Just like so many things we buy, food prices rise with the price of oil. If it costs more to get the food to your grocery store, you will pay more for that box of cereal, head of lettuce, or bag of rice. Then, add the fluctuation in prices for other commodities, like wheat, and you, the consumer, will see the difference at the grocery store.
If your only source for food is the grocery store, it’s going to be increasingly difficult for you to control your household food cost. If you’re heavily dependent upon others for your food–like the people who grow the lettuce in California and then ship it to Toronto, Canada–it’s going to make successful frugal living a lot more challenging.
Over the course of only a couple of weeks, I noticed that some of the food items I buy on a regular basis have already gone up in price by as much as 60 per cent. Rice crackers, for example, went from a steady 99 cents a package to $1.59 in just 10 days. A club-sized box of Nature’s Path cereal went from $8.29 to $9 in one week. And don’t even get me started on the produce.
As I’ve been watching my grocery bills inch up and up in price, it’s become even more apparent to me that learning the skills necessary for growing, preserving and storing your own food is crucial. No number of money saving tips and coupons will prevent you from putting too much of your monthly budget toward groceries, if you aren’t willing to learn some do it yourself skills for food and food preparation.
There are so many do it yourself skills that you can learn when it comes to food and learning even a couple of them is sure to put you in a better position, financially speaking; canning, meat curing, growing fruits and vegetables, raising livestock or laying hens. All of these food-related skills are important assets for frugal living.
Recently, we introduced you to Marie, who is also known as Lil Farm Chic on her You Tube channel, because she and her husband have been doing some amazing things at their homestead in Georgia. One of the many do it yourself projects that Marie and her husband took on was to build a root cellar in which they could store much of the produce they grow in their garden as well as the other foods that Marie preserves for the winter.
As you will see from the video, the root cellar project was a work in progress and they certainly had a couple of setbacks while building the structure. In the end, however, their do it yourself root cellar cost them next to nothing to build and they had a safe and proper place to store food.
Marie and her husband grow or raise almost 90 per cent of the food they consume. Not only do they enjoy deliciously fresh food that they’ve grown with their own hands, but they also get the peace of mind that comes from knowing that should lettuce skyrocket in price to $4 a head (for greens that likely traveled hundreds of miles), it won’t make any difference to them or their wallets.