I have read some existing threads already here, but would like to consolidate some info in one place.
I am just starting to embark on this, despite being raised by someone who is WAY into it. I am writing a few articles for a local publication about the process, as well. Trying to make it reasonable for the average person to 1. consider and 2. do! I don't want a fear-based take on it. Though many feel total collapse is realistic and imminent, most people don't want to go there. I'll focus a lot on job loss, illness, natural disaster possibilities that people can actually imagine for themselves.
What I'd love to hear is
1. What did you budget monthly as you began to stockpile?
2. How long did it take you to reach your goal (and what was that goal? 6 months? 1 year of supplies?)
3. How you prioritized what you bought. Did you focus on one type of food first? Or did you buy a little of everything? Or whatever was cheapest?
4. Where do you stash things? I'd love creative ideas. This has got to be a major hurdle for some people. I know it is for me.
5. Are you and your SO on the same page? If not, how do you handle the difference of opinion?
6. What is your major concern that led you to store food?
7. Where do you store water?
8. Anything else newbies should know?
9. Oops....one more to add: do you actually eat/use your stores? Do you only buy what you eat? Or do some of you have food you don't plan to eat until you HAVE to?
I recently signed up for monthly orders from ShelfReliance/Thrive foods to help get me started. You can set a budget and the program helps you figure out how much you need. That's been so helpful. LMK if you want info on that. But I don't see myself being able to get their fancy rotating shelves set up in this house.
Anyway, my audience is other newbies, mostly families. So I'm trying to get an idea of how other families got started. Thanks so much for your time, wise ones!
Edited by yitlan - 12/5/11 at 2:21pm