For those new to prep and disaster readiness, stockpiling food can be one of the most confusing – and costly – parts of creating a survival kit. But for those in the know, it is possible to create an emergency supply of food without spending a fortune. Here are some tips and tricks to get you started:
Bypass “Survival” Foods
Too many people mistakenly think that they have to stock up on special commercial survival foods. The truth is, you’d be better off purchasing the kind of foods you would normally eat, and are readily available at grocery and club stores.
Not only is specially packaged “survival” food much more expensive, but because you’ve never eaten it before, there’s a high likelihood that it can upset your stomach or make you sick. An emergency scenario is the last place you want to be experimenting with new or unusual foods.
Instead, make sure you have enough water for everyone in your home, and then move on to foods that last, like rice, beans, and canned goods. Keep an eye on expiration dates, and make sure everything is properly sealed and labeled.
Bulk Up on Sale Items
Be on the lookout for sales on canned or dry goods and bulk up when you can. If your grocery store or supercenter offers price matching, take full advantage and scoop up anything that will fit into your survival kit. Coupons are also a prepper’s best friend.
Check out the Sunday paper for manufacturer’s and store coupons, and take advantage of any double coupon offers given by your grocery store. Also, check out the Facebook and Twitter pages of your local shops and favorite brands for discount codes and online coupons. It only takes a few minutes to save big, and the end result is more than worth any time spent clipping coupons or scouring advertisements.
Opt for Store Brands
Often, you can save big on prepping your survival kit and food stockpile by simply skipping the name brand foods in favor of store or “off” brands. A simple bag of store brand cereal, for example, can often cost up to three dollars less than its name brand counterpart. Multiply that by several dozen, and you’ve just saved a substantial amount of money.
Self-Sufficient is Always Best
If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to look into small, inexpensive projects that allow you to be more self-sufficient. For example, planting a vegetable garden gives you access to fresh food in the event that you can’t make it to the store. Also, consider keeping some easily tended-to, multipurpose animals, like rabbits and chickens, around. Animals that don’t take up a lot of room and won’t cost a bundle to feed have a variety of uses in the survival prep world.