Organized Emergency Preparedness

To keep my food storage organized, I keep an itemized list on a clipboard (a notebook will work) of all food items by product, size, type of container, description, expiration date, and number of servings on hand.


Sugar 5 lbs Bag White, granulated 2015 111111111111
Canned Tomatoes 14.5 oz Cans Cooked and diced 2016 1111111
Lasagna #10 Cans Freeze-dried 2037 1111

I also created a spreadsheet on my computer that I can print out.  Using a pencil, I keep count by listing the number 1 (or hash marks as some may know them) for each container.  Then, when I use one, I erase one digit.  As I purchase more, I add more digits.  This informs me of what I have, how many of each item, and if there are foods I need to use because expiration date is near or passed.

With a little advanced preparation, keeping your food storage organized is easy to do.

Contributed by Betty L., a Food Insurance™ Guest Author

4 Replies to “Organized Emergency Preparedness”

  1. I would start a baby emergency fund of $ 1000. This will cover most ercegeneims except loss of a job. This is good finances as well as piece of mind.Second pat yourself on the back. You did accumulate debt, but not nearly as bad as others (myself included) and more importantly you want to pay it off.Next you need to promis to yourself that you will not accumulate more debt (outside of a house)Then pay the minimum on that student loan and attack the car loan with every extra cent you have until it is paid off, then attack the student loans.Don’t get mixed up in credit cards!!!!If you are a reader (or even if your not), check out Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover It will detail out the steps to becoming debt free and wealthy and it works

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