Everyday Preparedness…… grocery stores

An editorial on the necessity of grocery shopping.
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I know what it’s like to finish the laundry and to look in the basket five minutes later and it’s full again. I know what it’s like to pull all the groceries in, and see the teenagers run through, and all of a sudden, all of the groceries you just bought a few hours ago are gone.

– Ann Romney 
Everyday Preparedness
By Bev Sandlin
I FAILED! I have to admit it! We ran out of flour the other night (white not wheat; and Bob hates wheat flour) as Bob was making gravy from a pork roast I had roasted earlier in the day.
I looked innocent and said, “Down in the basement pantry? There’s the whole wheat,” and pointed, as he scowled. The gravy turned out just fine with whole wheat, I thought.
Yeah, actually I had put all the white flour into long term storage bags! Dumb, dumb, dumb! But we hadn’t gone through 5 lbs. in 6 months and I had forgotten the pumpkin pie crusts I had made for Thanksgiving.
Part of my concept for preparedness is to never go to the store out of necessity. Rather to have everything on hand for at least 6 months. This long term storage bags concept is fairly new to me. I had bought so much flour and put it away that I never considered the shorter term storage. And we just hadn’t been using flour! And I like whole wheat flour and it needed to be used…
But that got me busy doing inventory! Hmmm, almost out of Kitchen Bouquet (I use maybe a bottle every six months), Liquid Smoke (again, about a bottle every six months), down to one container of salad dressing (use about 1 a month), and yes, it has been about 3 months since I’ve shopped—normal for me. I shop the sales in-between, but the “Big Shop” is traditionally every 3 to 6 months for me. Saves me tons of money!
Part of my problem is that my pantry is now in the basement. On my homestead I had a 4’x10’ pantry off my kitchen—everything at a glance and immediately accessible—EASY! And it wouldn’t be so bad if I had an inside set of stairs down to the basement, but no, I have a very heavy hatch door or I have to walk outside, around half the house and access the basement from on outside door—not convenient. Generally I “shop” once a week in my basement carrying up the storage vegetables, canned goods, etc. to the kitchen.
So, how are You doing with short term storage? Am I the only one who runs out of things and NEEDS to go to the store, as opposed to wants to go to the grocery store?
A smile for you…

BECAUSE my wife hates shopping, she mounts a major expedition once every six months to purchase all the groceries that can be stored at home. Our last trip resulted in 30 bags. The young man at the pickup bay looked amazed that this endless procession down the conveyor belt was all for one family. But he did have time to think of a parting shot: “Good-by. See you next week.”

As I entered the supermarket I was followed by an elderly man clutching a handful of grocery coupons. I met him again in the baby-food department trying to match up the coupons with the items on the shelf and leaving the appropriate coupon on display. “I’ve no need for these but some young family could probably make good use of them,” he explained smiling

FOR years my mother has taken a good deal of teasing about her supply of groceries. Even though the store is just across the street, she buys by the case lot, and her cupboard – as well stocked as any store – always looks as though she lives far back in the mountains. Just how well stocked she is, was confirmed one blizzardy week this winter when the grocer trudged over from the general store to borrow six cans of pork and beans from her.

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