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?

Ammo Storage: Finding Your Magic Number

Deciding how much ammo you should store is a popular, yet very personal topic. Everybody has different circumstances and environments. So how can you figure out your magic number?

ammo storage finding your magic number

First of all, you need to know what you’re preparing for. This itself can have a huge difference. If you’re preparing for some common natural disaster then you certainly won’t need to save as much as somebody prepping for a Zombie Apocalypse.

How many people or zombies do you realistically think you’ll need to protect yourself from? If you live out in the boonies, then you probably won’t be in as much danger as somebody living in a large city.

How much hunting will you be doing? Do you have experience? Hunting isn’t as easy as it sounds, a ton of work and patience goes into it. How many mouths will you have to feed?

How many firearms do you own and how many different calibers? How many people in your group will be using these firearms? If it’s just you, then you won’t need as much ammunition compared to a group of 10.

When storing ammo, remember that you’re also going to need to continue practicing to retain (or improve) your marksmanship. Even the best shooters need to keep on shooting.

Are you currently reloading your ammunition or do you plan to do so in the future?

Worst Case Scenario

Let me state here for the record—I do not anticipate there ever being a “Zombie Apocalypse” like in the movies. I’m 99.99% positive that the dead will not rise and attempt to devour the living.

But, I think something else similar could happen…though not too likely. Such as some sort of virus like rabies or whatnot that makes people all evil and crazy. Like in the movie The Crazies. You never know, scientists mess around with stuff all the time that they probably shouldn’t.

Okay, back on topic here. Let’s say the world is taken over by zombies—whichever form you choose.

Now, let’s estimate that 45% of households own firearms. Say only 25% were able to use said firearms to save themselves from being eaten by zombies. That leaves around 75% of the population that could very easily turned into more zombies.

So, how many people live in your city? How much is 75% of that number?

Example: Seattle Washington has probably about 620,000 residents. 75% of 620,000 is 465,000 potential zombies.

Even if you lived smack dab in the middle of Seattle, that doesn’t mean that you would come across that many of them, so let’s reduce the number and use 10%. Now we have 46,500 zombies.

Personally living in a large city is sounding less appealing. LOL But what about small towns?

Example 2: Prosser Washington has probably about 5,800 residents. 75% of 5,800 is 4,350 and reduce that and use 10%. Now we only have 435 potential zombies messing with us.

What you also need to think about is your proximity to larger cities. If you’re living in a more rural city or town, but it’s really not too far from a larger city (even one with 100,000 residents would be considered large in this exercise), then you might want to take that into consideration.

Example 3: Let’s say you live in a small city with 10,000 residents, but live within 50 miles of a city with 100,000 residents.

Your City: 10,000 x .75% = 7,500 x .10% = 750

Nearby City: 100,000 x .75% = 75,000 x .10% = 7,500

Total: 8,250

So if I was living in a similar situation as above and concerned about the Zombie Apocalypse or something along those lines…then I wouldn’t want to store any less 8,250 rounds of ammunition.

Of course, I’m not a perfect shot so I would then want to store more to cover that. Plus any other potential issues that may come up.

One per resident

Another way you could find your magic ammo number is to store 1 round for each resident in your city. It’s highly doubtful that each resident would come to you (unless you live in a small town or you were on Doomsday Preppers) and you would need to use it on them.

Just pick a comfort number

If you can’t think of a better way, you could always just pick a number that you feel would make you comfortable. Such as, 1,000 (or another number) rounds for each caliber or gun. Or 500 (or another number) rounds, per person, per gun, per caliber, per month/year and so on.

Just start somewhere

Storing ammunition is similar to saving money. It’s better to save whatever you can, when you can instead of waiting for the perfect time. When I started saving money, I was only able to save around 1 buck every week. It was all we could afford in the beginning, but doing it got us on track, gave us leverage over our finances and we were able to slowly start building from that dollar.

Ammo isn’t the cheapest thing out there, so if you don’t have much money to spend, it can be very daunting. If you own a firearm that shoots .22 LR, then it will be much cheaper than most other calibers out there. It can still do damage, even though it’s not the best out there.

There isn’t anything wrong with starting with small ammo storage goals. Perhaps you could shoot for 100 rounds of each caliber for your first goal. Then advance to 500, then 1,000 of each and so on. Something is better than nothing.

Maybe you can only afford 1 box of ammunition every month to store. That’s okay. In a year, that’s 12 boxes. Don’t get caught up with large quantities or nothing. Nobody knows how much time there is until something big, bad happens or if it ever really happen. So do what you can, when you can and keep on truckin’.

How did you find your magic number for storing ammo? Any other suggestions?

Is Prepping Right For You?

Is Prepping Right For YouDeciding whether or not to be a prepper isn’t always an easy decision for most people, especially with all the negative media attention it gets. It’s so much easier to go about your daily life and pretend nothing bad can never happen. It’s a nice, special little bubble of obliviousness. No need to worry about preparing for the worst, because it’s never going to happen.

But the truth is that it can happen; it does happen. The natural disasters alone should be enough to freak most people out. Between the earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes and tsunamis, that should be reason enough to prepare.

Maybe there will never be an economic collapse, an EMP, super volcano eruption or zombies. But wouldn’t it be nice to be prepared for some big bad to go down? If it never happens, that doesn’t mean that everything was for nothing or that everything will go to waste—it’s all about rotating.

Usually at least once a day, I have this moment where I question myself about prepping.

Am I crazy?

Why am I doing this?

What if nothing ever happens?

Shouldn’t I be focusing on other things?

It only lasts for about a minute or two, but always hits me hard until I remember the reason why I’m doing this. I’m not a prepper because I’m crazy. I’m a prepper because I don’t want to worry not being prepared if something happens.

Why I’m a Prepper

For most of my life, I’ve tried my damnedest to be a good person. Not because of religion, but because I don’t think there are enough honestly good people in the world. I want to be good. I don’t want to be a bad person.

So if shit hits the fan (SHTF), I still want to be a good person.

That’s why I’m storing food and other items, so that I’m never in the position to have to steal from others, hurt or kill others to keep myself and my family alive.

That’s why I spend so much time learning and researching how to survive without all the modern conveniences we all take for granted.

Why I’m learning to protect myself and family from the people who are okay with doing those things.

Why should we suffer because other people failed to prepare?

I don’t want to hurt people, but I will protect my family from bad people if I have to.

I don’t want to see people suffer, but I can only do so much.

I would like to be able to help people if the world ended, but that requires me to sacrifice even more to obtain those resources now. The first priority has to be to prepare for my family first, then to be able to help others.

How Far Would You Go To Protect Your Family?

If you/your family was starving and death was surely coming, would you:

  • Steal from innocent people?
  • Hurt innocent people?
  • Kill innocent people?
  • Eat other people if there was no other option to avoid death?
  • Eat your family pet?

Seriously, think good and hard about these. If it really came down to it, what would you do to keep yourself/your family from dying?

Would you really just sit at home and watch your loved ones literally starve to death and do nothing about it? I’m guessing not.

Wouldn’t it be preferable to avoid turning to the dark side and at least dabble in emergency preparedness? You don’t have to go out and get a bunker, wear fatigues and tote around an assault rifle to prepare for the worst.

Just put a little extra food, water and supplies away. Maybe buy a couple of books about survival topics like what plants are okay to eat, gardening and so forth. You don’t even have to read them now if you don’t want to, just have them on hand just in case the situation arises.

You don’t have to go all out to be prepared.

Sure the more you prepare, the better your chances will be of surviving various hardships. But compared to not preparing at all, ANYTHING is better than nothing. You don’t have to be a bad person if one of the many possible scenarios does happen.

It all comes down to a choice (better safe than sorry –OR– deal with the consequences if it ever comes up), but the longer you wait…the harder it will be. Just like saving for retirement, the sooner you start saving—the less you need to save.

Prepper’s Home Defense (Book Review)

Book review on Prepper’s Home Defense by Jim Cobb.

A must read, not only for preppers (although the focus is on a “Post-Collapse” world), but for anyone wanting to secure their home from intruders.

This book covers just about everything: security systems, perimeter defense, structure hardening, safe rooms, secure and hidden storage and much, much more.

Prepper’s Home Defense does not go too in depth on any one subject, but gives a very good overall idea of the things you need to start thinking about and look into further. Things that are simple and oftentimes get over looked, like securing your front door. You think your dead bolt will stop an intruder? Think again.

From Amazon:

DETER . DELAY. DEFEND!

Does your disaster preparation plan include security measures? When civilization fails and the desperate masses begin looting, they will come for your food, water and life-sustaining supplies. This book shows you how to implement a complete plan for operational security and physical defense, including:

• Perimeter Security Systems and Traps
• House Fortifications and Safe Rooms
• Secured and Hidden Storage
• Firearms and Defensive Combat Techniques
• Gathering Intelligence and Forming Alliances

 

Have you read Prepper’s Home Defense? What did you think about it?

Choosing My Everyday Carry (EDC) Bag *tactical purse*

My Everyday Carry Bag (EDC Bag) took forever to finally settle on. I wanted to replace my purse with something more durable, pleasing to my eye and with multiple storage options.

Choosing my Every Day Carry EDC Bag

Below are the bags I ended up choosing between and information about what I was looking for in a bag.

I’ve always been a black purse kind of girl, so finding a black EDC bag was a must. Thankfully everything I looked at came in black, so that made things much easier.

But if I wasn’t looking for a plain black bag, the Maxpedition bags come in a ton of colors…even pink.

I ended up narrowing down my choices to one particular style, but I still couldn’t decide. One of the things that held me back was the idea of a cross-body bag. I’ve always just thrown a bag over my shoulder.

I didn’t know whether or not I could also do that with a cross-body bag. I didn’t want to go out and buy something to later realize I couldn’t just put it on my shoulder if I wanted to.

Of course, everything ended up fine and I don’t look like a major dweeb when it’s just on my shoulder like a standard purse. But I also love the option of cross-body, which is oddly comfortable and convenient when your hands are full. I always hated how my purse would start falling off my shoulder when I was carrying lots of stuff. Problem solved.

Another important thing was to have somewhere to carry a bottle of water. Over the last couple of years, I’ve gotten into the habit of bringing a 16.9 ounce bottle of water with me everywhere. Not a bad habit to get into.

A lot of the bags out there come with concealed carry compartments, which could potentially be a selling point for many people. However, I’m not interested in keeping a gun in a purse.

Purses get stolen all the time; the last thing I need is somebody to steal my purse and get my gun in one fell swoop. Not going to happen.

Although, if you’re wearing it as a cross-body bag…that makes it much more difficult for somebody to run by and snag it from you. You would probably have to be robbed and actually hand it over to them.

Of course there are many other options for using the concealed carry compartment. You could keep extra magazines in there, cash, important papers, coupons…lots of stuff.

I also wanted something that wasn’t too big and bulky, but not too small. I wanted to be able to carry my regular purse items in addition to some other important items.

Not to mention the fact that I didn’t want my bag to scream “Prepper!” and draw attention to me. I don’t like to advertise it.

I’m the kind of person that goes out and reads every review they can get their hands on before making most purchases. I like to make the right choice the first time.

It might take a long time doing so much research, but I find that I’m usually happy with my purchases and have far less returns and issues.

Price: The Maxpedition bags are just flat out more expensive than the others. Why? They are some sturdy, well made SOBs. But I wasn’t quite sure if the extra bucks would be worth it. I kept going back and forth in my head between the cheaper bags (ie: 5.11, Condor and UTG) and the longer lasting Maxpedition bags.

This was probably the hardest part of my decision. I don’t like to waste money.

What got me on track was thinking about how long the different bags might last. Like the 5.11 PUSH Pack, Condor EDC bag and the UTG Tactical Messenger bag: these might only last 1 or 2 years. But the Maxpedition bag, it could probably go at least 10 years (unless you’re beating it up on a daily basis LOL).

So over the course of 10 years, I could purchase 1 Maxpedition bag or about 5 of the cheaper ones. That made my choice pretty clear: it would be much cheaper over time to purchase 1 slightly more expensive bag opposed to multiple cheaper bags.

The cheaper bags are around half the price or less, but I think spending the extra money now to get a sturdy, dependable bag is the best choice for me. It took a while to get to that decision, but I’m glad I did.

So…what bag did I end up choosing for my Everyday Carry Bag? Great question.

I ended up choosing the Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack, but decided upon the left carry option…the Maxpedition Jumbo S-Type Versipack. It’s exactly the same as the Jumbo Versipack except everything is backwards.

After looking at the bags for so long and getting used to where everything was, I thought it might be a little weird having everything reversed. It was fine, no big deal. I’m glad I got the left carry Versipack, it’s so comfortable and fits me perfectly.

I don’t regret spending the extra money to get the Maxpedition bag over the cheaper alternatives at all. It was money well spent and this bag feels like it will outlive me. haha

The only thing that was odd (even though I read about it in reviews) was how stiff the material is. At first I thought it would probably just stay that way forever and I would have to deal with it. But over time it has slightly loosened up a bit and is easier to work with.

I love all the pockets and storage the Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack give me, not to mention the strong construction. I’m really turning into a big fan of Maxpedition products. They might cost more, but so far they are well worth it.