Tuesday, October 25, 2011

EP - Food Stamps Or Food Storage?

Food Stamps Or Food Storage?

The latest statistics surrounding food stamps and other food assistance are astonishing.  According to a recent CNN money article, food stamp usage reached a record 45.8 million in May.  That’s up 12% from a year ago.  According to the article:
The highest concentration of food stamp users were in California, Florida, New York and Texas — where more than 3 million residents in each state received food stamps in May. Original Article Here
That’s 1 out of every 6 people in the United States that cannot buy their own food!  This economy has really taken it’s toll on families all across the country. With so many struggling to  put food on the table, now is the time to do your best to store as much food in your pantry as possible. How do you stock up on food storage when things are tight?  That’s a tough question, but it’s not impossible.  Here are a few things you can do to get ahead:

1. Budget wisely
There are surely people that are spending their money wisely and don’t have extra money leftover, but the majority of Americans could change their spending habits and invest the savings into some extra food storage each month.  The Department of Labor conducted a survey and 43% of the money spent by a family on food went to “food away from home”. Cutting back on eating out or other frills could go a long way towards building your food storage and emergency preparedness plans.

2. Grow a Garden
Gardens are a fantastic way to fill up your pantry for a lot less.  Even if you have limited space, or you need to grow indoors, its worth it.  Gardens will not only make you more self reliant, but they will also help you eat a more healthy diet. Square foot gardening is a great space saving option for some people.

3. Food Co-ops
Check the internet for local food co-ops.  Many times you can save big on fruits, veggies, and even meat through a co-op.  You get way more for your money this way.

With a little extra effort, you can find amazing deals on food with coupons.  Check your local store ads, and the internet for fantastic websites that help you find the very best deals anywhere. Of course you will need to be focused on buying what you need, don’t let that 20% off coupon on a filet mignon derail you from the track.

5. Pool Your Resources
Many times companies will give bulk discounts to groups of people who are willing to pool their money together to buy in bulk.  This is a win, win for both you, your friends, and the companies. (By the way we do this too, call our customer service line fore details)
People have had to  learn many tough lessons from this economy but those who have learned to go back to the basic principles of self reliance that our parents and grandparents taught us, are those who will be able to weather the storms of life best.

Article from TheReadyStore.com, 10/13/2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

EP - The Great Utah Shakeout

The Great Utah Shakeout earthquake exercise will occur April 17 - 19, 2012.  See more details at http://www.shakeout.org/utah/
Review the section “Drop, Cover and Hold On” - drill at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17. 

The official Twitter feed is @UtahShakeOut.  See Great Utah Shakeout on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Great-Utah-ShakeOut/125494150858309.

EP - Sister Julie Beck, General RS President

"I have a sense and a feeling as we have watched some of these disasters in the world, that this is a time for us to learn and prepare from these experiences. Sister Thompson gave an testimony of that, and the preparation happens in our own homes. There are not enough tents in the world to furnish every person with a tent unless the members of the church have a tent in their own homes...a simple thing like that. And then the storehouse is pressed down, heaped over and running over in our own homes. 

Some of you have student apartments, how prepared are you? If an earthquake or economic disaster happened, would you have enough water to drink for 24 hours? would you be able to get by until help could come to you? 

Those are the kind of the things we need to be thinking about in our day and time, the Lord expects us to do our little part and then He can bring on the miracles and then we don't need to fear."

Sister Julie Beck, General Relief Society President 
Training for Relief Society Leaders
March 2011, Salt Lake Tabernacle