I love the emails I get from readers, and every now and then someone shares their story. When I emailed this woman back and asked if I could use it for a blog post, she not only said 'yes', she emailed me a copy of her spreadsheet and a picture!
"When I started prepping I had more extra money every month than I do now, but even then I had to be careful. I made a rule: anything on my shopping list that I know I will need or want in hard times, I would buy at least one extra for storage. I prefer fresh vegetables, so if I were buying fresh corn, then I also bought a can or two of corn, if it was on sale. I increased my shopping budget for about 6 months, but I have a good pantry full of things I know I will enjoy in an emergency.