January 17, 2011 by Peggy Layton
If you are prepared you will not fear.
People spend a lot of money on insurance of all kinds: Life, health, hospitalization, vehicle, property, liability, home, flood, earthquake, catastrophic, malpractice and business. Typically at the end of the year if you have not used the insurance it starts over for the new year with new deductibles. You plan for the worst and hope for the best. If you have not used it, what do you have to show for all the money you have paid into these different insurances?
Have you ever thought of starvation insurance? Ask yourself the question, “Can my family survive on the food I have in my cupboard?” Food for peace of mind is the only way to insure that you and your family do not starve. At least if you have food put away as a form of insurance you can eat it and it still holds its value.
What are we insuring ourselves against?
- Loss of job.
- Natural catastrophes.
- Economic collapse.
- Stock market collapse.
- Gas prices increasing.
- Food prices increasing.
- World war.
We All Have Basic Needs
We all have needs. The need for survival is a natural instinct in human beings. We want to not only survive, but thrive. This includes the very basic needs of breathing, drinking water, eating, going to the bathroom, warmth, shelter, have the financial wherewithal to pay our basic bills and to fulfill our emotional needs such as: Safety, love, companionship and belonging.
If these basic needs are not met we end up in a traumatic situation. Our emotional needs become overwhelming, our world starts to close in on us and we panic. When you have a lot of people experiencing this at the same time, it causes an energetic panic that spreads into anarchy.
When preparing for a self-sufficient lifestyle, one needs to take all these things into consideration. I am going to review the steps to being self sufficient that I have already covered in previous articles as well as things that will be covered in future articles. Make a plan and focus on it. Pray about it. I have had miracles happen when I know what I want and I ask God to help me achieve it.
Steps To Self-Sufficiency
- Store enough water for everyone in your family for a three-month emergency. This is a minimum of 90 gallons per person. I sell a product on my website called ION. It will safely treat 110 gallons of water by killing harmful bacteria on contact. It keeps water safe for up to five years. I sell 125-gallon, 185-gallon, 250-gallon, and 500-gallon water storage tanks. Learn more about these products by going here.
- Purchase a three-month rotatable food supply, such as canned goods and all items that your family is used to eating. Use your favorite recipes to determine what to purchase.
- Store quick meals that are easy and require only water to make. I recommend the company called eFoods Global. You can learn all about eFoods here.
- Store dehydrated and freeze dried foods that have a long shelf life. These bulk items include:
- Dried fruits and vegetables.
- Dried beans and legumes.
- Dried grains such as, wheat, rice, pasta and barley.
- Flour (a wheat grinder is very helpful in making flour from whole wheat).
- Sweeteners such as honey, sugar, maple syrup, stevia or agave.
- Spices such as salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder and cinnamon.
- Gravy, seasoning packets and sauce mixes.
- Dairy products and eggs, such as: Dried milk, dried butter, dried cheese powder and dried eggs.
- Bakery items such as different types of mixes.
- Beef and chicken bouillons.
- Bread baking items such as yeast, whole wheat to grind into flour.
- Baking items such as: soda, salt, baking powder.
- Growing a garden.
- Saving heirloom seeds to plant the next year.
- Building a green house for an extended growing season.
- Building a root cellar.
- Canning and preserving food in bottles.
- Grinding grain and making your own bread.
- Dehydrating excess food yourself.
- Sprouting grains, beans, legumes and seeds for maximum nutrition.
- Raising chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, goats, mutton, pigs or beef.
- Learn to hunt deer and elk for food.
- Learn to butcher, wrap and freeze or bottle the meat to use year round.
This will save you a lot of money at the grocery store and you will have the skills to survive any type of economic crash or disaster, whether manmade or natural. People will have to band together and help each other.
Bartering will become a way to do this. Everyone has different skills. If you have food stored and can use it to trade for other things that you need, then you will be using the new currency of the future. Food is the best investment you can make for your future.
As Americans, our addictions drive the world’s economy. We need to simplify our lives, control our personal spending and use any extra money we have to pay down debt and purchase the necessary items to become self sufficient. It will take some planning to get out of debt. I will be addressing this subject in another article.
Because I am in a business of helping people become self-sufficient, I have had many people call me who are on fixed incomes and ask how they can possibly squeeze any more money out of their budget to purchase a stockpile of food, water, fuel, blankets, clothing and all the other necessary items needed to be independent and self-sufficient. I have found a program that I am very impressed with. It is called eFoods. Their mission statement is Serve, Store and Share the food. This company has a new concept in storable foods that are delicious, nutritious, affordable and convenient for daily use as well as storing food for up to 15 years for future use.
Some of the features of the eFoods are:
- The food is dehydrated from premium-grade fresh raw foods.
- There are no genetically modified food items (GMOs).
- The food has no hydrogenated oil.
- There is no added monosodium glutamate (MSG).
- The food is not imported from countries using illegal fertilizers and insecticides.
Just click here and watch the three-minute video then you can purchase the food online in two different packages: A $99.95 Variety Pack or a $349.95 Essentials Package.
If you purchase the Essentials package you will receive three cartons of a variety of the essential foods. Then sign up for the once a month carton of food to be sent to you automatically for $99.95 plus shipping. After one year you will have a stockpile of 15 cartons of food. This includes meals ready to cook including soups: cheddar broccoli, Italian chicken, vegetable beef, tortilla soup, corn chowder, minestrone, chicken noodle, chili and potato cheddar. Entrées and other baking items include chicken pasta Alfredo, cheesy chicken rice casserole, beef stroganoff, au gratin potatoes, instant seasoned potatoes, pancake mix, corn muffin mix, cornmeal dumplings, granola, powdered milk, wheat bread mix and buttermilk biscuit mix.
I am very impressed with their food. It is dehydrated, not freeze-dried, so the prices are very reasonable. Each package of food is ready to go with everything except the water. It only takes 15-20 minutes to cook and it’s done. The food is delicious.
The packages feed two to four people and come packed in Mylar® bags for long-term storage of up to 15 years. The cooking instructions are on each package. This food was designed for a child to be able to cook it. I use this food every day and it really helps me save money at the grocery store because I don’t impulse-buy any more. You can use it every day, store it for an emergency or share it with others.
You can purchase food for yourself as a preferred customer or you can join the company as a distributor and pay a $29.95 once a year fee to have your own Website and share the food with others. This is called an IBO, or Independent Business Owner. You will make commissions on sales and have your own personal Website and back office.
You can earn food credits by referring others. This is called an EIBO, which stands for Essentials Independent Business Owner. You must purchase the Essentials package and the IBO kit. These weekly food credits that you earn can be redeemed for food, can be gifted to others and can be used as currency to purchase preparedness items in the forthcoming eFoods Global online shopping mall.
This is a way that someone can work part-time in their own home business and earn enough money to pay for their own stockpile of food as well as earn extra money to help pay down debt and become more self sufficient.
Please call me if you have any questions about the program. I can be reached at 435-835-0311 or cell 435-851-0777 in Utah. The Website explains the entire program and has photos of the food. To check it out, simply click here. Email me here. To purchase my books or any of the other preparedness items I sell go to my website.