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.)
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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.)
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