A couple weeks back, we had a fellow who goes by the handle “NoSox” write up a pretty good blog post and it went over quite well….and he was kind enough to send us a three-part series called “Adventures in Survival” about how he gets his preps rolling. He has some really great, organized ideas and it’s a pleasure to share them with you. He’s like many of us: working man, with a new family, recently relocated, with a mortgage, car payment, etc. Yet he still has ways to work with a budget and gets things done.
We’ll be posting his three-part series today through Wednesday, so be sure to check back and read up….and be sure to leave comments for him!
Adventures in Survival: #1 Food
For anyone who considers themselves to be a Prepper, Survivalist, Survivor, [you pick a name] there are a few categories of life preservation that require your attention. Those usually being: Food, Water, Shelter, Protection, Communications, Medical, Transportation, etc. This is the first post in this series and for this exercise we will focus on food. Most people in this current environment go to work each day and have to pay special attention to how their finances are managed. With that being said there aren’t buckets of money lying around to buy up a two year’s supply of food, seeds, livestock, and have a well drilled all in one shot. Things have to be done progressively. I personally have decided that spending $50/week will allow me to build up my stock of supplies while not taking away from my normal life or my family’s needs. First thing I did was take a look at my pantry and made note of what my family currently eats. The main point here is that you must buy food that you will regularly eat and rotate through. It doesn’t do you any good to stock up on foods you’ve never eaten or don’t have a taste for. Yes in hard times it will get eaten but the goal is to try and keep things as normal ‘as possible’ after tshtf. I made four $50 shopping lists to make sure I bought a variety of things to even out my storage.
My lists are:
$50 List #1
- Cans of Vegetables: $9.50
- 20-lb Bag of Rice: $10
–  Cans of Canned Meat – Chili, Ham, Chicken, Tuna, Herring Filets: $15
–  Cans of Campbell’s Chunky Soup: $7.50
–  200 Count Multivitamin: $7
$50 List #2
–  Boxes of Rice-a-Roni: $7
–  Boxes of Pasta-Roni/Hamburger Helper: $7
–  Cans of Canned Meat – Chili, Ham, Chicken, Tuna, Herring Filets: $20
–  Assorted Oatmeal/Grits Packets: $4
–  Ramen Noodle Packs: $5
–  Cans of Campbell’s Chunky Soup: $7.50
$50 List #3
–  Cans of Vegetables: $9.50
–  Cans of Mixed Fruit: $9.50
–  Cans of Canned Meat – Chili, Ham, Chicken, Tuna, Herring Filets: $10
–  Salt: $2
–  Sugar/Flour: $5
–  Cans of Cream of Chicken: $5
–  Various Seasoning: $3
–  Boxes of Jiffy Cornbread: $2
–  Boxes Pancake Mix: $2
–  Syrup: $1
–  4-pack of Pudding: $1
$50 List #4
–  71 Serving Can of Powdered Eggs: $21
–  39 Serving Box of Instant Milk: $10
–  204 Serving Can of Instant Butter: $20
With this assortment of food I could reasonable keep my family fed and healthy. There are, of course, items missing from the list and there are things that we pick up in our normal grocery list that would supplement these supplies as well. These lists give me a chance to build up my basic core supplies so that I can focus on advanced food methods in the near future. My wife has plans on buying a large and medium sized Dutch oven and learning to cook and bake in the fireplace. We are preparing a 25×15’ garden/greenhouse to grow our own produce and also setting up the shed to raise rabbits. For the amount I pay in dog food each month I could stockpile quality rabbit food instead and produce enough rabbits to feed my dogs and freeze for my family [deep freezer w/solar rig]. It would take 4-5 months to get to normal operations but once going I’d be looking at 60-90-lbs of meat every 60 days with 2 Bucks & 3 Does.
We also pay special attention when we go to any fast food places and get a few packets of salt/pepper, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, honey, sugar, wet napkins, and plastic silverware. It’s all there FREE for the taking so we make good use of it.
Between the shopping lists, garden, rabbits, and condiments we should be in a good place food wise. As time passes we will put together 5-gallon buckets of assorted food & supplies to hand out to those who didn’t prepare for WHEN they come knocking. Our goal is to have a year’s worth of stocked supplies with the garden and rabbits as a recurring source. We have also begun canning and dehydrating which will be a future post.
This is my family’s method but how do you procure food? Where do you store it? Do you like freeze dried foods? Thanks for reading!