September 8, 2013

The Pantry Primer: Adding Larger Purchases to Your Stockpile

Weekly grocery shopping is not the way to quickly build  one-year food supply.  But now that I have built a base, over the past two weeks I was able to easily skip the weekly trips and save up for a larger purchase.

To be able to afford large purchases when you are on a regular, week-to-week budget, you have to figure out a strategy. For me, that is the best way to save up for bigger purchases – skip a week of shopping and then add the budgets of the two weeks together in order to  make some bulk purchases that I ordinarily couldn’t swing along with a week of regular grocery shopping.  Other strategies could include:

  • Selling something in order to come up with a lump sum of money
  • Using coupons to build a pantry
  • Taking a part-time job
  • Cancelling something that you make monthly payments on and putting that money towards your stockpile (cable, cellphone, etc.)

(Go here to learn more about living a frugal lifestyle in order to meet your goals.)

This week I purchased 8 starter kits from a nearby LDS warehouse for $31 apiece.

Each kit contains 28 pounds of food, including: wheat, flour, pinto beans, rice, and oats, and the LDS considers this a one-month supply of food for one person.


Now, these kits are not the rock-bottom, cheapest way to purchase this longer-term storage food.  I could have gotten the items for less money by purchasing them in bulk elsewhere.  However, you have to keep in mind that I started out without most supplies.  I don’t have food sealers or any of that stuff.  I would have also had to have purchased Mylar bags, food safe buckets, and other items for repackaging.  These came already packed in #10 cans, ready to sit on my shelves for the next 10 years if need be.

My purchase added the following to my shelves:

  • 41.6 pounds of beans
  • 88 pounds of wheat berries
  • 32 pounds of flour
  • 19.2 pounds of oats
  • 43.2 pounds of rice

With this addition, my pantry is now up to about a 5 month supply of food for 2 people, although I need more fruits and vegetables put back to be truly well balanced.  (You can see how much you need for your family members using this FOOD STORAGE CALCULATOR.)

Want to learn more? My new book is now available!

Lots of us like to have hard copies of information that we’ve found helpful.  Because of this, I’ve expanded on the information included in this series and put it all in one handy primer, available on Amazon.

The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months

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Daisy Luther

Please feel free to share any information from this site in part or in full, leaving all links intact, giving credit to the author and including a link to this website and the following bio. Daisy Luther lives on a small organic homestead in Northern California.  She is the author of The Organic Canner,  The Pantry Primer: A Prepper's Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget, and The Prepper's Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health and preparedness, and offers a path of rational anarchy against a system that will leave us broke, unhealthy, and enslaved if we comply.  Daisy's articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter,.

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