The first thing you need to know is that preparing can start small and with the basics, so that peace of mind has a place to settle in. One of the biggest mistakes people make is trying to start off everywhere at the same time. Just like that last sentence, it can get confusing, quickly, so start small and build. Starting small is the best way to ensure consistency.
First off, you will need to start with a plan. What are you preparing for? Do research for your immediate area/state and see what the most likely disasters are for you. Are you in Louisiana of Florida, where hurricanes are prevalent. Or New England, where crazy snow blizzards knock our power for weeks at a time. Or California, where droughts may cause ongoing issues. Or are you planning for something different altogether. Either way, your first step should be to identify what you are preparing for, whether small or big.
The next step would be to get small stock of food and water provisions. Please see the list below for the bare basics if supplies.
- 20 Lbs. of Rice – At around $.63/pound, this will run you $12.60
- 20 Lbs. of Beans – At around $.91/pound, this will run you $18.20
- 5 Lbs. of Rolled Oats – At around $.61/pound for old fashioned or steel cut, this till run you $4.39
- 20 Lbs. of Flour – At around $.50/pound for whole wheat, this till run you $10.00
- 20 Lbs. of Sugar – At around $1.29/pound, this will run you $25.80
- 5 Lbs. of Salt – At around $.24/pound, this will run you $1.20
- Honey – Honey will undoubtedly be the most expensive thing on this list, but it also lasts forever and can be used for baking, cooking, and first aid.
- Canned Vegetables (10 cans) – Canned goods range from $.99/can in upwards of a few dollars. Try to get a variety and look out for sales.
- Canned Meats (10 cans) – Canned goods range from $.99/can in upwards of a few dollars. Try to get a variety and look out for sales.
- Canned Fruit (10 cans) – Canned goods range from $.99/can in upwards of a few dollars. Try to get a variety and look out for sales.
- Water – You should always be thinking of how you are going to get water, as it is a necessity to life. One way is to always have a few gallons handy and some cases of water bottles, but those only last so long. Here is a post about great water retention methods.
While this list may not be filled with the most extravagant things, these are things that will last a while and serve you well in any short-term situation. Even if you can’t afford to get everything at once, I would start off salt, oats, and a few canned items. Rice and beans are great for long-term storage, but oats and canned goods are things you could eat tomorrow with little preparation if the power went out or a storm swept through your area. Learn about the basics of food here!
Disclaimer: These prices may vary, greatly, so use your own judgment on what you and your family are preparing for and what you can afford. This isn’t a one-stop shop. It may take 5 stops to get these items, or it may take more.
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