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First a little background, we’ve been preparing and working on a more self reliant lifestyle for over 9 years now. In 2008, after the housing bubble and financial collapse I lost my job during the ensuing recession. We were put in a rough position due to our short-sightedness. Had we known then what we know now, we would have avoided a lot of pain by storing food to get us through the tough financial times. Instead we built up quite the credit card bill to pay for necessities during the 12 months I was out of work.
At the time we lived in the middle of food storage capital of the world: the Wasatch Front, a mountain range that runs along the northern part of Utah’s most populated area . The valley is home to 90% of the preparedness companies in the United States.
The first job I got after being out of work was at one of the top food storage companies. A family member knew the owner and put in a good word for me. Kind of ironic after the hardship to land at a company in the industry but the ideology quickly won me over.
Within a year of being at the company I was moved into the role of Director of Product Management where I oversaw a small team that created new products and managed existing products. What this means is it was my sole responsibility to be an expert on the products we offered and the products our competitor’s offered. We were always buying and testing competitor products to see how ours stacked up. This helped us to develop new products that would satisfy customer’s needs and stand out from the competition. I worked there for over 6 years before leaving for
warmer hot weather in 2016.
In addition to those responsibilities I also worked directly with freeze-dried food suppliers and with other suppliers for the various categories of products we offered (survival gear, water storage, dehydrated foods, etc). I was also fortunate to work closely at times with the canning and pouching operations of the various co-packers who packaged our foods. You can say I had my hand in pretty much every area of the business.
So you may ask why start a blog on food storage and preparedness? Why not start your own preparedness business since you have the experience to run one? The truth is it is a tough industry often driven by unforseen events. One day sales are through the roof and life is good but 6 months later you’re laying off seven of your best employees because sales have hit rock bottom and there is no more fat to be trimmed anywhere else. When you’re in the trenches it’s a pretty tough industry emotionally. I didn’t want that for me or for my wife and 3 kids.
Instead I’ve decided to share my knowledge and experiences with the internet while helping to make a little extra money to help with our continued preparedness plans. You see almost all websites (I’d say 98%) on the internet that share coupons or review products are affiliate websites. That means these websites put links to the products/deals and if you click on them and buying something then they gets a kick back. No exception here with our site. My wife and I spend hours each month creating content for visitors.
Next you might ask, why should I trust your reviews if you’re incentivised to make money on the products you talk about? This is of course a fair question and I completely agree that you SHOULD be skeptical when visiting websites like ours. I feel confident though as you read our reviews you’ll notice we are honest with our opinions. We have many company and product reviews where we are highly critical and as a result they have been scored low. The products we think are good we speak highly of and recommend. Another important detail is we don’t accept free product from companies in exchange for a review (most websites do). We purchase all of the products we review with our own money that way we are not influenced in any way. Putting our money on the line means we are going to view the product like you would.
Move forward to today, we now reside in Arizona and are having fun with our preparedness journey and continue to this day to learn more and more of what to do and what not to do. We continue to stock up our preparations and in the process and are excited to expose the crappy products and spotlight the good ones. Having a voice to share our experiences on TopFoodStorageReviews.com has been gratifying. Many have reached out in appreciation for the information we provide. Hopefully we’ll help others in the process to make informed decisions so they can be happy with what they purchased.
Some people hold onto to the hope of never having to use their food storage. We understand that idea, but if you ever need to use it in a time of trial you’ll be glad you didn’t buy junk. Hopefully we can help you avoid doing so.
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