"I wish to urge again the importance of self-reliance on the part of every individual Church member and family. None of us knows when a catastrophe might strike. Sickness, injury, unemployment may affect any of us. We have a great welfare program with facilities for such things as grain storage in various areas. It is important that we do this. But the best place to have some food set aside is within our homes, together with a little money in savings. The best welfare program is our own welfare program. Five or six cans of wheat in the home are better than a bushel in the welfare granary." (President Gordon B. Hinckley)
I remember back to when I started food storage, my husband was in the air force and we did not make much money. The neighbors on each side were in the air force as well. They would run out of food before payday so I started getting a few cans of tuna and pasta and soup so I could share and then I would get more and kept doing that, just picking up extra item or two.
It's just a habit now. By getting one or two items each time, you'll add to your storage and won't break the bank.
Did you know you can make your own items? They cost less and taste better.
https://www.littlehouseliving.com/153-grocery-staples-that-you-can-make-at-home.html - there are lots of recipes here.
https://frugalfamilyhome.com/food/recipes/make-your-own-groceries-35-recipes-to-make-at-home-and-save - making your own groceries.
If you store basic ingredients you can make your own items.
https://www.gracefullittlehoneybee.com/40-groceries-to-stop-buying-and-start-making-to-save-money/ - I love this gal.
So think about what things you purchase, can you make them cheaper?https://www.thriftyfrugalmom.com/homemade-foods-to-make-from-scratch/
This week I have been working at deep cleaning the sewing space...
The green beans are dry enough for me to pick for seed for next year's garden.
I will save these for planting next spring.
This is one way to be frugal. It isn't one thing that helps, it is a whole series of frugal things that you do and skills that you learn that all add up to a frugal lifestyle. Keep doing the best you can.
Last week our sweet Gus passed away. He was the best kitty and a wonderful little buddy. We were so blessed to have him in our lives and miss him dearly. Gus loved you all.