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Food Storage for $5 a week --

Postby kappydell » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:35 pm

I found this in my archives; from the 'Idea Door' website which is free for all to print off of. Although prices have gone up a bit, the principles of prepping on the cheap are sound...you can always buy 2 weeks at a time or even 4 weeks per week to speed things up, if you feel the need and can afford it.

Food Storage for $5.00 a Week

Week 1: 61bs. 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: 6lbs. macaroni
Week 7: 20 lbs. sugar
Week 8: 8 cans tuna
Week 9: 6lbs. yeast
Week 10: 50Ibs.wheat
Week 11: 8 cans tomato soup
Week 12: 20 lbs. sugar
Week 13: 10 lbs. powdered milk
Week 14: 7 boxes macaroni and 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 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: 51bs. 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 and 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 and cheese
Week 37: 6lbs. salt
Week 38: 20 lbs. sugar
Week 39: 8 cans tomato soup
Week 40: 50 lbs. wheat
Week 41: 5 cans cream 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: 6lbs. macaroni
Week 47: 20 lbs. sugar
Week 48: 5 cans cream mushroom soup
Week 49: 5 lbs. honey
Week 50: 20 lbs. sugar
Week 51: 8 tomato soup
Week 52: 5 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 $5.00 (like wheat or milk).

You will end up with:

500 pounds of wheat
180 pounds of sugar
40 pounds of powdered milk
12 pounds of salt
10 pounds of honey
5 pounds 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 and cheese
500 aspirin
1000 multi-vitamins
6 pounds of yeast
6 pounds of shortening
12 pounds of macaroni


This should be enough to sustain two people for one year. For every two people in your family add $5.00 more and double or triple the amount of the item you put by.
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Re: Food Storage for $5 a week --

Postby RaigenB » Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:03 pm

This is awesome. Thanks for sharing! I for sure need to show this to my dad. I'm trying to get him into prepping :)
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Re: Food Storage for $5 a week --

Postby kappydell » Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:03 pm

I started prepping on the QT back before Y2K (didn't even tell my husband because I thought he would laugh....turns out he became a big supporter of prepping...) by squeezing out $20 a month and buying the rock bottom basics (beans, flour, dry milk and the like) first. When I started incorporating prep recipes, our budget got bigger so I could then use $25 a month. But I started small - a years' worth of salt (check that off), a years' worth of flour (check that off) and so forth. Buying the cheaper stuff first, a years worth at a time kept encouraging me to keep going. I actually had a chart that I colored in month by month as I accumulated my goal pantry. If I had this list then, it would have been even more satisfying to check things off...
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Re: Food Storage for $5 a week --

Postby RaigenB » Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:11 pm

Glad he was supportive of your preps! :)
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Re: Food Storage for $5 a week --

Postby Das Sheep » Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:20 pm

Thats so much wheat.

I would do rice.

But overall, thats awesome. Thanks.
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Re: Food Storage for $5 a week --

Postby Lynda » Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:36 pm

Great way to do this. Very sensible.
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Re: Food Storage for $5 a week --

Postby Blackthorn-USA » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:10 pm

This list has been around a while and does serve to show that considerable food preps can be gathered on a small but regular budget. People would be well advised to do everything they could to add to that list. While it might sustain two people for a year, they would not be happy or healthy. Keep in mind also other additional expenses. You won’t be eating cracked wheat for breakfast or using much flour without a grain mill. Baking powders and sodas also help in that regard.

70 cans of soup and 24 cans of tuna spread between 2 people over the course of 365 days is pretty slim even when using those ingredients mixed with pasta, bread, gravy etc. Add some fruit, veggies and comfort food like chocolate. The macaroni and cheese, you’d be ahead to buy more pasta and cans of cheese powder and make your own as you wanted it. In fact as expensive as mac an cheese is, you’re better off doing that now.

Still, a good list and a good point. Like with many preps and most lists, it should be considered and applied to your situation as opposed to just doing it to be “prepared”.

Thanks for posting.
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