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Doomsday Cupboard: Build Your Own Foodbank

There was a time when our grandparents had a pantry full of food so old the price tags were still in pounds, shillings and pence. Not so much now but maybe there is something to be said for a little thrift and a lot of forward planning.

If you had six months to spare but no extra budget, what would you put into your emergency food cupboard?

For some, this is more than a paper exercise. Foodbanks are reporting that the number of people turning to them has increased by 17 per cent in the past year. And in areas like Dundee, where the new benefit system Universal Credit (UC) is rolling out, handouts have spiked more than 50 per cent. Now future UC claimants who will have to survive five weeks between benefit payments are being advised to stock up to keep food on the table.

Even for non-claimants, the benefits of avoiding grocery shopping for a month could be huge. According to the Office for National Statistics, the average household could save £246 by not shelling out on food and non-alcoholic drinks for a month.

In our free download, we teamed up with the food kit people at Foodini Club to create a cheap and easy plan to build our own ‘Doomsday Cupboard’. So whether we aim to save a month’s food costs, need to migrate to Universal Credit, or have to sit out an alien invasion, we’ll keep the family fed.