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2021 Preparedness: Dual Focus - Week 20

Week 20: Food - Peanut (or nut) Butter

This week we are storing four pounds of peanut butter. You may be asking why when we have already stored proteins, I would specify peanut butter. Simple, peanut butter is easy to travel with, most people like it, it is relatively inexpensive, and it stores well. If your family is not a fan or if you have peanut allergies store the nut butters your family enjoys.

Nut butters are a great protein source and during a crisis can be consumed without cooking and even without a can opener. Protein is important for muscle development and strength, important during a time when you may be called upon to do some difficult physical labor above and beyond what you are accustomed to doing. Protein is important at every meal and tastes great in all that oatmeal you have stored, just mix in a little when you are ready to eat for a great way to kick up the same old oatmeal you have been eating for days.

Rotating peanut butter is also very easy as it can be used in cookies, pies, frostings, sauces, dips, shakes, and of course sandwiches.

Week 20: General Store - Sunscreen and Insect Repellent

This month we celebrate Memorial Day and the picnics and barbecues begin. With that in mind let’s prepare by stocking up on sunscreen and insect repellant. Consider how many baseball games, beach trip, mountain adventures, picnics and backyard swimming you may do this spring, summer and fall and stock up now. I hate mosquito bites!

Please remember as you stock up that we are doing this for many reasons. We are preparing for emergencies but we are also preparing for financial setbacks due to illness or job loss. We are also building a General Store in our homes to save money. All the items you have stored will be used because you are storing items your family really does use not just items from a list you found on the Internet or in a book. Because you have well stocked shelves as you use items you can now wait to replace them until they go on sale, and everything goes on sale. This one trick alone can save you hundreds of dollars each year, if not more.

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