Todays assignment is to make a spreadsheet for your list. You can use a microsoft program or a sheet of paper.
You will need 5 columns
Item How much you use How many you have on hand How many you need What the average price is
Try to keep this copy in your coupon binder or wherever you can have it handy. This will help you at the store when you find a deal.
Starting to build a food storage
For example, if you use 1 bottle of dish soap a week then you want to fill your storage to have 52 bottles. If you use 1 bottle of laundry soap a month, you need 12. If you use 3 cans of veggies a week you need 156 cans. This doesn't mean go out an buy them today. You wait till the price is right. Most canned veggies are .50¢-.79¢ a can. If they are on sale for say 3/$1 thats a good deal. if you need 156 cans at .50 each thats $78. If you buy them 3/$1 thats $51. A savings of about $27.
You can also start smaller.. a 3 mos storage, or a 6 mos storage. The goal is a year.
To some people the idea of food storage is absurd. Last spring I bought about $80 worth of canned veggies. We had been using some but we try to eat fresh in the summer. This past 2 months or so our grocery budget has almost ceased to exist. Those canned veggies ( along with other food storage items) have helped make many many meals. Had we not prepared for days like this, we many not have been able to eat. We never know what lies ahead in life, but we must do all we can to be prepared.