I already mentioned the use of coupons, which will only help in your quest. Soon, I will be posting about a recent shopping trip where, using coupons, we purchased several items that were already on sale. That trip, we got lotsa things to add to the stockpile and saved 50% at the register buy doing so. No.. it wasn't a year's worth of food. In fact, half of it wasn't even foodstuffs. But all were needed items, and we saved HALF at checkout. HALF, people! :)
But, I know there are some who haven't gotten that far yet; still others who may never utilize coupons. That is utterly a personal decision, but beyond that, I want to address those who, for whatever reason, feel like they simply can NOT afford to work on their preps.
How can you afford food storage? It's simple.
Spend $5 a week on your food storage/preps.
Now, you can simply add an extra Five Bucks wortha somethin' to your cart each week, or, if you are more disciplined, you can save it each week and buy $20 worth at the end of the month. That part is up to you. But even with this small amount, you most certainly CAN add to your food or other prep storage goals.
And I do mean add, significantly.
With just five bucks, you can buy a bag of rice, and a bag of dried beans. You can buy a few cans of soup. You can buy a few lbs. of salt (Yes! Salt and other seasonings are SOOO important!) You can buy some extra sugar, or honey.
I hope you're beginning to see that, even when money is tight, you *can* add to your stores, and if you are diligent, you will, over time, amass a respectable stock.
What if you don't have an extra $5 to spend?
Here, I will go back to couponing :)
Because you can easily use enough coupons to save that $5 to then spend on your storage :)
I could certainly compile a list of Five Buck Preps, and, I probably will soon. But for the right now, let me share with you another prepper's list that I found online. It comes from 'AZPrepper' and he posted this list on the forum known as LDS Preppers.
Let me add here that he compiled this list back in 2009; as we all know, prices *have* changed, and mostly not for the benefit of the buyer ;-) But I still post this list because it's representative of what doing 'A Little At A Time' can do for your food storage.
Food Storage for $5 a Week This list should be a basic amount to sustain 2 people for one year. For every 2 people in your family, add $5 more and double the amount of the item you are buying that week.
Some costs may have changed, but the general concept and close estimate should still be valuable.
Some weeks you will have leftover change. Save the change each week in a kitty to be used for the weeks you may exceed $5 (like wheat, milk, etc). Also, if you find something on sale, you may want to skip ahead and purchase that item and cross it off the list.
After you have completed this list, you will end up with: -500 lbs of wheat -180 lbs of sugar -40 lbs of powdered milk -12 lbs of salt -10 lbs of honey -5 lbs of peanut butter -45 cans of tomato soup -15 cans of cream of mushroom soup -15 cans of cream of chicken soup -24 cans of tuna -21 boxes of macaroni & cheese -500 aspirin -1000 multi-vitamins -6 lbs of yeast -6 lbs of shortening -12 lbs of macaroni