An Average Persons Prepping Guide – Food Purchasing & Storage
Thinking about what food would be needed if some disaster happened is what got us started on the road to becoming preppers. I wondered after looking in the pantry what would we do if a bad snowstorm or hurricane happened. What would we eat and would what we have be enough to last more than a few days? Once we got past the first couple of days we would be down to motley collection of things we never ate even when everything was fine.
A month was spent researching what would be needed to last us for a week. This then grew to what about just having a 3 months supply of food. Finally I thought why not go for a years supply in case of a worst case scenario. In today’s economy a job loss was at the forefront of my thoughts. You cannot imagine the security of knowing if need be you could feed your family for a year. I have put all of what I feel worked for us into this food purchasing & storage prepping guide.
There would come a time when you will need to rotate your supplies. Should everything be fine in the future would what you spent have been a waste? You could always work the food items into your daily menus and enjoy the future savings. Personally we thought about it and decided why not just donate the food to a food bank or church kitchen when that time comes. You would be helping needy individuals in the community and most likely it would be tax deductible. Most everything we put away in this prepping guide has a shelf life of 10 to 20 years or more.
Prepping Guide – Food Planning & Purchasing
While this plan worked for us your mileage may vary. Do what feels right and works for you and your budget. With such long term planning don’t feel you have to buy everything all at once. With the excel spreadsheet on this page you can edit it to what you need. It is setup for 2 people for enough food to last 1 year. Many hours went into finding the best deals and locations that had what I wanted. I learned what other people complained their mistakes were so I would not repeat them. If you see something you disagree with feel free to change it. It should save you some time getting started and preparing your budget.
All prices include 7% sales taxes. Our total for 1 years worth of food and essentials came to $1,917.05 which comes to $2.63 a day per person. This is no simple beans and rice stockpile as you will see from the items on the list. We wanted variety and to have more on hand than basic rations. You should always add more of an item if you can to increase portion size. it will be a blessing when you are hungry.
There are so many options and opinions about what to buy and store that it can all get confusing. Educate yourself and make your own decisions. This prepping guide is not the know all be all to food planning. If you have questions on the spreadsheet just ask. I have listed the places I found to be the best and hopefully you have a Latter Day Saints Food Center near you. They also have a wealth of information available about food prepping. I will talk more about food prepping in future prepping guide articles.
Prepping Guide – Food Storage
Even the smallest home or apartment can be used to store your bulk food purchases. We used an available small closet to store everything we purchased. There are some great storage ideas out there. Here are some examples of how to find and maximize storage.
- The top space in closets
Under a bed(s)
Top of kitchen cabinets
Behind a couch or other furniture