Grocery list for preppers

Grocery list for preppers

No matter how much I beg, some of you, no doubt haven’t done anything to prepare (you know who you are). I don’t know what else to do. All I can do is give you the information, it’s up to you to act. No one can do it for you. No doubt some of you are intimidated by my repeated suggestions of storing and using whole grains and beans. If it doesn’t come from the supermarket shelf it’s strange and unfamiliar and you want no part of it. Fair enough.
But you still need to prepare. Here are ten things that you can do now that will make you better prepared than 90% of the population. And everything is available at your local shopping center – so it’s easy.
You can do all ten steps at once or divide each into a separate week and shopping trip. But you need to get it done as soon as possible. Keep in mind that this is only a starting point and isn’t presented here as a completed list.
1. Head to the nearest Wal-Mart, Kmart, Costco or whatever and pick-up 20 lbs. of white or brown rice and 20 lbs. of pinto beans. White rice has a better storage life while brown rice has more nutritional benefits – your choice.
2. While you’re there grab 5 lbs. mixed beans, 5 lbs. of white sugar, 5 lbs. of iodized salt, one gallon of olive oil (can be frozen to extend shelf-life), 5 lbs. oats, 10 lbs. each of white or wheat flour and cornmeal.
3. Now head over to the canned foods and pick-up 20 cans of canned fruits and 20 cans of canned vegetables. Be sure to buy only those brands and contents you normally eat and nothing exotic. No need to shock the senses.
4. Now over to the canned meats. Pick-up 20 cans of various meats, salmon, stews, spam and tuna. Again buy only those brands with contents you normally eat and nothing exotic.
5. Okay. Now to the to the peanut butter shelf and toss two 40-ounce jars in the cart. The listed shelf life is just over two years and each jar has over 6,000 calories. Peanut butter is an excellent instant survival food.
6. Over to the powdered drink mix – go on I’ll wait…Okay, pick up two 72 Ounce Tang Orange drink canisters (provides 100% of the US RDA vitamin C requirement per 8 oz. glass). Also grab six 19-Ounce Containers of Kool-Aid Drink Mix.
7. Off to the vitamin and supplement aisle, pick up 400 tablets “one a day” multivitamin and mineral supplements. I buy this brand at the local Wal-Mart – comes in 200 count bottle for $8 each.
8. Now to the department we all love – sporting goods. Go to the camping aisle and pick up 4 five gallon water containers. Fill with tap water as soon as you get back home.
9. While you’re there buy 250 rounds of ammunition for your primary defensive weapon. More if you can, but this will be a good start. Also a good universal cleaning kit.
10. And lastly pick up the best LED flashlight you can afford, extra batteries and bulb. Also grab two boxes of wooden matches and several multi-purpose lighters. Don’t forget to date, use and rotate – remember first in first out. Let’s get started. What would you add to the list?

Traditional advice was to lay in enough food and water to last three days. Since the devastating hurricanes of the past few years, that advice has been revised upward to at least two weeks or up to three months if you really want to be covered in the event there is an avian flu epidemic. To prevent spoilage, rotate the supplies in with the food you are eating every six months, and then restock. Below is a sample grocery list for a typical family of four. Adjust quantities up or down according to the head count of your family. As for water technically you’re supposed to figure on a gallon per person per day if you’re limited on storage space just buy as much as you have room for, but then count on having to run out for more later.
Technically, this amount of food with get a family of FOUR (4) about Four (4) months worth of food and supplies.
• 16 cans tuna, salmon, and/or sardines
• 12 cans chicken
• 4 cans chili
• 4 cans baked beans
• 4 cans other beans
• 12 cans soups and stews
• 16 cans fruit
• 6 boxes pasta
• 12 jars pasta sauce
• 1 large bag rice
• 1 jar pickles
• 1 16-oz bottle cooking oil
• 3cartons granola, breakfast or power bars
• 2 bags dried fruit
• 2 40-oz jars peanut butter
• 2 jars jelly
• 4 boxes crackers
• 3 gallons powdered milk
• 1 can coffee
• 2 boxes oatmeal
• 6 boxes dried cereal
• 2 boxes pancake mix
• 8 boxes oatmeal
• 7 boxes garbage bags
• 2 cans dried nuts
• 1 package each paper plates, bowls, cups, utensils
• 12 rolls toilet paper
• 2 bottles hand sanitizer
• Tube toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, large bottle shampoo
• 1 large bag dried pet food and cat litter (for families with pets)
• Matches
• Whistle
• Bible
• Playing cards, board games
For a year’s supply of food for a family of THREE (3), I have provided this list:
• 12 – 32-oz bottle cooking oil
• 12 40-oz jars peanut butter
• Tube toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, large bottles shampoo, Dawn Dish soap, and alcohol
• Matches
• Whistle
• Bible
• Playing cards, board games
• 2 – 50 pound bag rice
• 12- 24 pkgs toilet paper
• 2 boxes oatmeal
• 2 boxes pancake mix
• 2 cans dried nuts
• 2 bottles hand sanitizer
• 4 large jars pickles
• 6 cans coffee
• 6 boxes dried cereal
• 8 boxes crackers
• 8 boxes oatmeal
• 12 cartons granola, breakfast or power bars
• 12 bags dried fruit
• 12 jars jelly
• 15 gallons powdered milk
• 22 large bag dried pet food and cat litter (for families with pets)
• 3 bags 25 pounds other beans
• 4 – 25 pound bags of sugar
• 30 boxes pasta
• 40 cans tuna, salmon, and/or sardines
• 40 cans soups and stews
• 40 jars pasta sauce
• 40 jars Ragu Sauce
• 8 pkgs chicken (Sam’s club 5 cans per pkg) = 40 cans
• 8 – 50 pound bags of flour
• 6 boxes baked beans (Sam’s club 8 cans per box) = 48 cans
• 10 boxes chili (Sam’s club 6 cans per box) =60 cans
• 120 cans fruit (Mandarin Oranges, Peaches, Pears, etc…)
If you have a deep freezer, consider buying a half-cow to full cow of meat from a local rancher or farmer. You will actually save more than a thousand dollars on your meat products by buying in bulk instead of buying from the grocery store. By the end of the year you will most likely be running out of food so plan ahead in advance to save money for next year’s batch OR keep it stocked continually but remember to rotate all food.

God bless you all:)