Long Term Food Storage Part 1: Assessing and Making a Plan



Welcome back to “Tax Refund Week” where we’re sharing with you how to get big chunks of your Food Storage built, if you happen upon big chunks of change.

Today we’re going to talk about Assessing your Long Term Food Storage- and how to make a GAME PLAN from there. There are really only 2 things you need to know when you’re assessing and making a game plan. Remember, you may wish to consider your 3-month supply foods as part of your “year supply” so you would only need 9 months of traditional long term food storage.

Method 1: Food Storage Calculator

The Long Term Food Storage we’re talking about – is the basic survival foods. Grains, Legumes, Baking Supplies, Fats, and Dairy. There are a lot of calculators that generally give the same basic recommendations of what to store- and how much to store. Our excel calculator will tell you what you need to store based on how many people, and how many months you tell it you want to store for.

Know What You Need

Use our calculator to determine how much food you need to store depending on your families needs and goals for long term food storage.


Excel Spreadsheet
Tutorial Video

The Food Storage Calculator is also available in printable pdf format

Know What You Have

Once you have inputed how many members in your family, and how many months, use the spreadsheet to input what you already have in your storage – then watch as the numbers automatically are calculated and you’re given your own customized shopping list of what to buy.

Method 2: Food Storage Software

We were recently invited to test out a new Food Storage Planning software and we think it may be a good solution for those who like to track their storage in great detail or who may have unique circumstances where a standard calculator doesn’t meet their needs. Food Storage Planner is fully customizable for specific needs, gender, and age, such as diapers, allergies, toiletries, and so forth. You can read more about all of the features on their website.

Know What You Need

You can plan for any time period from 1 week to 1000 years. This software automatically gives recommendations for many many items but has the flexibility to choose the items you want to track and make substitutions as necessary. Go through and input your customizations to get your personalized plan for your family. Since we are talking about Long Term Food Storage this week I would stick with just those food items for now.

Know What You Have

The software will let you input what you already have and also helps to track expiration dates. You can then sort your shopping list by whatever way makes sense for you to stay organized. Print out your list and reports so you can have them right in front of you and THEN it’s shopping time!

DISCOUNT

The owners of Food Storage Planner were kind enough to offer a discount to Food Storage Made Easy readers. If you order their software either on disc or in download form simply enter FSMADEEASY as a coupon code and you will get $13.00 off. You enter the coupon code at the END of the checkout process.

Now that you have your plan, and know what you need, tomorrow we will cover Part 2: Buying Long Term Food Storage.


  • Karen

    This software looks great. I tried to use your coupon code, but it won’t take it. Any ideas?

    • Did you do it in all capitals? I tested it last night and the coupon showed
      up at the very end of the checkout process. It was $13.00 off. Let me know
      if you try again and it doesn’t work and I can email them and see what is
      going on.

      • I’m getting an “invalid coupon” message when I enter it and I copy and pasted the code in.

        • I just heard back from Sarah at Food Storage Planner. She said they are working on fixing the coupon code. In the meantime you can call or email her and she will personally apply the FSMADEEASY coupon code for your order manually. Her number is 435-249-0623 or her email is fsp@foodstorageplanner.com. Otherwise, I will post back here when the problem seems to be fixed. Sorry for the trouble ladies!

          • FoodStoragePlanner

            If you could send me the exact state of your cart when it fails to apply the coupon, I would appreciate it. What products you added, and the address you entered. fsp@foodstorageplanner.com

            And we’ll track down why it works for most but not for some…

          • Coupon code is now working! Thank you! 🙂

        • Sarah

          If you copy and paste it in, there’s a possibility a space can be left in front, and that will invalidate the code. Otherwise it’s worked fine.

      • Karen

        Yep – I copy and pasted, tried lower case, typed it in, etc. No go.

        • I just heard back from Sarah at Food Storage Planner. She said they are working on fixing the coupon code. In the meantime you can call or email her and she will personally apply the FSMADEEASY coupon code for your order manually. Her number is 435-249-0623 or her email is fsp@foodstorageplanner.com. Otherwise, I will post back here when the problem seems to be fixed. Sorry for the trouble ladies!

        • Sarah Nemelka Mansfield

          Karen, I’m not sure what could be causing your error, but I’d be happy to process the order for you personally with the discount if you give me a call at 435-249-0623. The code seems to be working fine for most orders, so I’d also love to troubleshoot with you to figure out what might be going wrong. Call me!

          –Sarah, FoodStoragePlanner.com

  • mine depends on who is home. I have 2 girls gone away to college and one is 3 states away. If something happens during a break or a summer, then for the 5 of us, it is about 4 months worth. If the girls are at school, then it is about 7 months worth, the one is close enough she could eventually walk home, in a week or two.
    My ex husband has a jeep and a motor cycle, I am hoping one of them would work and he would be able to go get her. The other child has instructions to head for the closest military base since she has an ID card. She should be able to get help there, I hope.
    We are of course still adding to it and planting a larger garden so….

  • According to the free calculator, when my Azure Standard order arrives on Friday we will be set for at least 3 months. Some things I am set for year or longer. But it is only in the past 10 days I have finally gotten hubby on board.

    The software you linked to looks good – and thanks for getting us a discount code!

  • According to the free calculator, when my Azure Standard order arrives on Friday we will be set for at least 3 months. Some things I am set for year or longer. But it is only in the past 10 days I have finally gotten hubby on board.

    The software you linked to looks good – and thanks for getting us a discount code!