Financial Preps: Julie’s Do-Over

For our Food Storage Do-Over this week we are focusing on financial preps. Like all aspects of food storage and preparedness you can’t just do this once and be done with it forever. You have to “rotate” so to speak. In other words, you need to update.

For a complete list of things we have thought about updating see the week 2 do-over post here.

Today I’m sharing one of the things I have been working on this week. This isn’t a one-size fits all kind of project. It’s personal, some of it private, and custom to each families situation. Some of these ideas may help you. You may have additional suggestions or experience. I’m just sharing a portion of what I have been working on today.



While I did work on updating my emergency binder, wills, passwords etc… my main project was to come up with a list and set of instructions on how to pay the bills for my husband should a big “What if?” happen to me.

Now before you go all “gender role” critical on me… my husband is great. We are great. We have a great marriage. Just because I do the physical act of paying the bills doesn’t mean anything. I had to get that out there because I’ve seen people get critical on this subject matter. In our house we divide and conquer and I manage paying the bills.

Before going on vacation, having a baby, or putting our tax paperwork together I always start worrying. What if I died? That’s hard to even type. It’s a thing no one likes thinking about or talking about. However, if I did die there would be a whole lot of C-H-A-O-S around here and just the thought of that makes me want to be better about “preparing” for that.

So this week I made a list of ALL the bills we pay, how we pay them, and when to expect them etc. I used my credit card statements and bank statements for the last year to check myself in case I forgot something. Since I was doing my taxes anyways I had all this stuff pulled out. It was the only silver lining that came from doing my taxes this year.

I thought you all might like to see a template of what I did. So I made a more generic file to give you that you can modify and make your own. If you use excel you can type it all in. If you don’t have excel there is a PDF version with an example on page one and a blank one on page 2 you can download and use.


Here are some disclaimers:

  • I erased all my personal information and put some pretend stuff in this spreadsheet so you could see examples.
  • It’s in excel so you can modify it to fit your needs.
  • When I made mine, I chose not to put the passwords directly on the saved file. I printed it out and hand wrote them in. As I update this each year I will have a great start and just check the passwords, add new bills, remove old bills.
  • I’ll store a couple copies in different safe, undisclosed locations. Well I’ll disclose those locations to my husband and another family member.
  • If you have any suggestions on things to add feel free to leave a comment or email us. I didn’t attempt to guess every single bill everyone would ever pay so just add line items to fit your needs.
  • This is strictly bill payment. In my emergency binder I have retirement account info, bank account info, a will, and a whole slew of other information.

When I told my husband this was all ready for him he got a panicked look on his face. He said “Can’t you just make me a video explaining this all and I’ll just watch it if I have to?”. Yes it’s hard to do this folks. But you’ll feel better after you do!


Food Storage Do-Over Week 2: Financial Preps

We are excited to be starting week 2 of our food storage do-over! Last week we saw a lot of great progress from all those participating and we are excited to keep going. If you didn’t catch last week’s post you can see it here.

Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you’d like to receive email notifications of each week’s do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect!


In the Emergency Prep Basics section of our website we talk about how each family should have an Emergency Binder put together. Whether it’s a natural disaster, a death in the family, or some other crisis, every household needs a plan in order to survive, cope, and recover. By creating an Emergency Binder, you and your loved ones will be better equipped to endure unexpected adversity and enjoy peace of mind. It’s a great feeling to be prepared! Along with your emergency binder we want to look at a few other financial/legal areas this week.

If you are BRAND NEW and don’t have an Emergency Binder check out our post on how to make your own which includes compiling the following documents etc.

✓ Birth certificates
✓ Passports
✓ Immunization records
✓ CASH – keep small bills
✓ Copy of your will
✓ Medical information
✓ Military and church papers
✓ Diplomas and transcripts
✓ Marriage certificates
✓ Adoption papers
✓ Current pictures of family
✓ Pet records
✓ Proof of citizenship
✓ Homeowners insurance policy
✓ Auto insurance policy
✓ Life insurance policy
✓ Medical insurance policy
✓ Pictures and lists of all your personal belongings
✓ Contact information for insurance agents
✓ Copies of your credit
✓ Bank statements
✓ Retirement statements
✓ Social security statements
✓ Internet passwords
✓ Utility statements
✓ Work/tax documents that would be difficult to replace
✓ Deeds to properties
✓ Titles to cars, boats etc
✓ Warranty information

We recommend storing your binder in a portable waterproof/fireproof safe. You can grab it and run in an emergency but it will be safe in case your home burns or floods while you are not home. It’s also a great idea to make photocopies or electronic copies of all the contents and store it off-site in a safety deposit box or at the home of a trusted individual.

If you get your binder finished, consider looking at some of the “other” suggested tasks in the DO-OVER section below.

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress in our Food Storage Do-Over Facebook Group!


Emergency Binder

If you already have a good start on your Emergency Binder chances are you will need to update it. Here are some things that require frequent updates:

- Password lists for all your financial accounts (Facebook thread on managing passwords)
- List of bills you pay, and how you pay them (auto-draft vs. check etc.)
- Wills
- Medical records
- Insurance paperwork
- Financial account statements
- Go over your plan with anyone in your family that needs to know this information

Other financial/legal tasks to consider this week

  • ONLINE BACKUP: Do you have a plan for backing up your computers and other devices? It’s always a good idea to have multiple backup options. We recommend backing up to an external hard-drive while also using an automatic online backup service such as Mozy, Carbonite, or Crashplan.
  • LEGAL MATTERS: A basic will should be included in your emergency binder but there are also other legal documents you may want to explore. We shared our learnings from a class on estate planning given in our church in this blog post that explains about wills, trusts, power of attorney, etc. Review that post and consult a lawyer if you think it is something you need to work on.
  • BUDGETS/RETIREMENT PLANNING: Preparedness planning includes being financially stable and planning for your future. Take a look at your monthly budget and see where you can cut any expenses. Look at your retirement accounts and commit to contributing a little more each month. Dave Ramsey has some great BabySteps to follow to really get your financial life under control. We recommend his book The Total Money Makeover.

    Don’t forget to come over and share your progress in our Food Storage Do-Over Facebook Group!

    Here are some resources both from us and all over the web that can help you if you want more depth on any areas or are looking for even more ideas of items to include in your plans. It’s always a good idea to look at multiple approaches and decide what will work best for you! And don’t forget to check out the discussions on our facebook group to catch anything we are missing or see what others are doing!

    View our Emergency Binder board on Pinterest
    How To Create An Emergency Binder: Food Storage Made Easy
    Planning For Your Family’s Future: Food Storage Made Easy
    Basic Family Binder Printables: Thirty Handmade Days
    Assembling a Red File:
    Facebook thread on managing passwords
    Financial Planning Advice:
    Prepare My Life Emergency Planner
    Fireproof/Waterproof Safes to store your binder in
    External Hard Drives for computer backup
    The Total Money Makeover

    Please pin and get your friends joining in too!


72 Hour Kits: Jodi’s Do-Over

This week we’ve working on 72 hour kits during our Food Storage Do-Over 2015. If you haven’t signed up to do the Do-Over with us it’s not too late! Today I wanted to share a little of my thought process as I work on the tasks this week, hopefully it helps you as you go through your OWN do-over!

1. Evaluate my needs
I talked through a few potential evacuation scenarios with my husband. In our situation I need to be prepared to evacuate quickly with a high probability of him not being there. This means I need a complete bag for myself and can’t depend on being able to have him carrying anything. I can put a few “non-essentials” in my bigger kids’ packs but they may be at school and unreachable temporarily so again I don’t want to depend TOO much on that.

Each individual bag will have clothes, food, water, and warmth items for that specific person. It should also include a current picture, contact info, and an emergency whistle for signaling in case we get separated. My kids are all big enough to be able to carry their own packs now, hurray!

2. Look at what I already have
I had a big hodge-podge of stuff in my kits from various times I’ve re-organized them in the past. Sometimes I decide I want real food, then other times I decide I don’t want to rotate the food (see this post for why) so I get a bunch of meal bars, then I discover my kids hate them so I try to add food back in (see my daughter pictured below, lol). It’s a vicious cycle! I decided to dump it all out and go down the list we posted for week 1 and make sure I’ve got all of the tools loaded into MY pack, extras loaded in my husband, and a few bonus items in my big kids packs. Then I evaluated food and water needs AGAIN.


3. Packs
I have purchased inidivudal 72 hour kits from Thrive Life and Emergency Essentials in the past to get a bunch of the basics tools/supplies all at once. I love their sturdy RED backpacks. I use those for my husband and I since our kits are the heaviest. For the kids’ packs we just use random old backpacks from around the house. We seem to have no shortage of those. They pick the one they want to use so it’s easy to remember whose is whose.

72 Hour Kit Re-Do

4. Tools/Supplies
Matching up my actual supplies with the list posted earlier this week helped me find a few things I need to get. Some of the ideas in the Do-Over Facebook Group also added to my “to-buy” list. I put this list in my phone and started checking things off and sticking them in the packs as I got them purchased.


5. Food/Cooking
As mentioned above, I do have enough 3600 calorie bars for each person (needed to buy one more for my youngest child). I decide what I would like to have is one cooked meal per day plus three meals worth of foods plus snacks that don’t require cooking. I used lots of the ideas found on this post to make my master shopping list. I bought my meals from Thrive Life (they are the best tasting and most filling of the ones I’ve tested) and the rest of the food just from Wal-Mart. I made sure to add in a cooking container and fuel to cook the meals.

6. Clothes
Here is where my biggest fail was. While I had gone in and messed around with food over the years, I hadn’t swapped out kids’ clothes for about two years. My kids had a big giggle trying on the old clothes from their kits. We decided to go to a second hand store and buy two outfits for each kid in one size too big (we also grabbed a pair of shoes to keep in our car kits while we were there). That way I don’t have to feel bad wasting outfits in a kit that will never get worn. In the spring when I rotate my kids again I will hit a second hand store again and move those two outfits into their wardrobe since by that time they should actually FIT.

To finish up I am going to type up a contents list of what is in each bag so that when I am looking for a specific item in an emergency I can know where to find it. I haven’t made it that far yet but I’ll share it here when it’s done!

How is YOUR 72 hour kit do-over going???

Food Storage Do-Over Week 1: 72 Hour Kits

We are sooooo excited to be starting off the food storage do-over! Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group click here. If you’d like to receive email notifications of each week’s do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect!

Food Storage Do-Over Week 1:  72 Hour Kits

We heard a statistic once that if you have 3 days of food and water on hand you will be more prepared for an emergency than 95% of the world. 72 hour kits play a key role in both having food on hand AND having food and supplies ready to grab and go in an emergency. Remember you may be evacuating on foot and won’t necessarily have the supplies which are in your car, so you may need to double-up on items you usually keep in a car kit.

This week we just want to focus on the food, water, and tools for your kits. We usually recommend you also include an emergency binder as part of your kit but we will hit that in more detail next week.

If you are BRAND NEW and don’t have a 72 hour kit yet, never fear. It’s pretty easy to compile a simple one. There are a lot of lists online of what you should include in a kit. Here are some of the most common items we’ve seen:

- 3 day supply of water (mylar pouch water bags are ideal)
- 3 day supply of food (click here for food ideas)
- Tools to cook your food if applicable
- Dishes/utensils for foods if applicable

Clothes/Shelter/Temperature Control
- Change of clothes
- Warm clothes if it’s winter
- Sewing kit
- Sturdy shoes
- Emergency Blankets or sleeping bags
- Rain poncho
- Body warmer
- Tarp and rope or a tent
- Wind/waterproof matches
- Candles
- Coffee can heater

Hygiene/Sanitation/Personal Needs
- Prescription medications
- Extra pair of glasses or Contact solution and spare case
- Trash bags
- Personal hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, tampons, etc.)
- Sanitation supplies (toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer)

Tools/Emergency Supplies
- Emergency credit card and cash in small bills
- First aid kit
- Battery powered radio
- Flashlights, headlamp, or powercap
- Extra batteries
- Glow stick
- Small shovel
- Swiss army knife and/or multipurpose tool
- N95 dust mask
- Work gloves
- Maps of surrounding areas
- Blank CD or other item to signal for help
- Whistle

- Pictures of each family member
- Contact information for emergency contacts
- Baby supplies
- Games and books
- Pet food and supplies

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress on this week’s thread in the facebook group!

If you already have a basic kit put together but haven’t pulled it open for a while, here are some ideas of things you can do to re-fresh your kits this week.

- Rotate food and water as necessary
- Check/rotate matches and other fuel supplies
- Swap out seasonal clothing and shoes
- Update kids’ clothes to correct sizes
- Rotate baby supplies (diapers in correct size, formula expiration dates, etc.)
- Check batteries for flashlights and radios
- Check medicine expiration dates and supply levels
- Updated pictures and medical information for each family member
- Updated emergency contact information
- Look at some of the lists in the resources below and add a few additional items to your kit that you are missing

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress on this week’s thread in the facebook group!
Here are some resources both from us and all over the web that can help you if you want more depth on any areas or are looking for even more ideas of items to include in your kits. It’s always a good idea to look at multiple approaches and decide what will work best for you! And don’t forget to check out the discussions on our facebook group to catch anything we are missing or see what others are doing!

View our 72 Hour Kit board on Pinterest
How To Make A 72 Hour Kit (original milk jug idea)
Camping with Thrive (great ideas for portable meal/snack options)
72 Hour And Disaster Kits For Babies/Toddlers
Disaster Kit Scavenger Hunt
Pets And Preparedness (72 hour kit ideas for pets)
Survival Kit Ideas Week by Week
Starting Your 72 Hour Kits (list plus packaging and purchasing tips)
How to Build the Ultimate Bug-Out-Bag (intense level of detail here!)

You may already have many of the kit items already hanging around your house. It’s easy enough to gather them up into a spare backpack. But sometimes people just want to buy a kit already put together. Here are two places you can look for options. Of course you will need to add your own clothing, and we recommend putting in some “real” food in too as those emergency bars aren’t that enjoyable as your only food source!

Basic 3 Day Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials
Magnum 1-Person Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials
2 Person Survival Pack from Thrive Life
Expedition Basic 4 Person Kit from Thrive Life
InstaFire Fire Starter

Please pin and get your friends joining in too!

Food Storage Do-Over Week 1:  72 Hour Kits

Food Storage DO-OVER 2015

Whether you are a beginner or a food storage veteran, everyone’s food storage can use either a do-over or at least a “refresh”!


Is getting back on track with your Food Storage one of your goals for this year? It’s easy to feel like you are “done” when you’ve been doing it for a while, but are you really ever DONE? Or maybe your diet has changed since you started, or you’ve learned a lot more about what types of foods you really want to be storing? Well have no fear, we’re here to help! And we’ll be joining you for the adventure.

Introducing the Food Storage Do-Over

This is your chance to take a look at your emergency preparedness and food storage plans and think about them with fresh eyes. We will walk through the process in a 16 week series of blog posts to help you analyze what is working, what’s not, and to fill in any missing cracks you might have in your plans. The best part is we will be doing it TOGETHER

How it Works

Every week on Wednesday we will be posting one topic related to emergency preparedness or food storage. We will look at JUST that one component of our preps and really figure out exactly where we want to be and see what we are missing still. This could be stuff we need to buy, recipes we need to print, skills we need to learn, etc. We will be sharing on our social media channels and on our blog about all the different things we are doing each week to hopefully give you ideas about what you may want to work on for YOUR do-over.

CLICK HERE to be notified of each week’s tasks/resources via email.

How to Participate as a Group

While we will be doing the blog posts each week, the greatest learning will happen as we all share with each other. As we share good resources, ideas, pictures, and hold each other accountable we will see so much more success. To participate as a group:

  • We have set up a brand new Facebook group where everyone who is participating in the Food Storage Do-Over can share what they are doing.
  • We will be posting on our instagram (follow us @foodstoragemadeeasy) and using the hashtag #fsdo. Please feel free to post your own pictures and use that hashtag too!

Schedule of Topics

WEEK 1 – BASIC EPREP: 72 Hour Kits (Jan 14-Jan 20)
Food, water, and supplies

WEEK 2 – BASIC EPREP: Financial Preps (Jan 21-Jan 27)
Update emergency binder, estate plans, passwords document, etc.

WEEK 3 – BASIC EPREP: Car Kits / Evacuation Plans (Jan 28-Feb 3)
Update supplies, go over plans with family

WEEK 4 – BABYSTEP 1: Shelves (Feb 4-Feb 10)
Organize space, plan where things will go, buy/make shelves

WEEK 5 – BABYSTEP 2: Water Storage (Feb 11-Feb 17)
Add containers, evaluate purification options, other sources

WEEK 6 – BABYSTEP 3: 3 Month Supply (Feb 18-Feb 24)
Pantry inventory, analyze 3 month plan, restock

WEEK 7 – BABYSTEP 4: Long Term Food Storage (Feb 25-Mar 3)
Update recipes, buy cookbooks, inventory your current supplies, evaluate dietary needs, make a plan

WEEK 8 – BABYSTEP 5: Grains (Mar 4-Mar 10)
Restock as necessary, print/try new recipes, test wheat grinders, experiment with different grains

WEEK 9 – BABYSTEP 6: Legumes/Meats
Restock as necessary, print/try new recipes, experiment with different legumes, plan for purchasing or preserving meats

WEEK 10 – BABYSTEP 7: Baking Ingredients
Restock as necessary, evaluate what you use and don’t use, donate items you may not cook with any more

WEEK 11 – BABYSTEP 8: Fruits and Vegetables
Plan for purchasing or preserving produce, educate on gardening/preservation, evaluate needs, purchase as necessary

WEEK 12 – BABYSTEP 9: Comfort Foods
What do you have, how do you rotate, what could you buy to make more “regular” meals, restock chocolate

WEEK 13 – BABYSTEP 10: Non Food Items
Toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper goods, evaluate and restock as necessary

WEEK 14 – ADVANCED EPREP: Powerless cooking
What are your sources, restock fuel, add to your options

WEEK 15 – ADVANCED EPREP: Shelter/Heating/Cooling
What are your plans, buy tools as needed to provide shelter and keep temperature controlled

WEEK 16 – ADVANCED EPREP: Sanitation/First Aid
What are your plans, restock as necessary

WEEK 17 – ADVANCED EPREP: Protection/Self Defense
What are your plans, what do you need to buy, what classes should you be taking

We are so excited to spend the next few months working on RE-DOING our food storage and prepping plans. It is going to be so fun and rewarding to see the results along the way!

Don’t forget to come join the Facebook Group and you will get notified when WEEK 1 goes live next week!

“Budget-Friendly” 12 Days of Food Storage Christmas

Last year someone did a 12 Days of Christmas for our family for the 12 days leading up to Christmas Eve. We would find a surprise gift on our porch that was something fun for the kids or an inexpensive gift with a nice message. It’s always fun to see what the surprise will be the next day!

If you have family, friends, or neighbors who you have been wanting to introduce to the world of preparedness, this could be a fun way to do it. We’ve put together 12 days of free or inexpensive (under $1) gifts that follow along our 10 babysteps to help someone get started and hopefully peak their curiosity to learn even more.

12 Days of Food Storage Christmas

Feel free to adapt this to meet your needs. You can do all 12 days at once as a “getting started” package for someone for a gift. You can spend a little more money and do some of the bigger ideas we share for each day if you don’t want to do the full 12 days activity. Don’t forget to download the tags and labels for each day and Merry Christmas!!!

Download tags and labels for all 12 days here

12 Dasy of Food Storage Christmas

Emergency Preparedness is always a great place to start. Print out our in depth Emergency Preparedness Plan that your loved one can fill out as a starting point for their family. Roll it up and tie a pretty ribbon around it and attach the Day 1 tags and labels to it. You could also include a personal note letting them know that you will be giving them some fun little gifts over the next few days to help them be more prepared.

More expensive gift ideas
Prepare My Life Planner
Pre-made 72 hour kits

We have two ideas for day 2. Babystep #1 is shelves so you can build a little rotating can shelf out of cardboard and stick the day 2 tags on it. Download the instructions here and you can even give them a copy so they can make their own additional units to fill their pantry. If you don’t have the time or patience to do this, you can opt to print out our Small Spaces Storage Solutions handout which gives lots of ideas on sneaky places to store food storage. Again, this can be rolled up with a cute ribbon tied around it and the Day 2 tags added to make it fun

More expensive gift ideas
Canorganizers (Commercially made cardboard can racks for pantry)
Cansolidators (Plastic can racks for pantry)
Harvest Shelves (72″ rotating can rack shelf)

Babystep #2 is water, one of the most critical components of any preparedness or food storage plan. For today you can either recycle a few empty pop or juice containers and fill them with clean water, or you can splurge and grab a few little water pouches that can be great for 72 hour kits or car emergency kits. Depending on how many you buy they can be less than $0.50 each! Whichever option you opt for, add your Day 3 tag to make it cute.

More expensive gift ideas
Berkey Water Purification Systems

Babystep #3 is to put together a 3 month supply of regular foods. Print out these worksheets to help someone get started on their 3 Month Plan. 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 forms found here. Put the printed worksheets in sheet protects or roll them up and tie a ribbon around them. Don’t forget to attach the Day 4 tag!

More expensive gift ideas
Subscription to Deals to Meals (grocery savings program)

Babystep #4 is an introduction to long term food storage foods. People often get overwhelmed with how much and what to buy. Here is a handout that includes instructions and a simple food storage calculator that you can print out, tie a ribbon around, add the cute Day 5 Tags, and give to someone. This will help them determine quantities of foods to purchase based on their family size.

More expensive gift ideas
I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage
Country Beans
Dinner is in the Jar
Cooking with Food Storage Made Easy

Babystep #5 is learning to use grains, and more specifically wheat. People often have a hard time using wheat if they don’t have a wheat grinder. If you haven’t tried making Blender Wheat Pancakes you are missing out! This is something easy you can make that uses wheat with no wheat grinder required. Put the ingredients in a baggie, tie a ribbon around it and a recipe card with instructions. Don’t forget to add the Day 6 tag as well. It wont cost you much, but will surely impress and motivate someone to use their food storage.

More expensive gift ideas
WonderMill Wheat Grinder

Babystep #6 moves on to learning about beans/legumes. Legumes can be very intimidating to a lot of people so this is a great one to help people realize they aren’t so bad. Purchase a 1 lb bag of 12 bean soup mix from the grocery store ($1-$2). Tie a ribbon around it and include the Day 7 Tags. Include this 12 Bean Soup Recipe on a cute recipe card for them, it’s delicious!

More expensive gift ideas
Electric Pressure Cooker (makes it EASY to cook dry beans)
Instant Beans from Thrive Life (no soaking or long cook times)

Babystep #7 covers baking ingredients that are necessary for you to be able to make a lot of recipes using your grains and legumes. Salt is one of those things that you run out of, and don’t necessarily think of storing. Find or buy a container of salt and make it cute with ribbons, or put it in a gift bag, and remind them Food Storage isn’t just grains and legumes.

More expensive gift ideas
Instant Powdered Milk
Whole Egg Powder
Pure Vanilla Powder

Babystep #8 is purchasing or preserving fruits and vegetables. While not critical for sustaining life, fruits and vegetables are a welcome addition to any food storage program for the health benefits, variety, and to help you save money on your day to day grocery shopping. Gardening is a great way to become more self reliant. Try giving a few packs of gardening seeds to help motivate people to get going on gardening. If you know the person doesn’t have a lot of space, pick herbs, or things you can grow on kitchen counters.

More expensive gift ideas
Excalibur Food Dehydrator
Canner and canning supplies
Freeze Dried Fruits or Veggies

Babystep #9 encourages people to store comfort foods for times of crisis. This is a great day for the holidays. Even just a candy bar or 2 in your storage for just in case scenarios are great. Pick up the person’s favorite one and surprise them with a little treat to have in time of need (and tell them they can’t eat it right away, they have to store it ;) Tie a cute ribbon around the candy bar and add the Day 10 Tags and you’re all set.

More expensive gift ideas
FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer (great for preserving treats for longer storage)

Babystep #10 covers all aspects of storage that are NOT food. Although Food Storage (and Christmas for that matter) are a lot about food, we can’t forget the non-food items that are important and necessary to store not only for hygiene but also for cooking, cleaning, first aid, etc. Any inexpensive toiletry would be a great gift for this day (toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)

More expensive gift ideas
First Aid Kit

Once you have completed the first 11 days for a friend, or family member, it’s time for them to keep the journey going themselves. To help them do that, we have our BabyStep Checklists. Have the person you are giving to sign up for our free email checklists. You could even sign up for them with their email address and print out the first checklist for their gift. The checklists last for one year and are sent every 2 weeks. After following the 26 checklists they will have a full food storage for one person.

More expensive gift ideas
Food Storage Made Easy 3-Part eBook Program (buy and print out in a binder for them)


12 Days of Food Storage Christmas - Budget friendly gift ideas for increasing preparedness awareness

Preparedness Gift Ideas for Any Budget

Give the Gift of Preparedness - Gift Ideas from Food Storage Made Easy

Tired of all the Black Friday emails?  We understand!  But we also know that this is an amazing time to stock up on great preparedness gifts for your loved ones (or yourself!).  We wanted to share with you a list of preparedness gift ideas for all budgets since this is literally the cheapest you will be able to find these items all year.  Get the most bang for you buck on your preparedness gifts!

Gifts $20 and Under
- $7.99 Crank Hand Can Opener:  Our favorite can opener for opening lots of #10 cans :)
- $10.99 Thrive Potato Dices:  50% off regular retail prices, view other Thrive deals here
- $12 Food Storage Made Easy 3-Part eBook:  50% off, perfect for beginners!

- $18.99 Thrive Blackberries: 50% off regular retail prices, view other Thrive deals here
- $18-$20 Waterbricks:  Save on cost per brick depending on how many you order

Gifts $21-$70
- $24.99 Seychelle Water Filtration Pump:  50% off a filter that pumps from any location
- $34.99 Cansolidator Pantry Plus:  Largest can rotating rack view other rack size here
- $55 InstaFire Fuel Starter:  The easiest way to start a fire or cook food in any conditions
- $69 Lindon Farms Meal Bucket:  Just-add-water meals for $48 off retail price

Gifts $70-$250
- $70.99-$181.99 Thrive Life 6 Pack Bundles:  Exclusive sale through consultants
- $99 Prepare My Life Planner:  Easily create an important documents binder
- $249 Thrive Life Harvest Shelves:  Scroll to bottom, click Food Rotation Systems

Gifts $250 and Above
- $258-$325 – Berkey Water Purifiers:  Big Berkey and Royal Berkey are currently available 
- $319 All-American Sun Oven + Accessories:  Complete accessories package on sale
- $339.99 BOSCH MIXER:  Sale price only available on Monday, great low price
- $2000 Lion Energy Solar Generator:  Limit quantity available, buy early to reserve yours

We know your loved ones lives will be blessed by giving them the gift of preparedness this year, and your pocket books will be blessed by getting the gifts at great prices!


We are so excited to let you know about all of the AMAZING deals going on over Black Friday weekend. This is the BEST time of year to stock up on your food storage and emergency preparedness supplies. We have been working with all of these companies for weeks to make sure that we can get you the best prices possible on all of these great items.

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We are excited to share with you some AMAZING deals coming up next week from Thrive Life and how we can help you take advantage of them to their fullest.


Last year we started taking pre-orders for the sale and it worked great for our customers. This year we will be doing it again! We will take orders in advance and process them in the order we received them starting at midnight when the sales go live. This will help make sure you get the items you are wanting and you don’t have to worry about shopping over the weekend to catch the deals. To take advantage of this service simply fill out this secure PRE-ORDER FORM. You can see Black Friday pricing on all the products on our pre-order form.



If you aren’t able to get your pre-order form in, we will be sending out email reminders when the sale prices go live to the public. To make sure you are on our reminder list, join our Thrive Life customer list by clicking here. You will get discounted pricing, get great tips and recipes sent to you monthly, and three awesome bonuses just for signing up!


EVERY SINGLE Thrive food product is on sale, as well as quite a few shelving and emergency products. Here is a flyer for the highest discounted items. For a full price list on all Thrive items, check out our PRE-ORDER FORM.


Harvest 72′ and Harvest 72′ #10 Shelves: Retail $459.99, SALE PRICE $249.99
Cansolidator Pantry Retail $44.99, SALE PRICE $19.99
Freeze-Dried Strawberry Slices #10 Can: Retail $28.49, SALE PRICE $17.09
Freeze-Dried Blackberries #10 Can: Retail $37.99, SALE PRICE $18.99
Freeze-Dried Broccoli #10 Can: Retail $25.49, SALE PRICE $15.29
Freeze-Dried Potato Dices #10 Can: Retail $21.89, SALE PRICE $10.99
Freeze-Dried Chopped Chicken #10 Can: Retail $57.99, SALE PRICE $43.49
Freeze-Dried Shredded Mozzarella Cheese #10 Can: Retail $45.99, SALE PRICE $32.19
Italian Seasoning Blend: Retail $8.59, SALE PRICE $6.69
Providence Basic 2-Person Survival Kit: Retail $119.99, SALE PRICE $79.99

Food Storage Friendly Thanksgiving

Today we are sharing some ways you can make your Thanksgiving a little more Food Storage friendly. It’s always a great idea to rotate your food storage. Enjoy!


Green Bean Casserole

Use freeze-dried beans to save time and rotate your beans, use bean flour cream of chicken soup to make a healthier version with less fat and preservatives.
Click here for Julie’s green bean casserole recipe experiment.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Some people like whole baked sweet potatoes, others love the sugary sweet potato casserole. You can use dehydrated or freeze-dried sweet potatoes to save time in the kitchen, and it’s a great opportunity to rotate some of your basic baking ingredients like powdered milk, eggs, etc.
Check out the freeze-dried sweet potatoes at Honeyville Grain.


Making homemade rolls is definitely not a time-saver, but it is a delicious tradition for many of us. You can use your favorite bread dough recipe and make your own homemade Rhodes Rolls a few days before the craziness of Thansgiving begins.
Click here for a tutorial on making frozen rolls using our favorite recipe

Cranberry Sauce

If you love cranberry sauce you will love homemade cranberry sauce even more! You can easily make your own using freeze dried cranberries. So delicious!
Click here for an awesome recipe for homemade cranberry sauce.


If you are in a pinch on Thanksgiving Day and have forgotten to buy onions and celery, no fear. Food storage to the rescue! You can use dehydrated or freeze-dried vegetables to complete your stuffing recipe. It may not be quite the same texture (smaller chunks) but you can save time on chopping and the flavor will still be delicious.
Click here for our favorite food storage veggies.


Don’t mess with your turkey! Here is how my mom and I do turkeys and they turn out awesome. Stuff your bird with a really wet stuffing, lots of butter in it. Then cook your bird breast DOWN. All the juice will flow into the breast during cooking and it makes the best most moist turkey you will ever taste. Give it a try!

Mashed Potatoes

My LEAST favorite part of Thanksgiving is peeling hundreds of potatoes. (ok it just FEELS like hundreds, but still …) If you are willing to give it a try, you can actually make really yummy mashed potatoes using food storage. The new Mashed Potatoes from Thrive Life are made of REAL potatoes and have no additives so they are a great alternative if you just can’t face making real potatoes this year.
Click her to see the new Thrive Mashed Potatoes plus a delicious recipe.


My mom always sneaks in some mashed up carrot chunks into our turkey gravy to add a little bit of texture and some pretty color. If you want to try that but don’t want to add another item to cook, just toss in some dehydrated carrots. You may want to let them hydrate for a while first as they can tend to take a while.
Click here to check out the dehydrated carrot dices we like.


Desserts are one of the ways we recommend “sneaking” food storage into your meals if you have family members that are picky or don’t like to try new things. You can use freeze dried fruits in a fruit pie, or sub whole wheat flour or powdered eggs and milk into a cake or other baked good. Here are a few of our favorite holiday yummies that you can try yourself.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cake
Blackberry Pie
Best Sugar Cookies Ever (don’t use food storage on this one!)