Planning Ahead: What’s a HomeStore?

MjAxNC0zYzRlZmMyMjMyZDVlYjBhHas this ever been you?
Have you ever started a recipe and half way into the process, you find out you are out of one of the ingredients and have to run to the store, or give up and toss the project?

It’s happened to me before, but not in a while. I love this new concept we’ve been living. Although it’s not completely new to me, being that I have had food storage and lived on it several times, the concept of having a store in your home of items that you use everyday is relatively new.

Thanks to the variety of nutritious, delicious, and convenient products available, having a HomeStore is easier than ever before.

Think of this….

  • how often do you throw away mushrooms, or celery, or onion because it goes bad before it all gets used?
  • How often do you have nothing in the house and no way or no time to go to the store?
  • How often do you need a meal in a jiffy and resort to fast food or pizza?
  • How may times have you gone to the store for one little thing and walked out with a receipt that reflects $50 or $100 more than you intended to spend?
  • How many times have you thought, “I should have stocked up on these last week before they doubled in price.”
  • How may times have you wished that dinnertime could be easier? Or that your teens and tweens could do more of the cooking?
  • How may times have you looked at what’s available in your cupboards and realized that you don’t have what you need to put a balanced, healthy meal on the table?
  • How many times have you gone to the store with a bunch of tired, hungry littles and been stuck in the middle of a major meltdown the likes of Mount Vesuvius? (oh, and the littles were throwing tantrums, too.)
  • How many times have you reached the end of your day and the thought of dinner and people walking through the door asking “what’s for dinner” is enough to make you call and reserve a padded cell and the latest model straight-jacket?


Having a HomeStore gives you the power to:

  • Reduce waste
  • Save time
  • Save money
  • Save your sanity
  • Provide healthy, balanced meals for your family, whether you’re cooking for 2 or 10
  • Teach your kids to cook
  • Allow you to feel the peace that planning ahead brings to your life and your heart.

Having a HomeStore is EMPOWERING.

For example, we haven’t shopped in over a month. I was going to do some shopping this week, but the car is throwing a temper tantrum broke down, so not only can I not get around easily, I have to reallocate that money for repairs. But I’m not freaking out…because I know that I can feed my family from my home store. What have we eaten in the last few days? Steak and cheese sandwiches, waffles, Southwestern Chicken Soup, Greek Chicken and Rice, Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Burritos, Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Cinnamon Rolls and more. I have everything I need to make healthy and delicious meals for my family. It brings incredible peace and comfort knowing that I have an insurance policy in my HomeStore.

So, how do you start? Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day, right? So the best advice I can give you is to take one bite of the old elephant at a time. (Yes, I’m having a contest with myself to see how many epigrams I can include in one paragraph.)

So buy an extra can or package or two every time you go to the store. At first it will seem like not much, but it adds up, it really does.

Qlogo-LGOne other way that I really love is Thrive’s “Q” program. It’s their monthly auto-ship program, where you choose your budget and select the items you’d like to have, and it is shipped to you once a month, to your door, without fuss. That means no taking kids to the store, no impulse purchases, no gas expenses, no hurried trips at dinner time. It’s the perfect way to save time, spend less and eat better every day. And the great thing is that you don’t even have to come up with extra money each month! You can just re-allocate funds from your regular grocery budget.

They even have a Q Club, where you can get things like exclusive recipes and Qpons, gifts, first access to new products and even earn points that can be cashed in for free product. If you want more info on Thrive’s Q program, email me at jenn AT theEssentialHomemaker DOT com and I will be happy to send you more info.

TEH-homestore(playing with panorama settings on your camera is so much fun!)

Having your own HomeStore is a perfect way to make peace and preparedness a part of everyday life.
Do YOU have a HomeStore? What do you love about it? If you don’t have a HomeStore, what items do you use everyday that you think would be great to have on hand?
I love to read your comments, so please take a moment and say hello!

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