Stocking Up – Long Term Survival Food Supply On A Budget
Stocking up for survival or disaster readiness does not need to cost an arm and a leg. You can stock up on a budget, if you apply the ideas I will show you here. Stocking up is not necessarily only for “Survival” either. You never know if you might loose your job, your car or home one day due to nature or the economy. Having a supply of food is very important if that ever comes.
I know first hand. Having recently gone through a period with no income, I ate through some of my stock that I have been building up for years now. I am thankful to have had the three months food supply on hand that I used. Fortunately, I still have a lot of food put away, even after living off it for three months. But the point is that it was there and it helped. Anyone can end up in the same situation at any time.
When you go shopping, take a few dollars extra with you. Also, if you go shopping for the sales, and not just what is on your list, you can come home with a whole lot more food for your money. When I go shopping, I do not take a list. I get what is on sale that I like. I just got about 30 cans of vegetables at 50 cents a can. Where I live, that is pretty cheap right now. And they have a shelf life until about 2014. If you keep your cans underground, cool and dry, you can keep them for many more years past the sell date. I know that from experience as well. One time a friend gave me a few cases (5-6) of canned fish that was expired. There were tomato, mustard and other types of flavors added to the fish. Various types. Anyway, I ate those cans of fish for three years after that. They had been kept underground, in a cool, dry place and were perfectly edible, three years past the expiration date.
Back to shopping. Look for deals. When you get paid, go shopping for sales and specials. You will be amazed how much you can stock up in a short time. The dollar stores (the real ones) are very good as well. I get canned fruits and treats that normally cost two to three times as much, all for a dollar each. Sometimes you can get brand name foods for a dollar there. Frozen fruit and veggies are dirt cheap at a dollar per pound at the dollar store. Anywhere else, unless you manage to catch a rare sale, are over $2 per pound where I live. I get the dollar store frozen foods and dehydrate them to be vacuum sealed and put away for later.
Another important point. Get food you like to eat. It will do you no good at all to have a huge surplus of food that you don’t like. I once bought a ton of canned string beans. Good stuff. But for a single person, those huge cans are hard to use up at one time. Beans, corn and tomatoes are great to toss into a pot together and have a sort of Mexican soup. But a huge can of green beans is just not easy to use up. I still have a lot of them.
If you have a sweet tooth, visit your local grocery store the day after a huge holiday. Easter, Christmas, Valentines Day are some of the ones with special shaped and colored chocolates and candies. They are deeply discounted after the holiday.
Shop the discount racks at the grocery store. They usually have 50% off an item that is out of production, or nearing the sale date. If kept cool, it will last many more years.
Start stocking up for your family next time you go shopping. It will add up soon.
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