Top Food Storage Tips: Food Storage will allow you to give.

I was once a food storage newbie, and I still learn new stuff about food storage all the time.  I’d like to share with you 5 food storage tips that I wish I could go back and give myself about 8 years ago when I was first considering looking into food storage.

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This idea actually isn’t my own.  I was just featured on my friend Heather’s blog: Cooking with My Food Storage.  She asked me to list my 5 top food storage tips and to focus on those things I wish I’d know when I started my food storage.  I’ve simply decided to turn that list into a series and give the same tips here on my own site in a bit more detail. Today is food storage tip #2.  
You can read food storage tip #1 if you’d like.

Tip #2 is:  
Food Storage Tip #2: Food Storage will allow you to give

The most pleasant surprise I have had since seriously beginning a food storage program is that not only has it be totally do-able financially, it has actually made it easier and simpler for me to give to others.  The definition of “food storage” is surplus food, right?  It is food that is above and beyond what my family needs right now.  I have extra.

I build this surplus through the Thrive Q, my business as a THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) consultant and through couponing.  I have not had to increase our food budget in order to build our food storage.  Yet, I still have a surplus.  Giving from that surplus does not put a financial burden on our family.

Giving to others

Photo Credit: Jinx!

There are so many ways in which I am able to give to others from this “surplus.”  It has increased my ability to be charitable I often find myself volunteering to bring meals to a friend or those in need.  I also  always have a few extra cans of food ready for food drives.  Please don’t misunderstand, there are many other ways in which I could be less selfish and more charitable.  Giving from this surplus of food has simply become one way that is easy for our family to give.

Giving to my family
It also allows me to give time and health to my kids and family.  I love having them help me in the kitchen with my cooking and baking project.  And while I by no stretch of the imagination consider myself even an amateur chef, I enjoy teaching them what I know.  We spend a lot of time together in the kitchen making things from scratch: things from the items in our food storage.  And since most of those items are whole ingredients that pack a healthful punch, I am also giving them the gift of health.

What about you?  Have you found that your “food storage” makes it easier for you to give?

Looking forward to an exciting week!
Oh, and I got a bunch of exciting stuff lined up for you this week!  I will be hosting 4 different guest bloggers who all have a unique perspective and ideas to add to the discussion here at Your Own Home Store.  I am very excited to share their expertise with you!  Look for a new post each evening.  

I am an independent consultant for THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance); a company with a mission to empower others to become self reliant, prosperous and charitable.  You can learn more about THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance), buying their products, earning free products, or selling their products on my THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) website.  

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2 Responses to Top Food Storage Tips: Food Storage will allow you to give.

  1. Anna Marie August 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Oh my goodness…. this is so exciting to me. To read someone is doing this to give back is so inspirational. I so far only collect extra can goods because I felt that’s what I could handle but i would love to expand and have already made preparations ( space wise ) in my garage to do so. Here is yet another area I’m sure your site will help me in. During the winter months I cook large pots of stew, soups, chilli and take it out to the homeless in my area. However they really,have other needs such as bug spray, soap, wet naps and more. I have yet to venture into buying extras of those items because of budget and the dry goods because I simply don’t know how to keep it fresh for long periods of time. I’m just so excited to find all the education in one local, so now i can prepare for my family( extended, friends as well) as well as those int he community in need. SOOOOO super excited!!!!! Yeah!

    • Misty August 20, 2012 at 8:43 am #

      Anna Marie, I’m glad to hear you are supportive of a “charitable” take on preparing! It really does make it so much for fun and fulfilling!