Purchase a three month supply of foods you normally eat. Come up with meal plans for the 90 days, or buy extras of things you use a lot.
- Ask yourself these five three month supply questions to help you get started with the planning process.
- Make a list of foods you eat on a regular basis, and determine how much you would go through in three months.
- Gradually purchase these foods in bulk as they go on sale (check out Deals to Meals if you live in the Western U.S.).
- Combine sale prices with coupons for even more savings as you stock up
- Use and rotate these foods in all your daily cooking.
- Constantly replenish the stocks of these foods as they go on sale again.
- Don’t forget to include non-food items in this step as well. Get a 3 month supply of NECESSITIES such as diapers, medications, toilet paper, toiletries, etc. For a great list and tracker, see our 3 month plan spreadsheet.
- Benefits include: saving money by buying foods on sale and having foods you normally eat in times of economic or any other type of hardship.
3 Month Planning Tools
We have developed a 3 Month Food Supply Excel Worksheet that will help you outline meal plans, convert them into the number of items you need to buy automatically, and then track your inventory including current prices for each product.
We highly recommend viewing our short BASIC Tutorial Video before you start inputting information into your spreadsheet. If you aren’t familiar with excel this will make it seem so easy!
For more in depth information on the spreadsheets additional features such as the “Common Foods Sheet”, “Non-Food Items Sheet”, working with copy/paste, and adding or deleting lines, see the EXTRA Tutorial Video.
For those of you who do not have the excel program, we have made a way for you to make your 3 month food supply plan with these printable forms. There is an Instruction Sheet, a Menu Plan Sheet and an Inventory Sheet. You will need to print the Menu Plan Sheet multiple times depending on how many different meals you want to plan. There is also a video tutorial to go along with these printable forms found here. You could also try using the free program Open Office if you really want the spreadsheet format.
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