If you are just starting out, this calendar can be used any year. Just start with the current month’s items.
We have tried to keep the costs down to between $40 and $50 per week. This might seem rather costly, but if you want to build a good food storage in only one year, it will cost you more each week than if you spread out acquiring it over several years. Be certain to buy only items your family will use, and rotate and use the items in your storage throughout the year. Milk is an expensive item and prices keep soaring, so you might need to invest in a bit higher food storage bill to buy it right now.
* The items in the first few months are basic essentials and are the most important to purchase and store.
It is vital to get WATER – STORAGE . If you don’t have water, you will not be able to use many of the foods you have that are dehydrated or require water to cook. Many times in natural disasters, the electricity goes down and you will not be able to access your water. Sometimes the water is contaminated from flooding and cross-contamination from sewage. You will need water, at very least, you will need 3 days worth.
(buckets to store it in if needed)
[keep filling pop bottles, Gallon syrup containers, etc. with water - basically no cost to this)
20 lbs. Peanut butter
[keep filling those water containers]
4 #10 cans shortening
2 # 10 cans dry milk
[keep filling water containers - make this a habit - when you empty something worthy of water storage, wash it and fill it right away]
6 #10 cans dry milk