If you’re a bit all over the place with your preparedness, I thought I’d share my slow and steady process to show you how quickly things can add up over time.
Honestly, I’m pretty bad about getting the exact same things each month, except for food and water. Otherwise, I do my best to get some things each month and each month they might change.
But let’s take the below as an example:
- Between 20 non-perishable food items
- Between 9 gallons of water
- One, 1lb bag of a dried herb
- One bulk item of some kind, like wheat berries or beeswax or maple syrup
- A couple books
- 4 extra crafts or office supplies
- 4 extra hygiene supplies
- One bottle of oil
If I were to this every single month for a year, at the end of that year I would have:
- 240 non-perishable food items
- 108 gallons of water
- 12 bags of dried herbs
- 12 bulk items
- 24 books
- 48 craft and office supplies
- 48 hygiene items
- 12 bottles of oil
Putting it in this kind of perspective makes you realize that this all adds up so quick!
At the time of purchasing, I’m only getting this one or two items and then just kinda throwing it in your preps.
But if you actually write it out or even just take a step back and look at your preps after some time, you’ll be AMAZED to see how much it grows over time! It’s truly remarkable how quickly it can all add up over time.
And the above was just one example. Every month is a little different. Sometimes I don’t get any hygiene items or I won’t even get a bulk item. It depends on my current needs or projects that are going on. Like sometimes I’ll buy in season produce or frozen foods so I can do some mass dehydrating. Just depends!
That brings me to my next point. Take a solid inventory. By taking and keeping inventory, you’ll see right there on paper in plain black and white how much you’re
An inventory system that I like using is by Prepper Nerd. I can keep the inventory online and print as needed. There’s even an offline version. Plus it helps calculate my needs…it has SO much information. Totally worth it.
But you can use an excel sheet, document or just good ol’ pen and paper. Whatever you want.
By keeping an inventory, you’ll be able to see any holes that need to be filled in your preps too. It’s pretty handy!
Put things in perspective! And more importantly…just keep prepping! You got this!