Save Money By Raiding The Pantry For Food Preps

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There are times when we all need to budget and to carefully watch our food expenditures.  Throughout my own adult life, I have done so on many occasions.  Sometimes it was because I was saving for something special but more often, my personal austerity had to do with the reality of income less expenses resulting in a shortfall.

As a prepper, this can be a dilemma, especially as we try to acquire emergency food and supplies that are going to stand up to the test of time.  For most of us, even during the best of times the process of acquiring large stores of emergency supplies can be daunting, expense wise.  Actually, it is a daunting process period, regardless of the expense.

I find it so much easier to break things down into baby steps, and, from your comments and emails, know that I have had some success in doing so with my 12 Months of Prepping series, which, when written, had beginning preppers in mind.

Baby steps can also be applied to prepping on a budget.  And what is my #1 baby step?  Raiding the pantry for emergency food preps!  When the budget is a wreck, before spending even a dollar on food storage pantry, go on a scavenger hunt and gather food staples and supplies from the kitchen cupboard.

Here is the list of items to look for:

  • Rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Canned or dried beans
  • Canned meats or seafood products (chicken, tuna, sardines)
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned soups
  • Unopened jar of peanut butter
  • Chicken broth
  • Powdered beverage mixes
  • Instant coffee and tea bags
  • Condiments: salt, pepper, chili powder
  • Sugar
  • An old fashioned, manual can opener

Something these pantry foods have in common is that they are relatively easy to prepare, nutritious, and except for the canned meats, budget friendly.  They may be boring to eat maybe but then again, our goal is not be become a gourmet cook while we shelter in place.

My best guess is that you will find most if not all of these items in your kitchen pantry.  The next step is to remove them from your kitchen pantry, mark the date with your Sharpie pen, and take them out of circulation.  I recommend that you put them in a spare cupboard, a bin, or even in a large plastic garbage bag. The point is that you want your emergency items set aside for just that, an emergency.  They should be out of sight.

Something else to keep in mind that if at all possible, these items should be kept in a cool, dry place.  In addition, the rice and oatmeal should be sealed in containers that will keep out the insects and critters.  Have an old cookie tin or popcorn tin?  That will work.  If you have a food saver, better yet.  As you become more advanced, you can move on to Mylar bags and buckets but for now, easy baby steps rule.

Jus remember that whatever storage container you choose should be scrupulously clean and dry.

A quick note about condiments:  adding a bit of salt, pepper and spice to your foods will make all the difference in the world when it comes to taste. One easy way to get started with condiments is to make small, foil packets of your favorite spices and include them with your emergency supplies.  Just don’t forget to mark them so that you know what is in each packet.

Nothing I mention here is rocket science. I suppose it is best described as a gentle kick in the bum to get up and do something.

The Final Word

Let us not lose sight of what it is like to prep when you are just getting started.  We were all there at one time or another,  In addition, sometimes we have had to start over because we used our preps to get through a short term crisis.  Or, as I am facing, a long-distance move.  Is it really worth is to move a year’s worth of canned goods?

In closing, let me remind you that prepping is a lifestyle.  And, as with all things in life, circumstances can change.  When that happens, we must adjust, adapt, and start anew by going back to the beginning when we were just getting started.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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About The Author

Gaye Levy, also known as the Survival Woman, grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, she started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. She has now abandoned city life and has moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on an island in NW Washington State. She lives and teaches the principles of a sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle through her website at At Backdoor Survival, Gaye speaks her mind and delivers her message of prepping with optimism and grace, regardless of the uncertain times and mayhem swirling around us.

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