Last week was the first time I was shocked looking at grocery store prices.
A box of organic cereal was almost $8, actually more than that once you added tax. Just a month ago I had bought the same box for less than $5.
The shock was short-lived, though, because I had experienced inflation at a much higher rate back in South America in the 90’s.
I told myself “You’ve got this. You just need to be more intentional in applying Feng Shui for wealth.”
Feng Shui Helps with Wealth
As you probably know, an important purpose of Feng Shui is to help you grow your material wealth.
One of the ways we do this is by encouraging you to have a full pantry.
Having a full pantry calms the instinctive part of your brain that is overly concerned with food.
And because for most of human history wealth has been associated with an abundance of food, this has a positive effect in you.
Once your fears about being foodless are alleviated, you think better.
Then you make better decisions, that lead to the right actions, so you can prosper.
Cats Know This
Has your cat ever complained to you because she had eaten enough kibbles to see the bottom of her bowl?
She gets anxious when she sees this because she knows her supply of food is dwindling.
With no opposable thumbs, she depends on you to open food bags and pour them on her plate.
Your Brain Does the Same
When your brain sees that the food supply is getting low at home, fears kick in of starving. We all have ancestral memories of times of draught and famine.
The problem with fears is that they shut down the part of your brain that manages positive thinking.
Fears make you spiral down a host of negative emotions. Negative emotions make you get stuck. When you get stuck, the world around you feels like chaos.
So keep a full pantry.
In times of high inflation, this practice is even more important.
How to Keep a Full, Feng-Shui Correct Pantry
There’s more to having a full pantry than just buying lots of food and cramming items in cabinets and closets.
Here’s how to go about it.
1. Storage Space
First of all, make sure you have enough room at home to store food for at least one month.
This may mean buying extra furniture (not plastic tubs!) to accommodate the extra food.
It could also mean you need an extra refrigerator or freezer.
Allocate 50 percent of your pantry and fridge spaces to the foods your family considers staples. These are the things you eat the most and you feel you couldn’t do without.
When filling up your pantry, give preference to nutritious food rather than junk food.
Don’t allocate more than 10% of your food storage spaces to snacks and comfort foods.
2. Buy in Bulk, but Do the Math First
It is well known that when you buy larger packages you save money in the end.
If you buy a one pound bag of brown rice (for $3), you end up paying more, per pound, than if you buy the 10 pound bag ($25).
But is this always true?
I have found that often, this is not true.
I have been on Amazon, for example, looking to buy sea salt. The listings shows four purchasing options for packages of different sizes and weight.
About half the time, if I do the math, the price per pound, or per ounce, is higher if I buy the larger size.
I have also seen this happen at the grocery store.
The conclusion is this: do buy in bulk whenever you can, but do make sure you are saving money.
Don’t just trust that the larger size is cheaper by the ounce or by item.
3. Get Cases
Similar to buying in bulk, getting cases of items you eat often can be a great way to save.
When looking to buy online, divide the total amount of the purchase (plus shipping), by the number of items you are getting, to get the final price.
Locally, check with your grocery stores. Some stores will give you a 10 to 20 percent discount if you buy the case.
Cases usually have 6 or 12 items in the box.
4. Wait for Sales
One of the advantages of having a full pantry is that you don’t need to buy anything “right now.”
If you already have the item you’re looking for at home, you can wait until there’s a sale.
The only exception to this rule would be fresh produce. There’s only so much you can keep at home and you need to replenish supplies weekly. However, there are still ways you can save money.
Research CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) near your area to buy from local farmers at a discount.
Another option are companies that sell produce online, and ship weekly to your home.
5. Diversify and Compare Prices
One way in which grocery stores can take advantage of you, is if you only shop in the same store.
A grocery store near our home draws large crowds with sales of junk food and beverages, but their prices for good quality foods are higher than Whole Foods! If I shopped in this store for the healthy foods our family consumes, I would be paying 20 or 30 percent more.
Grocery shopping in more than one store gives you the chance to compare prices. You can use your phone to take snapshots of the items you purchase more often to get an idea of which grocery store is best for what.
Are You Ready to Create a Life and Home You Love?
Feng Shui isn’t something you can learn by googling and reading an article here and there.
Feng Shui is complex and hard to grasp.
Furthermore, there’s a lot of fake Feng Shui out there.
BE WISE. Get Help.
D.I.G. – Do It with Guidance!
Beat Food Inflation and Grow Your Wealth
What Are Your Tips to Save Money During Times of High Inflation?
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In this article I have shared with you a tidbit of what we do in Feng Shui to increase wealth.
There’s a lot more to learn about Feng Shui for wealth.
And there’s much you can do at home, with the right guidance, to invite more abundance and prosperity.
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