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My first thought after watching National Geographic’s American Blackout was how a tiny amount of time and money could have saved some of the characters from having to go to the local grocery store to bid on a can of this or a bottle of that. Here are some suggestions for a Wal-Mart prepper food run.

Libby’s chicken Vienna sausage: This is one of my personal favorites (my version of fast food). These have a pull ring pop top. The ones I bought have a 2016 expiration date. I have eaten lots of things that were expired. These will still be good years after 2016. The Wal-Mart Great Value brand costs a little less but the Libby’s tastes better. I eat these right out of the can. I have also added them to soup and pasta. Cost: $0.50. (11 cents per oz). 40 cans for 20 dollars.

Great Value 100% Whole Grain Old Fashioned Oats: I burn through a half a cup every morning. When I was a kid we used to add milk to it without cooking it (water would work also) when we were in a hurry or add boiling water and let it sit for 10 minutes when we were not. If you need to cook or boil water in an American Blackout situation, see my information on cooking with candles here:

You can cook your oatmeal or canned soup indoors. The expiration date on the oat meal is Feb 2015. Again this product will be edible long after the expiration date. Cost: $2.88 for 2 pounds 10 ounces which works out to under 7 cents an ounce. This is a great price for bulk dry (like dehydrated) food. You can buy 7 for 20 dollars and some change.

Great Value Spaghetti & Meatballs: This is a Chef Boyardee knock off. It requires a can opener (non- electric for blackouts). These are $0.74 each at my Wal-Mart which works out to under 5 cents per ounce. Eat straight from the can or heat in a pan with 1 to 3 candle flames. Expires Aug 2015 (extremely conservative “best by” date). 27 cans (meals) for $20.00.

Maruchan Instant Lunch, Ramen Noodles with Vegetables (compare to Cup O Noodles): Just add hot water. These are packed 6 per box for $1.62 which works out to $0.27 each or 74 cups of yum for $20.00. These are only good for a year which is about right.

Great Value Light Chuck Tuna: $0.78 per can. 25 cans for $20.00. Best by March 2016 (and beyond)

Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup (no cup and no vegetables). I buy these as filler for the Great Value Spaghetti and meat balls. In a grid down situation you heat up some water in a sauce pan along with the noodles (don‘t use the flavor pack). When the noodles are ready, drain the water into a cup and use to make instant coffee. Add a can of spaghetti and meat balls to the noodles and heat (stir occasionally). You will end up with about 2 cans worth of food for about a dollar. I can’t find the receipt for these but they are under 25 cents each or more than 80 packs for $20.00.

El Mexicano Codito Elbow Enriched Macaroni Product (a traditional south of the border favorite?):

Pasta is more energy intensive to cook than ramen noodles but from experience I can tell you that pasta last quite a bit longer. I need to try the trick some people have used for cooking rice. You bring the rice to a boil and then put it in a thermos to cook for hours without additional heating. In this case 20 or 30 minutes might work. I add these to soup and Chef Boyardee type products to double the size of the meal for pennies.

Cost: 7 oz. bag for 33 cents or 60 bags for $20.00. One bag makes a lot of noodles. I also like to cook these, drain and add grated parmesan cheese and butter. Both of these will be edible at least for a week or two without refrigeration.

Progresso Soup. There are lots of soups to choose from. Pictured is Chicken Gumbo. Cost: 18.5 oz. for $1.48 or 13 cans for $20.00. This is another food that can easily be extended. You can double the volume for under $2.00 for the soup and the noodles.

For other extender ideas and for an easy source of fresh food in an emergency, check out my information on sprouting beans here:

As you can see, $160.00 will buy a very large amount of non perishable food. If you do not have emergency food, you can fix that problem with one trip to Wal-Mart.

Water: This is a subject that deserves an article all it’s own.  But for now, if you don’t have water in a grid down emrgency situation you should eat your soup first. Then what? You must have water. I do not buy bottled water. I seem to recall seeing a Great Value 24 pack for under $3.00. You can also stop by the sporting goods department and get 5 or 6 gallon water containers. Cleaning and re-filling 2 liter bottles works also.

How about a water storage kit?

Includes: 55-gallon water barrel made from food-grade polyethylene.

6 foot hose and hand pump,

2 bottles of water treatment drops,

Barrel lid opener.

I got my barrels from a local animal feed store. Plan on 1 gallon of water per day per person.

Good luck and make your next emergency a pasta party. (a quiet family get together with blacked out windows and subdued LED lighting and lots of soup and pasta). No food is no fun.

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    • wirkbot

      Here is the tally from the article for what You can buy (non perishable emergency food) at my local Wal-Mart for about $80.00:

      40 cans of Vienna sausage
      7 big boxes of oat meal (Big, 2 pounds 12 oz.)
      27 cans of spaghetti and meat balls.
      74 Noodles and vegetables (like Cup O Noodles)
      25 cans of tuna
      80 Ramen Noodle Soup (no cup and no vegetables)
      60 bags of macaroni, 7 oz.
      13 cans of Progresso Soup

      • True News

        This food is a great value. During the height of Pol Pot in Cambodia, two cans of tuna went for one ounce of gold. It’s quite a bit cheaper to stock up today.

        • wirkbot

          Tuna with pre-Fukushima “best by” dates should be worth a lot some day. I actually prefer the Great Value canned chicken but it costs more. I have been trying to get the family to switch but no luck yet. As Fukushima news reports keep coming in I should be able to make the switch.

      • wirkbot

        Typo: should be $160

      • wirkbot
    • Neanderthal

      If you go to ALDIs you can double that amout of foud that is listed for the 80 bucks. Just trying to help.

      • True News

        My dad swears by Aldi’s. They’ve got overruns and fantastic deals, but if you see something you like, buy it, it’ll be gone and you don’t know when it’s coming back for many things.

      • wirkbot

        I went on Line and it looks like there are not any Aldi’s in California. Too bad.

        • Einstein

          The came to Florida a few years ago. However Mexifornia will probably be the last place any business will go. Government regulations and unfriendly attitude toward business will keep them away.

          Just keep electing treasonous Israeli dual citizens and watch Mexifornia ddecline into a third world cesspit.

      • Willow67

        I am glad someone posted that. I am all about Aldi now. Like someone said though, they aren’t everywhere yet. Keep checking…they are always opening new stores. If all else fails, a WMart run can do the trick.

    • mikeb

      A lot of our ASDA which is your Walmart (same company) own branded stuff is quite tasty.

      Through trial and error you can see whats good and whats not.

      Try one can first see if you like it, some “cheap” foods tastes horrible but most is surprisingly good.

      Ive often found it to be better tasting than the more expensive stuff.

      I actually wrote to the UK CEO of ASDA ( walmart) recommending they get prepper lines in IE bulk lines and pressure canning gear because loads of us preppers in the UK want U.S. stuff but cant get it.

      The douche didn’t even reply, some business manager he is!!

    • bob-bob-bob

      One of the wal marts here in Mesa AZ sells long term storage freeze dried food in # 10 cans Like the Augason Farms type meals and mountain house . A 60 day supply for one is around $65.00 or so. You can buy A breakfast package or a dinner package . The shelf life is 10 years .

    • Anonymous

      I got the water barrel,and filled it with spring water. IF YOU GET a barrel cover it with a tarp from Walmart, keeps dust debris and leaves and dirt/dust off the barrel and keeps it nice and clean


    • paynoattentiontothatmanbehindthecurtain

      Walmart’s website has lots of Auguson Farms products to choose from; free shipping if order is $45 or more. Also, check your local grocery ads for “buy one, get one free” specials; Walmart honors those. Coupons can be printed from online coupon sites that will add to savings. It’s a great way to stock up inexpensively. Walmart also carries 5 gal food-grade buckets (in paint dept – the white ones) for $3; lid is $1; buy several for rice, pasta, etc to keep it bug-free. Home Depot has gamma lids for $7, when you need easy-off access. Costco has 25 lb bag of jasmine rice for $17; after pouring your rice into your bucket, add a couple of bay leaves on top. Put bay leaves on your prepper pantry shelves to keep it bug-free (cedar shavings in mesh bags are good, too).

    • Grover

      All slaveholders, like Wal-mart, will go on Revolutionary court.

    • DeviantDavey

      For clean water in a majority of situations, might I suggest the “LifeStraw.” I paid 16.99 for each and you get over 300 gals per filter straw. You can turn the nastiest looking water into what looks like clean tap water. I’m not a spokesperson or salesman for LifeStraw… I just like the idea of being able to carry these small, light weight filters around your neck without the weight of bottled or jugged water. Check it out on Google. They have different sizes for different consumption needs, such as large groups/families. So far, I have over 1,000 available gallons and plan on getting triple or quadruple that.

      Looking into all of your suggestions. Hope mine helps many of you out!


      • DeviantDavey

        What really caught my attention on this product is that the company gives these straws to poverty stricken villagers in Africa, and i’m sure else where. Otherwise these poor people would be drinking muddy, harmful water from a large hole they dug by hand. Even if they were to boil it, it’s still nasty looking and can’t taste much better than it looks.

        • wirkbot

          Pre-filter with a paper coffee filter. The straws will last longer. Also if a coffee filter was the only filtration used (no straw available) the paper filter will remove some parasites.

    • PaleoBabe

      OMG – How DARE you suggest these items without any guarantee that they are organic, non-GMO or gluten free? There’s no point in surviving if you have to eat this POISON to do it! ::being facetious:: Sadly, I’ve seen many sites devoted to self-sufficiency that have exactly that attitude. My attitude is I’m going to do what I can to survive and worry about the organic stuff later.

      • amommamust

        If you understand the benefits of organic food, why do you plan to worry about it “later?” The preservatives and additives make me ill, if I were to rely on those for “survival food” I would be laid up with headaches and digestion problems, not really what I want to deal with in an emergency. And after SHTF, where do you intend to get organic supplies?
        The difference between you and me is that I am prepared to live a self reliant life, you are prepared for a few bad days.

        • NCAlexandria

          I agree amommamust. Due to chemical and food allergies, my family and I have prepped using organic ingredients such as dried beans, fruits, nuts, seeds, rice, seed grains, spelt, sea salts, sweeteners, etc,.. for the last 6 years. It’s way cheaper to buy in bulk, but mainly a couple pounds here and there as we had money. We grow our own garden (organic, heirloom veggies, fruits and berries), save our own seeds and can or freeze what we have. We also raise our own chickens, turkeys, ducks, and honey bees. We also hunt deer, and only buy organic/grassfed beef, bison and lamb. We do not use pharmaceuticals for anything and haven’t in 10 years. We use bentonite clay for wounds, stings, and rashes. We use herbs for cooking and medicinal purposes. Have a Big Berkey for filtering water and bought a hand pump for our well. We avoid gmo’s and canned foods that have bpa linings which are in most all canned foods, Eden for the most part does not. We also avoid plastics as much as we can and focus on goods that are in glass bottles. We also only use plant-based soaps and cleaning supplies. And, yes, you can do all this on one income. We did and a meager one at that and all on 2 acres or less while homeschooling. It took us 2-3 years to switch from conventional to organic picking one area at a time to focus on. Even our animals eat organic. Once you get whole food in your body free of preservatives, nitrates, nitrites, msg, and HFCS, you don’t need to eat as much and won’t need to rely on junk food for survival. The biggest plus is that you won’t need allopathic dr’s, either. You also recover quicker from colds/flu. So, the money you save, you can spend on quality foods, books and such that will help you survive most any crisis. Also, know what indigenous plants are in your area that can be used as food and medicine like cattails, dandelion, poke weed, etc,… Educating yourself is key. Take advantage of it while you can.

      • wirkbot


        I think we are on the same page. I would prefer to have a bunch of cans of the progresso soup and just a few of the spaghetti and meet balls but it is the other way around due to my limited funds. The ramen noodles are being phased out in my plan and the macaroni will take it’s place (a step in the right direction) because I recently discovered that this brand of macaroni (and other pasta) is cheaper than the ramen stuff.

        Ultimately I would like to be like Stan and Holly Deyo and grow lots of food but that is not a practical consideration for me at this time.

        For now this article may be at least one practical solution to those using EBT cards. A solution that depends only on the holder of the card. This of course is right in line with most of the thinking of preppers as near as I can tell. This could turn ugly and you are entirely on your own.

    • Sunshine

      Also, learn to open a can with a spoon.

      • Paul Gilbert

        Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth. There is no spoon :lol:

    • japheaux

      You may want to get your Augason Farms merchandise from Wal-Mart and not their website. I did an online order from Augason Farms in early October and tried their (always down) online chat, email, telephone calls and yet…no product delivered or response to my correspondence regarding order status. I think they are overwhelmed, but a little customer service goes a long way.

      Their prices are very competitive, but make sure they have what you want in inventory.

      I finally had to file a complaint with my credit card company and yesterday I saw my money was refunded–with no explanation of why there was a problem with my order.

    • Erus

      I choose not to support that particular corporation.

      I have done the canned food thing multiple times. If you need food for short term, I think its good, but if you’re looking to have a long shelf-life canned food isn’t the greatest.

      By some mason jars and cheap bags of pinto and black beans, rice. As long as it stays dry and the lid tight it will last a very long time.

      I have 2 cases of Ramen

      I bought a couple #10 cans of Mountain House Corn and Green-beans.

      Various other Mountain House freeze dried products. Breakfasts and dinners.

    • shtfirbrains

      Hey gang, I read everyones post. Good comments and good people here. Thanks also to BIN

    • billbrasky

      F**ck walmart and the walton family go shop at aldi. Walmart is evil in so many ways

      • Kestrel

        This article is about Wal-Mart before a big civil disturbance.
        I suspect that the day after, the Wal-Mart store will look like
        it has been bombed. It will likely be the first to run out of food,
        and the least likely to be under civil control.

    • billbrasky

      i would rather starve than give a penny to the walton family

      • wirkbot

        Alrighty then. Don’t starve. Go to Aldi for emergency food but please do it now rather than later. That way there will be one less person walking around do crazy things to get food if the grid goes down. An $80.00 food run might not be enough but at least it will give you some breathing room to figure things out before you go into panic mode.

        By the way here is some interesting reading in regard to the power grid:

        Solar Storm of 1859:

        U.S government commissioned report on the EMP threat:

    • stevesmitty79

      On the Ramens, buy some bulk powdered chicken broth with no added MSG to substitute for that junk in the mylar envelopes. That stuff is just about all MSG and not good at any time, much less a stressful situation where your heart rate and blood pressure is up. Give those Ramen “flavor” packs to a neighbor you don’t like and tell him to go away. Just some friendly advise. Might keep him from coming back.

      • wirkbot


        Good point. I always throw out the flavor packets because I either add the noodles to something else in a can to double what I am eating for cheap or I add butter and grated parmesan cheese.

        • carveorstarve

          Be careful…those noodles are covered in wax to prevent sticking…not good for you AT ALL

    • POC2014

      That parakeet gives me the creeps!

      • wirkbot

        Could be because he is a cockatiel?

    • Anonymous

      ALL you guys get ready its coming,ALL the PROPHETS of the LORD have been shown a “FAMINE” coming on america,the DHS are buying every bit of food in the reserve food warehouses and taking it to the landfills and burning it,DING,DING,warning,warning,get ready,WAKEUP get ready its coming…………………..

    • Black Sheep

      Very good Article. I live near the coast in Queensland Australia. Quite a few years ago we had a cyclone warning, and it was unbelievable how quickly the supermarkets were stripped of the best items for emergency supplies.. Luckily the cyclone did not eventuate. I now have a good supply which I keep adding to each week. Alfalfa seeds, mung beans ect., would also be a good item to have, they are fast growing and good source of fresh healthy food. Rice is also a good item as you can add anything to rice, such as herbs and spices. Powdered milk, or a few cans of condensed milk. And a good first aid kit.

      • wirkbot

        Thanks Black Sheep,
        That is good advice about the mung beans. Those are the most popular beans to sprout. Did you check out my Instructable on sprouting:

        I have made 3 sprouters. So every day I will start a new batch sprouting so I can have sprouts every day. I primarily use these to double a can of progresso soup. Black eyed peas and garbanzo beans work well also. If I need more sprouters I have plenty of cups and lids to make more and I have my two dirt cheap micro-solar set ups (less than $50 and less than $100 each including the car batteries) to power the drill to make more. Also with these I have the capability for having plenty of LED lighting 24/7 as well as power for other things:

    • Kestrel

      When things show signs of really getting bad, I plan to buy a 40 pound bag
      of horse and mule feed, and it won’t be to feed horses.

    • despinne

      I think the prices are understated 25%. Tuna is 99 cents, not 79 cent. And I’ve been buying the vienna sausage (chicken) for 79 cents–a jump from 59 cents when the store detected its popularity.

      • wirkbot


        I have the receipts so I will try to photo or scan them and add them in an update to the end of the article. I just double checked them and it is 50 cents for Vienna sausage (less for great value brand) and 78 cents for the tuna. By the way, The last time I checked the Walmart I shop at was lower than another one less than 10 miles away. The prices vary from store to store. One more thing. This is not necessarily the best way to prepare for an emergency but it seems to me that it is the easiest way. There have been a lot of good suggestions already. I would add that out where I live we have Smart & Final stores. I shop there too. I also buy a few things at the feed store (such as 20 pound bags of flax seeds for me and 25 pound bags of millet for the birds). The point is to try to get some of the vast majority of the population who are not ready for a major break down in the supply chains to move from the dead in two weeks group into the still alive in six weeks group. It’s a start. Hopefully some will. They can do it in a day or two and then get on with their life.

    • frank cardoza

      why don’t ya just buy rat poison

    • WCS

      Dependency is a sickness and will be the main cause of death should something like this occur. There is nothing crazy about having extra food, water and a gun. Just these 3 things alone will mean life or death for the vast majority of people in this nation. Anyone whom tells you otherwise is ether crazy or they want to see people die.

    • LavenderRose

      I wont shop at walmart they put many companies and small towns OUT OF BUSINESS – support USA and local stores…..Walmart is a China distribution center. In Sacramento they were NOT giving out bags for your items, this will get worse.

    • stormknight

      What makes this food good is it’s expiry date.

      I like to stock up on items which will be good for trips out.

      Nuts 50g
      Dried Fruit 50g
      Hot Chocolate Sachets 30g
      Oat Bars 45g

      Sure It’s more expensive than the tins, but it can make meals out cheaper, healthier and easier. It’s ideal in portion size.

    • JB Bardot

      These are the worst rot gut food-like products to recommend. Full of MSG and GMOs, HFCS and sodium, and will not help to keep you alive or healthy. Even for Walmart this stuff is crap. At least recommend foods that will help a person retain his or her health and energy, both which are needed in an emergency crisis. Sure they may cost more, but eating garbage isn’t the way to go. Just the thought of Vienna sausages and canned Chef Boyardee makes me want to barf.

      • wirkbot

        Hello JB,

        I am not aware that any of the GMO labeling laws have passed so GMO,s are going to be difficult one to avoid. The Spaghetti and meat balls have HFCS (High fructose corn syrup). As I had mentioned in another comment, I throw out the flavor packets that come with the ramen noodles (msg) and I am phasing them out for perfectly good pasta. Thank you for your over reaction. Did you have a problem with the oat meal?

        The whole point of this story is really to motivate people who have not prepped for an big emergency situation. Buy these or buy something else but buy something so you don’t end up like the people in the National Geographic docudrama.

        By the way, I actually eat quit a bit of this stuff just because of the cost and because for the last 8 years of having to work 2 jobs it has been rather convenient. My part time job requires that I fill in for guys on the unloading crew to unload 52 foot trailers. I run circles around the twenty something year olds. Not bad for a 175 pound 50 something year old. I’m they guy in the truck so I end up handling every piece of 2500 – 3000 piece truck while the other guys pick and sort outside the truck. I have done two trucks in one day a few times on a rare day that we get two I had my blood tested as well as urine, heart rate and blood pressure a couple of years ago for life insurance. Come to find out I am a 20 something physiologically. There is a reason for that. I take a multi-vitamin, extra calcium, magnesium and vitamin c. In addition to these I also take Dan Shen, gotu Kola, Fo-Ti, jiaogulan, milk thistle, noni and saw palmetto. I do this on the cheap too. I go to the local Chinese herb shop, walmart, a vitamin factory outlet store etc. I rock. I should live to be 95. I am planning on writing a BIN story on this as well some time in the future. I plan to include pics. I a geek with a physique. By the way I have read hundred of pub med research abstracts to narrow down what I take.

        Having said all that the point again is to get people out of the dead in 2 weeks and at least into the still alive in 6 weeks. It’s a start and this is just one way to do it. I sincerely hope you or someone else will write a story telling everyone how to do it “right”. For now, about 1 percent of the population are preppers. This is unacceptable and for now there can not be too many stories on the subject.

    • Bargepole

      Canned goods last for decades, despite what the sell-by date says. (That’s sell-by, not eat-by.) I’ve had 20 year old Army compo-rations. They’re not high-cuisine, but they don’t poison you. The problem with old canned goods seems to be that over time the food components separate out and settle in the tin. Beans turn grey, and there’s a thick sediment of red at the bottom of the can. Not very appetising, but they’re not toxic. If you don’t fancy out-of-date tins, stick ‘em at the back of the pantry, then when you’re really starving – trust me – you’ll eat ‘em. Twenty years from now.

    • wirkbot

      Here are a few of sources for “medicinal herbs”:

      It pays to shop around. My local Chinese herb shop has several of my favorites in bulk bags for well under $20.00 for half pounds.
      Sorry for the above typos JB. I have a lot to do today and I am in a hurry.

    • Dougie

      Very good comments and suggestions. I do believe you might want to go for the rice and beans instead of so much pasta. I read that in survival situations pasta isn’t the best for your health in long term survival scenarios. You can actually still starve to death with a full belly. But, having said that, this list is good to start and if not used as your steady diet, it will take you far. Plus, Vienna sausages are cheap now and will be good for bartering later. I stocked up on medical supplies as well. From Wal-Mart I mean. They have the 88 cent section with antibiotic ointment, bandages, etc., so for about 10 bucks you can have quite a few first aid/health supplies. Personally, my wife and I stock up on flour, sugar, dried beans, rice, honey(also an antibiotic), baking powder, and dried milk. Every trip to the store for sugar or flour, we buy one extra and put it back. Just what we do and stock up on, I am sure everybody has their own plans. Just trying to help.

    • wirkbot

      Of course the best thing would be to buy heirloom seeds and grow your own food. I would recommend the following book:

      This guy grows tomato plants (trees really) that are so big that he gets more tomatoes off of 3 plants than most farmers get off of 50. I grows lots more than tomatoes which he writes about in the book. I borrowed a copy from my friend and did the quick a dirty version of providing plants with organic nitrogen. I bought a bale of alfalfa hay from the local feed store (I have not seen a horse in my area for about 20 years yet there are 2 feed stores within 15 miles of where I live). I mixed in some of the hay along with dirt and steer manure in a 50 gallon barrel. Watered in regularly for about a month an then transplanted in 3 tiny cherry tomato plants. I put a 6 ft tall wire mesh cage on the barrel. At least one of the plants grew up and over and down the cage and half way down the barrel (about 14 feet). I wish I would have taken pictures. That will need to be a re-do and BIN story in the future.

      You may want to check into some of the resources here:

      I have nothing but praise and admiration for the Deyo’s. I check out the news section several times a week here (as well as BIN and a few others):

      By the way, I am currently growing Fo Ti. The root is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb and the leaves are edible but contain too much oxalic acid to eat all the time unless you boil and drain but will greatly enhance our ability to survive in a grid down situation. This plant grows like a noxious weed (a small tree killer so grow it on a trellis. I plan to grow more herbs next year with seeds from Horizon herbs.

    • wirkbot

      oops. More typos.

    • wirkbot

      One more thing and then I really must get ready to go to work:’

      Kudzu. If you live in the south eastern part of the Unites States then you know what this is. But did you know its not just a noxious plant that has taken over the south? every part of the plant is edible. If it grows wild in your state then you have an unlimited amount of emergency food. (prep anyway because variety is the spice of life). If not, check you state laws. Some states have outlawed it’s cultivation.

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