On to the topic of the day. Prepping is being ready for whatever may come. Now, this is a speciality name for an idea that has been around for longer than this country has existed. In times past, the farmer put up as much food as he could so that he could feed his family throughout the winter. Throughout a large portion of American history, it was commonplace to see chickens running through the front yard of houses, even in major cities! It wasn't until the mid/late-twentieth century when processed foods and markets grew in popularity, transportation costs dropped, and people were able to go to the store to get just about anything they wanted, when many people stopped worrying about the availability of their food. The market always had fresh food, yes, even off-season!
While this is still true, the sad fact is that with the price of gasoline rising (ok, it settled for now, but who knows when it will spike again) it is costing more and more to process, package, and transport that food. Thus making food more expensive. Food gets more expensive, and then what? You have to pick and choose, do I get store brand or just do without? My kids will only eat this name brand pre-made whatchamicallit but its quadrupled in price, oh no! Whatever will we do?
First thing to do is to give store brands a try now before it becomes too late. Many/most of them taste just as good as the name brands without the pricetag. Next, try making regular foods instead of "quick" or "instant" foods. For less than the price of 6 servings of instand oatmeal, you can get a canister of regular oats that will last longer and make many more servings. The regular oats have the benefit of being usable in other things (oat bread, oatmeal cookies, etc). Rice is another great example of this. Regular rice is so much less expensive than quick rice and it doesn't take that much longer most of the time. It lasts longer in the pantry, makes more, and it is better for you as well. Not only do these help with your preparing for an emergency, it helps your pocketbook, Right Now!
To begin prepping, everytime you go to the grocery store, pick up a few extra cans of various foods to put aside. These are for storage and emergencies, not for your weekly food consumption. So put them aside and keep a list of the "extra" you have. Pretty soon, you will notice you have enough extra food to last a week, then two, then a month, etc.
What cost the peace of mind knowing if you got an ice storm, you have enough food to feed your family till you can get out of the house? Is it worth the extra $5 a shopping trip? What about an extra $1 or $2? Remember, you don't have to jump in feet first and spend tons of money right away, you can start small and build up your pantry.
Well, there ya go, a small look into the quick and easy way to start preparing (aka prepping!)
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst!