Week 18 Deep Pantry/Food Storage Challenge

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A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 27:12

If you are having a hard time trying to afford to fill a deep pantry read my post on“having a Deep Pantry on a tight budget” Don’t forget to share what you were able to do this past week to have a deep pantry/food storage. Let’s encourage each other. And if you have a question feel free to ask or if you have the answer to a question feel free to answer.

If you have a tip or idea you can share that also. As I said let’s make this a place where we can share and encourage others to get that deep pantry. The first month was a jump start to get a little ahead so if things go south before you can get everything you want, at least you have something to survive on. If you are just starting you will want to go back and start with January’s challenge. The amounts are for two people If you have more just double to what you need.

Also while you are doing this if you see something on sale that you think you will need to pick it up. You can catch up with the list later. Always better to buy when on sale than not.

500 Aspirin or other pain relievers/ Toiletries, Razor blades, Shave cream, floss, toothbrushes, etc.

500 Aspirin or other pain relievers whatever you and your family use if you have small children get some children’s pain reliever.

Toiletries, Razor blades If you can find a double edge razor and blades that would be good because they take up less room and you can sharpen the blades where you can’t sharpen the new disposable blades, The dollar store also has packs of five disposable razors for a dollar, And you can make your own wax to wax with if you don’t have blades ( Although pretty sure the guys are not going to wax lol so you will need blades for them )

Shave cream you can make this but you will have to have a shaving cream brush to use it.

Floss and toothbrushes you can get these at the dollar store.

Nail clippers and files are something else that would be good to have extras of.

You can make your own toothpaste if you have some baking soda.

Learn to make soap it is pretty easy and a lot of youtube videos on how to do it.

This month’s action item,  This Months Skill to learn is to Cook from Scratch the more you can make yourself the less you will have to have in food storage and it will save you a ton of money.

The extra item for this month is alternate light sources.
Obviously, lots of candles would be extremely useful. You can often find used ones for free or next to free at yard sales. If you have bees you can make your own. Save the wax from old candles and broken crayons to make new candles from.
Oil lamps are great to have too. I’ve been picking these up at yard sales for really cheap as well. The larger, outdoor style oil lanterns would be handy as well as the more decorative indoor lamps. Lamp oil is expensive; kerosene is cheaper and works just as well, although it may produce a little smoke. I’ve also read that you can burn olive oil in lamps… something I want to experiment with.
We plan on picking up some solar flashlights on top of these other things.
They have battery-powered lanterns now that are real nice. If you plan to use flashlights or any battery power item make sure to have lots of batteries on hand maybe even a solar battery charger.
Use your daylight wisely. Go to bed soon after the sun goes down, and rise with the dawn. This way you won’t use up your resources “burning the midnight oil”.
Keep a supply of lamp and candle wicks, oil, and matches on hand

Every week you will want to put back water. You can buy it, or fill your empty juice and soda bottles. You can also store water in your empty canning jars, as you empty your jars just add some water and put the lid back on. You don’t have to can this water but if you wanted to you could. You can also put water in bleach and detergent bottles ( this will be non-potable but you could flush and wash dishes with it.). You can go here for more information water.


Every week you will also want to put back a few dollars, even if it is a small amount it will add up. Save your ones and if you can your fives and all your loose change from paying with cash. It will add up pretty quickly.


Continue planning your garden and getting it ready.


What were you able to get done this week?


One Reply to “Week 18 Deep Pantry/Food Storage Challenge”

  1. NRP

    Excellent ideas on the Aspirin and pain pills.
    Might add some burn ointments and some other rash ointments.

    Also talk to your doctor about an extra months of Prescription Meds you may be on. Remember 90+% of our Pharmaceuticals come from China.

    On the toiletries, dont forget the Feminine Hygiene items.

    Lastly, to go along with learning the shutoff valves and electrical disconects….. When was the last time you had your Fire Extinguishers checked and serviced? Does everyone know how to use a Fire Extinguishers correctly?