These are my favorite books I've found useful for my family, and other books I think may prove useful to my readers. I do receive a modest compensation for the Amazon items below if you choose to purchase there. You can always find these books used or from the library. But I like to keep my own reference library.

Crystal and Debbie have done an excellent job with "Store This, Not That!" Learn what types of foods you want to store and what you don't want to store. They are open and honest. A great choice for your library.

Crystal Godfrey is one of my favorite food storage authors! She has several YouTube videos to help you learn to cook with food storage. In "I Can't Believe It's Food Storage!"you'll learn that you can cook with food storage every day.

In "100-Day Pantry," Jan Jackson shares recipes using foods from the shelf of your pantry. If you were ever without a power, this is the book you'll want to grab to mix up some grub.

"Survival Mom" will help you prepare for disasters and emergencies. It's a complete guidebook with lots of great detail for moms. Lisa also authors an excellent website called

Caleb is amazing as he teaches you how Mormon pioneers learned to live off the land in Utah. There are great photos of skills he has learned in his own garden in "The Forgotten Skills of Self-Suffiency used by the Mormon Pioneers."

This is not a preparedness bible, but a book with quick preparedness projects. For those of you who want to keep it simple, get "The Prepper's Pocket Guide" by Bernie Carr.

Learn what to do without electricity, pack an evacuation kit, how to rotate your food and much more in "Just in Case: How to Be Self-Sufficient When The Unexpected Happens." Kathy Harrison keeps things simple but focuses on what is most important.


    1. Hey there,

      I just found your blog and I love it! I've already prepared by evacuation list and I can't wait to show the family.

      I noticed that you asked about our story. Our stories started when my husband and I were kids. We had difficult childhoods, which included lack of food. As a result, I am always worried about having enough food to feed my children, even when we have plenty. I started a food storage area in our basement as soon as we purchased our first house together. Despite having a lot of food I still worried about feeding my family. Three years ago a blizzard hit our area. We couldn't leave our home for three weeks. Thanks to our food storage, no one went without their favorite foods. That gave me encouragement that I was doing a good job, and inspired me to store more. It's a good thing, because now we are eating our food storage as we work our way through these difficult financial times.

      I have reached the place that allows me to built our storage items up again. I discovered your blog just in time. Thank you so much for putting this all together. I can't wait to print out your monthly guides and get started in July.

      Have a great 4th of July everyone,
      West Virginia

    2. I love this site! I have been able to reduce my monthly costs by using these methods! Yet, I still have more than enough to feed us and help others when they are in need! My savings in March allowed us to donate two hams, coffee, sugar and creamer to a low income apartment complex so that they could do a pot luck Easter dinner! Preparedness is important for not only your family but for those in need! Love this site! Nancy, Ohio


    Thanks for your comments and suggestions!