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Here are some really great tips and suggestions that will help you reduce spending and free up money you already have so you can get the food storage items you need.

Change your grocery shopping habits. You will be amazed how much money you can save each week if you follow this rule. Eliminate buying name brands if a generic brand is available, purchase name brands only on sale, and if possible use a coupon. Additional savings on groceries can be obtained if you first prepare a menu, then create a shopping list, and buy only what is on the list. Leave your kids at home when you shop, and resist impulse purchases. Eat basic wholesome foods, and avoid prepared boxed mixes.

When it comes to food storage, store what you normally eat and eat what you store. Buy in bulk to save even more. If you have to eat foods you are not used to during a stressful emergency you will become even more stressed.

Do not pay full price for anything. Watch for sales, and shop at second-hand stores, flea markets, garage sales, and swap meets. You will be surprised at the great deals you can land for a fraction of the price you would spend on new items. I love shopping at the 99 Cent store, Big Lots, and the closeout racks at Albertsons.

Attend "dollar movies" or rent videos, instead of paying full price for a theater ticket.

There are many ways to reduce spending on entertainment and save a great deal of money. Have family fun nights at home playing games or having activities that do not have a cost.

Reduce driving to save on expensive gas prices. Stay close to home as much as possible.

Have a meeting with your family and use these examples to begin a discussion of ways to save money. Once you get everyone talking and thinking you will come up with many more ways to save money that can be used to help you accomplish your food storage goals.

Financial preparedness is an essential part of any preparedness plan. Once your finances are in order, other areas of preparedness will fall into place.

Come visit me at Prepare to Survive in California for more prep tips!

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Loco Gato said...
August 15, 2009 at 3:29 PM  

Good advice!
Also Von's many times has the 10 for 10 buck specials. We went shopping, wifey and I, the other day and only bought coupon( or as Ron White says, cupons!) and the 10 fer deals. We spent 153.00 and save 87 dollars! BUT we only bought what we needed and what was on sale. It takes time but well worth it! Another thing I did was but the entertainment center on a separate switch. Our bill dropped from PG&E buy 15 bucks! Those sat receivers and such burn the juice. So when are down with the fliks or whatever, one switch kills all the power to the system.
Just my 20 bucks worth, adjusted for inflation.

Loco Gato

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foodstr2 said...
August 15, 2009 at 6:02 PM  

There's a real good list of food items you can buy locally that DON'T need long-term-storage-packaging because they're things that never go bad. You'll save money. See
http://www.internet-grocer.net/dehydrtd.htm (scroll down)

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