Part of being a first responder is knowing your family is safe when you are at work. Saving up food and other consumables is a way to save for the future. No different than investing in gold, stocks or putting money in the back. The difference is that a pound of pasta or box of batteries will never be worth zero and in good times or bad is still worthwhile to posses. When I shop at the supermarket or a general goods store I try to pick up a few extra things for the long term. I know people who have purchased dozens of guns for use in hard times. While I am all about the guns, once you have few for each adult, you are better off spending your money on food and other essentials than weapons.
Canned goods last for years. Dry pasta lasts for years. Batteries last for years. My family eats canned goods and dry pasta all the time. If we stock up on them when we have some cash then at times when we don’t have much money or when there is a shortage, then we can coast a big because we have stocked up on things in good times.
I don’t buy survival foods or freeze dried meals. I am not planning on living out of a back pack. I am planning to get through hard times or a disaster by staying in my home and using some of the products I have saved up in good times. That way I am eating many of the same foods I am used to and don’t have to radically change my diet because of an emergency, unemployment or another great depression. Save now, so you are ready when the hard times, hurricane, earthquake, riots, fire or flood happens; that’s what the SGT Says.