Food Storage Beginnings
My husband and I are (slowly) working on developing a year’s supply of food storage. It is something we are counseled to do as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is also something that we just feel is a plain good idea. But, where to start? We are just beginning so I will post periodically and add any tips I come across that can help you too!
1- The first thing to do is to accumulate a 1 month supply in your pantry. This means having a pantry full of canned goods, pastas and other non-perishables. We average $50 a week on groceries. Does this mean that we need to go on a shopping spree and spend $200 to stock up? Well, not for us. We’ve decided to set aside $10 a week on food storage so as to build up our 1 month’s supply slowly. When we’ve got that taken care of, we will move on to accumulating a longer-term storage.
2- You need SPACE to store food! My father-in-law helped us build a wonderful storage system for our canned goods. The plans for this unit are available at www.canracks.com. I think the total cost of the project (aside from the plans) was about $30. Now we just need the cans to fill it up!
Our Can Rack is currently on the floor of our closet. When we put it up I will show you the finished project. For now, I have something else I’d like to share with you. Case Lot Sales are soon (and in some cases are) upon us. This is a great time to stock on on your food storage without paying an arm and a leg.
Check out Prepared LDS Family. On it, you can find a list that UtahMomof7 has put to together that compares prices at all the case lot sales (and regular priced items too) in Utah. This helped us exponentially as we realized where we can get the best deals for our food storage. Don’t feel like you need to buy everything she itemizes though. Shop for the things that you and your family will eat.
For instance, we figured out that:
Harmon’s (sale Aug 30 – Sept 19) has:
- Kraft Mac and Cheese $12 for 24 (you can get the generic kind cheaper elsewhere, but if you’re like me and won’t eat the generic kind, this is a good deal)
- Libby’s Vegetables (Corn, peas, beans) $4.99 for 12
Smith’s (sale Sept 9 -15) has
- Kroger Mandarin Oranges $7.99 for 24
- Hunts Pasta Sauce $8.99 for 12
- Kroger Tomatoes (stewed, diced, crushed) $11.99/ 24
- Raman noodles $3.59 for 24
- Broth (Vegetable, Chicken, Beef) $11.99 for 24
- Tomato Sauce $5.99 for 24
Macey’s (sale Sept 29 – Oct 13) has:
- 2 gal pantry pail for $1.99
- 5 gal bucket w/ lid for $3.99
- Western Family Apple Juice $7.84 for 8
- W/F flour $5.88 for 25lbs
- W/F tomato soup/ chicken noodle soup $11.28 for 24
- W/F cream of mushroom/ cream of chicken soup $11.76 for 24
- W/F brown sugar $11.88 for 12 lbs
- W/F diced chilies $12 for 24
Macey’s is also FANTASTIC for small families because you can buy individual items at the case lot sale rate. Because of that, for us, who don’t need 24 cans of pineapple, we are also going to shop for:
- W/F pineapple
- W/F sweet and condensed milk
- Evaporated milk
- Tomato sauce
there. Look over the list carefully to decide what you will need, and how much. That should give you a good idea where you can get the things you need at the best deal for you. Also, keep in mind that many stores like Winco, Costco and Walmart have everyday low prices that are better than buying at a case lot sale. We don’t have a Costco card, but we are planning on getting a lot of our food storage when we do our weekly shopping at Winco.
Winco’s everyday prices were lower for:
- Fudge brownie mix $0.75 each
- Cake Mix $0.78 each
- Bulk Cinnamon
- Bulk Chicken Soup Base
- BBQ Sauce $0.88 each
- HyTop Mustard $0.78 each
- Long Grain White Rice $6.78 for 20 lbs
- Bumblebee Tuna $0.48 each
- HyTop Peanut Butter $0.99 each
- HyTop Sugar $4.72 for 10 lbs
- HyTop Tomato paste $0.27 each