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Food Storage on a TIGHT budget.

Since, I personally have been doing this for years, you can too.

BUDGET: $150.00 per MONTH for two adults for food to eat now, $30-50.00 to add to survival food storage. Total $50.00 per week or $200. 00 per month.  If you spend more, cut your food budget down using these simple recipes and lists.

HOW to:

bullet I do my major shopping at two different stores, they are close to each other. One has cheap cans, fresh veggies/fruits, .  The other has cheap meat, larger sizes of staples, and better choices. Cut trips to store down into 1 major shopping trip and 3 smaller trips (for fresh veggies/fruits) per month. This also helps to stop impulse buying.   A third store that I shop at every few months for large quantities of some things. The extra you save on just gas alone can be added to survival storage foods.  Keep the trips Down, save gas money!
bulletMake a list, YES it is a pain, but open your frig, freezer, cupboards and see what you have. So you will know what you need. Put these items on the list first, what you want is negotiable.  Estimate the prices from past receipts, memory, etc. put a round dollar amount in each group, this is the major shopping list $120.00 example:
bulletDairy: Cheese, butter, milk, etc.  $20.00. Try making some rice milk, veggie cheese, nut butter yourself, cheap to make now and you will have the experience necessary when the time comes that you can't get fresh.
bulletMeat: Pork, chicken, beef, fish $30.00.
bulletCanned: Veggies, fruit, meat, soup $15.00
bulletFresh: Tom., Peppers, squash, pot., fruit $20.00
bulletDry: Flour, salt, spices, mixes, sugar $15.00
bulletMis: Coffee, tea, mayo, relish, catsup $15.00
bulletExtras: $5.00

How to buy Dairy: $20.00

bullet Cheese, I buy three kinds, Monterey Jack, Cheddar and Mozzarella (for those home made pizzas and snacks. (see Recipes) I buy in the one pound size, generic brand. Cost approximately $3.30 each =$10.00.
bullet Butter, I buy one pound of real butter for veggies, toast. I buy one pound of cheap margarine for cooking, mashed potatoes, etc.  Cost $3.50.
bullet Milk, I don't buy fresh milk any more. I buy canned evaporated for .50 cents per can and dry powdered milk for about $7.50 (22 quarts =5 1/2 gallons) .  Since I'm lactose intolerant, this works best for us. If we want a glass of milk with our cookies, by just adding a small spoon of sugar to the above and ice cold water its hard to tell the difference, plus I have milk on hand for cooking, dry chocolate drink mix (see recipe).

 

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