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How To Build A 6-Month Food Stockpile On A Super-Strict Budget

How To Build A 6-Month Food Stockpile On A Super-Strict Budget [1]

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Despite what you often see on TV and in the movies, stockpiling food is not only for those with conspiracy theories or living through a zombie apocalypse. It is now a part of life for those of us who are “what if” people or those with very strict budgets.

Let’s face it: It’s not easy getting by in today’s economy. If we can save a little money on what we need to live by building a stockpile, then that’s what we should be doing.

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You may or may not be a fan of TLC’s Extreme Couponing, but I like to watch it just to see what those folks have built up. That being said, I do find some of the people featured on the show to be misguided. I was watching an episode not long ago where a woman said she and her family disliked a specific food – even though she had purchased 100 boxes of it. This is one thing I’m going to warn you about. Never put something in your stockpile if you and your family won’t use it. It’s a waste of time and storage space.

Items To Stockpile

Everyone has their own personal preferences on what they like to eat, so you should take that into consideration as you start building your stockpile. Begin with staples that you’ll use every day. Luxury items should be the last thing you put into your stockpile. Below I list general items to have in your finished stockpile if you want a roughly six-month supply for two people. You can adjust accordingly based on the size of your family.

Canned vegetables

Canned fruits

Canned meats

Canned soup

Canned and packaged additives to make meals




Boxed One-Skillet Meals

Boxed starchy sides


Dry or evaporated milk

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Many people think that once you have your stockpile set up, you don’t have to touch it again until you’re ready to use something. That is not true. You will want to be sure to rotate your stock so that you don’t end up with a stockpile full of stale foods. And remember: Add a little extra than you took away from your stockpile to keep it growing.

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