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Old 01-20-2018, 8:44 PM
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Originally Posted by swiftone View Post
I just started a month or so ago. Everyone has to start somewhere. Ultimately I would like to have supplies for 4 adults for a month.
A month is easier than you may think. 4 people for 30 days is a minimum of 120 gal of water, get 2 50 gal drums, & 4 five gallon jugs (I'd also get a water bob that can be filled in a hurry). Purchasing a months worth of food is not hard at all, I made a menu of a months supply of food for 2, I'll see if I can find it and post it.
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Old 01-20-2018, 9:05 PM
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Here is a shopping list and a menu for 30 days. I made the list for my fiancee shortly after we met, she followed it and it seemed to work well. I designed this for 2, so you'll have to double my quantities and modify some items for what your family will eat. Just go buy all this stuff, its all stuff with a long storage life, you'll eat it eventually. Then as you use stuff, replace it.

1 Lb bag of rice (I recommend long term storing much higher quantities)
Spaghetti noodles (8 pack)
Spaghetti Sauce (4 pack x 2)
Case of Sliced Mushrooms
Case of Black Olives
Mac & Cheese (15 box pack)
Chili(8 can pack) (x2)
Case of soup
Case of Canned Stew (or Chunky Soup)
Case of Green Beans (12 can pack)
Case of canned fruit (x2 – 2 different types)
Canned chicken (6 can pack x 2)
Canned beef (6 can pack)
Powdered Mashed Potatoes
Cartons of Chocolate Milk
Kirkland Vodka (3 large bottles)
Powdered Milk
Cereal (4 large boxes - different kinds)
8 Lbs Hamburger (canned in quart jars)

Spaghetti Sauce (2 jars)
La Choy Chinese meals in a can (4)
La Choy Chinese vegetables in a can (4)
Hamburger Helper (6)
Manwich (2)
Bisquick pizza dough (6)
Bisquick cornbread mix (8)
Bisquick biscuit dough (8)
Scalloped Potatoes (2 boxes)
Dry Vermouth

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Green Tea (x2)
Chamomile Tea (x2)
BBQ Sauce (2)
Franks Red Hot (2)

Restaurant scrounging:
Parmesan Cheese
Crushed Red Pepper
Hot Sauce
Soy Sauce
Hot Mustard
Chili Sauce
Fortune Cookies

Breakfast (31 meals – for 2)
Oatmeal w/Fruit & Chocolate Milk (19 meals)
Cereal (12 meals)

Lunch (31 meals – for 2)
Chili & Cornbread (8 meals)
Soup & Biskits (8 meals)
Mac & Cheese w/ Chicken (9 meals) (*Sun dried tomatoes & onions)
Mac & Cheese w/ Beef (6 meals) (*Sun dried tomatoes & onions)

Dinner (31 meals - for 2)
Spaghetti W/ mushrooms, black olives, & parmesean cheese(9 meals)
La Choy Chinese dinner w/ Veggies, Rice & Fortune Cookies (4 meals)
Hamburger Helper & Green Beans (6 meals)
Manwich, Scalloped Potatoes & Green Beans (2 meals)(make bread from Bisquick pizza dough)
BBQ Chicken pizza (2 meals)
Buffalo Chicken Pizza (2 meal)
Stew & Mashed Potatoes (6 meals)(Add Cornbread by adding 1 box of cornbread mix per meal)

1 cup of green tea per person per day
1 Martini per person per day
1 cup of Chamomile tea per person per day

Additional Food storage items – off menu
Pancake Mix
Hash Brown Cartons
Peanut Butter
Taco Seasoning
Garlic Powder
Dried Diced Onion
Coffee in #10 cans
Peanut Butter Pretzels
Pub Mix
V-8 Cans
Olive Oil
Tuna Cans
Snack Pack Pudding
Rice Crispy Treats
Granola Bars/Breakfast Bars
Beef Jerky

Summer Sausage

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Ranch Dressing

Farmers Market:
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Old 01-20-2018, 9:20 PM
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A note on the coffee: a Costco #10 can of Kirkland coffee will make a pot a day for about 3 weeks. The average "use by" date on the cans is usually about 15 months out - so I figure keeping a years supply on hand is good. That makes 17 cans.

Another note: If you purchase all this stuff and get the all the stuff you normally get while shopping - you can go to the store half as often. Shopping like this can save you both time & money being prepared for a disaster is an additional bennefit.
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Old 01-20-2018, 11:06 PM
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I would suggest that you avoid lifestraw filters. They have great marketing but poor execution. Sawyer filters are in the same price range and are more versatile. I have several sawyer minis for family members and a couple of the high volume bucket connection ones. If you want something small that will fit in a small pouch Aquamira makes really good ones that will filter around 20 gallons and have a charcoal chamber to kill any funky taste. I got some of those for under $7.

Get some of the 20000+ mAh battery banks. RAV power and Anker are the best. Then get some inexpensive LED light that you can run off the banks. A small folding solar panel will keep them going forever. Some of the LED lights that look like old style light bulbs come with a small solar panel and can be found for under $10.
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Old 02-14-2018, 12:02 AM
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I am about halfway through the book "The Road" and I'm not sure that anything is a must have.
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Old 02-14-2018, 8:04 AM
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