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I remember seeing a plan somewhere for food prepping on a budget. It was a basic plan on things to buy for a few dollars a week to build your food stocks. I can't remember where I saw it, so if any of you guys know what I'm talking about can you point me to where I can find it again?
 

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I do not know where it was, possibably in a Morman publication? Lots of good info, probably on-line now. Personaly I would start with water containers, then buy basics like beans, rice, salt, sugar, dry or canned milk, vitamins, canned veg, canned fish and other meats. a cooking or heat source and lighting (battery powered flashlights etc.)
I suggest you buy menu items that you would normaly eat and renew the stock as you consume it so that it does not exceede the marked shelf life. Buy a few extra each week or splurge and buy in bulk to start with depending on your budget.
 

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The cheapest and most self sufficient suggestion I have - learn how to garden.

Even if you do not can the food from your garden, put some of it in the freezer. For just a few dollars for seed, potting soil, or fertilizer and you can have more food then you will know what to do with.

For 6 dollars for fertilizer, and 50 cents of seeds, I had so many cucumbers I was giving them away by the bag full.

Or, if you want to go organic, look at organic potting soil. A lot of the big outlet stores like wal-mart have their gardening supplies on sale right now.

Gardening also breaks some of the dependence on grocery stores. Less money spent at the store means more money in your pocket.
 

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52 week budget suggestion

20.00 WEEKLY FOOD STORAGE PLAN
Originally posted on 11/02/05 03:35 PM

Here are the first 26 weeks of the plan, all at once. I originally created this list for Y2K. You know that prices have gone up, so you would have to make adjustments accordingly.

WEEK ONE
5 lbs sugar $2.00
3 lbs. Crisco $3.00
5 lbs. flour $2.00
5 lbs. rice $2.00
6 cans tuna $2.00
5 lbs. beans $3.00
3 cans spaghetti sauce $3.00
5 lbs spaghetti $3.00

WEEK TWO
1 box oatmeal $3.00
5 lbs lentils $2.00
3 boxes saltines $3.00
1 case ramen noodles $2.50
1 can baking powder $1.50
1 can coffee $4.00
5 cans condensed milk $4.00

WEEK THREE
10 lbs. complete pancake mix $5.00
1 gallon pancake syrup $5.00
12 cans cream of chicken or mushroom soup $6.00
2 canned hams $4.00

WEEK FOUR
beef bullion cubes $4.00
Chicken bullion cubes $4.00
Granulated garlic $4.00
Black pepper $4.00
8# brown sugar $4.00

WEEK FIVE
1 #10 can instant potatoes $3.00
6 boxes Little Debbie snacks $6.00
20 lbs chicken @ .49 lb. to home can
2 boxes salt $1.20

WEEK SIX
10# 15% fat (or less) hamburger to can $20.00

WEEK SEVEN
20 cans Progresso or other ‘no water added’ soup $19.80

WEEK EIGHT
two cans coffee $8.00
1 container poultry gravy mix $4.00
1 container brown gravy mix $4.00
2 canned hams $4.00

WEEK NINE
1 box powdered milk $16.00
1 box tea bags $4.00

WEEK TEN
10 boxes breakfast cereal $20.00

WEEK ELEVEN
25 lbs. Sugar $9.00
25 lbs. Flour $5.00
25 lbs. Beans $6.00

WEEK TWELVE
36 pack dbl. rolls toilet paper $10.00
10 lbs. Chicken quarters for canning $9.90

WEEK THIRTEEN
12 cans spinach $6.00
12 cans peas $6.00
12 cans green beans $6.00
2 cans spaghetti sauce $2.00

WEEK FOURTEEN
1 grow light
assorted seeds

WEEK FIFTEEN
12 cans mixed vegetables $9.00
1 #10 can instant potatoes $3.00
4 canned hams $8.00

WEEK SIXTEEN
1 carton dehydrated hash browns $5.00
12 cans diced tomatoes $6.00
12 cans whole kernel corn $6.00
6 rolls 25 sf. aluminum foil $3.00

WEEK SEVENTEEN
1 #10 can sliced peaches $3.00
1 #10 can sliced apples $3.00
1 #10 can fruit cocktail $3.00
1 #10 can applesauce $3.00
12 cans mushrooms pieces $6.00
2 cans pink salmon $2.00

WEEK EIGHTEEN
16 rolls paper towels $11.00
9 boxes tissue $9.00

WEEK NINETEEN
25 lbs. sugar $9.00
25 lbs. beans $6.00
Large box of Bisquick $5.00

WEEK TWENTY
1 #10 can of cocoa powder $5.00
10 cans refried beans $8.00
10 cans of tuna $5.00
2 - 100 ct packs of paper plates $2.00

WEEK TWENTY-ONE
36 pack dbl. rolls toilet paper $11.00
6 cans spaghetti sauce $6.00
6 lbs of spaghetti $3.00

WEEK TWENTY-TWO
assorted sauces & condiments, 1 of each;
hot sauce
soy sauce
worcestershire sauce
teriyaki sauce
liquid smoke
gravy master
ketchup
mustard
mayo

WEEK TWENTY-THREE
assorted condiments, continued;
pickle relish
olives
pickles
salad dressings

WEEK TWENTY-FOUR
4 cans pink salmon $4.00
3 lbs Crisco shortening $3.00
5 lbs rice $2.00
12 boxes of asst cake mix $9.60

WEEK TWENTY-FIVE
2 lb pk pecan halves $6.00
2 lb pk walnut halves $6.00
12 cans pork & beans $6.00

WEEK TWENTY-SIX
10 lb bag of chocolate chips $9.00
2 cases ramen noodles $5.00
30 packs of kool-aid $3.00
6 lbs of pasta $3.00
 

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WEEKS 27 THRU 52

WEEK TWENTY-SEVEN
5 lbs sugar $2.00
3 cans pink salmon $3.00
5 lbs. flour $2.00
5 lbs. rice $2.00
6 cans tuna $2.00
5 lbs. pinto or kidney beans for
chili to home can $3.00
3 cans spaghetti sauce $3.00
5 lbs spaghetti $3.00

WEEK TWENTY-EIGHT
1 box oatmeal $3.00
1 bottle canola oil $2.00
3 boxes saltines $3.00
1 lg. pkg. egg noodles $2.50
1 can baking powder $1.50
1 can coffee $4.00
5 cans evaporated milk $4.00

WEEK TWENTY-NINE
1 gal. vinegar $3.00
5# split peas $3.00
1 can Nestle’s Quick $3.00
20 lbs chicken @ .49 lb. to home can
2 boxes salt $1.00

WEEK THIRTY
10# 15% fat (or less) hamburger to make chili to home can $20.00

WEEK THIRTY-ONE
16 cans Progresso or other ‘no water added’ soup $16.00
2 boxes salt $1.00
1 can Nestle’s Quick $3.00

WEEK THIRTY-TWO
2 cans coffee $8.00
1 bottle olive oil $6.00
1 box 48 apple cider drink mix $6.00

WEEK THIRTY-THREE
1 box powdered milk $16.00
1 box tea bags $4.00

WEEK THIRTY-FOUR
25 lbs. Sugar $9.00
25 lbs. Flour $5.00
25 lbs. Beans $6.00

WEEK THIRTY-FIVE
36 pack dbl. rolls toilet paper $10.00
10 lbs. Chicken quarters for canning $9.90

WEEK THIRTY-SIX
5 # stew beef to can $15.00
10 cans tuna $5.00

WEEK THIRTY-SEVEN
25 # rice $10.00
2 canned hams $4.00
6 cans salmon $6.00

WEEK THIRTY-EIGHT
12 cans spinach $6.00
12 cans peas $6.00
12 cans green beans $6.00
2 cans spaghetti sauce $2.00

WEEK THIRTY-NINE
12 cans mixed vegetables $9.00
1 #10 can instant potatoes $3.00
4 canned hams $8.00

WEEK FORTY
1 bone-in ham to can $8.00
12 cans diced tomatoes $6.00
12 cans whole kernel corn $6.00

WEEK FORTY-ONE
1 box powdered milk $16.00
1 3 pk cornstarch $4.00

WEEK FORTY-TWO
1 #10 can sliced peaches $3.00
1 #10 can sliced apples $3.00
1 #10 can fruit cocktail $3.00
1 #10 can applesauce $3.00
12 cans mushrooms pieces $6.00
2 cans pink salmon $2.00

WEEK FORTY-THREE
25 lbs. sugar $9.00
25 lbs. beans $6.00
large box of Bisquick $5.00

WEEK FORTY-FOUR
16 rolls paper towels $11.00
4 boxes asst. hot cereal $9.00

WEEK FORTY-FIVE
1 #10 can of cocoa powder $5.00
10 cans refried beans $8.00
10 cans of tuna $5.00
4 # brown sugar $2.00

WEEK FORTY-SIX
36 pack dbl. rolls toilet paper $11.00
6 cans spaghetti sauce $6.00
6 lbs of spaghetti $3.00

WEEK FORTY-SEVEN
1 large jar peanut butter $4.00
1 can Tang instant drink mix $4.00
6 boxes cake mix $6.00
2 jars jelly or jam $6.00

WEEK FORTY-EIGHT
8 boxes breakfast cereal $16.00
1 can or jar honey $4.00

WEEK FORTY-NINE
20 cans tuna $10.00
16 rolls paper towels $10.00

WEEK FIFTY
1 large jar peanut butter $4.00
2 jars jelly or jam $6.00
5- 100 ct. paper plates $5.00
10 # powdered sugar $5.00

WEEK FIFTY-ONE
6 cans spam or luncheon loaf $9.00
10 # box baking soda $3.00
large pkg. or jar yeast $8.00

WEEK FIFTY-TWO
baking powder $1.50
2 jars or cans honey $8.50
12 cans evaporated milk $9.60
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This is suppose to add up to $20wk but you can tailor it to your own needs. Friend said it was off a Mrs Survival website she thinks.
 

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+1 to Kev.
Also, after you learn how to grow, learn how to caned and how to prepare.
One more plus for that method is you will keep a low profile with preparations. And when the time will coming, you will know what to do and how to do.

Bogdan
 

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You beat me to it shawn. I've got that one on file.

Here is another

Week 1: 2 cans tuna fish, 2 containers salt, 1 lb yeast
Week 2: 5 boxes macaroni and cheese, 4 cans tomato soup
Week 3: 3 cans mushroom soup, 2 ½ lbs peanut butter
Week 4: 1 bottle multiple vitamins
Week 5: 4 cans tomato soup, 10 lbs powdered milk
Week 6: 1 bottle aspirin (500 tablets)
Week 7: 100 lbs wheat
Week 8: 5 lbs powdered milk
Week 9: 5 lbs honey, 1 lb yeast
Week 10: 4 cans tuna, 4 boxes macaroni and cheese
Week 11: 10 lbs sugar, 1 box salt
Week 12: 4 cans mushroom soup, 2 lbs shortening
Week 13: 1 bottle multiple vitamins
Week 14: 100 lbs wheat
Week 15: 1 box macaroni and cheese, 1 lb yeast
Week 16: 5 lbs honey
Week 17: 2 cans tuna, 4 cans tomato soup
Week 18: 10 lbs sugar
Week 19: 100 lbs wheat
Week 20: 20 lbs sugar
Week 21: 10 lbs powdered milk
Week 22: 1 can mushroom soup, 10 lbs sugar
Week 23: 1 can tuna, 4 cans tomato soup, 10 lbs sugar
Week 24: 10 lbs sugar, 1 lb yeast
Week 25: 2 can tuna, 2 cans mushroom soup, 2 lbs shortening
Week 26: 100 lbs wheat
Week 27: 30 lbs sugar, 1 lb yeast
Week 28: 10 lbs sugar
Week 29: 10 lbs powdered milk
Week 30: 20 lbs sugar
Week 31: 1 can tuna, 3 cans mushroom soup
Week 32: 1 can tuna, 4 cans tomato soup, 2 lbs shortening
Week 33: 100 lbs wheat
Week 34: 2 cans tuna, 1 box salt
Week 35: 10 lbs powdered milk
Week 36: 20 lbs sugar
Week 37: 4 cans tomato soup, 2 boxes salt
Week 38: nothing—replenish petty cash
Week 39: 100 lbs wheat
Week 40: 10 lbs powdered milk
Week 41: 30 lbs sugar
Week 42: 2 cans tomato soup, 4 cans mushroom soup
Week 43: 2 cans tomato soup, 10 lbs sugar
Week 44: nothing—replenish petty cash
Week 45: 10 lbs powdered milk
Week 46: 4 cans tomato soup, 10 lbs powdered milk
Week 47: 10 lbs powdered milk
Week 48: 4 cans mushroom soup, 4 cans tomato soup
Week 49: 7 cans tomato soup
Week 50: 7 cans mushroom soup, 1 lb yeast
Week 51: 20 lbs sugar, 1 box salt
Week 52: nothing—replenish petty cash

Wiff
 

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Kev I definately agree with you on gardening. My grandparents always had a "small" garden that would usually produce enought to feed 10-12 people easily. I'm not sure why but for some reason they prefered to put stuff away in the freezer instead of canning. My wife comes from a family of canners though so I'm covered on that end. We've had a small garden for a couple of years but unfortunately due to our drought this year we really didn't get anything. When something like that happens it sure makes you think about what would happen if you were really depending on the garden for a good portion of your food.



Thanks Shawn, that was the list I was looking for. Wiff that's a good looking list too. I like that it adds in vitamins which is something a lot of folks would tend to overlook.
 

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Jackie Clay did an article for Backwoods home on this weekly list concept. She is a very well rounded homesteader/prepper. Check it out if you're not familiar. backwoodshome.com is the link.
 

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Now is a good time to do some shopping! Sugar has been on sale for a few weeks, cause people are canning and such. Some canning supplies are on sale now too. Additionally, with Labor Day coming up in a week, the stores are going to be putting BBQ Sauce, Colas, Condiments, Paper plates and cups, Napkins and all manner of Barbeque stuff on sale for the big whoop-la.
It is a good time to stock up on some of this stuff. Oh, and Reynolds Wrap should be on sale too! Check the sale flyers this upcoming week, cause this is the last time you are gonna get a big sale until Thanksgiving!
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