Snow can be so pretty in pictures. However, an unexpected snow storm can do more wreck more than your day. It can really wreak some havoc on your life.
Growing up in an area that gets snow several months of the year, being prepared for crazy weather was a must. It meant that within 3 hours of a storm being predicted on the weather report, the store shelves would be empty. No bread, milk, eggs. All the good snack food would be gone by then too. When we moved to the hurricane bullseye of the US, aka Charleston, I quickly realized being prepared would still be a good skill to have. It’s come in handy several times! The store shelves empty quickly as soon as we hear a hurricane might be on it’s way.
WHEN THE SNOW HAPPENS
Last winter, we got hit by snow. Actual snow. 6 inches of snow to be exact. For a place that almost never sees weather like this, it shut the area down. We didn’t leave our house for the entire week. There were 90 wrecks in our area in the first day. People were out panicking, trying to make sure they would have enough food on their shelves to ride it out. I saw several posts in the local mom’s group about people not having food. One mom asked if any of the pizza places were delivering. The thread got absolutely nasty. She got ripped apart for not having food. The roads were so bad that nobody was out on them. She got ripped apart again for expecting someone to come out to bring her food. It was terrible.
BEING PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED
It’s so easy to keep a little extra food on hand. I always teach this in my Mastering Mealtime Workshops. I think it’s so important. It doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal either. Adding just a couple extra cans of soup or a package of rice to your cart can add up to a good amount of food storage. If you grab items that are on sale, you can add to your food storage in a very frugal way!
I order most of our pantry items from Azure Standard and I always check the sales each month when I’m placing my order. If something we love is on sale that month, I’ll buy as much as I can and that makes sense for us. I’ll grab a case of a shelf stable item like organic, salt-free peanut butter, if it’s on sale. This gets us more food for our monthly food budget. It’s easy to do no matter where you shop.
Even though we may not get hit with snow more than once every 10 years or so, it makes sense to be prepared for the unexpected.
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