Monday, November 14, 2011

How On Earth Can I Afford to Do This?

I've had this conversation a few times, now.

"I can't afford to buy food storage."

"Yes," I say. "You can."

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.

He wrote:

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.

Week 1: 6 lbs salt
Week 2: 5 cans cream of chicken soup
Week 3: 20 lbs of sugar
Week 4: 8 cans tomato soup
Week 5: 50 lbs wheat
Week 6: 6 lbs macaroni
Week 7: 20 lbs sugar
Week 8: 8 cans tuna
Week 9: 6 lbs yeast
Week 10: 50 lbs wheat
Week 11: 8 cans tomato soup
Week 12: 20 lbs sugar
Week 13: 10 lbs powdered milk
Week 14: 7 boxes macaroni & cheese
Week 15: 50 lbs wheat
Week 16: 5 cans cream of chicken soup
Week 17: 1 bottle 500 multi-vitamins
Week 18: 10 lbs powdered milk
Week 19: 5 cans cream of mushroom soup
Week 20: 50 lbs wheat
Week 21: 8 cans tomato soup
Week 22: 20 lbs sugar
Week 23: 8 cans tuna
Week 24: 6 lbs shortening
Week 25: 50 lbs wheat
Week 26: 5 lbs honey
Week 27: 10 lbs powdered milk
Week 28: 20 lbs sugar
Week 29: 5 lbs peanut butter
Week 30: 50 lbs wheat
Week 31: 7 boxes macaroni & cheese
Week 32: 10 lbs powdered milk
Week 33: 1 bottle 500 aspirin
Week 34: 5 cans cream of chicken soup
Week 35: 50 lbs wheat
Week 36: 7 boxes macaroni & cheese
Week 37: 6 lbs salt
Week 38: 20 lbs sugar
Week 39: 8 cans tomato soup
Week 40: 50 lbs wheat
Week 41: 5 cans cream of chicken soup
Week 42: 20 lbs sugar
Week 43: 1 bottle 500 multi-vitamins
Week 44: 8 cans tuna
Week 45: 50 lbs wheat
Week 46: 6 lbs macaroni
Week 47: 20 lbs sugar
Week 48: 5 cans cream of mushroom soup
Week 49: 5 lbs honey
Week 50: 20 lbs sugar
Week 51: 8 cans tomato soup
Week 52: 50 lbs wheat

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


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