Thursday, February 21, 2013

Update on stocking up on a budget

Before I tell you how much I've gotten over my three month stock up period, I think I should let you know that I did use $200 extra from our tax return to get some extra stuff.  The reason is because we didn't have any extra things in our pantry.  Every time we move, we have to rebuild from scratch.  It generally takes about two to three months, just to get everything you need......those few items that you don't use alot, but need. 

So, with spending $7.50 on food, I've gotten:

4 cans green peas
4 cans peas
4 cans corn
4 cans cranberry sauce (we eat this year round in my house, the kids love it)
4 cans mandarin oranges
4 large cans of pears
4 large cans of peaches
4 jars of applesauce
20 gallons of water
6 tomatos soups
4 cream of chicken
4 cream of mushroom
2 cheddar cheese soups
2 cream of potato
3 bags of cereal
1 bottle of syrup
2 cans of oats
15 pounds of flour
10 pounds of bread flour
4 packages of yeast
15 pounds of sugar
1 jar peanut butter
1 jar grape jelly
1 ketchup
1 mustard
1 bottle vinegar
1 bottle oil
1 can crisco
1 large box of tea bags
1 can of unsweetened cocoa
3 cans of tuna
2 jars spaghetti sauce
2 pasta-elbows
2 pasta-egg noodles
2 pasta-penne pasta
2 pasta-bowties
4 large cans of raviolis
4 large cans of spagettios
4 bottles apple juice
2 bottles of sunny d
2 baking soda
2 baking powder

with the $5 per week on non-food items, I've gotten:
10 candles
2 packs batteries
2 flashlights
2 packages of toilet paper
2 packages of feminine products
2 toothpaste
2 shampoo
2 body soap
2 peroxide
2 rubbing alchohol

the extra $200 was used on meat and frozen foods to get stocked up there. 
2 packages of stew beef
10 pounds of hamburger meat
4 servings (for 6 people) of pork chops
5 packages of bacon
2 whole roasting chickens
4 large packages of chicken breasts
2 boneless pork loins
2 packages of breakfast sausage
1 package of perogies
1 large bag of french fries
1 large bag of tater tots
1 box of corn dogs
1 package of fish sticks

By my calculation, I have almost enough (except for water) of enough food to last a month if needed.  It would be a bare minimum but I could realistically make it stretch if I had too.  I have about two more months of stock up to go to finish.  The next two months after that will focus on medicines and first aid items and those food items we don't need but would desire:  crackers, spices, puddings, and cheese and butter.  So, by the end of June, I should have all of these items.  I hope then to redo this list and by the end of the year have enough  stock for another month.  If I redo this next year, I'll have a four month stock.  Of course, we'll have lots of veggies this year and I'll be doing alot of canning.  Plus, we're getting a beef cow and about two dozen chickens for eggs.

Just for an FYI, I am always rotating through my stock.  The stuff I buy goes in the back and we eat the oldest stuff first.  I shouldn't have to replace any items that go bad this way.

If you're interested in food storage stockup, I recommend that you first sit down and decide what you would need for a month (or a week if its easier) to make meals.  They may not be gourment, but they will feed you.  Decide how much you can spend a week stocking up.  Make a master list and shop the ads.  I starting trying to divide up by weeks what to get, but when things were on sale, I was moving stuff make a master list and go from there. 

Also, make a list of non-food items to stock up on.  Toilet paper, shampoo, soap, first aid items, batteries, flashlights, etc.  Its good to have extra on hand in case you need them.

I have found two fantastic websites on preparing for an emergency.  The first woman has designed a fantastic emergency binder.  It has everything in it and she takes it everywhere.  I personally, don't recommend carrying around your bank information and social security cards.  I do like the child id Kits she has and I think I may make a set to take with me.  If one of the kids went missing when we were out somewhere, I don't know that I would be coherent enough to give the correct information. 

The other website breaks down prepping by week.  One week she focuses on cereal, another first aid items.  She has a huge list and is very strict about telling you not to go crazy with it.  Do what you can.  She also has alot of useful forms that you can look through, including emergency evacuation lists.  Very helpful to those in hurricane areas.  She also has a list for a 72 hour emergency pack.  This may be helpful to those of us in tornado areas, if we could keep it in a safe place.

Hope everyone is doing well in your home!!  We're getting ready for our first "major" snowstorm, anywhere from 3-8 inches total. 

Have a great weekend!


  1. You are doing great! I've been putting extra stock in our laundry area since that doubles as our tornado shelter just hoping that if we make it, we'll have something there with us already. Your list reminded me to add some tea to our stock in there.

    When we go on trips, I take a new photo of each child before we leave so that if one goes missing I can quickly get a good head shot of the child to the authorities. I tell the kids not to smile for those photos. For a long time I was updating sheets about each child each quarter with their height, weight, teeth they'd lost, etc. I need to get back on that.

  2. You know, I've never built up an emergency supply. Maybe I should work on that! I like your tips on how to do it!

    1. Start small....maybe one day then three. After a week and then ten days. I think that the Red Cross recommends ten days of food and water in an emergency. You can do it!!


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