Over the last couple of months, I've been keeping close watch on the amounts of food and water that my family consumes in a month's time. There are always the standby recommended amounts of 2 liters of water per person per day and 6 - 8 oz of protein per person per day. At a bare minimum each of us need enough water and food to last us 3 months, preferably 6 months. This 3-6 month period of time is meant to give us more time to grow, raise or hunt food for the next 3-6 months, not so we can lolly-gag around and be proud of ourselves for having food storage.
After counting the consumed water and food, I realized that we eat and drink way too much. We went through 45 gallons of water in a month and food that should have stretched to 3 or 4 meals were done in 2. This next month we will enter our rationing phase of sticking to the recommended needs to see how we cope. If you are not familiar with how much food and water your family consumes, begin keeping track now. Know how much you will have to store. Know how much room you have to store food and water.
As of this date, there are two things we are preparing for: food hyperinflation and the inevitable dollar collapse. Food hyperinflation will come first, it's happening now incrementally. Manufacturers that used to sell six units per box are now selling four for the same price. Meat prices are climbing across the board and many people don't notice because they are looking at the total price of the package instead of the price per pound. The free samples that used to be distributed at Krispy Kreme, Chick Fil A and other fast food places are disappearing because the companies are paying more for their products and can't afford to give out free samples.
When the food hyper-inflation peaks, it won't be unusual for milk to be $15 a gallon, bread at $23 a loaf, be ready now. Know how much you need so when it gets bad, you will at least have food and water for you and your family to ride out the initial stages of panic in the streets.