Whenever we are buying supply food for our reserves, it’s very important to buy smart and stretch our dollar to the max. As a Latino prepper, rice and beans is our main dish on many nights and is cheap to buy. The best thing about rice and beans is that is easy to keep on your reserves, just need buckets and Mylar bags.
Here I gave a small shopping list enough for 2 weeks for a family of six or for 1 month for a family of 3 people. You can make a purchase with about $ 77 (+/-). Compared this menu with the dehydrated food packages or buckets, here you’re eating a delicious home-cooked meal, real proteins and real carbs. Rice, beans, canned sausages or tuna and vegetables. Of course, this estimate does not include seasonings, condiments but are cheap when bought in quantities and have plenty of food for a nice meal.
You can vary your purchases, I’m just giving you a formula on how to prepare your shopping list. Is having out an estimate of how much money you have to set aside from your monthly income for groceries purchases. Always start your reserves for up to 3 days, with 3 complete meals. Then try to extend your supplies for a week, then two weeks and so on. I always recommend to have enough reserves for 3 months minimum. You can prepare your inventory in many ways, for example, you could have enough groceries for complete daily dinners, but then you could have groceries for breakfast and lunch for one day on and one day off, or switch one day breakfast and the next day lunch (or small snacks), this way you can save money especially if you have a big family. Remember that investing in your survival reserves is not a loss or misuse of your money, but you are investing in a life insurance for you and your family.
- 3 pounds of rice ($ 1.79) = 6.46 cups = 13 servings = 2 days for a family of 6.
- 3 days for a family of 4.
- 4 days for a family of 3.
- 10 lbs of rice = ($ 10) = 43 cups = 86 servings = 14 days for a family of 6.
- 21 days for a family of 4.
- 28 days for a family of 3.
- 1 can of beans (15.5onz @ $ 0.79) = 4 servings = You need 11 cans for a family of 6 in a week = $ 8.69.
- 7 cans for a family of 4 in a week = $ 5.53.
- 5 cans for a family of 3 in a week = $ 3.95.
- 45 cans of beans for 30 days for a family of 6 = $ 35.55.
- 30 cans of beans for 30 days for a family of 4 = $ 23.70.
- 23 cans of beans for 30 days for a family of 3 = $ 18.17.
- 1 can of Vienna sausages (5onz @ $ 0.69) = 2 servings.
- You need 21 cans for a family of 6 for a week = $ 14.49.
- 14 cans for a family of 4 in a week = $ 9.66.
- 11 cans for a family of 3 in a week = $ 7.59
- 1 can of canned vegetables (8.75onz @ $ 0.69) = 3.5 servings.
- Need 12 cans for a family of 6 for a week = $ 8.28.
- 8 cans for a family of 4 in a week = $ 5.52.
- 6 cans for a family of 3 one week = $ 4.14
- 1 can of tuna (2onz @ $ 0.89) = 2 servings.
- You need 21 cans for a family of 6 in a week = $ 18.69.
- 14 cans for a family of 4 in a week = $ 12.46.
- 11 cans for a family of 3 in a week = $ 9.79
Having a formula helps to visualize the estimated money needed and also calculate the quantities of grocery needed to shop, but must of all, to know how many days of food we have to survive!!
Formula: days x people = servings per person per day ÷ by servings per cans = total purchase x the price per can = total money to spend.
Example: 7 (days) x 6 (people) = 42 (servings) ÷ 4 (servings per cans) = 10.5 (cans to buy) x $ 0.69 (price per can) = $ 7.24.
Buy your groceries wisely and look for special, savings and 2 × 1 (bogo) and this way your wallet will not suffer a big impact. Purchase necessary items that are easy to prepare and are healthy. Buy canned goods that we know that are the most durable. Look for good cans that are not bruised or misshapen. As for the dates, nothing to worry about. Many studies done in terms of quality and duration of vacuum packed canned goods show that a product can be used for consumption even past 10 years since its expiration date. Until 25 years have been tested and found all the food can be consumed, although its nutritional value and appearance have declined in quality, but not much.
I hope this article can you to prepare your own survival reserves and supplies. Another article brought to you by Boricua Preppers.