Our world seems to be in a violent tailspin and its occupants are watching and waiting, hoping for the best, but expecting the worse. The uncertainty has prompted many families to create stockpiles of food and water, along with some basic necessities just in case things take a turn for the worse.
A stockpile of food is a lot like having an insurance policy for any and all disasters, whether they are huge or just minor hiccups on the road of life.
Of course, stockpiles cost money. If you are a typical family, a stockpile of food that you won’t eat right away seems like a pipe dream. But what if you could build up a stockpile of food for your family to use after a devastating disaster without going broke?
You can. With these tips, you can build your stockpile of food on $20 a week. It will last at least three months – perhaps more depending on the size of your family. Pick a line item each week and buy it. Soon, your food storage will be overflowing, and you will still have plenty of money for your living expenses.
Week 1: A 25-pound bag of steel cut oats will cost you about $15. This will give you enough oats to serve your family of four one cup of cooked oatmeal every morning for approximately two months. Add a $5 bag of dried berries to the cart for a little extra flavor.
Week 2: A 20-pound bag of long grain white rice is around $10. One pound of rice equals approximately six cups of cooked rice. Buy two bags one week and you will have enough rice to serve your family one cup of cooked rice for 60 days.
Week 3: One 20-pound bag of dried pinto beans is about $15. One cup of dried beans equals three cups of cooked beans. That one bag is enough for about 40 servings, or 40 meals of pinto beans for the family.
Week 4: Canned vegetables can be purchased by the case for around 50 cents a can. Unfortunately, those deals are often reserved for certain times of the year. Let’s assume you are shopping for singles; you can expect to pay about 75 cents a can for generic brands. With your weekly allowance, you can get 25 cans of veggies. Mix it up. Don’t go for all corn one week. Do 12 corn and 13 peas (if your family will eat them). That is about a month’s worth of veggies bought in a single week!
Week 5: A single 25-pound bag of flour will cost you about $10 if you go with generic. Buy two, pop them in the freezer for a week to kill the weevil eggs before storing, and you have enough flour to last several months, depending on your meal plan.
Week 6: Canned meat is a bit more expensive, but you will want the protein. For things like canned chicken and Spam, you will only be able to buy 10 cans for the week. Tuna is a great option, and you can get about 40 cans with your $20 allowance for the week.
Week 7: Peanut butter will be a big deal in your stockpile. This week, buy five jars of peanut butter in the standard size—don’t go for the bulk.
Week 8: Baking ingredients; 25 pounds of sugar, 1 can of baking powder, 1 box of baking soda. You will want to cook meals from scratch.
Week 9: Instant dry milk can be bought by the box or can be freeze dried. Expect to pay anywhere from $15 to $20 for a large 64 ounce box of instant milk that has about 80 servings.
Week 10: Canned fruit will cost you about a dollar a can. Pick up 20 cans of your family’s favorite fruits.
In just 10 weeks, spending $20 a week, you can have a stockpile of food that will last your family several months. Once you complete the list, then start over or add additional items like pasta noodles, jerky and various soups. That extra 20 bucks can be saved by skipping your favorite coffee drinks and making your own at home, not going out to eat one night or using less electricity to save on your electric bill. If you are truly serious about building a food stockpile, then you will find ways to save a few dollars everyday to make it happen.