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I live opposite a 24h hypermarket.
I don't have much money (maybe, say, £20 to spend.. that's about $33).
I don't have any storage facilities, pots or containers.



So if you guys were in my situation.. what would you buy with that money? (only long shelf-life foods please, aka 5+ years at the least)
 

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I might try rice. The place has large "sacks" of rice stored in those thick papery bags, I'd estimate at about 30lbs. Do you guys think the rice would be alright if it was stored just in the paper bag it came in?
 

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Fair enough. What about washing out 2l drinks bottles, letting them dry, and storing the rice in there? Could that work?
 

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canned goods. mixed veggies, fruit cocktail, sardines, stay away from pre prepared canned goods like stews or things like spaghetti or other pasta based foods,they have less food value and are muy expensive compared to the very basics. you can fill the cupboards with food that will last for years with nothing else to buy except a can opener. Canned soups are good as well as canned meats. many people like spam or other processed meats. i also buy bullion cubes in the glass jars for flavor and for broth, and a few cans of spice and seasonings for added flavors. Great place to start for those who need long term storage and can't pack in vacuum, seal in tins or can their own.
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its a good option for some!
 

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Nearly impossible to answer without an understanding of the rest of your situation. If you can use the funds entirely for storage and don't need any part of it right now then grains and beans probably is the best bet. Rice does not keep a long time, not as long as wheat or corn or oats. A lot depends on how you eat and whether you would cope with whole grains and beans that were not otherwise cooked or prepared. If you have a kitchen and can cook -- then yes. If you do not or can not, these would not be wise purchases. Whole grains need to be sprouted or cooked and then mashed (oatmeal, corn polenta, etc) unless you have a way to grind them. So much of what you get depends on what you have for a kitchen and a way to prepare foods.

You can not store either of these long term in plastic or cardboard containers. However free glass jars are nearly everywhere -- and glass jars will keep rodents out. Look in a city glass recycling bin to find.
 

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First- Move out of Englandistan.

Then-

Try this. I bought new steel 50 gallon trash cans with lids for $22.00 each. They'll hold 200lbs of food.

Buy dried beans by the 50 and 25 lb bag.

Buy a variety of rice, long grain, brown, white, etc. in 25 or 50lb bags.

Buy popcorn in 50 lb bags.
 

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Wrong answer private. Milk jugs are designed to degrade. 2 liter bottle will last forever-ish.
I agree. Ive heard the same. The thin milk jugs fall apart and leak, the 2 liter soda bottles are good for storing as long as you clean them well. Wanna play it even safer, then store those full 2 liter bottles inside a 5 gallon food grade bucket.
 

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Title says it all really.
I live opposite a 24h hypermarket.
I don't have much money (maybe, say, £20 to spend.. that's about $33).
I don't have any storage facilities, pots or containers.
So if you guys were in my situation.. what would you buy with that money?
(only long shelf-life foods please, aka 5+ years at the least)
With that little money I would go with oats.

Do they have feed stores where you live? In the US you can buy 50 lb bags of oats meant for animal feed at a feed store. The things to look for is that they are not treated with any chemicals or medications. I would just ask the feed store owner if there is any reason humans could not eat it. Here you could probably buy 150 lbs of oats for that $33.

Store it in a cool dry place. But as soon as you can put it in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers in plastic buckets or a big previously unused trash can.

Also follow the link in my sig. I am working on an ultra cheap get started plan there. Start with the bottom post and work your way up.
 

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Title says it all really.
I live opposite a 24h hypermarket.
I don't have much money (maybe, say, £20 to spend.. that's about $33).
I don't have any storage facilities, pots or containers.



So if you guys were in my situation.. what would you buy with that money? (only long shelf-life foods please, aka 5+ years at the least)
Use all the money for gas. Drive to the Animal Shelter and adopt as many dogs and cats as they will let you. Clean and eat as needed, over fire. Cheap with a long shelf life. Puppies and kittens have a shelf life of over 10 years, easy.

I am just kidding! :D::D::D: Go with rice.
 
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