Saturday, September 29, 2012

Food Storage $5 a week plan: wk #1

My mom feels like we need to organize our food storage. And, seems to be, my mom is usually right. Almost always. Also, in case you don't know Mormon's are BIG into food storage (official church site on food storage), but then 'older' people, like my mom, who were raised to have extra food in the pantry should be honored.

SO...we talked about buying a little extra at the store, locating and filling up those empty water containers I have, and (locating) updating our inventory list.

I have some under my bed at mom's, and in a rented storage building, she has more perishable under her beds, and a freezer full. BUT we don't really know what we have.

Our church ladies have compiled a 'easy' list to get you started (at the bottom of this page) and I'm doing it, and gonna see how much it costs in today's market.

I only want to spend $20 extra bucks each week, so I'll round out any extra other things.

Mom suggested we buy on sale can or boxed stuff. I was behind three weeks, so I had $60 to spend, and luckily, the little store here in town had can veg 2/$1, box mac&cheese 3/$1, salt 2/$1.

Actually, I was looking at a different list and bought LOTS of salt. Since we have the basic dry long term food at mom's, I think I'll go with the variety in the the list below.

That said, I still need to get tuna. :) The below list says it is for two people.
all bagged and ready to take back home:)
Until I get the tuna, I can't tell how much of the $5 at week I spent. The two boxes of salt were only $1. Since week two and three are on sale now, I think I'll use my extra money and go ahead and catch up on the weekly thing and be on week four instead of week two.  

Saturday score:
 74 cans of veg:
 white hominy @ 2/$1
yellow hominy @ 2/$1
sliced carrot @ 2/$1
green beans @ 2/$1
mixed veggies @ 3/$1
creamed corn @ 2/$1
whole corn @ 2/$1
tomato soup @ 2/$1
Also: taco seasoning @ 2/$.88
chili w/beans @ 4/$5
sugar 4lb 1.99
candle @ 4/$5
mac&cheese box @ 3/$1
12 salt @ 2/$1 =$45.00

{from The Outlands}

Food storage for $5 a week

From: Olga Jones [Outlands comments are at the bottom]
{Olga says:]Know anyone who thinks they are too poor to prepare? Help is at hand, from the PREP list...
Ok I finally got the copies of the Food storage for $5 a week. I don't remember where I got it, but it wasn't off the internet. What you are supposed to do is set aside $5 a week and then buy specific items each week. You have a kitty set aside that you put the $5 in and you can't touch it for any reason but to buy the food storage item for that week. You put in whatever remaining change you have back into the kitty. Some things in the beginning are going to be cheap and then later will be more expensive. In order to pay for the expensive stuff later you need to keep the leftover money in the kitty.
Week 1:Two cans tuna fish, 2 boxes salt
Week 2: 5 boxes of Macaroni and Cheese, 4 cans tomato soup
Week 3: 3 cans mushroom soup, 1 2.5 lb peanut butter
Week 4: 1 bottle vitamins
Week 5: 4 cans tomato soup, 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 6: 1 bottle aspirin (500 tablets)
Week 7: 1 100 lb container wheat
Week 8: 1 5 lb powdered milk
Week 9:1 5 lb honey
Week 10:4 cans tuna, 4 boxes macaroni and cheese
Week 11:1 10 lb sugar, 1 box salt
Week 12:4 cans mushroom soup
Week 13:1 bottle vitamins
Week 14:1 100 lb wheat
Week 15:1 box macaroni and cheese
Week 16:1 5 lb honey
Week 17:2 cans tuna, 4 can tomato soup
Week 18:1 10 lbs sugar
Week 19:1 100 lbs of wheat
Week 20:2 10lbs of sugar
Week 21: 10lb powdered milk
Week 22:1 can mushroom soup, 1 10 lb sugar
Week 23:1 can tuna, 4 cans tomato soup, 1 10 lbs sugar
Week 24:1 10 lbs sugar
Week 25:2 cans tuna, 2 cans mushroom soup
Week 26:1 100 lb wheat
Week 27:3 10 lbs sugar
Week 28:1 10 lb sugar
Week 29:1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 30:2 10 lb sugar
Week 31:1 can tuna, 3 cans mushroom soup
Week 32:1 can tuna, 4 cans tomato soup
Week 33:1 100 lb wheat
Week 34:2 cans tuna, 1 box salt
Week 35:1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 36:2 10 lb sugar
Week 37:4 cans tomato soup, 2 boxes salt
Week 38:
Week 39:1 100 lb wheat
Week 40:1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 41:3 10 lb sugar
Week 42:2 cans tomato soup, 1 10 lb sugar
Week 43:2 cans tomato soup, 2 cans mushroom soup
Week 44:
Week 45:1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 46:4 cans tomato soup, 4 cans mushroom soup
Week 47:1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 48:4 cans mushroom soup, 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 49:7 cans of tomato soup
Week 50:7 cans of mushroom soup
Week 51:2 10 lbs sugar, 1 box salt
A few weeks you will have "off" to replenish the kitty. I haven't figured it out myself, but by the end you should have 700lbs of wheat, 240 lbs sugar, 40 lbs of powdered milk, 13 lbs of salt, 10 lbs of honey, 5 lbs of peanut butter, 45 cans of tomato soup, 32 cans mushroom soup, 15 cans tuna fish, 10 macaroni and cheese dinners, 500 aspirin, and 730 multiple vitamins plus they suggest adding 6lbs of dried yeast and 6 lbs of shortening and this should be enough to sustain 2 people for a year. For every 2 people you have in your family add $5 more and double or triple the amount of whatever you are buying that week.

Different $5 week list.


  1. I have been trying to organized my food storage lately too. It's so nice to know what you have and where everything is.

  2. Just popped over after you left a comment on my blog :) Thanks :))

    As you know we live full time in our motor home. I have an excel sheet where I list everything in the two storage totes and one cupboard as well as the freezer of what we have on I use it up, I cross it off. So helpful in planning meals and buying groceries.

    ? about the food you rotate food from your storage stuff to your regular food stuffs so it does not expire?