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Food Storage Tips: Food storage for twenty-somethings: Dealing with limited money and storage space little experience and frequent moves

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My husband and I started using food storage as newlyweds in our 20s. This is a great time to learn how to use food storage. The sooner you learn these skills, the longer those skills will be able to bless your family. You can establish habits of using basic food early on, before children come along or while their tastes are relatively pliable. These habits can save you lots of money over time, and knowing these skills makes you and your family more confident and less stressed when hard times come.

But learning food storage in your 20s presents difficulties to most couples. Money is usually tight. Moves are often frequent: we moved six times in the first six years of our marriage. Most of those moves were in small apartments or homes, and it was hard to find space for all of this stuff. The biggest problem I had was inexperience. I didn’t know what I was doing. I tried to learn from books, but there are some things that you have to learn from your own trial and error.

Dealing with frequent moves. If you have an idea of when you are going to be moving, you can plan your food storage accordingly. When you stock up on foods, try not to buy more than you can eat before your move. For example, if you know you are going to move at the end of the semester, only bulk buy the items you know you will eat before the move.

Try to eat up as much of your food before your move as possible. Go into self-imposed grocery exile to use up the extra items on your shelves. This will require some creative cooking. Think creatively, or use the ingredients search tool on allrecipes.com for ideas.

Seek inspiration in this matter. In some cases you may feel prompted to buy food storage even though you may have to move it later.

If you need shelves for your storage, buy shelves that can move with you. My husband built shelves into the garage of our first house, and spent a lot on lumber. We would have been better off buying shelves that could have moved with us to our new home. Now we have these steel shelving units from Home Depot. They were cheaper and sturdier than lumber, and we could take them to another home if we move.

A helpful hint: if you do have to move food storage and the elders help you move, make sure it doesn’t get stacked on only one side of the truck. Ask me how I know. We had to pull over on the side of a busy freeway and redistribute the boxes in the moving truck so we weren’t at risk of rolling over.

Dealing with a small budget. Here are my post about getting food storage without much money. During the early years of our marriage, we lived on very little. This was possible because we ate simple foods from our food storage.

Dealing with limited storage space. We stored our food storage in some weird ways that probably had our families shaking their heads. Here is my post about some of the things we have done.

Dealing with limited experience. So you didn’t learn any of this when you were growing up? That is true for many of us. The only way to learn is to try. Accept that you are going to make mistakes along the way. Get information, and then experiment to see how it works in your situation.

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