmed, broke and just give up altogether. Right? So keep it simple and do what you can, when you can. Anything, even 1 can a week is much better than nothing. It all adds up!

Don’t purchase items that you or your family doesn’t eat, just so that you have some food stored. This is the easiest way to waste money.

Plus, you will be rotating your food storage so that nothing goes bad and goes to waste. If you don’t want to eat anchovies or spam today, then you probably won’t want to eat them when it’s time to swap them out for fresher ones. See what I mean?

This is obviously not an in-depth post on food storage and the many types and methods of how to store food. This is just a little primer to enlighten and hopefully inspire some to begin their own food storage (food insurance policy) and ensure that their family will be fed.


Have you ever considered storing extra food?
What kind of items would you like to have in your food storage?


Food Insurance: Keeping Your Family Fed — 2 Comments

  1. Jen, you should see my 85 year old mothers fortress of food saved. She has stuff in the pantry and stuff in one of the bedrooms. There has got to be a year’s supply of green beans and who knows what else. She lived through the depression and this is an essential cache for her!

    • Your mom sounds like a smart cookie. Should anything happen, you know she won’t go hungry. :)