I live in Wisconsin. But we typically move every 2-5 years. I am a minimalist, meaning I do not keep a whole lot of stuff, and the possessions I do have tend to multitask. I started something called The Undoing Reliance Project (URP) in 2004, documenting this transition.
Count and clean your canning jars and lids. If I need more I go to local garage and estate sales. This to me is supporting a local family and their 1 day business.
If you make wine or beer: the grains and the remaining fruit carcass can be used for breads, jellies, and sauces. You can also can this for future use.
Support your local farmers:
Find a local farmers market and shop produce there. Fresh, local, and delicious. Learn to eat seasonally. Eating seasonally tunes your body in to getting nutrients when it is both weather permitting and more cost-effective for your household. And eating fresh, not traveled food is better for you and the environment. Berries in summer make great syrups, sauces, and jellies for the winter and fall months. Items like carrots, should be kept in a cool dark place, but if they start to go soft I chop them up in rings and freeze them to accompany dinners. Potatoes same thing, make mashed potatoes and freeze them in ready to oven trays for dinners or to bring to peoples homes during the holidays seasons. Tomatoes are great because they can be frozen or canned as a sauce, salsa, whole, or diced, or how ever you want them. If you do make wine or beer or bread, offer to trade or barter.
Quarterly Clean Out:
I live in an apartment, so storage is limited. I work non stop. I have a full-time job, I secret shop, I free-lance write, I clip coupons, and I sell things online and in artist features. I have monthly in home sales of items, donate or consign what doesn’t sell. I make our bread products from scratch, dressings, and other kitchen items so we can save money. I also have been hired to help others sell, clean out and declutter their lives. I repeat these life mottos day in and day out and maintain them year to year. I am by no means an expert, but I truly can say that this way of life is far healthier and freer to the soul.
These kinds of activities are not for everyone, but I can say that because of them I have been able to ride out some very tough financial times, losses of jobs, and other stressful times, in part because I never had to worry about food nor figuring out how to stretch every dollar possible to survive.