A lot of people scoff at the notion of stockpiling food. That’s fine. There are many misconceptions and prejudices attached to the word “stockpile”. I happen to love the word stockpile. When I hear the word “stockpile”, I think of a nice stock of valuable items.
There are many reasons why a homemaker should stockpile food. I will mention a few reasons why I am building my own family store. You may have entirely different reasons.
A pantry or a family store use to be common practice. It was just a wise thing to do. Many grandmother’s had more of a pantry than the modern homemaker of today. Grandmother knew the value of investing in food. I remember being a little girl looking the cabinets and pantry at my grandmother’s house. They were always full.
As my family has grown, having a family store has just become a necessary part of life. I remember the days of running to the store for this and that. I was always running out of stuff. I still run out of things, however, it isn’t near as frequent or frustrating now that I know what I should be doing. I lived completely dependent on that grocery store being opened when ever I needed something.
Move a bit farther out in the country, life changes a bit. No more running up the street a block to the store. Add the food bill for a family of 10… and buying on impulse is devastating to the budget.
I stockpile for many reasons:
- It’s cheaper to buy food on sale than waiting until I “need” it.
- It’s cheaper keeping a family store than running up to the grocery store every other day.
- It helps us avoid eating out.
- It reduces our extreme dependency.
- It is security and peace of mind knowing there is at least some food in the house.
I am far from being an expert pantry builder. I have so many things I am working on in this regard. This year, however, I am making myself learn the ins and outs of building a well-rounded, functioning pantry.