- Carbonated Beverages
- Fresh Bread and Rolls
- Beer/ Ale/ Hard Cider
- Salty Snacks
- Frozen Dinners
- Cold Cereal
Why is this list bad?
What does this list tell us?
What do you think will happen if the economy tanks?
After seeing this list I realize that we are a society that spends billions of dollars on items that are luxury items. No problem there, but our economic health defies this list above. We are not spending wisely and as the economy continues to nosedive, those people who are not buying "real foods" will suffer immensely. I should note, that based on this list, I believe that most people will suffer far worse than those who lived through the Depression, as times during the Depression were much different. The people who lived through the Depression lived a more agrarian life and for the most part knew how to can, put foods buy, and garden.
One stat I read recently although I cannot locate it, is that only 3% of Americans have a garden that has enough food left to be canned or "put up."
I am not a pessimist, so keep that in mind as I write this: no matter what is reflected in the stock market, we are in a dangerous position as a nation. You can change things for your family- by changing what you buy at the grocery store, and stop frivolous spending. Do not cave this holiday season. Make a list of what you bought last year...and look around the house and see if it is still in use today. Then write a lovely note to the person that received that gift as to how happy the item worked for them(if still in use). If it is not in use, write a lovely note as to why you love/appreciate that person and DO NOT spend anymore money on "stuff."
If you have not been affected by this downturn in the economy, and feel that you have money to spend- think about this-
- is your home paid off?
- is your vehicle paid off?
- are your credit cards paid off?
- do you have any debt?
Here is the Double Nickel Farm top ten chart
- limes, lemons, oranges, bananas
- onions, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, avocados
- canned vegetables (canned in water with only salt)
- canned fruits(canned in pear juice or its own juice)
- dried pinto beans, lentils, honey, peanut butter
- tomatoes(canned and fresh)
- butter(real) milk cheese
- wheat flour, flour, brown sugar
- pasta(spaghetti noodles, elbow noodles, egg noodles, ramen noodles)
- ice cream,
This is just a post to make you think. Please do not think my life or my choices are the best for you. I am just hoping that the first list is an eye opener for everyone. If you can't get to the store because of a blizzard, will you be craving cigarettes, but still able to eat? Or will you have ample cigarettes, half a bag of pretzels, three microwave tv dinners, some wine, three cans of mountain dew, half a box of Lucky Charms, two dinner rolls, half a loaf of Sara Lee white bread, and 1/2 a gallon of milk that expires tomorrow? The first list is worrisome as these items I mentioned above will last for a small amount of time. Last winter Kentucky suffered ice storms that resulted of long power outages, and no way to go out based on the black ice and extreme dangerous conditions.
Please put some foods by to hold you over for at least one week. I strongly urge more than that, but one weeks worth of food could be a good start.
For a family of 4 based on food storage calculator(figures below reflect one week of the one year storage on link)
4 pounds of rice
2 pounds of flour
2 pounds of oatmeal
2 pounds of pasta
2 pounds of cornmeal
1/4 pound of honey
3.5 pounds of sugar
1/4 pound of brown sugar
1/4 pound of jams
1/3 pound shortening
1 pint of vegetable oil
1 small jar of mayonnaise
1/4 pound of peanut butter
5 pounds of legumes(dried beans-lentils-split peas)
5 pounds of dried milk
20 cans of fruit
20 cans of veggies
pudding, cookies, cake mixes(snacks during stressful times make a huge difference)
good to always have on hand some fresh foods, frozen loaf or two of bread, tomato sauce, cream soups such as cream of mushroom, cream of celery, cream of chicken, pickles and spices.
It is always best to have too much food on hand then not enough! In your food storage area keep a menu or recipe file on how to make bread, rolls, tortillas, soups, or casseroles from scratch.
Have a great day, and remember to add to your storage today.