Being poor sucks. Obviously, we're not destitute. We have a roof over our heads, food to eat, and plenty to be thankful for. But our saving account has been just about exhausted, and I have $300 in our checking to last us til next payday. That doesn't include paying the NIPSCO bill, our IRA contribution, groceries, or gas. Or the toilet repair that is happening tomorrow. Basically, we have no disposable income and barely enough to cover the necessities.
I haven't been this broke since college. My last paycheck was $285. I didn't have enough sick time to cover the time I took off after the miscarriage, so I got docked for 8 or 9 days.
Times like this make me so glad that I store food. I have lots of flour, sugar, and yeast for bread. TONS of pasta and sauce. Canned fruits and soups. Broth. A freezer full of meat and veggies.
People used to put up food for winter, because no fresh food was available outside of the growing season. With modern transportation, that's no longer strictly necessary. Even when it's winter in Indiana, it's summer in Chile, and we have the luxury of (fairly) fresh produce year-round. It's also no longer necessary to butcher meat in the fall so that we don't have to feed it through the winter.
But what about a figurative winter? A time when you don't have the means to buy food? Or you may have to choose between buying food and keeping the electricity on? Our situation is nowhere near that dire; I'll have a normal-sized paycheck next week, and we'll start to rebuild our savings. But if we hadn't had that savings, it very well could have come to that.
I look at my food storage as an insurance policy against the lean times in our life. Winter is always coming, literal and figurative, and we should do everything in our power to ensure that we are prepared.