American Survival Guide

THINK YOU CAN’T CONVERT?

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Here are six ways to go from a carefree, daily shopper to a store-it-for-a rainy-day prepper:

1. Utilize unused space. Don’t let a small apartment or house keep you from stockpilin­g necessitie­s. You have more space than you might realize. Utilizing the areas under beds, stairways or those seldom-used cabinets above the refrigerat­or, you can store vast amounts of

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2. Buy in bulk. Buying in bulk saves money and trips to of the game. the store. Larger cuts of meat are more economical and can be divided and frozen, while cases of canned goods stack easily and last for years. However, some bulk items are not bargains. Be sure to educate yourself about the pricing of food in all quantities to find the best deals possible.

3. Invest in a chest (dump) freezer. Your refrigerat­or’s freezer can only hold a limited amount of frozen food, so it’s time to go bigger. A freezer allows you to benefit from sales on beef, poultry and fish, and also provides plenty of space when you have to stock up before a disaster hits. Ice bags can be stored between the food to keep packages cold longer if the power grid fails.

4. Grow your own food. A garden can be created in your backyard, on a porch—or even in your living room with a hydroponic kit. Nothing beats the taste of freshly grown vegetables and herbs. Gardening is a great hobby that yields great rewards and, best of all, your entire family can help, making it less of a chore and more of a fun project for everyone. In fact, skills you teach your kids now will benefit them the rest of their lives.

5. Buy extra when you shop. Bulking up on your food can be pricey. Instead of buying everything all at once, buy a little bit more of some key items while you do your weekly shopping, especially when items you need are on sale. It won’t hurt your budget and, before you know it, you’ll have a significan­t stock of just about everything you love to eat.

6. Keep your eyes on the news. Be mindful of changes throughout your city, state or the country. Is a food shortage a possibilit­y? Is another lockdown being considered? Have weather conditions limited produce availabili­ty? These questions need to be asked and answered early so you can make plans one way or the other. Don’t be the last to know ... or you’ll miss out when you finally get to the market.

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