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How to Build Emergency Food Storage for Only $10 A Week

$10 Weekly Food Storage Program
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This is not my article, I don’t know who wrote it, but it is supposed to be from a guy named “AZ Prepper”.  I tried to find the original source for permission, but could not, it has been posted and re-posted in several places, and since it is very useful, I am re-posting it also.

If you know the original source, let me know as I would like to give credit for this well thought out idea on how to buy a year supply of food cheaply over the course of a year.  (even though with rising food prices I would say this is a $10 Weekly Food Storage Program rather than the original $5 a week program so I changed the title.)  The concept is sound and pretty much how I got my food storage.

How to Build Emergency Food Storage for Only $10 A Week

A recent article appearing in a survivalist magazine provided the blueprint for building a substantial and nourishing food supply over a 52-week period. Importantly, the foods that can sustain you and your spouse can be bought once each week for about $5 (perhaps a bit more if prices in your area have risen).

Do the math: the cost for building your emergency food supply is going to be very affordable – just $5 per week (approximately) for 52 weeks … a mere $260. That’s not a lot of money, especially when you consider that you can spread the cost out over a full year. And, while the foods may not seem exotic or overly enticing to you (see the list below), they will sustain you and your spouse. And they are nutritious.

Emergency Supply Purchases by Week

  1. 6 Pounds of Salt
  2. 5 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
  3. 20 Pounds of Sugar
  4. 8 Cans Tomato Soup
  5. 50 Pounds of Wheat
  6. 6 Pounds of Macaroni
  7. 20 Pounds of Sugar
  8. 8 Cans of Tuna
  9. 6 Pounds of Yeast
  10. 50 Pounds of Wheat
  11. 8 Cans of Tomato Soup
  12. 20 Pounds of Sugar
  13. 10 Pounds of Powdered Milk
  14. 7 Boxes of Macaroni and Cheese
  15. 50 Pounds of Wheat
  16. 5 Cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
  17. 1 Bottle of 500 Multi-Vitamins
  18. 10 Pounds of Powdered Milk
  19. 5 Cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  20. 50 Pounds of Wheat
  21. 8 Cans of Tomato Soup
  22. Pounds of Sugar
  23. 8 Cans of Tuna
  24. 6 Pounds of Shortening
  25. 50 Pounds of Wheat
  26. 5 Pounds o f Honey
  27. 10 Pounds of Powdered Milk
  28. 20 Pounds of Sugar
  29. 5 Pounds of Peanut Butter
  30. 50 Pounds of Wheat
  31. 7 Boxes of Macaroni and Cheese
  32. 10 Pounds of Powdered Milk
  33. 1 Bottle of 500 Aspirin
  34. 5 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
  35. 50 Pounds of Wheat
  36. 7 Boxes of Macaroni and Cheese
  37. 6 Pounds of Salt
  38. 20 Pounds of Sugar
  39. 8 Cans of Tomato Soup
  40. 50 Pounds of Wheat
  41. 5 Cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
  42. 20 Pounds of Sugar
  43. 1 Bottle of 500 Multi-Vitamins
  44. 8 Cans of Tuna
  45. 50 Pounds of Wheat
  46. 6 Pounds of Macaroni
  47. 20 Pounds of Sugar
  48. 5 Cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  49. 5 Pounds of Honey
  50. 20 Pounds of Sugar
  51. 8 Cans of Tomato Soup
  52. 50 Pounds of Wheat

Thanks AZ Prepper

Now, it should be noted that this list was the creation of a writer by the name of “AZ Pepper.” If you look closely at his suggestions, you’ll see – almost immediately – that they make sense. The supplies he suggests are affordable (perhaps no more than $10 for each weekly purchase, maybe a bit more) and they can last a long time. These foods will not spoil quickly.

Here is something else you need to know, courtesy of “AZ Pepper.” There are some weeks in this process of food accumulation and storage when there will be money left over after your purchase (perhaps some loose change). Don’t spend it. Instead, put it aside for use in the weeks when your purchase exceeds $5. This will help you stick to the budget. In fact, there will also be weeks when the items you want to buy are on sale. Take full advantage of these sales to save money and get ahead.

Clearly, if you follow this shopping strategy, you will be able to meet your one year food storage goal while staying right at – or near – your pre-planned budget. This is something you can do, if you remain motivated and focused.

Now … for the really good news …

After a Year of the Plan, This is What You Would Have

You’re about to be surprised, maybe even shocked, at what your 52-Week Food Storage Plan has enabled you to purchase and store for emergencies. You will have accumulated all of the following:

  •  500 Pounds of Wheat
  • 100 Pounds of Sugar
  • 40 Pounds of Powdered Milk
  • 12 Pounds of Salt
  • 10 Pounds of Honey
  • 5 Pounds of Peanut Butter
  • 45 Cans of Tomato Soup
  • 15 Cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 24 Cans of Tuna
  • 15 Cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 21 Boxes of Macaroni and Cheese
  • 500 Aspirin
  • 1000 Multi-Vitamins
  • 6 Pounds of Yeast
  • 6 Pounds of Shortening
  • 12 Pounds of Macaroni

Here is the BEST NEWS of all: the nutritional value for all of this food is, believe it or not, a whopping 1,249,329 calories (give or take a few calories). And, based on a daily diet in which you and your spouse each consume 2000 calories, the food listed above can sustain two people for about 312 days. That’s the better part of a full year.

At a cost of just $10 per day – just $520 for a full year – this is a bargain you can’t afford to pass up. In fact, it would still be a bargain if you doubled the cost because even if you were to spend $20 a week … the cost to you would still be a modest $80 a month.

In 21st century America, you simply can’t feed two people for such a small sum of money and remain healthy. Well, now you can. Put this amazing one year food storage plan to the test.

Start planning your first weekly purchase today.


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  1. Julie Tann Julie Tann

    Thank you for this great article, it’s really good:)

    For ages I’ve been meaning to start a food storage. I’ve bought a few things but not on a regular basis. This list will help me to concentrate on just one item (or items) a week.

    I live in the UK, so $10.00 would be £5.00 for me.

    At the moment I’m not able to spend £5.00 ($10.00) on food storage, so am just going to buy what I can afford & build it up from there.

    Thank you again & cheerio for now:)

  2. Aulo00 Aulo00

    While it’s nice to see someone spend the time to devise an economical plan to stockpile food I am concerned about the absence of (canned, dried etc.) fruit and vegetables, as well as rice/beans which can be combined to make complete proteins when meat is scarce. If AZ Prepper truly means wheat berries rather than wheat flour, then the stockpiler better add a manual grinder and learn how to grind all that wheat. The only advantage I see with limiting yourself to the above pantry items is a relatively short time devoted to the actual cooking time. The lack of diversity should be a concern as overall nutritional value looks to be lacking.

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