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Emergency Preparedness-1st Quarter

Emergency preparedness can seem overwhelming if you are just starting to put your storehouse in order. However, if you take it in smaller chunks, it is much easier to not only wrap your brain around, but also it is easier financially. Let's face it, all at once it can be quite expensive to put together. But a little at a time makes it a feasible goal.

Over the years, I have gathered several different resources to help me get my own emergency preparedness put together. I have shared some of these in the past and I thought it might be nice to share another one I have over four weeks. I have chosen to break things down by quarter so that these articles aren't so long and so it isn't so overwhelming all at once.

Here is the plan for the 1st quarter:

January

Week 1: Popcorn--invest in a pop corn popper, if you do not have one. Lower your family's fat intake by popping the old fashioned way instead of in the microwave.

Week 2: Detergents, bleach, and other cleansers. (Don't forget to look for manufacturer coupons!) Add vinegar and baking soda to your cleanser list.

Week 3: Emergency Supplies--Medicine chest, multiple vitamins, vitamin C for flu and cold season.

Week 4: Solid shortening. It is less expensive than oil and stores longer.

Emergency Supplies: Put some money aside each month to be used for emergencies only. Find a safe place to keep it. Make sure you have some small bills and coins, in case the power is off and there is still a gallon of milk on the shelf to buy, IF you have the exact amount (or close) to pay.

February

Week 1: Emergency Supplies--Personal products, soap, deodorant, toilet paper, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, floss, razor blades, etc.

Week 2: Peanut butter. This is a good protein for your family. (If you have peanut allergies, substitute another protein source for your family.)

Week 3: Canned meats--corned beef, Spam, chicken, tuna, salmon, etc.

Week 4: Emergency Supplies--First Aid supplies-bandages, Neosporin, Benadryl, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.

Emergency Supplies: Put some money aside this month to be used for emergencies only. Find a safe place to keep it.

March

Case Lot Sales at local grocery stores. Many stores have case lots sales at this time. Stock up on soups, vegetables, fruits, and other items your family enjoys.

Emergency Supplies: Put some money aside this month to be used for emergencies only. Find a safe place to keep it.

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