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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Planning - how much food do I need for one year?

One of the most common questions I get is just how much food do I need for 3 months, 6 months or a year?  I am happy to respond by letting them know that Shelf Reliance has a fabulous flexible tool to assist in figuring this out.  There are other sites that do have planners, but often they are lacking in categories, items within the categories and in flexibility.

Your custom Food Storage Plan

"Planning how much food storage you need for your family is a daunting task. Shelf Reliance is here to take the stress out of getting your food storage supply and customizing it to fit your family. Whether you're starting from scratch or already have some existing food storage, we'll help you get everything you need."

You can use the planner to plan for one person or more than 20.  Create a plan for 3 months or as many as 24 months.  You can build your plan and change your mind on number of people and time frame.  It's great!

This is what information is used create your plan:

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Once you have entered your basic information let the planner build your inventory list. The overall list looks like this:
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You can see in this example that the One Person 12 Month Plan selected enough food from each category to more than cover the needs.  Now you can go into each category and review, add and/or delete items.  I LOVE this part!  Since I can then remove items I already have in stock or that my family will not use.  I can add  other available items or change the quantity of items selected.  I can then check the overall selections to ensure I'm still where I want to be for my personalized plan.

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Once you are happy with your plan you can either add your list to your "pay as you go" plan, your Monthly Q.

OR you can purchase your own Customized Package!

Not ready to?  No problem!  You can save your plan and it is there for you when you are ready!

What I find extremely valuable is the Shelf Reliance "pay as you go" plan, the Monthly Q.  That is what makes this possible and affordable for everybody!   

You are not locked into what you have created for a plan.  If you change your mind six months down the road and want to change your products in your Monthly Q it is very easy to do.  If you want to decide for yourself which products comes to you each month, you can do that.  If you want Shelf Reliance to automatically choose which items comes to you each month you can just sit back and let that happen.  I couldn't be any easier!  OK the only way it could be is if you had me set it up for you.  Even that option is available to you.  

Ready to check out the planner for yourself?  Log in  (to save your plan) and start planning!

Do you have more questions or would rather we do it for you? Contact Us.

The more we can save money, feed our families nutritious food, prepare ourselves and our friends and neighbors the better off we ALL are.


  1. Very well explained! I too love the versatility / convenience of the Q. Your pictorial here is very helpful.

  2. Thank you Misty, I greatly appreciate your feedback!


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