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A Year’s Supply of Food on a Budget, by J.H.

Monday, July 13, 2015 23:33
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Without enough food, all other preparations you do are worthless. In a SHTF (grid-down) scenario if you are out of food, there may not be any way to obtain more. This article represents my own research on how to get a year’s supply of food on a budget. By the end of this article, you will see how I can feed a family of four for under $2,000 for an entire year.

Initial Criteria and Plan

First off, let me tell you why my focus is on inexpensive instead of nutrition or other criteria. The short answer is I don’t have a ton of extra money laying around, and when I do have some extra money to spend I prefer to get something that could last as long as possible. Lastly, and this is probably the most important reason to me, the more I research I do the more convinced I am that something really bad could happen at any time. I hope I am wrong, but if I’m not I need to be prepared, and I need to be prepared quickly. The only way to prepare quickly, without having a lot of money, is to focus on the basics first while keeping the costs as low as possible.

Therefore, the phases of my food storage plan are the following:

  1. Get enough food that will keep my family and me alive for a year.
  2. Get additional items that will add more variety and better nutrition.
  3. Add comfort items that would make the emergency food supplies more enjoyable to live on but are higher cost and/or have a short shelf life.

The most important principles for phase one food storage is to have a long shelf life (20+ years). I personally don’t have the time, energy, or inclination to focus on keeping an elaborate food rotation schedule. If you do, good job on being awesome. I want food that I could buy and let sit for 20+ years without having to worry about it or rotate but that I can still know is there for me if needed.

Once I have a year’s supply of food and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that my family could survive for a year, then I will start to work on the second and third phases of my food storage plan. Those phases could very well include canned and freeze-dried foods with shorter expiration dates that need to be rotated.

My Journey

I decided that I needed to start moving quickly towards having a year supply of food, so I went to Google and searched for “food storage”. I found all sorts of sites, and most of them offered food storage packages. These appealed to me at first because they are easy, but I quickly realized that in order to get a pre-planned package for a year for four people (the size of my family) I would probably have to spend at least $4,000 and probably closer to $6,000-10,000. Yikes!

One warning about these food storage packages is that they like to sell you on servings instead of calories.


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