Food shortages on the way?

I’ve been hearing from multiple sources that we should be expecting rapid increases in food costs due to shortages. Unfortunately, everything I’ve heard thus far is very vague, bordering on Chicken Little type of talk.

But, this brings up the issue of rising food costs in general and the impact your food storage plan can have. You can save money in the long run by purchasing food at today’s prices and eating it tomorrow. If you buy in bulk, you can usually save a bit more. Use coupons whenever you can, trust me it adds up quickly.

I do most of the grocery shopping for my family. My wife cuts coupons every week and sorts them. We make out the shopping list together and gather the coupons for those items on the list. On average, we probably save around $20 or so every trip to the grocery store between coupons and the store loyalty card.

If you’ve not done so already, I’d highly encourage you to start stocking up on staples. Whether there is a coming food shortage or not, I think it is safe to say food costs surely won’t decrease in the immediate future.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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