Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Q - Food Storage on a budget!

Sorry for not posting for a few days. Family vacation took priority. I believe its just as important to store up good family memories as it is to store up fruits and veggies. But we're back now, the kiddos are asleep, the laundry is going, and I have a few moments to blog again. 

Today, I had a box delivered to my porch containing five different #10 cans. I got some TVP Beef, Butter, Pancake Mix, Elbow Macaroni, and Cornmeal. And next month, I'll get another shipment right to my door, with different foods for my home store, all without me having to lift a finger.

And that is all thanks to the wonderful Family Planner and Q program that Shelf Reliance offers.

This economy reminds us of the importance of having a home store, but at times it also seems to prevent us from building up that home store. But Shelf Reliance makes building up a home store possible on any budget.  Here's how the program works.

Step 1: You (or me, your friendly consultant) will go into the family planner tool and put in how many people are in your family, if they're kids or adults, adjust the caloric needs of each individual, and then  put in how much of a home store you're looking to accumulate (anywhere from 1-24 month's worth).

Step 2: The system will recommend a plan for your family based on the USDA food pyramid. They let you know how many cans of grains, fruits, veggies, meats and beans, dairy, etc you will need to reach your storage goal. But it is all just suggestions. Say they recommend 4 cans of broccoli, but you don't like broccoli. You can remove those 4 cans and add 4 cans of other veggies, say 2 cauliflower, 1 pea, 1 corn, whatever combination suits your preferences.  Or lets say you already have some wheat, rice or beans at home. You can remove cans from your suggested plan and not replace them. 

Step 3: Once you have customized your family plan, you can choose to pay for it all at once, but if you're like me, you don't have that kind of money to spend all at once. So Shelf Reliance offers a second option, and that is: setting up monthly payments.  All the items in your plan go into your queue (hence the name, "Q") and you get to tell the system how much you can afford to put toward buying that food storage each month. It's awesome!

Step 4: Each month, Shelf Reliance will pull items from your Q, making sure that with tax and shipping, it doesn't exceed the budget you've set. You get notified via e-mail a few days before each shipment, and if you want to change what items are being shipped that month, you have that flexibility as well. Then they'll ship them straight to your door. Accumulating your food storage as never been easier!

 If you would like to get signed up for the Q, please get in touch with me at and I'll help you start the process.

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