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It’s So Easy to Use This Method of Food Storage

• Download the worksheets for the book by clicking on the “Worksheets” link, above.

I’m amazed at how easy it is to adjust this method of storing food and other essentials. Whether you are an empty nester, as I am, or still raising a family, like Jan is, you can use the worksheets and our formulas to figure out exactly what you need to store.

After all, the goal is the same for all of us: to have the food on hand to make the meals we love to eat—even when the month outlasts the money. Best of all, we show you how to never have to pay full retail for anything, you shop from your pantry and replace when the items go on sale. This is NOT a “store it and forget it until some disaster occurs” program.

I like that it’s easy to adjust your meal plans and shopping list as you add members to your family, or as children leave the nest. When Jan started experimenting with this method, all six of her children were still at home. Now, she has only two still at home for maybe a couple more years. It was easy for her to adjust her meal plans to show that she needed to plan to serve only four people instead of eight. This also showed her what adjustments she needed to make to her shopping list, so that she wouldn’t buy too much of one item and not be able to use it before it was out of date. Doesn’t it make more sense to use those dollars on another food item instead?

Yes, I know that we all look at the “use by” date on our canned goods and other food know that they will still be OK to eat after that date. But, the quality (taste, nutrition and color) diminishes with age.

Make a habit of checking the “use by” date on everything you buy. You may be surprised how long the shelf life is, even on many dairy products, such as block cheese, grated cheese, cream cheese, and sour cream. If you’ve taken the time to make a meal plan, you’ll know approximately how much of an item you’ll need for the next three months. Buy it while it’s on sale, but don’t overbuy.

Don’t have our book yet? You can buy it now at any LDS bookstore in your area (except Utah). In Utah it’s available at Deseret Book, but should be at Seagull book in a few weeks. Or you can purchase it online at: http://deseretbook.com or

You can also pick it up at Barnes and Noble. There will be other distribution points in the coming months. We’ll keep you posted.

This book makes a great wedding gift and also a thoughtful Christmas gift for young marrieds.
Happy “storing!”

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