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How to Build Your Food Stockpile on a Budget

Updated on January 7, 2020

Building a stockpile can seem like a daunting task, especially when you are already living on a tight budget. It can seem next to impossible to store twenty years worth of food and several gallons of water when you only have ten dollars a week to spare, but this ultimate guide on how to build your food stockpile on a budget will help guarantee that you are prepared for whatever may come your way, whether it is world war three or a hurricane that leaves grocery store shelves bare.

What are the best items to stockpile?

When you are building a food stockpile on a budget, you want items that are cheap, nutritious and have a long shelf life. For example, a bag of dried fruits or a jar of peanut butter. Peanut butter seems to last forever, is packed with protein, and tastes delicious on crackers. You can provide a family of four with snacks for two days for under five dollars. This could last longer depending on your peanut butter to cracker ratio.

As you browse through the grocery store, look at expiration dates and purchase accordingly. You’ll quickly discover that standard rice has a longer shelf life than minute rice, and that canned items have an extremely long shelf life. This is why most preppers opt for canned items. Those stored in number ten cans usually have the longest shelf life.

What should I stockpile for when SHTF?

When preparing for ww3, you should stockpile foods with a long shelf life that your family will eat. This includes:

- Cereal

- Cereal bars

- Ramon noodles

- Dried fruits

- Canned meats

- Protein bars

- Cereal bars

- Canned soups, vegetables and fruits

All of these things will work in a pinch. It is important to remember that you might not have electricity, so you will want foods that can be opened and eaten. These are usually where beginners to the stockpiling world start, and then they add in buckets of rice and other fillers to their stockpile. It’s important to have a nice little mixture of everything to keep your family going in an emergency.

Is it illegal to stockpile food?

No, it is not illegal to stockpile food. There is a law that clearly states that the government can take any food supplies from either public or private sectors. That means that they can come into your kitchen and raid your disaster pantry. Misconceptions have led many people to believe that stockpiling is illegal, but it is not. Pertaining to the government stealing your stash, just remember that the first rule of ww3 prep club is that you never talk about ww3 prep club.

Buy Things on Sale

So, you know that you need nutritious foods, to provide your family with ample calories and that you need to get started, but it still feels overwhelming because of that tight budget that we mentioned earlier. That is where sales come in. Stock your disaster pantry by browsing through local ads and pick things up on sale. Canned foods and other non-perishables are frequently on sale. After holiday sales are amazing as well. This is where you can find baking items, such as condensed milk, on an awesome deal. Before heading to the store, find things on sale or download digital coupons to get the most bang for your buck. This will help you build your stockpile faster.

Commit to a Budget

Most people that are wondering how to stockpile on a budget feel that they should have hundreds of dollars to spend, but that is not necessary. Simply commit to a weekly budget, and then stick with it. Spending ten dollars a week on cheap things will help you build your stockpile nicely as the weeks go by.

Best Budget Foods to Stockpile

There are plenty of budget foods that you can stockpile to help beef up your disaster pantry without spending an arm and a leg on twenty years of dehydrated foods. Here are some great foods that come in a can or have a long shelf life, and they are under five dollars.

- Canned fruit

- Peanut butter

- Jellies or jams

- Canned vegetables

- Ramon noodles

- Canned soups

- Rice

- Small bags of beans

- Canned tuna

Most canned foods can be purchased for under a dollar each. These will help keep your family going, add some delicious meals to your stockpile, and they will make a nice addition to any ww3 pantry.

Building a Food Stockpile on a Budget

Building a stockpile on a budget is more than possible. It takes more planning than ordering a plethora of ready to eat foods that come in a giant bucket for you, but that does not mean that it can't be done. Follow these tips to make sure that your family is taken care of during the next emergency.

© 2020 Amber Lynn

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