I posted earlier about how building a stockpile can save you money, but where do you put all of the stuff. Space is always a consideration in stockpiling and thankfully we have been blessed to have an unfinished laundry room. One half is used for laundry and the other half was just for food storage. I’ve a shared a few ideas on how to store it all.
We own a 75 cubic feet upright deep freezer that is located in our laundry room. This freezer holds the surplus items including 30 days worth of meat. We also have a side by side refrigerator in the kitchen that holds the frozen items that will be used for the week. Our freezer is currently filled with about 15 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of rice, 40+ packs of 8 oz. shredded cheese, 10+ pounds of margarine, 1 pound of yeast, 8 pounds of frozen bagged veggies and about 6 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breast and fish. One of the ways that we are able to get so much food into such a average sized freezer is by organization.
I am wired for organization. I enjoy it and am energized by it. I enjoy fitting items into the freezer like a puzzle. I try to freeze many soft items flat and stack as much as possible. I also cook meat in advance on my cooking day. Taking meat out of original packaging and freezing it flat after cooking saved so much space. It also keeps this much more streamlined since I no long waste space with packaging.
SIDE BY SIDE
We all know about the limited amount of space available in a side-by-side refrigerator, that’s why freezing flat and stacking is all the more important. Without incorporating these techniques, I would never have room for 15 pounds of ground turkey to fit.
Freezer bags and plastic containers are my greatest resource. I usually stock up on freezer bags when CVS has their Buy-One-Get-One 50% off on all CVS items sale. They are around $1.79 on the first box and $0.89 on the second. I stick these in when I have a save $5 when you spend $15 CVS crt. This is a useful filler item to help me meet my minimum total. All of my plastic containers are re-purposed margarine and yogurt containers. These work great because of the size. They are usually around 32 ounce containers and accommodate a pound of chopped or ground meat perfectly.
The focus of my stockpile has been to build up a good supply of dry goods and non-perishables, Once this goal is met, I will then focus on buying meat and frozen veggies 60 days at a time as opposed to my current 30 day goal. Both freezers are able to comfortably accommodate 30 days worth of meat, 15+ bags of veggies and the few other bulk items in both freezers combined. I believe that when I run out of space (or money) then it is an indication to stop shopping for a while. I for see space being a problem if I were to attempt to purchase more than 60 days worth of frozen goods. It would also become a problem if I did not organize well. Finally, I’ll end by confessing that nothing I do is spectacular. It has been God that has blessed my family beyond measure. It is by His grace that the deals and the opportunities fall into my lap. God has been able to do more with our one income than we were able to do with two. It is when we became faithful in our finances that God began to open up doors of opportunity. I am so very thankful for all of His blessings.
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.