Jodi’s Three Month Supply Problem


  • Basement junk making it difficult to reach long term food storage buckets
  • Bags of groceries dumped on the floor BESIDE the shelves
  • Canning supplies scattered in multiple places
  • Shelves for 3 month supply are hard to access, hard to see, and hard to reach

My big excuse is that I had a baby 7 weeks ago. So for probably a good 5-6 months I avoided going down to the storage area like a plague. My sweet hubby would refill my containers upstairs with my long term foods. And my sweet 5 year old son would run down and grab cans of veggies or soup when I needed them for a recipe.

The problem could no longer be ignored when I sent my son down to grab a can of tomato soup for a recipe. He told me there wasn’t any. I didn’t believe him, because I should have at LEAST 10 cans down there. The soup is normally on the left shelf (see above) so I had to navigate around that junk to look for the soup. To my dismay there WASN’T any TOMATO SOUP. UGH! This is not supposed to happen to me.

  • A complete reorganization of my storage space
  • Elimination of space hogging (and leak-prone) water jugs
  • Discarding of multiple foods items that were long past expiration
  • Re-inventory of my three month supply spreadsheet

Once I had reorganized and catalogued my foods I realized how much I had depleted my storage over the past months. My “three month supply” was more like a partial 2 week supply plus a billion stewed tomatoes and mandarin oranges.


  • Print out my list of “Need to Buy” items
  • Use Deals to Meals (LOVE THEM!) over the next few weeks to catch the items when they are on sale
  • Put foods straight onto shelves as I purchase them
  • Fill up my new water storage boxes
  • Buy or build more Can Racks as needed to improve rotation
  • Buy better shelves some day (these are second hand and kind of odd-sized)
  • Keep stocking up on my long term food storage now that I’m using it so much!

We quite often get asked to see an example of a filled out sheet, but I’ve always been a little embarrassed to share what we eat. I’ve finally overcome my fear and I’m willing to share. Hope it is helpful for you!

Jodi’s Three Month Supply Spreadsheet


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  • Jayne

    It looks great. I wish mine was as good. What is in the smaller rectangular buckets and where did you get them?

  • Jayne

    It looks great. I wish mine was as good. What is in the smaller rectangular buckets and where did you get them?

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    I had uploaded a new version so that may be why it worked to open it. It seems like it has been working for more people now. *crossing my fingers*

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    They are freeze-dried meals from The Ready Project. You can click on their link on our left side under the sponsors. We have purchased their food as an alternate option for disasters where it might be easier to “just add water”

  • Sissa

    I didn’t have a problem downloading it. I clicked on “open”, and then saved it. Reopened to make sure it looked fine and it does.

  • Sissa

    I didn’t have a problem downloading it. I clicked on “open”, and then saved it. Reopened to make sure it looked fine and it does.

  • Pam

    What is stored in the containers that look like pull out drawers? Interesting. Looks like something I might have to invest in. Just curious

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      They are freeze-dried meals from The Ready Project. You can click on their link on our left side under the sponsors. We have purchased their food as an alternate option for disasters where it might be easier to “just add water”

  • Pam

    What is stored in the containers that look like pull out drawers? Interesting. Looks like something I might have to invest in. Just curious

  • http://www.christinehudnall.com Christine – Hammock House

    Okay, I tried to open straight from link and it worked. Then I saved it, again, tried to open, and it didn’t work from the saved.

    Just an update. :o)

  • http://www.christinehudnall.com Christine – Hammock House

    I tried downloading 3 times, in case of transmission corruption – Nada. Still cannot get it to open. Not even with Microsoft OfficeSpreadsheet or OpenOffice Calc.

    Unknown or unsupported Excel file format is the error message I get, along with corrupt message.

  • DensieCF2

    Great job reorganizing! It looks fantastic and inspired me to go clean up my mess.

  • DensieCF2

    Great job reorganizing! It looks fantastic and inspired me to go clean up my mess.

  • scrapbaby6

    I can’t get it to work either. :(

  • scrapbaby6

    I can’t get it to work either. :(

  • Mgariley

    This happens to all of us.

  • Avon2891

    having dealt with a tornado less than 3 weeks ago and being the only home totaled in the county I know what it is like to know what o do to prepare and was a year ago but not now I know what you mean when you say 72 hour kits are priority. In Dec. hubby was out of work and with the holidays and company we did a fun weekend and used them to make a stay-cation weekend. Just never restocked them. On July 23 we were hit by a tornado wich rarely happens in Pa. let alone destroys only our house and downed a few trees in our county. It took the red croos 3 days to put us in a motel for 3 nites.We had a camper but a tree crushed it that day also. I cant tell you how I wish I would have updated my binder and had the 72 hour kits ready when we needed them. we have 3 kids still at home (16,14 and 2) 2 dogs and 2 cats. I was a little prepared but the camper had most of the emergency stuff in there. as we rebuild our lives I am grateful for all the knowledge shared on this and many other sites that is getting us threw. Thank You.

  • Pippie00044

    what are the square buckets, they look like meals?

  • Gllake

    It's like you snuck into my house to take a pic of my food storage room! If you have the time and energy to get it under control and so well organized when you have a 7 week old baby, I have NO excuses! I saw your spread sheet, and I totally need something like that for my kitchen. I also have a basement storage room and am forever forgetting what's down there, till I go and organize it again and realize half of it expired. Help! I have 7 kids, so I really need to be on top of this!!!

  • Gllake

    One reason why the church recommends storing whole wheat is because you can survive on it in extreme conditions and it lasts forever. You can grind it and bake with it, or boil it on the stove. If you don't have a wheat griner, you can make whole wheat blender pancakes for a healthy breakfast. I'm sure Jodi can give much more info. :)

  • DensieCF2

    The other error message I get is that it is a tab delimited document, not a valid Excel document

  • Mgariley

    This happens to all of us.

  • Lanna

    Oh, it's always fun seeing someone else's pantry. :D
    Wow, that is one detailed kind of spreadsheet. It would take me days to go and catalog every single thing I have stockpiled, but suffice it to say, my depression-era grandparents would be impressed (plus being unemployed for a while there wasn't as bad as it could've been!). :)

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    I don't know why the link isn't working for some people. It opens fine for me! If you can't get it to work feel free to email us at info @ foodstoragemadeeasy . net and I will try sending you the file attached to an email. Sorry ladies!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YXJY7PCG6VPMO7FLTT7W4S3SXQ april h

    poo :( i cant open it either

  • Avon2891

    having dealt with a tornado less than 3 weeks ago and being the only home totaled in the county I know what it is like to know what o do to prepare and was a year ago but not now I know what you mean when you say 72 hour kits are priority. In Dec. hubby was out of work and with the holidays and company we did a fun weekend and used them to make a stay-cation weekend. Just never restocked them. On July 23 we were hit by a tornado wich rarely happens in Pa. let alone destroys only our house and downed a few trees in our county. It took the red croos 3 days to put us in a motel for 3 nites.We had a camper but a tree crushed it that day also. I cant tell you how I wish I would have updated my binder and had the 72 hour kits ready when we needed them. we have 3 kids still at home (16,14 and 2) 2 dogs and 2 cats. I was a little prepared but the camper had most of the emergency stuff in there. as we rebuild our lives I am grateful for all the knowledge shared on this and many other sites that is getting us threw. Thank You.

  • Egross_jr

    Do you live in earthquake country? May wish to consider ways to protect your food storage from possible earthquakes etc. It would be ashame to have some of your food storage damaged, smashed, or spilled etc.

  • Nanniereese

    I tried opening this up and all I saw was weird symbols. I have seen from other comments that they are having the same trouble. Jodi…how else can we view it?

  • http://theharriedhomemakerpreps.blogspot.com/ Emily

    It's not working for me either. It's just showing up as a bunch of random symbols.

  • Pippie00044

    what are the square buckets, they look like meals?

  • Gllake

    It’s like you snuck into my house to take a pic of my food storage room! If you have the time and energy to get it under control and so well organized when you have a 7 week old baby, I have NO excuses! I saw your spread sheet, and I totally need something like that for my kitchen. I also have a basement storage room and am forever forgetting what’s down there, till I go and organize it again and realize half of it expired. Help! I have 7 kids, so I really need to be on top of this!!!

  • DensieCF2

    I couldn't see the sheet, the error message was that it wasn't an excel file, even though it clearly has an xls designator.

  • DensieCF2

    The other error message I get is that it is a tab delimited document, not a valid Excel document

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    I don’t know why the link isn’t working for some people. It opens fine for me! If you can’t get it to work feel free to email us at info @ foodstoragemadeeasy . net and I will try sending you the file attached to an email. Sorry ladies!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YXJY7PCG6VPMO7FLTT7W4S3SXQ april h

    poo :( i cant open it either

  • Egross_jr

    Do you live in earthquake country? May wish to consider ways to protect your food storage from possible earthquakes etc. It would be ashame to have some of your food storage damaged, smashed, or spilled etc.

  • Jennifer

    Just clicked on the link to try it and it worked o.k. for me.

  • Marguerite

    Did anyone else have trouble with the excel file?

  • Nanniereese

    I tried opening this up and all I saw was weird symbols. I have seen from other comments that they are having the same trouble. Jodi…how else can we view it?

  • DensieCF2

    I couldn’t see the sheet, the error message was that it wasn’t an excel file, even though it clearly has an xls designator.

  • Jennifer

    Now that's a pretty site…I wish I had that much food storage! I've got a question for anyone who would like to comment. It seems that wheat is such a big deal in food storage plans, yet I don't really seem to use many wheat products at all. A loaf of bread lasts me several weeks and I very seldom bake anything using flour. What would be the reason that I should want to store lots of wheat?

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  • Marguerite

    Did anyone else have trouble with the excel file?

    • Jennifer

      Just clicked on the link to try it and it worked o.k. for me.

    • http://theharriedhomemakerpreps.blogspot.com/ Emily

      It’s not working for me either. It’s just showing up as a bunch of random symbols.

    • http://www.christinehudnall.com Christine – Hammock House

      I tried downloading 3 times, in case of transmission corruption – Nada. Still cannot get it to open. Not even with Microsoft Office Spreadsheet or OpenOffice Calc.Unknown or unsupported Excel file format is the error message I get, along with corrupt message.I do have a question though for Jodi! :o)

      In the ‘after’ shot, those containers near the hard white wheat – what do you store in those smaller buckets? Tried reading name, but, not a clear shot to see. Just curious, like to see ‘how’ others store there stuff.

      • http://www.christinehudnall.com Christine – Hammock House

        Okay, I tried to open straight from link and it worked. Then I saved it, again, tried to open, and it didn’t work from the saved.

        Just an update. :o)

        • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

          I had uploaded a new version so that may be why it worked to open it. It seems like it has been working for more people now. *crossing my fingers*

  • Jennifer

    Now that’s a pretty site…I wish I had that much food storage! I’ve got a question for anyone who would like to comment. It seems that wheat is such a big deal in food storage plans, yet I don’t really seem to use many wheat products at all. A loaf of bread lasts me several weeks and I very seldom bake anything using flour. What would be the reason that I should want to store lots of wheat?

    • Lanna

      Oh, it’s always fun seeing someone else’s pantry. :D
      Wow, that is one detailed kind of spreadsheet. It would take me days to go and catalog every single thing I have stockpiled, but suffice it to say, my depression-era grandparents would be impressed (plus being unemployed for a while there wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been!). :)

    • Gllake

      One reason why the church recommends storing whole wheat is because you can survive on it in extreme conditions and it lasts forever. You can grind it and bake with it, or boil it on the stove. If you don’t have a wheat griner, you can make whole wheat blender pancakes for a healthy breakfast. I’m sure Jodi can give much more info. :)