Picture of the Day: Build Your Food Storage Only $5 a Week

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I don’t know where this came from but it is a pretty good guide to go by especially for those on a budget. Heck – if someone did this for a year they would be much better off than most people. 

Myself – I have started stocking up on freeze dried foods a lot more. Some pouches – but trying to budget in #10 cans. 

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  1. I’m not all that sure about this list. Variety is so important. Eating the same stuff over and over and you’ll find yourself self-starving and dying from want. I don’t see any meat on this list, other than tuna. You could stock up on cans of roast beef, sausage, ham, beef stew and spam. How about some cans of potato, green beans, corn and pork & beans? Soup is good and good for you, chicken noodle, bean & bacon, whatever. Stock some saltines. Canned fruits should be a standard item as well. What about some Ritz crackers to go with that peanut butter? Did you know that Pringles potato-chips have a 1 year shelf life? You can buy “just add water” biscuit mix and canned sausage paddies, wouldn’t that be tasty while the world collapses around you. Powdered whole egg, cornbread mix and some of that powdered milk and you’ve got cornbread biscuits! Pasta & sauce are another good item, and so is rice, mashed potato flakes and cans of gravy… It’s not that hard to stock this stuff, I do, we rotate and restock and it all works fairly smoothly. Salt, pepper, spices, ketchup, mustard, cooking oils, Texas Pete… I stock and use it all. Stock what you eat. Some stuff you will stockpile but may not use like powdered milk and mashed potato flakes. When it expires toss it and buy more… it’s not that expensive.

    To the uninitiated it may seem daunting… it’s not. Get started this week and soon you’ll have a nice little stockpile, and it will slowly grow. If you can get a membership to a Sams club or similar, it will pay big dividends.

    I take great comfort in my pantry and the security it offers, then walk into my gun closet!

    • All valid points Mr. Gault. I think the premise behind the list is to provide a basis for food storage and then other foods of the persons choice could be added in. For example – I have a 30 day supply of food in a bucket. If I needed to eat the food in the “30 day bucket” I would combine the bucket food with other foods in my cabinets/stores. The 30 day supply would actually last much longer.

      By the way – you mentioned Bean and Bacon soup – my favorite!


  2. Great list. I only have one question. Week 13 & week 27, where on earth do you find 10# of powdered milk for $5? Love your posts thanks so much for sharing info with us.

  3. Kris,
    If say on week #2 you get your 5 cans of soup on sale for $.75 each = $3.75 you roll the extra $1.25 into a jar for weeks when an item is more money, like milk. This is also an old basic list. It does give you an idea of what kinds of items to stock, although most people might not be able to make a health meal out of most of the items. Practice with it, rotate food storage, supplement with gardening for health and variety, can your own produce and meats to eat year round. There are other more up to date lists out there too. Look around. Prices will always vary – this year they will increase dramatically. Prepare where you can.

  4. I just want to know one thing… WHERE ARE THEY SHOPPING?!?! Cause you ain’t buying any of those weeks for $5.00 period…

  5. I’m good. I have an acre of land that I use for gardening that I tend daily, plus I can fish, I can hunt and I’m surrounded by freshwater. If that fails, I’ll take what I need. With force if necessary. I’ll spend this $260/yr on ammo. =)

    • Well Bob – that is an interesting comment and not sure if I read it they way you meant t to come across. My initial thought is – “so, your one of them.” You will take what you need? With force if necessary? I think that kind of plan does not bode well for the aggressor. Sooner or later you will run across someone who will not just give up their stuff. Hopefully I misunderstood.


  6. I think this list has been around a while, therefor the ‘low’ prices. If you are going to follow it, I would suggest adjusting for inflation by at least doubling the amount to spend, or more. Pick one ‘day’ and check the price of the items at your local store to work out how much.

  7. Yeah Bob – NOT COOL. Prep and get what you need – don’t be a punk and take what other people have worked hard for. Here is a question for you – you say you have all you need including ammo – do you have other people? How would you like it if a group of 10 showed up to take what you have BY FORCE?

  8. Bob,

    Maybe a bunch of us will swing by your way, and take that ammo. Thanks for stocking it up for us.

    Be seeing you…..

  9. Lmfao bob, dude you sound like the guy we are preparing to take out to me, there’s going to be two types after the bang, us and what sounds like you, we are the sheepdogs here, and will be waiting for you…. 😉

  10. Where is the best place to buy or order ammunition ?
    Just starting all of this…am a widow..good with decisions about food but other *#!!!

    • Rosanne – Please shoot me an email to emergencycd(at)gmail.com. I tried to email you but it came back undeliverable.

      To answer your question though – The Sportsman’s Guide is a great start.

      Thanks – Rourke

  11. Roseann, Cabelas, Cheaper than Dirt, some Walmarts and some Dicks Sporting stores-depends where you live and if you can get ammo by mail. Happy to hear from you-this is a super good bunch and Rourke is super. Arlene

  12. Rourke- good list.Here in upstate NY food is very high. -and with the droughts and the
    floods food will be much more expensive.Happy meaningful 4th everyone. Arlene

  13. Unlike Bob, I’ve halted my ammo purchases. I think I have a sufficient supply to take care of whatever comes my way. I have instead begun dumping my resources into food storage. I have two generators (admittedly the gasoline will be an issue) that I intend to use the gen’s for the freezer until everything is consumed. I have on my “bucket list” to purchase a hand pumped deep well pump. Lehman’s has them. This goes onto the casing of my deep well. My garden, since getting soil samples analyzed, is growing like crazy. My intent, and I’ve already started, is to can all vegetables I can. I’ve put up 5 bushels of string beans so far this year. I am also playing with canning meats. I put up 30 lbs of chicken thighs this spring. Last year I put up 5 quarts as an experiment of beef stew. The stew turned out great. Thru Rourke’s site I found out about Zaycon foods. I highly recommend it. When you can buy 40 pounds of chicken thighs for $1.39 a pound, you can’t turn it down. If you have never tried canning, Simply Canning Blog (simplycanning.com)will get you into it. Supplies, how to info, and q&a.

    I also, like Rourke, put back freeze dried foods. Between what I grow, grocery store specials, Zaycon, my own chickens and sales from Emergency Essentials, I feel like my prep work is on target. Never enough, but it’s getting better.

  14. The gentleman who says he will “take it by force if necessary” will perhaps find those who have failed to prepare correctly by getting an Savage heavy barrel synthetic stock .22LR with a 3×9 scope from Bushnell or Weaver and Weaver mounts and rings, an AR-15 and a .30-06 with a 3×9 scope. The .30-06 has won thousands of matches at 1,000 yards, has a huge variety of ammunition available, killed thousands of Japanese, Germans, and North Koreans, and with the proper bullet and shot placement has been used to kill every animal that walks the face of the earth. A 12 gauge shotgun rounds out anybody’s needs. If you are more interested than fundamentals, as I am, there is a vast amount of Web info on hundreds of sites that will teach more than you ever wanted to know about firearms. Some people have ethical issues-apparently their life is worth less to them than other’s are. So be it. Some are hoplophobes-phobic fear of arms in general. Most think “it can’t happen here”. And some are too lazy to make the effort.

    On the other hand, it is estimated there are at least 300 million firearms in the possession of some 150 million people. With a population of about 309 million now, that makes his odds of finding somebody without at least one gun about 50% ,+/-. For life and death odds, he needs to rethink his strategy–his present plan is non-sense at best and suicidal at worst. Guns shows often have collector’s .30-06 black tipped WW2 and Korean War ammunition. Don’t worry-I’ve got some made in 1942 and it fires perfectly. It also puts a.30 caliber hole in 1/2″ inch of mild steel at 50 yards, and completely through any wooden telephone pole. Nor will any modern “bullet-proof” vest stop it, excepting the Russian variety that has a 12″x12″ square by 1″ thick chest plate of hardened titanium. Very rare in the USA. I give this information not as advice to go and purchase such, only to inform as to what the capabilities of it are. There is one deadly hazard to the shooter with this armor piercing ammo: if you shot at something elastic such a very thick steel plate and penetration is incomplete, the projectile WILL be ejected. When one goes buzzing past your head like an angry bumblebee, you’ll understand that it could have struck and killed you. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!! THESE ARE NOT SOMETHING TO PLAY WITH!!! It is legal to collect them, but not to hunt with or otherwise fire them. That’s how the ATF puts it, so stay within the bounds of the law. Federal Penitentiaries are not where you want to spend even one minute of your life as a prisoner. And unless you have a state or federal pardon for any felony, if you have guns, get rid of them and all ammunition. Take it to a friend who can secure it. Here in Iowa a guy in the Northeast part of the state who had a felony record was found with 1-ONE! .22LR live round. He is presently serving the minimum mandatory 85% OF A TEN YEAR federal sentence for that one bullet. Do the right thing and apply to your governor or the President (state or federal charge) for a restoration of firearm rights or a pardon. I got mine back in 1983 here in Iowa, and I did all the work myself. If you can read English and follow instructions, that’s all there is to it. If the crime was one of violence, you probably will be denied-Presidents and Governors take these things extraordinarily seriously, as you would expect. If you don’t get the pardon or restoration, my advice is to leave them with a trusted person, and have them passed on at your death or retrieve them if the feces really, globally, catastrophically hits the fan. Then all bets are off. Life first-rules must sometimes be bent to maintain life. But I promise you, penitentiaries are not pleasant places–I’ve known a number of people who have done time, and none said they ever wanted to go back, except one half-wit who said: “It’s not so bad-you got 3 hots and a cot”.

    I recognize this is a rather long statement, but many people do not truly understand the laws concerning firearms, pardons, and the consequences that a convicted felon can face without good information to rely on. I am no lawyer, but I am smart enough to learn the law, stay between the lines, and not get arrested for any reason. It won’t any good to have all the true necessities of long term survival if you are serving time for something you didn’t even know was a crime – I learned that from the ATF here in Des Moines that many people don’t understand that pleading guilty is the same in the eyes of the law as being convicted by a judge or jury. The agent I spoke with told me they were really after the truly bad guys: gun-runners, people repeatedly selling to known criminals, constantly buying firearms they should have suspected were stolen (how many $100,000 Purdey shotguns do you think you’ll see in a lifetime? One or two, maybe,) etc. He advised me to get the guns and ammo out of the house immediately, so I stored them with my mother until I got my pardon.

    I wrote this missive with the hope that if even one person doesn’t go to the joint, then it will have been good enough. I’m not trying to be a know it all-just the prime points, from which the rest can be deduced. NO, you can’t get the food list at the $5 weekly expense, but it is still a nutrionally viable plan. You can fill in around the edges later with all sorts of delicacies for far and near: Albanian honey, Bosnian jam, French mustard, German beer, Russian Vodka. But the basic list is essentially equivalent to MRE’s, which have come a long way from WW2, Korea, and Nam. If you look at the official US military handbooks and guides, you can see translating to Mountain House or Wise is easy as apple pie. It would get boring, for sure, but being bored is a far sight better than starving, is it not?

    John Kerry of Massachusetts has said his favorite wine is a French wine that costs a staggering $6,700.00 a bottle!! Having married Teresa Heinz, whose deceased first husband was John Heinz, of Heinz 57 fame. She inherited a fortune estimated at $600 million+, and as of three years ago had $300 million in 3% US Government bonds that are state, city, county, and federal tax free. Paid twice a year. You figure it out per month. He can afford an almost $7000 bottle of wine. I wouldn’t even be able to appreciate it. But I do like a good chocolate malt, which is in my financial reach. And if you put that $7k towards your long term survival goals, you’ll be light centuries ahead of the average American, who thinks “it can’t happen here”. Oh really? In that only God knows the future, and you ain’t God, you are either in a state of total denial or trusting to luck, who is a very fickle lady. And good luck to you if you so think that way, because the day may come when you’ll need it. Those who read and follow the advice of this website and others like it can use all the luck they can get, but they will have their own resources to fall back on, which beats hell out of luck.

    Live Well, Be Well
    Semper Fi, Semper Vigilans

    • Donald: I appreciate the comments – all of them. Great info and I appreciate the time you took to write it all up.


  15. For those of you who think this $5 a week list is not doable, I can tell you that it certainly is. This is 2019. You just have to keep watch for sales and manager specials. For example, today I purchased 13 cans of stewed tomatoes (in place of tomato soup) for $6.50 (.49 per can). I also purchased 5 jars of jiff extra crunchy peanut butter for $2.50 (.50 per jar). I get 5 pound bags of flour during the holiday sales for .99 cents per bag (that’s 10 lbs for $2) and I get 4 pound bags of sugar during those same sales for .99 cents per bag (that’s 20 lbs for $5). I can still find cans of tuna for .69 and .79 cents per can, so 8 cans = $5.52 to $6.32. For powdered milk, I pick up cans of NIDO during manager specials, small cans for $1.69 to $2.39 (regular price $5) and the larger cans for $4.95 to $10 (regular price $18-$20). The cream soups I picked up a few months ago, on sale, for .49 a can, but often see them for $1.00 or less. Regular table salt is about .85 cents a pound these days. I stocked up recently on macaroni products for .49 cents a pound.

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