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Set aside $5 a week to buy the specific items each week. You will have a kitty set aside that you put the $5 in and you can't touch it for any reason but to buy the food storage item for that week. Put in the remaining change back into the kitty. Some things in the beginning are going to be cheap and then later will be more expensive. In order to pay for the expensive stuff later you need to keep the leftover money in the kitty. Weeks 38 and 44 you will have "off" to replenish the kitty.
Week 1: 2 cans tuna fish, 2 boxes salt
Week 2: 5 boxes of Macaroni and Cheese, 4 cans tomato soup
Week 3: 3 cans mushroom soup, 1 2.5 lb peanut butter
Week 4: one bottle 365 count multi-vitamins
Week 5: 4 cans tomato soup, 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 6: 1 bottle aspirin (500 tablets)
Week 7: 1 100 lb container wheat
Week 8: 1 5 lb powdered milk
Week 9: 1 5 lb honey
Week 10: 4 cans tuna, 4 boxes macaroni and cheese
By the end of the 52 weeks, you should have:
700lbs of wheat,
240 lbs sugar,
40 lbs of powdered milk,
13 lbs of salt,
10 lbs of honey,
5 lbs of peanut butter,
45 cans of tomato soup,
32 cans mushroom soup,
15 cans tuna fish,
10 macaroni and cheese dinners,
500 aspirin, and
730 multiple vitamins
They suggest adding 6 lbs of dried yeast and 6 lbs of shortening and this should be enough to sustain 2 people for a year. For every 2 people you have in your family add $5 more and double or triple the amount of whatever you are buying that week.
By Christi from Paducah, KY
Editor's Note: I searched and there is another version of this. Prices may be a lot higher for some items now (I know that honey costs a lot more.)
There is also a Morman version which is slightly different:
In any case it is always good to have food stores for lean times or emergencies. You may want to change what you buy but it's a good guide.
I think it is a wise person who stocks up for an emergency. It may only be a matter of time before some of us experience some type of catastrophe and will be grateful to have some basic food to eat. Although they don't want to scare people, the emergency management people on a federal and state level are working on plans to deal with various types of disasters we may encounter in the future. In our state we deal with tornadoes and floods and there is a very strong possibility that we could have another earthquake along the New Madrid fault! If that happens we could have broken water lines, electrical lines, gas lines and a whole host of other problems. I'm not a worry wart or a doomsayer but I'm glad I have a well stocked pantry that could feed us for quite some time, should the need arise.
I have a few tweaks to this plan. Rather than buying so much flour, get 1/2 cornmeal and 1/2 flour - makes same amount, but you get 2 different meals. Also, rather than buying all tuna, watch for sales and get canned beef stew. Store rice as well as flour in freezer. Also, instant grits will store easily, come in flavors, and are very simple to make -- Plain goes with tuna too, I mix them together for breakfast or quick dinner. Add in a few boxes of instant potatoes, some Vienna sausages and treat, and you have many different, simply made meals for quite a while.
In an emergency, due to possible power outages,cooking anything might be a problem unless you are used to and have the area and resources to make a fire for cooking. How about rotating canned goods and keeping sterno, lighters, and a hand can opener handy instead? Any flour products are going to become buggy after a while (yes, the bugs do hatch from within the flour). Wheat and rice do not keep without getting buggy unless in a freezer ( again, the power outage problem).
Dried fruit and jerky are easily stored and can nourish. Peanut butter and honey are good. Water can be a problem, but adding a drop of chlorine bleach ( look it up ) to a gallon of pre-boiled water helps stave off bacteria growth, Then rotate the gallons every 2 months to maintain optimum 'freshness'. The key, as I understand it, is to rotate your stock regularly, replenishing as you use.
Sounds complicated to me.
Yes, what are you gathering the flour, sugar and salt for? Not making bread because some ingredients are missing...or what? Very curious.
I believe stocking the pantry for emergencies is a great idea! I do stock flour, too. I find that if I freeze it for a week, then vacuum seal it in glass jars it keeps without getting buggy. Same with rice. I prefer canning, and buying canned food items. I rotate them. And I only stock what we eat on a regular basis. For example, if you don't grind your own wheat, don't buy it. Last year we went through an emergency in our area. No power for a week. No stores open to buy food. People who did not have pantry shelves filled had to drive 20+ miles to find food.
This is an awful lot of tuna, tomato soup and mac and cheese. And a lot of wheat?
Wow, great list, we have been storing food for about a year now, but there are many things on the list I didn't think of. Thanks Barb
A lady I know just started a website that talks about food storage and other ways of being prepared. It is:
http://www.prov … mecompanion.com/ She gets into the reasons for storing food and info on how to do it.
What are we storing all this food for? Armageddon? And, where are we storing it? I don't understand this "Food for 2 Years for $5 a Week" plan.