Skip to comments.Prepping on the Cheap: The $5 a Week Shopping Challenge
Posted on 07/10/2012 3:49:10 PM PDT by Kartographer
Here are 52 stock-ups one for each week!
15 packs of Ramen Noodles 6 cans of mixed vegetables 5 cans of fruit 6 cans of tuna 4 cans of spaghetti sauce 5 cans of diced tomatoes 4 pounds of rice 3 pounds of kidney beans 5 cans of kidney beans 10 cans of baked beans 3 cans of chilli 12 cans of generic condensed cream of mushroom soup 12 cans of condensed tomato soup 4 pounds of white sugar 10 boxes of iodized salt 6 bags of dry pasta 2 jumbo boxes of raisins 1 pound jar of honey 2 cartons of molasses 15 boxes of baking soda 5 jars of spices 48 bottles of water 5 cans of apple juice 2 jars of peanut butter 10 boxes of macaroni and cheese 3 cans of flaked ham 3 cans of flaked turkey 4 cans of flaked chicken 1 canned ham 3 bottles of barbecue sauce 500 tea bags 120 herbal tea bags 1 large canister of iced tea mix 50 packs of generic cool-aid mix 10 boxes of instant pudding 20 boxes of gelatin mix 10 cans of corn 3 cans of beef stew 5 bags of dehydrated onion flakes 5 bags of garlic powder 10 packets of gravy mix 2 cans of spam 10 cans of Vienna sausages 2 bags of beef jerky 5 pound bag of flour 3 pound bag of cornmeal 4 pounds of dried black-eyed peas 3 jars of sauerkraut 3 pounds of steel cut oats 2 pounds of powdered milk 3 pounds of brown sugar 30 bouillon cubes
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It is good raw material to put a decrement list together from. I guess ultimately it depends on what type of emergency one anticipates, but I’d guess rice, tuna and salt would go on the top, Ramen near the bottom.
Thanks Karty. I appreciate your contributions.
I’ve checked them out before as well. Very good stuff. And they know their stuff.
Sounds like the diet of a college student cooking on a one-burner hot-plate.
This is a fantastic list. Thanks for sharing. Also some great links on that site.
“It is good raw material to put a decrement list together from. I guess ultimately it depends on what type of emergency one anticipates, but Id guess rice, tuna and salt would go on the top, Ramen near the bottom.”
Sounds delicious...layer it, like Lasagna?
You can’t survive a Zombie apocalypse without at least 3 jars of sauerkraut.
I use a marker to indicate the expiration month and year [eq., 5-13 for May 2013]. This helps identify products that need to be rotated out [that is, used].
Some canned/packaged items are more prone to being expiration sensitive than others.
For example, canned tomato products, saurcraut, etc., may develop a metallic taste or bad smell after long periods.
Packaged products, such as biscuit flour, may become flat as the baking power loses its rising capability over time.
Also, any can that develops bulges on the ends MUST be disposed of, as it could be contaminated due to tiny holes developing in the can.
May have been true in the 1960's, but the plastic internal coating on todays cans lasts MUCH longer than those old cans.
True that any bulging can must be destroyed in fire. No-one has seen one in recent memory around here, I just took a poll.
Things have improved since the 60's.
Rinse a can of sauerkraut and rough chop it. Dump it into a dark chocolate cake batter. Bake as usual but add a couple minutes due to the excess amount of the kraut in the pan. You'll never turn your nose up at sauerkraut again. Moist and dense, yummmmm.
Later, laquer coatings were used inside to make that not happen so much.
Today, the plastic, flexible coatings mean that even dented cans don't expose the contents to direct contact with steel, except in severe conditions.
You wouldn't think that technology of cans had changed much in the last 40 years, but it has.
One piece bottoms, double rolled lids, plastic linings.
Better living through technology.
Sounds like the diet of a college student cooking on a one-burner hot-plate.
There may well come a point where a “one-burner hot-plate” would seem very high tech.
I think more along the lines of cooking on a 2-burner Coleman stove or in cast iron over a wood fire ... but to each his own.
I make my own kraut too, except we call it kapusta. I also call it natures brillo pad. Think about it.
The local Dollar Tree has become one of my regular stops just to check on what they are currently stocking. Latest find was New Orleans style Red Beans and Rice mix in a box from Chef Karlin, company in Illinois. Feeds 4 (or least 3 adults) for $1.00. Bought one box, brought it home and fixed it. Really good. Went back and bought their last remaining 5 boxes. Should also be good with some chicken or sausage.
Pkg of 5 Ramen Noodles are also $1.00 but they do have trouble keeping them in stock. Now have a year’s supply!
2 chicken thighs, baked and shredded. I scored a whole chicken last week, and it will last the week.
Bow tie pasta from the storage pantry. Canned sweet relish, mayo made from the neighbor's chicken's eggs, spices grown here, onions grown here, tomatoes grown here, and one of the neighbors kicked in some store-bought green grapes.
It's too hot and expensive to fire up the oven. Total cost to me was about 12 cents of 'lektrikity. And my time.
Actually, we just tossed a can of fruit cocktail with bulging ends. First one we have seen in forever.
Check later. Thanks.
Seems like a good thread to pimp my tag line.
Get your corn and grain items now before prices really go up later this year.
Today, the plastic, flexible coatings mean that even dented cans don’t expose the contents to direct contact with steel, except in severe conditions.
do a search on “salvage foods banana box grocery”
I lived on tortillas, rice, and ramen for years. Nothing wrong with it.
Bunuelos - flour tortilla cut into quarters. Place into a hot skillet with just enough oil to cover bottom. Cook both sides a minute until golden. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Simple, fast, delicious and cheap.
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Just a reminder- you need to prep according to how/what you eat. I don’t think I’ve used a can of mushroom soup in a decade. In a pinch, I might eat it, but planning for the future, it’s more reasonable to buy things I and my family do and will eat.
“Actually, we just tossed a can of fruit cocktail with bulging ends. First one we have seen in forever.”
The cans to watch are primarily pineapple and tomatoes, followed by fruit cocktail and mandarin oranges. They can go bad and explode. (Prepper since 1998). There’s probably other precautions, but I just remember those tidbits.
I don’t know if they have 99 Cent Only stores where you are, but if they do check it out. It’s like Dollar Tree on steroids, much more orented towards food, including fresh fruits and veg.
Does that apply to imports, as well?
5 cans of apple juice
10 boxes of macaroni and cheese
1 large canister of iced tea mix
50 packs of generic cool-aid mix
10 boxes of instant pudding
20 boxes of gelatin mix
The only item on this list that has graced my doorstep is gelatin in the even someone got sick. Waste of prep money crap. Missing from this prep list is medical items- how about some Gartorade powder, Hydrogen peroxide...it’s not all about food, and it’s not about “feel good” food. It’s keep you alive items and you can eat it food.
That list is useless.
That list is useless.
Indeed. Coffee to keep you awake when you have to be on guard, alcohol for pain relief or barter, and tobacco for barter unless you’re a smoker.
I just checked the can from the NZ cheese that I opened recently, and it is lined with the plastic.
Buy a few cans, open one to test the product (never buy something in bulk without trying it) and inspect the lid and internal liner. The plastic is pretty noticable, if you grew up with real 'tin' cans.
What I can't grow is coffee. And the only good time to buy green beans in bulk from Costa Rica, where I buy it from, is Oct/Nov.
And a partridge in a pear tree!
Great post. People need to realize a few things:
1) Rice and pasta get you the most calories for the least amount of money. Roughly $1.00 will get a person the 2,000 calories that they need for a day.
2) No, you don’t just eat rice and pasta - you do eat other stuff, but the rice and pasta keeps you from vaporizing over time - it is the bulk of your calories. The key is that, if you have a lot of rice and pasta, you’ll only be fighting for the extras, while the others are fighting just to get their basic calories.
3) While many people (including my wife) will tell you that they’ll get tired of eating the same thing every day (from the rice/pasta standpoint), we’re talking about a survival situation. Ask the people of North Korea if they’d be ok eating rice every day, instead of tree bark.
4) Finally, rice and pasta need to be cooked, so have a means for that. A solar oven might be good, depending on your situation. What I have are two Coleman stoves that can run on unleaded gas (and backup spare parts for them). It doesn’t take much gas to boil water, but it does take a decent amount of propane, so you have to be careful with how you plan this out. I keep decent amount of gasoline handy in gas cans, and also have a number of cars. I can go months before exhausting that supply (I figured it out once, it was a long time).
The key is to think it through, and even practice if you can. After one of the hurricanes in Houston, we came home and had power - but we chose to go a week without opening our refrigerator or using tap water (for drinking). Instead, I went into the garage and took water that I’d stored before we left - in 30 gallon trash cans, with thick bags as liners. It worked great.
Thanks FRiend-good to know.
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Cost about $3 to $4 each in packs of four depending on size (plus shipping of course)
They come as a precut sheet of cardboard - you just fold into shape.
Make your own. It is really quite simple. The only drawback is the smell.
How to make your own saerkraut.
Bulk Corn For Corn Meal, Corn Bread?
Does anyone here have any experience buying and storing bulk dried corn and grinding it up for corn meal to make corn bread or other corn products?
I would like to learn what to do and how to do it.
Where to find the bulk corn?
What kind to buy?
How long can it be stored?
How to use it once it is ground up, etc.
I find a lot of info on long term storage for wheat but haven’t found much on corn.
Any advice or info shared will be appreciated.
Bob, I made a neat discovery online. It is a small campstove that cooks efficiently with sticks, tree bark, pine cones, scrap lumber, and other biomass fuels!
You can buy it from the Deadwood Stove Company.
We’re getting one because my family can not function without a good, hot cup of coffee in the morning, and boiling water using charcoal seems a waste (we choose not to use propane except for a burner used for pressure canning outdoors).
I have stored 50 pounds of coffee and have a manual bean grinder. Ain’t no way we’re going through the end of days withoug java!
Check Ebay. They have lots of green coffee beans for sale.
I, too, am a lover of coffee. My passion is arab mocha sanani. Actually, I mix it with five other coffees from around the world to arrive at the perfect essence.
As you may have guessed, I’ve already laid in a supply.
I have been buying one #10 can of the dehydrated foods WalMart has been stocking lately. They can't keep them on the shelves, but there are tins of powdered butter, whole eggs, vegetables, TVP for those who can eat soy, baking mixes of various kinds, omelette mix, instant potatoes (already have tons so I don't buy this in the cans) freeze dried fruits, powdered honey, etc. Every time I shop I buy at least one thing for my stash.
I have a broker I go through and Oct/Nov is the time for me to buy.
I'm down to 10 lbs of green beans, but I'll make it to the next buying season. ;)
Cool, that works - it doesn’t take much to season rice. I’m thinking of the Walmart cans too.
Yea, I’ve heard of that also. Not bad, as long as you can keep it fed. You’ll find that wood products burn much faster than an equal volume of fuel - but then it’s possible to have an unending supply of wood products. So, not a bad plan for long-term, and probably more reliable than a solar stove (which looks like an accident waiting to happen).
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