Take every opportunity. Build up that Pantry!
I have been meaning to post again about building up our pantries and preparedness. Each week I try and highlight building up our homes and consistently keeping at it. Lately I have had the same message hitting me right in the forehead over and over and that is we are very blessed to be able to add to our pantries. We are very blessed to be able to prepare. There are places in the world where that window of opportunity has closed. There are times this window is just closed and closed suddenly. That is when I don't want to be regretting I didn't do more while I had the opportunity.
Her in South Australia I did not even imagine how fast things can change. Some items became impossible to get whether you had the money for them or not. There were times of panic over essential items. There was rationing. The rationing did not consider the size of your family. (ie a family of eleven could have two loaves of bread ,if they were available, the same number for a family of one.) I could make a list of reasons why I think now might be a good time to take very opportunity! Yesterday I had a moment where working ahead paid off. Chloe took little Thomas to the Doctor. She told me if she had not arrived with the mask I made her she would not have been allowed in. I had given her a pack to keep in the car at all times of various masks and a mask I made for her purse. Thanks to this she was prepared.
This post is a beginning. We will work through lots of ways to become more self reliant, and less dependent on the shops. We will start with deciding to just take every opportunity and have eyes to see opportunities!
Since I first really felt strongly to build up supplies and self reliance I have realised there are many components to it. It is not just about buying extra at the store. The store is a part of it. The way I shopped completely changed. You can read a wonderful post by Laine. I am sorry this post is so messy but it is full of Laine's tips to maximise her shopping dollar. Laine's Menu Planning (and shopping tips.). Every saving is stretching what you can buy and using all the food you have and eliminating waste will give you more meals with what you do have. All are little ways to get ahead. And little ways add up!
Apart from the store we can grow things. We can try pots, the garden, raised garden beds. If we have no space maybe someone in the family that lives near by will let you use some of their back yard on a share basis. You might have a community garden or allotment. There might be a way!
You can trade. Practically anything is tradeable. If you have neighbours with chickens and you save your kitchen scraps for them they might trade with you. You might have a skill or asset you can trade.