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Food Storage Tips: The Tightwad Gazette and Food Storage or How to get food storage when you cant afford it

The Complete Tightwad Gazette, by Amy Dacyczyn. I love this book! The books are based on a newsletter that ran from about1991-96. Most of the material from the newsletters are now compiled in The Complete Tightwad Gazette.

When I was a newlywed, I studied these books (back when this book was two smaller books and an ongoing newsletter subscription). It gave a lot of ideas about how to save money on groceries when my husband and I were poor college students. I soon found that her style of purchasing groceries nicely adapted to a food storage-based lifestyle.

Here are the specific articles I found useful regarding food storage:

The price book, p. 33. Often grocery store rock-bottom sale prices are lower than wholesale prices. When the rock-bottom sale occurred, Amy would stock up on the sale item. Keeping a notebook that recorded the lowest price helped her determine what a good sale price is. (Recent food price inflation is making it difficult to determine current rock bottom prices, but that’s a topic for another post.)

How to buy food in bulk, p. 35. Instead of buying the food needed for one week as most people do, she stocks up on non-perishable sale items. She buys in quantities to get her through to the next sale or until it’s convenient to get to the store again.

The pantry principle, p. 474. “The basic premise is that you stockpile your pantry (and/or kitchen, freezer, basement, closet, and/or the space under your bed) with food purchased at the absolute lowest possible price. The sole purpose of grocery shopping becomes replenishing your pantry, not buying specific ingredients to prepare specific meals. This is a subtle but important distinction.”

The Dacyczyn family did not set out to buy a year’s supply of food, but the ideas are easy enough to adapt to a Mormon idea of food storage. As a newlywed, I bulk bought according to my storage space and moving plans. (We tried to time our purchases to avoid moving extra food.) As our family and our storage space grew, I tried to get more specific about getting a year’s supply of various grocery items.

By using this method, you can start to accumulate food storage without requiring extra money in the budget. The rock bottom prices of grocery staples are routinely half off the everyday price. Buying at those prices as much as possible creates savings that you can use to start to accumulate stored food.

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