A year’s supply of commercial survival food can cost thousands of dollars for a single person. Now add up all the members in your family, and most people would be hard-pressed to find that kind of money just lying around the house.
Time and time again, I have readers emailing me in a panic over these issues. For some, it’s actually the one thing that prevents them from getting started in the first place.
You really don’t need commercial survival food to be prepared. In fact, you can find everything you need at your local supermarket or grocery store (if you know what to look for.)
- Look for foods that have a long shelf life.
- Look for foods that you normally eat, and buy a couple extra every time you go to the store. (A survival situation isn’t the best time to be experimenting with new foods.)
- Stock up around the holidays. Holidays can be a great time to score some prepping deals. If you have an extra freezer, you can sometimes pick up things like 20lb turkeys for under $5. For around $100, you can stock your freezer with enough meat to help you make it through the year. Just think of what a help that would be during a crisis like a job loss or a temporary reduction in income.
- Bulk beans and rice – Believe it or not, you can sustain yourself for a very long period of time on little more than beans and rice. For under a hundred dollars, you can build up a decent size stockpile that will last for a while.
Having food in a survival situation means learning how to be self-sufficient.
Another part of this whole emergency food equation means learning how to find, capture, and cook wild foods. From knowing how to find the wild edibles in your area to learning how to hunt and fish, you need to have multiple ways of providing for your family during an emergency.
Hunting: At a minimum, I would suggest buying a .22 rifle. They’re inexpensive, and you can stockpile a very large amount of ammo without breaking the bank. Buy one now, learn how to use it, and be confident in the fact that during an emergency you can provide for your family.
Fishing: If you live anywhere near water you should have a fishing pole and a basic tackle box. For under $50 you can buy enough gear to feed your family indefinitely.