Single Mom Survival Tips

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Oh I’m not talking surviving a trip to the grocery store…. or a car ride with dueling kiddos in the back seat, I’m talking about survival situations.

It can be tough to be a single Mom (or Dad for that matter). You have to do the roles of both parents. You have to have enough income to pay the bills, to make ends meet and still handle the day to day life that raising kids entails.

You also need to find a way to carve out some quality time to spend with those kids. They’re only little once!

In the event of a survival situation, whether that be a flood, an evacuation, power outage, or the cut off of food resources, or just a snow or ice storm you might be forced to ‘stay in place’ at home. Sometimes for days. If you had a tight budget you might not have enough food at home to weather the storm.

Most single parents aren’t prepared enough. They’re torn between working to make enough money to keep the roof over their heads, warmth in the house that they don’t always consider having enough food in the house for an extended period of time.

Single parents can start their preparedness process by becoming more aware. Open the kitchen cabinets. How prepared are you to weather a storm?

You can start on your next trip to the grocery store. Buy an extra can of tuna, canned spaghetti, instant soup, a box of crackers. Something extra that could be eaten in an emergency. Dry and canned foods typically have a long shelf-life.

Shop around. Canned spaghetti of the name brand version can be a buck (or more) a can. Shop alternative grocery stores. At my local Aldi’s they have canned spaghetti and ravioli at 65 cents a can. You can stock up fast at those prices.

canned spaghetti
canned spaghetti

Rotate, rotate, rotate.

Once you begin to build up a reserve of canned food you should use the oldest food first. Grocery store stockers always stock the new at the back of the current inventory. You should do the same. This helps entail that you use the oldest first.

Do you have any protection in the house? A baseball bat by the front door is better than nothing.

Try to get to know your neighbors. In the event of an emergency and you couldn’t get home to the kids fast enough you’ll feel better knowing you have loving, trusting neighbors. Your support network, especially for single parents, is paramount.

Use your leftovers. You don’t have to have the same meal days in a row but you can learn to utilize them in different ways. Leftover chicken can be turned into chicken pot pie, chicken and dumplings (very filling by the way) or even homemade chicken noodle soup.

Don’t despair. You can become more prepared, just one can of food at a time.

Here’s a link to what I made with the leftover turkey last week! Turkey Tetrazzini