I thought I would let you know what happened with my first shopping exercise...
I ride the bus to do my traveling, and that includes shopping. I really didn't have much food left yesterday. As I was getting ready to go, I was weak and shaking, so I decided to eat what I could before I tried to leave. I didn't expect that physical reaction, and consumed some almonds I had, a section of the homemade bread I had made the day before, and the last of some cinnamon applesauce I made this past weekend. After resting a bit, I was well enough to try to leave.
Imagine what it must be like for people all over the world who are battling starvation... I have been hungry before, lived on foods that were cheap, gone to community meals, and sought out food boxes for the poor... the effects of hunger and starvation are not something I welcome.
I finally made it to the store in the later part of the afternoon. I could only go to one store because of my morning experience, so I decided to start at WinCo. They have good bulk food prices, and reasonable prices for many other food items. Starting to fill my empty shelves with new supplies took half of the food stamps I had left for this month.
I did purchase several of my planned meal supplies, but these were for my consumption. I'm not sure how long my new food supplies will last, but the effort has begun. Stretching food supplies has been a constant part of my poverty experiences.
As I realized how difficult this new food effort would be, I decided I might need to make a separate list of my emergency foods. In thinking more about what I would be doing, including some kind of purchase references (when, where, etc.) and possibly the expiration date, if it applies to that food, would help keep track of what I have saved. Special storage containers may also be an important thing to consider.
The need to separate my regular food budget from my emergency food effort became an obvious issue as I shopped. I noticed how little $11 would buy... this was going to take a long time at this investment level. Maybe I will need to find other resources to help me speed up the effort. Making a food record for my emergency pantry seems like the best way to deal with creating my meal plans and keeping trwck of sources and expiration dates.
When I did my recordkeeping later, I made a new shopping list for my immediate needs. I am still trying to build my current food pantry with staples like flour, sugar, dry milk, condiments, bulk foods that store well, and everyday food needs.
This is an new and evolving experience for me even though I have been keeping some kind of emergency pantry for as long as I can remember. Creating a meal-based pantry is very different.
Until next post, Deb