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$20.00 WEEKLY FOOD STORAGE PLAN

Originally posted on 11/02/05 03:35 PM

 

Here are the first 26 weeks of the plan, all at once. I originally created this list for Y2K. You know that prices have gone up, so you would have to make adjustments accordingly.

 

WEEK ONE

5 lbs sugar $2.00

3 lbs. Crisco $3.00

5 lbs. flour $2.00

5 lbs. rice $2.00

6 cans tuna $2.00

5 lbs. beans $3.00

3 cans spaghetti sauce $3.00

5 lbs spaghetti $3.00

 

WEEK TWO

1 box oatmeal $3.00

5 lbs lentils $2.00

3 boxes saltines $3.00

1 case ramen noodles $2.50

1 can baking powder $1.50

1 can coffee $4.00

5 cans condensed milk $4.00

 

WEEK THREE

10 lbs. complete pancake mix $5.00

1 gallon pancake syrup $5.00

12 cans cream of chicken or mushroom soup $6.00

2 canned hams $4.00

 

WEEK FOUR

beef bullion cubes $4.00

Chicken bullion cubes $4.00

Granulated garlic $4.00

Black pepper $4.00

8# brown sugar $4.00

 

WEEK FIVE

1 #10 can instant potatoes $3.00

6 boxes Little Debbie snacks $6.00

20 lbs chicken @ .49 lb. to home can

2 boxes salt $1.20

 

WEEK SIX

10# 15% fat (or less) hamburger to can $20.00

 

WEEK SEVEN

20 cans Progresso or other ‘no water added’ soup $19.80

 

WEEK EIGHT

two cans coffee $8.00

1 container poultry gravy mix $4.00

1 container brown gravy mix $4.00

2 canned hams $4.00

 

WEEK NINE

1 box powdered milk $16.00

1 box tea bags $4.00

 

WEEK TEN

10 boxes breakfast cereal $20.00

 

WEEK ELEVEN

25 lbs. Sugar $9.00

25 lbs. Flour $5.00

25 lbs. Beans $6.00

 

WEEK TWELVE

36 pack dbl. rolls toilet paper $10.00

10 lbs. Chicken quarters for canning $9.90

 

WEEK THIRTEEN

12 cans spinach $6.00

12 cans peas $6.00

12 cans green beans $6.00

2 cans spaghetti sauce $2.00

 

WEEK FOURTEEN

1 grow light

assorted seeds

 

WEEK FIFTEEN

12 cans mixed vegetables $9.00

1 #10 can instant potatoes $3.00

4 canned hams $8.00

 

WEEK SIXTEEN

1 carton dehydrated hash browns $5.00

12 cans diced tomatoes $6.00

12 cans whole kernel corn $6.00

6 rolls 25 sf. aluminum foil $3.00

 

WEEK SEVENTEEN

1 #10 can sliced peaches $3.00

1 #10 can sliced apples $3.00

1 #10 can fruit cocktail $3.00

1 #10 can applesauce $3.00

12 cans mushrooms pieces $6.00

2 cans pink salmon $2.00

 

WEEK EIGHTEEN

16 rolls paper towels $11.00

9 boxes tissue $9.00

 

WEEK NINETEEN

25 lbs. sugar $9.00

25 lbs. beans $6.00

Large box of Bisquick $5.00

 

WEEK TWENTY

1 #10 can of cocoa powder $5.00

10 cans refried beans $8.00

10 cans of tuna $5.00

2 - 100 ct packs of paper plates $2.00

 

WEEK TWENTY-ONE

36 pack dbl. rolls toilet paper $11.00

6 cans spaghetti sauce $6.00

6 lbs of spaghetti $3.00

 

WEEK TWENTY-TWO

assorted sauces & condiments, 1 of each;

hot sauce

soy sauce

worcestershire sauce

teriyaki sauce

liquid smoke

gravy master

ketchup

mustard

mayo

 

WEEK TWENTY-THREE

assorted condiments, continued;

pickle relish

olives

pickles

salad dressings

 

WEEK TWENTY-FOUR

4 cans pink salmon $4.00

3 lbs Crisco shortening $3.00

5 lbs rice $2.00

12 boxes of asst cake mix $9.60

 

WEEK TWENTY-FIVE

2 lb pk pecan halves $6.00

2 lb pk walnut halves $6.00

12 cans pork & beans $6.00

 

WEEK TWENTY-SIX

10 lb bag of chocolate chips $9.00

2 cases ramen noodles $5.00

30 packs of kool-aid $3.00

6 lbs of pasta $3.00

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WEEKS 27 THRU 52

 

WEEK TWENTY-SEVEN

5 lbs sugar $2.00

3 cans pink salmon $3.00

5 lbs. flour $2.00

5 lbs. rice $2.00

6 cans tuna $2.00

5 lbs. pinto or kidney beans for

chili to home can $3.00

3 cans spaghetti sauce $3.00

5 lbs spaghetti $3.00

 

WEEK TWENTY-EIGHT

1 box oatmeal $3.00

1 bottle canola oil $2.00

3 boxes saltines $3.00

1 lg. pkg. egg noodles $2.50

1 can baking powder $1.50

1 can coffee $4.00

5 cans evaporated milk $4.00

 

WEEK TWENTY-NINE

1 gal. vinegar $3.00

5# split peas $3.00

1 can Nestle’s Quick $3.00

20 lbs chicken @ .49 lb. to home can

2 boxes salt $1.00

 

WEEK THIRTY

10# 15% fat (or less) hamburger to make chili to home can $20.00

 

WEEK THIRTY-ONE

16 cans Progresso or other ‘no water added’ soup $16.00

2 boxes salt $1.00

1 can Nestle’s Quick $3.00

 

WEEK THIRTY-TWO

2 cans coffee $8.00

1 bottle olive oil $6.00

1 box 48 apple cider drink mix $6.00

 

WEEK THIRTY-THREE

1 box powdered milk $16.00

1 box tea bags $4.00

 

WEEK THIRTY-FOUR

25 lbs. Sugar $9.00

25 lbs. Flour $5.00

25 lbs. Beans $6.00

 

WEEK THIRTY-FIVE

36 pack dbl. rolls toilet paper $10.00

10 lbs. Chicken quarters for canning $9.90

 

WEEK THIRTY-SIX

5 # stew beef to can $15.00

10 cans tuna $5.00

 

WEEK THIRTY-SEVEN

25 # rice $10.00

2 canned hams $4.00

6 cans salmon $6.00

 

WEEK THIRTY-EIGHT

12 cans spinach $6.00

12 cans peas $6.00

12 cans green beans $6.00

2 cans spaghetti sauce $2.00

 

WEEK THIRTY-NINE

12 cans mixed vegetables $9.00

1 #10 can instant potatoes $3.00

4 canned hams $8.00

 

WEEK FORTY

1 bone-in ham to can $8.00

12 cans diced tomatoes $6.00

12 cans whole kernel corn $6.00

 

WEEK FORTY-ONE

1 box powdered milk $16.00

1 3 pk cornstarch $4.00

 

WEEK FORTY-TWO

1 #10 can sliced peaches $3.00

1 #10 can sliced apples $3.00

1 #10 can fruit cocktail $3.00

1 #10 can applesauce $3.00

12 cans mushrooms pieces $6.00

2 cans pink salmon $2.00

 

WEEK FORTY-THREE

25 lbs. sugar $9.00

25 lbs. beans $6.00

large box of Bisquick $5.00

 

WEEK FORTY-FOUR

16 rolls paper towels $11.00

4 boxes asst. hot cereal $9.00

 

WEEK FORTY-FIVE

1 #10 can of cocoa powder $5.00

10 cans refried beans $8.00

10 cans of tuna $5.00

4 # brown sugar $2.00

 

WEEK FORTY-SIX

36 pack dbl. rolls toilet paper $11.00

6 cans spaghetti sauce $6.00

6 lbs of spaghetti $3.00

 

WEEK FORTY-SEVEN

1 large jar peanut butter $4.00

1 can Tang instant drink mix $4.00

6 boxes cake mix $6.00

2 jars jelly or jam $6.00

 

WEEK FORTY-EIGHT

8 boxes breakfast cereal $16.00

1 can or jar honey $4.00

 

WEEK FORTY-NINE

20 cans tuna $10.00

16 rolls paper towels $10.00

 

WEEK FIFTY

1 large jar peanut butter $4.00

2 jars jelly or jam $6.00

5- 100 ct. paper plates $5.00

10 # powdered sugar $5.00

 

WEEK FIFTY-ONE

6 cans spam or luncheon loaf $9.00

10 # box baking soda $3.00

large pkg. or jar yeast $8.00

 

WEEK FIFTY-TWO

baking powder $1.50

2 jars or cans honey $8.50

12 cans evaporated milk $9.60

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$20.00 WEEKLY PLAN TOTALS

 

STAPLES

flour- 60 lbs

white sugar- 110 lbs

brown sugar- 12 lbs

powdered sugar- 10 lbs

salt- 6 lbs

baking soda- 1 10 lb box

baking powder- 3 cans

yeast- 1 large

crisco- 6 lbs

canola oil-1

olive oil-1

vinegar- 1 gal.

3 pack cornstarch-1

 

DRINKS

coffee- 6 cans

tea- 2 boxes

koolaid- 30 packs

powdered milk- 3 extra large boxes

evaporated milk- 22 cans

Nestle’s quick- 2 cans

apple cider mix-1 box

tang- 1 can

 

BREAKFAST FOODS

oatmeal- 2 boxes

pancake mix- 10 lbs

syrup- 1 gallon

cold cereal- 18 boxes

bisquick- 2 large boxes

asst. hot cereal 4 boxes

 

BEANS, PEAS & LENTILS

assorted- 110 lbs

split peas- 5 lbs

lentils- 5 lbs

 

RICE, PASTA, POTATOES

rice- 40 lbs

spaghetti- 22 lbs

assorted pasta-11 lbs

ramen noodles- 3 cases

instant potatoes- 3- #10 cans

dehydrated hash browns- 1 carton

egg noodles- 1 large

 

CANNED VEGETABLES

spinach- 24 cans

peas- 24 cans

green beans- 24 cans

mixed vegetables- 24 cans

diced tomatoes- 24 cans

whole kernel corn- 24 cans

mushroom pieces- 24 cans

refried beans- 20 cans

pork & beans- 12 cans

 

CANNED MEATS & FISH

hams- 14

tuna- 62

pink salmon-17

spam- 6

 

SOUPS & SAUCES

spaghetti sauce- 22 cans

ready to eat soup- 36 cans

condensed cream soups- 12 cans

 

SPICES & CONDIMENTS

(spices in restaurant sized containers; sold by weight, approx. 1 quart size container- from 5 oz to 26 oz.)

black pepper- 1

granulated garlic- 1

beef bullion cubes- 1

chicken bullion cubes- 1

poultry gravy mix- 1

brown gravy mix- 1

 

condiments-

hot sauce- 1

soy sauce- 1

Worcestershire sauce- 1

teriyaki sauce- 1

liquid smoke- 1

gravy master- 1

ketchup- 1

mustard- 1

mayo- 1

pickle relish- 1

olives- 1

pickles- 1

salad dressings- 1

 

MISCELLANEOUS FOOD ITEMS

#10 can cocoa powder- 2

10 lb bag of chocolate chips- 1

assorted cake mixes- 18

2 lb bags of walnut halves- 1

2 lb bags of pecan halves- 1

saltine crackers- 6 boxes

Little Debbie snacks- 6 boxes

peanut butter- 2 large

jelly or jam - 4 jars

honey- 3 cans or jars

 

FOOD ITEMS TO HOME CAN OR RE-PROCESS

whole chicken- 40 lbs

chicken hindquarters- 20 lbs

lean hamburger- 20 lbs- 5 lbs to be used to make chili to home can

5# stew beef

#10 cans sliced peaches- 2

#10 cans sliced apples- 2

#10 cans fruit cocktail- 2

#10 cans applesauce- 2

1 bone-in ham

5 lbs pinto or kidney beans for chili -1

 

PAPER GOODS & MISCELLANY

double rolls toilet paper- 144

rolls; paper towels- 48

boxes; facial tissue- 9

paper plates, 100 ct. packs- 7

aluminum foil rolls- 6

 

NOW! It's done... I'm sure there will be things on these lists that you may not like or use. You have to remember that this is not set in stone. It is meant to be a guide to kick start your thinking processes so that you can see how much easier it is to stock up if you just have a plan!

 

If you do and will utilize everything on these lists, good for you! The only thing you have to do now is print & go shopping!

 

Another thing you need to understand is that there is no way I can tell you how many people this will feed or for how long. This is so subjective it can't be calculated.

 

What I can tell you is how it would work for my family but, you need to know that I can make an excellent meal out of what others think is an empty pantry. When I look at this list I see;

 

110 lbs. of beans = 110 meals

 

22 cans of spaghetti sauce = 33 meals

 

12 cans of condensed cream soups= 12 meals (when combined w/ 1 pint canned hamburger or 1 canned ham or 2 cans tuna or 1 pint canned chicken

 

40 lbs rice = 60 meals (when combined w/ canned chicken or made into sweet rice or served w/ 1 pint canned hamburger & gravy from gravy mix

 

60 lbs chicken (total)=60 pints or 30 quarts of chicken for soup, chicken pot pie, etc., and 30 pints minimum of chicken broth.

 

24 cans of mushrooms = 12 for combining w/ other meals and 12 for soup

 

5 pints of stew beef - home canned = 5 meals when combined w/ veggies or noodles or both

 

Without breaking down the entire list, I've just named 292 meals for my family of 3 or 6, depending on who is here. Yes, I can use other stuff on the list to stretch and feed twice as many. It's all just a matter of using veggies, pasta, biscuits, bread and desserts to fill out the meal. If you have a garden, that's even better.

 

There are also a lot of things that are not on this list, and maybe a lot of them should be but, with limited funds you have to make do. If you truly bargain shop, you can actually have change each week to put up for some of those other purchases.

 

For example, I listed the canned veggies at 50 cents a can... right now, I can save from 7 to 12 cents per can by shopping at either WalMart or Food for Less.

 

Another is the chicken for canning. The list has 40 lbs of whole chicken at 49 cents per lb. That would be a total of $19.60

 

Right now, with the Holidays looming, you can get turkey at rock bottom prices. I have gotten 4 turkeys so far, 1 was free with purchase, and of the 3 others, I paid 18 cents a lb for one, and 19 cents a lb for the other 2. So if you don't have a problem substituting turkey for chicken, you should be able to get double the 'bang for your buck', so to speak, with a little change left over.

 

I got 77 lbs of turkey total, for $12.33. That works out to just a hair over 16 cents per lb!

 

I don't know about you but, I can't think of another food I can buy for 16 cents a pound!

 

I'll put in a seperate post about the other things that you can buy to fill in the gaps in your pantry. You also need to realize that these lists are based on the presumption that you already have something in you kitchen, and are not starting from scratch.

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Here's some of the 'other' stuff;

 

If you noticed that I didn't list much in the way of cooking oils and shortening, there's a very good reason. With these lists, you don't need much. The crisco is basically for making thins like biscuits or even cookies, and the olive oil is for salad dressing. The canola oil is for bread & cake baking.

 

Most of what is here is already prepared or needs very little preparation so you don't need to worry about oil for frying, etc.

 

The general idea is that you will do some baking to fill out your meals, so if you don't bake a lot, now is the time to learn. Honestly, almost anyone can make a decent loaf of bread if they start with quality ingredients. The same with biscuits. Learn everything you possibly can right now, when mistakes can just be a learning experience and not a disaster.

 

There are some other things you want to have on hand to fill out this list a little, such as powdered whole eggs, powdered butter (don't get the margarine, it's yucky! and it's full of trans-fatty acids), powdered cheese, both cheddar and parmesan, TVP and some dehydrated soup mixes.

 

These extras are all available in #10 cans. There are some links in the bulk food post that will help you find what you need.

 

You'll want to add as many snack type items as you can, such as sunflower or pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, peanuts, popcorn and pretzels, and maybe even some canned chips such as Pringles or Planters snacks.

 

Then there are a variety of juices; apple, cranberry, grape, grapefruit, V-8, Kern's nectars, pineapple, orange, etc. Almost anything you can think of is available these days.

 

Don't forget whole grains such as wheat, corn, flax, rye and oats. The oats are thick & rolled and the 'parent' of the quick oatmeal you'll find at your local grocer.

 

Don't forget the good stuff, such as single serve puddings, snack size candy bars, fruit leather, granola bars, chewing gum, licorice, graham crackers, animal crackers, cookies, and canned fruit.

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May I ask how many people this is intended to feed, and for how long?

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In the third post above, I wrote;

 

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NOW! It's done... I'm sure there will be things on these lists that you may not like or use. You have to remember that this is not set in stone. It is meant to be a guide to kick start your thinking processes so that you can see how much easier it is to stock up if you just have a plan!

 

If you do and will utilize everything on these lists, good for you! The only thing you have to do now is print & go shopping!

 

Another thing you need to understand is that there is no way I can tell you how many people this will feed or for how long. This is so subjective it can't be calculated.

 

I can't possibly tell you how much any one person will eat. These lists are only to give you ideas of how to stock up on some basics, fairly quickly. I hope they will work for you.

 

BTW, welcome to MrsS!

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Sorry, I read that, then promptly forgot. I'm just figuring that with it just being me, I probably don't need quite so much.

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Okay, then it should be easy for you to figure this out. How many meals can you get out of a can of spaghetti sauce & 1 pound of spaghetti? If you're not a big eater, 1 can of sauce may yield 2-3 servings, with a bit left over.

 

The things I suggested canning in quarts, you should can in pints, and downsize the pint stuff to 1/2 pints.

 

As far as you not needing that much, I guess it would depend on how long you want your food stores to last.

 

If I was prepping only for myself, I'd still have at least this much in my pantry, and probably a lot more.

 

For the really long term stuff, buy the #2 1/2 cans instead of the #10. Some of the things that we don't use often, I buy in the smaller cans, I just get more of them! That way, I still have the same amount but, it stays fresher, longer.

 

My pantry, home canned foods, bulk storage, and even a lot of my long term storage, are all a part of my everyday life.

 

We tend to go through a lot of sugar around here so, I try to keep at least 100 lbs. We like really good coffee, so my husband roasts green coffee beans. I have at least 25 lbs of green coffee, at any given time.

 

We stopped buying mac & cheese boxed dinners, 'cause in the #10 cans of cheese blends, is exactly what comes out of that little foil lined pack inside the 'blue box' dinners. The exception is that I occasionally buy the 'Easy Mac' for my grandchildren, but only in the really big packs and only if they are on sale.

 

The food that I pressure can, soups, meats, veggies and stuff, are things I would spend hours cooking for a single meal. Like split pea soup. My family loves it! If I pressure can a big batch of it, I don't need to worry about cooking that meal for months, but if that's what they decide they want for dinner, I don't even need to go in the kitchen. They are still eating my split pea soup.

 

Another example is my Manhattan clam chowder. No one in the family likes it except my husband. I make a big pot of it, can it, and whenever he comes home hungry, or wants something different for a weekend lunch, he can open a pint jar and enjoy it.

 

I could easily give you dozens more examples like that, but I won't. That would be boring. There are some things I'm just not willing to leave to Campbell's or Progresso, to feed my family.

 

Oh, and then there's jelly. I'm the world's worst when it comes to making jelly but, I make the best jam and preserves we've ever had. So I no longer buy it pre-packaged. When I make a batch, if I don't hide some of it, it disappears pretty quickly around here.

 

The bottom line is this; store what you eat and eat what you store. Only you can determine what you'll eat, or how much you'll be comfortable storing.

 

I, along with quite a few people in these forums, have "Mother Hubbard Syndrome". Empty spaces in my pantry and cupboards makes me nervous, and they must be filled!

 

Besides, Darlene is a bad influence, and she makes me go 'power shopping' on a regular basis!

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Oh geez Nana...reading your post made me feel like *I* wrote it...rofl!

 

It may sound like a lot of preaching but at least we practice what we *preach*...I canned 15 quarts of split pea soup with ham yesterday myself...

 

I'm not going to go pick up 400-500lbs of apples for nothing. I'm looking to prepare myself, an additional long term storage item that can be used in a variety of ways.

 

Ok, I'll shadddup before I get going, but what Nana said about figuring out what you need, is right.

 

The one thing she was wrong about is that I really AM the innocent one.

 

 

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Speaking of apples-----I just took a break from playing with my (new to me, thrift store) apple peeler/slicer. It works like a whiz and is so quick. There is pastry cooling and ready to roll for some tasty pie tommorow. Then I break out the canner. One case of apples is a good enough start for me Darlene!

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What is the purpose of buying sugar in 5lb amounts in some weeks, but buying it in 25lb amounts in others? Here in north Florida you seldom get a break in price by buying in larger quantities.

 

Am I right in thinking that most of the preparedness books I have read were written by and for people who live in rural or semi-rural settings? I doubt seriously that most Americans could really store 25lbs of sugar- living in the city you simply don't have that much space. Someone needs to produce a preparedness guide for city-dwellers.

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The purpose is buying what you can, when you can...and then storing it where you can, which is the challenge for most folks. Even those of us with more room have problems with storage-sure, you can build a shed, but then you have to worry about critters!

 

Flaja, as a city dweller, what are your primary concerns? What areas would you like to see addressed? Some are talked about in the Urban Homesteading forum, but that is a pretty new forum.

 

Look around your house to find dead space. Is your closet filled with boxes of off season clothes or stuff klike that? If not, using plywood and bricks you could put together a small shelf system to go under your clothes. Granted, not a LOT of space, but, imho, every little bit helps. What about under your bed? They specifically make under bed storage systems now-canned good should fit in there. Any room under your dining room or kitchen table? Store one or two of those rubbermaid containers under there-you can fit a whole lot of sugar in those!

 

Let us know what your specific questions are. If they have been answered in another forum, we can direct you there. If not, maybe we can help you find answers.

 

Mo7

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I live in the city, don't use outside storage for our food and I store 200-300 lbs of sugar. I don't live in a really large house, and I don't have a basement, either. What I do have is a determination to cover my family's needs for extended periods of time.

 

It doesn't say to buy a 5lb bag one time, and a 25lb bag at another time. You can just as easily buy 5 - 5 lb bags. I do it all the time.

 

I wrote the list to give people an idea of what they could do, depending on their needs and abilities to purchase and store. This list is designed to give a mental jumpstart, nothing more.

 

As I've said before, nothing in these lists is set in stone. You should do what suits your needs, budget and circumstances. No one else will be able to determine what is best for you.

 

Good luck.

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I gave up a shoe closet, and then a gift/ wrapping station/junk closet to store prep items.... Now my guest room closet is also being pared down, non necessary stuff given away, donated etc. to make room for life sustaining necessities.

I find that I have changed, and that I view life differently now. Instead of storing home decor items, that I used to love, and might want to use again, I weigh that against the need to sustain my family through hard times.

My storage items are very important to me and seem to take a lot of time, planning, purchasing, logging, rotating etc., but the cost of time and money invested is nothing compared to the importance of keeping up with the plan.

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this is a fab list. i have a few that i've been working together and tweaking for our family, and it tends to get nerve-recking at times. i will add this to my comparison charts aswell, thnx

 

typing 1-handed, apologies!

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Hi, ArmyOfFive4God!

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Necie, you're so funny! I have great plans and plans for my plans. Ha ha. Sometimes I have to knock myself off the internet with a board and just take some action! Yesterday I used a pantry inventory list I got off a site listed in the penny pincher forum here on Mrs S. I am so proud to have done this for the new year! I have a hard time with the "need" column next to the "have on hand" column. I can never settle on how many people I am prepping for because I have a great big family that I love, none of whom are prepping. So I get frozen in indecision not wanting to leave anyone out. On this list I settled on five, LOL, this may change. But there is only so much one person can do. Yesterday I also cleaned the garage and started inventory out there. My husband thinks I am crazy for saving all those plastic fruit jugs, milk jugs, egg cartons, etc. You know I feel like a nut sometimes. People think we are crazy for prepping. It's hard. It's like living in an alternate universe. You'd have to be crazy not to think you were crazy sometimes. Oh well.

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Necie, I googled food storage on $ a week (just like that). Most of the lists I came up with were for the $5/week storage (feeds 2 ppl for up to a year). This was a good one, as it had you varying your purchases, so that if the SHTF before you were ready with your year's worth, you had some variety already instead of ALL wheat and no salt to make the bread rise sort of thing.

 

Anyhoo, I took all the lists I found and made a Word doc (publisher, excel, etc would work as well) and pasted the lists in columns, side by side for comparison. Then I took the lists and made them into our own liking. I don't know much about wheat, so I'll be buying flour, cornmeal & oats instead, things that I DO and CAN make do with. We have a family of 5, so I took the finalised lists (which never are truly final, you keep finding kickin' lists like this one), and spread them out to meet OUR pay period.

 

We get paid 2X a month (15 & 28/30/31, pending month), so a weekly plan, even when doubled into bi-weekly wasn't working. I ended up with 3 weeks, IIRC, leftover. I took those weeks and if there were multiple items, I spread them out. For instance, if one of those leftover weeks said 2.5 lbs PB, 2 cans tuna, 5 boxes mac n cheese, I take the PB and added it to a "light week- say week 3 is 2 cans tuna, 4 cans tomato soup (about 3 bucks here), I can get 2 18oz jars of PB on sale and/or with coupons for about a dollar a jar or a big jar (just a couple oz short of 2.5 lbs) for 2. It would look like this:

 

Their list:

week 3

2 cans tuna

4 cans tomato soup

 

1 week of leftover:

2.5 lbs PB

2 cans tuna

5 boxes mac n cheese

 

My new list:

week 3

2 cans tuna

4 cans tomato soup

2.5 lbs PB

 

Now again, I had to tweak even further. On top of doubling my weeks up with leftover weeks added in, I doubled up again. I actually am buying FOUR weeks worth of stuff. This translates into 2 people’s week’s worth of things as I have to double for the amount of people I need to feed. Every other item on this list I buy an extra HALF of. Ex.-

 

week 3

2 cans tuna (buy one extra)

4 cans tomato soup

2.5 lbs PB (buy an extra 18oz)

 

What this does, is help make up for my youngest who will be 3 at the end of this month. We are working on a VERY tight budget, so I have to mind that and still be able to feed us NOW. It will take me just over a year to get basic canned and boxed goods, staples, vitamins and basic first aid to sustain us for a year. I have a tally system on another document. As I get each pound/can/box/quantity of something, I tally it off as bought, this way at the end, if it says on my list to buy PB, but I’ve already max’ed my PB (a good sale can always get things WELL in hand sooner than expected) out, I can get those extra 4 cans tuna instead. I did take the calculator that says you should have ‘x’ amount of each item and multiplied by 2.5. Some things we REALLY like have been x’ed by 3 to ensure good eatin’! LOL…

 

My next step is to store each day or 2's worth of meals in buckets. For instance, if it takes us 2 weeks to go through a jar of PB, there will be one in bucket 1 & 15. Also in bucket 1 will be a can of tuna & 2 boxes mac n cheese (tuna mac for dinner) PB toast or pancakes for brek, 4 cans soups for dinner. Certain things will obviously not be packed this way like vitamins and flour. This round of preps is new as we just moved a few months ago and we quit shopping abd started eating our stockpile (so we didn't have to move it

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Pegsol-you're funny, too! Then I would like to start doing one on my storage foods-like one of those continuous inventory things, but I have absolutely NO idea. So I guess I'll just keep working on it-bit by bit-and eventually I'll get it figured out.

 

Ao5fG-I've been using a '$20'/wk. plan-but it's kind of a plan I made up myself. I only go shopping every 3 months or so, so I've been giving DD $20 a week with a list of things to get. She cooks dinner once a week, so part of the list is things that she needs for that, part is repacement things that we just use up, and part is for storage. This has been working pretty well. But I've never kept an inventory of my pantry or storage (cuz I've never really kept things as 'storage'). I just always keep about 6 months worth, and shop every 3 months to fill in things that we've used.

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You can save on the hambuger by sub. w/ ground turkey. It's about $1.50 for #1 roll. You can save $1.00-.50 per #

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Nana this is awesome. I have seen many list and some times I wonder what was going through their mind when they made that lest. This one is more "eater friendly" I am going to use your list as a guide.

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I am a new person here and I love it already. I would like to know if I could order all the food in this list in bulk from some place like GFS or the like and save enough money buying in bulk instead of piecing it together over the next twelve months? Basically I am looking at doing this because I am doing most of this on my own. I do have a girlfriend who supports me in my endeavours like this, however, getting her to help me do this on a weekly basis is not too easy. I work full time, she is a stay at home person. I told her if she were to go get some of the stuff on the lists I would be more than elated to unload the car and put everything away, and I will even cook her an extra special dinner for doing it. I do cook almost all the food as well as do all the dishes. I wish I had enough time and energy to do both work and shop as much as I wanted to. Please help me figure stuff out. Thanks.

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White Feather, you should do it however it works out for you. I prefer to buy in bulk myself as it does save me money. No list is cast in stone! They are here for a guide for those who aren't sure how to start prepping.

 

Welcome to the forum!

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Speaking of bulk foods, some prefer to also stock up on bulk foods this way:

 

 

A few good reputable bulk suppliers

 

(As of this writing, MountainHouse and Walton Foods get some of their foods from China, Honeyville Grain emphatically states they do not.)

 

http://honeyvillegrain.com/

 

www.clnf.org

 

also check local co-ops

 

 

 

Now, how to deal with all of this stuff?

 

If you're new to stocking your pantry, there's lots of information here to help you get started... This basic tutorial is one of my favorites, by A.T. Hagan:

 

http://athagan.members.atlantic.net/Index.html

Edited by PureCajunSunshine
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