The Pantry Primer: Adding Larger Purchases to Your Stockpile
By Daisy Luther
Weekly grocery shopping is not the way to quickly build one-year food supply. But now that I have built a base, over the past two weeks I was able to easily skip the weekly trips and save up for a larger purchase.
To be able to afford large purchases when you are on a regular, week-to-week budget, you have to figure out a strategy. For me, that is the best way to save up for bigger purchases – skip a week of shopping and then add the budgets of the two weeks together in order to make some bulk purchases that I ordinarily couldn’t swing along with a week of regular grocery shopping. Other strategies could include:
- Selling something in order to come up with a lump sum of money
- Using coupons to build a pantry
- Taking a part-time job
- Cancelling something that you make monthly payments on and putting that money towards your stockpile (cable, cellphone, etc.)
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This week I purchased 8 starter kits from a nearby LDS warehouse for $31 apiece.
Each kit contains 28 pounds of food, including: wheat, flour, pinto beans, rice, and oats, and the LDS considers this a one-month supply of food for one person.
Now, these kits are not the rock-bottom, cheapest way to purchase this longer-term storage food. I could have gotten the items for less money by purchasing them in bulk elsewhere. However, you have to keep in mind that I started out without most supplies. I don’t have food sealers or any of that stuff. I would have also had to have purchased Mylar bags, food safe buckets, and other items for repackaging. These came already packed in #10 cans, ready to sit on my shelves for the next 10 years if need be.
My purchase added the following to my shelves:
- 41.6 pounds of beans
- 88 pounds of wheat berries
- 32 pounds of flour
- 19.2 pounds of oats
- 43.2 pounds of rice
With this addition, my pantry is now up to about a 5 month supply of food for 2 people, although I need more fruits and vegetables put back to be truly well balanced. (You can see how much you need for your family members using this FOOD STORAGE CALCULATOR.)
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About the Author
Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.