My Foray Into Food Storage

A regular gal learning about Food Storage, Home Cooking, Canning, Gardening, and more!

Practical, Real Person, Grocery Store Shopping Prepping


This is one of my earliest posts and one of my favorites. It includes a “build your food storage for $5/wk” guide. Hope you enjoy it!

My Foray Into Food Storage

I cannot tell you how many times I have tried to search for basic preparedness information on the Internet only to find myself visiting Doomsday Prepper websites.  While there is a ton of good info, and I love my doomsday prepper friends, that’s not me.  I am a pretty positive person and think that things usually work out just fine.   Yet, when I read too many Doomsday sites, I start worrying.  A little bit of worry can spur me on and get me going with things I know I should be doing.  A lot of worrying turns into paranoia for me. 

Paranoia + Laurie = Bad Idea!

Paranoia + Laurie = Bad Idea!

I’m sure that I’m not alone in feeling this way. Maybe you’ve felt that way too, or you’ve avoided the traditional “prepping” website because you just don’t want to know or hear about everything that could go…

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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, Have a question about Food Storage? Email me:

2 thoughts on “Practical, Real Person, Grocery Store Shopping Prepping

  1. I have taken disaster training, since I live in an area where floods, tornadoes, and an earthquake fault are all in place. We have railroads tracks running through town, where freight trains pass several times a day, all loaded with dangerous chemicals. During my training, which included Search and Rescue, we were first told to prepare for 72 hours without electricity, telephone service, heat, banking service. Mostly all of the things we have grown accustomed to having at our fingertips. The last tornado that touched down had some people without services of any kind for 6 weeks, while some services were restored within 24 hours. Half of the town had to be rebuilt, so a lot of people were staying in emergency shelters. I worked for Hospice at the time, and we were shut down for over a week, mostly due to the fact that the streets were blocked by downed power lines, flooding, no street sighs, rain turning to ice and snow, and our inability to get sterile dressings because our own building had been partially destroyed. These are the disasters you have to prepare for.

    Doomsday will mean remaining underground for generations while the earth recovers from radioactivity. The first atomic bomb was tested in the 1940’s, and the ground where it was tested is still “hot”, meaning no one can live there safely. People in Hiroshima are still feeling the aftereffects of the bomb from WWII. Some day, one hundred, two hundred years maybe, the earth will regenerate, but do you really want to remain underground, raising your grandchildren, and several generations to come, until the day it is safe for them to stumble out of their caves again? I suppose someone will have to do it, but be aware that once you enter your shelter, you will never come out again.

    God bless you, and help you gain inner peace so you can make the right decisions. If you plan to shelter, store a lot of grains, beans and water. Find a place near a deep underground water spot, where you can eventually find clean water. Make the shelter deep, very deep, Make sure there is a way to get some oxygen that isn’t poisoned, so you can light a fire for warmth. Then learn about the wild foods that are edible, and be sure to pass that knowledge on to your future generations. The next beginning of the world will count on them.


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