A friend suggested I should add food storage to my list of getting organized. I thought...brilliant! So I've added it. Granted, it will probably take more than a year to really get a full years supply, but I thought-heck why not start working. With the help of my Mom (thanks Mom) I put together a little list. It has items that should be stored as well as how much for each person or family. It is a great list! (My mom is super organized and I hope that it is rubbing off on me.)
So first, I went through and created my own list from her list. I had to add things like baby food, diapers, wipes, etc. Plus foods that we eat regularly that maybe she doesn't like graham crackers or juice. That kind of stuff. I went through my pantry, freezer, and cabinets and recorded what I had. I was surprised how much we do have. It was a good feeling to know we won't starve if we loose a job or there is a natural disaster. (If you are interested in my list, leave a post with your email and I'll see if I can get you a copy or perhaps post one on the blog---if I can figure that out.)
My goal is to take a different category each month and purchase a few items each time I do my grocery shopping. This way I can add to my storage without feeling the pressure in the wallet. So I figured, this month I would start with baby items. Seeing as that is kind of an important thing to have when you have a baby. I did some calculating and came up with some "interesting" numbers.
If you change your baby 5-6 times a day, you'll need 168 diapers a month.
If you use one wipe per diaper, you'll need 168 wipes a month.
If you use two wipes per diaper, you'll need 336 wipes a month.
Which means, for a year you'll need 1016 diapers for a year and between 1881-4032 wipes a year. Good numbers huh. Granted, changing diapers all depends on the baby and how much you want to change them.
Lucky for me, this number didn't scare me because as you can see, I've already got a pretty good supply of diapers and wipes. And no, they are not all the same size. I've got all different sizes. I did do a little research earlier in the year and spoke with several family members about how long their children where in which sizes. So far, it has worked out well. I think I've only had to purchase one extra package of a size to get Turner through each stage.
So since I don't really need diapers or wipes (all though you can never have enough of these.) I figured I'd focus on formula and cereal.
If you give your baby 28-30 oz. of formula/breast milk a day, you'll need about 840oz a month. (Remember, you can start giving cow's milk at a year, so don't get carried away here.)
If you feed your baby 3-4 jars of baby food a day, you'll need 112 jars a month. (Now that sounds like a lot. But don't get carried away.)
I figured with formula and baby food, if I have a months supply on hand at all times I should be okay since if I ever become desperate I can make my own baby food and baby cereal. As for formula or breast milk, that I've got to have, but I don't want to store it and not use it. That would be silly. So I've decided to store a months worth of formula/breast milk. And get stage one baby food and rice cereal for about a month. As I use it I'll replace it with the next stage so that I'm not stuck with a bunch of food that my baby doesn't need or won't eat. I'll also store some baby soaps/shampoos, an extra diaper rash cream and A&D ointment.
Now the fun part---shopping!! I'm addicted. I love to find a great deal. Probably why I enjoy coupons. So wish me luck!
Tip of the Day
Don't bite off more than you can chew. Take your storage one day at a time. Pick one item each time you shop to stock up on. Or better yet, give yourself a budget. I'll spend $5 this shopping trip to build up my food storage. That way you don't go out and spend $300 and feel sick about it.
If you have great ideas about building your stores, let us know.