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    The other things we do is to stay ahead at least one season, for our wood for the OWB. And we make sure we have one big tank of propane ahead for the kitchen stove. And usually 2 little tanks full. I also try to keep our trucks 1/2 full or better most of the time, but especially so, in the winter.
    If we stay ahead of things, we can do okay even when the budget goes tight because of a repair or something unexpected.

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    I would definitely stock up on beans, pasta, rice, flour, butter, sugar as well as some of the things others have said...you want to be able to stretch your dollars as far as they'll go. I just found Butterball turkeys on sale at Wal-Mart a couple of weeks ago for $.78 a pound so I stocked up! Couldn't believe it! Any meat that can be put in a slow cooker or braised and cooked low and slow would also be good to stock up on if you have the freezer room. I also agree with whomever talked about canned items...you want to make sure you have a balance of carbs, veggies, etc. And for whomever mentioned those suffering from anemia...you could always purchase a cast iron pan or two! Those help add iron to your diet!

    Oh, and I would also stock up on powdered milk and vitamins--even though vitamins won't fill the stomach, they'll at least help you keep your health up!
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    The first thing I would do is sit down and make a list of the meals we like to eat. Then I'd start a list from that. And I agree with the buying only things you know your family will eat! If they won't eat it it's a waste of money and you will be hungry!

    I stockpile......

    Pastas
    Pasta sauce
    Canned tomatoes
    Canned green beans, corn and peas
    Canned kidney beans (I just don't like dried ones as well)
    Pork and beans
    Canned tuna
    Treet
    Canned soups (tomato, mushroom)
    Canned fruits
    Hamburger Helper meals
    Sugar
    Flour
    Salt
    Spices (cinnamon, chili powder, garlic and onion powder, etc)
    Dried beans
    Boxed potatoes like Au Gratin, mashed, etc.
    Canned pie fillings
    Canned milk (evaporated and sweetened condensed)

    I also stockpile meats in the freezer and gas for our generator. I catch items on sale and buy as many as I can afford at that time.

    Plus things like toilet paper, razors, paper towels, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.

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    As a bean and rice eater the only thing I would have to do is buy canned instead of fresh or frozen. I second the idea to stock on Vitamins. When you eat canned foods your are missing a lot of vitamins.

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    We like canned chicken, but it's a bit pricey. Check for sales or coupons though and it's not so bad. Don't forget to stockpile water or a means to sterilize your own. You can go longer without food, but not without water.

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    I'd buy a lot of bottled water. In a real STHF scenario, you don't have electricity OR running water. If you live somewhere with naturally running water (springs) that are safe to drink, you can collect this water yourself, but if you rely on a kitchen faucet for water, you might want to have some water on hand for drinking and sanitation. All you have to do is watch what's happening due to the flood in Pakistan right now - 20 million people w/o access to water OR food. I'd rather have water than food....

    Aside from that, I'd go for the canned and dried things as well. I might have missed it but I didn't see anyone mention dried fruits and vegetables. They keep and are very healthy. You can dehydrate your own if you want. My mom does this and has bushels of dried fruit of every variety, and some veggies too. Dried mushrooms are another option. All of these are also lightweight and portable, and take up much less space than canned.

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    I try to stay prepared for this type "scenario"...
    My Food essentials would be:

    ~A good supply bottled water/spring water
    ~Powdered milk and/or canned condensed milk
    ~Various types dry beans
    ~Long grain white AND brown rice--OPTIONAL-Jasmine and Basmati rice
    ~Bread flour
    ~AP or SR flour
    ~Whole wheat flour
    ~Yeast
    ~Sugar
    ~Dried herbs, spices, and pepper
    ~Cornmeal
    ~Oatmeal - Old fashioned AND quick cooking
    ~Canned veggies
    ~Canned fruits with and without added sugar
    ~Canned tomato products
    ~Canned tomato sauce and paste
    ~Dried various pastas
    ~Canned meats such as chicken, ham, tuna, salmon and spam
    ~Salt-regular and Kosher
    ~Peanut butter-smooth and crunchy
    ~Cocoa powder
    ~Vinegar-white, cider, red wine, and white wine
    ~Grape jelly
    ~Home canned butter
    ~Home canned orange marmalade
    ~Home canned Apple butter
    ~Baking soda-(for baking and cleaning)
    ~Baking powder and/or cream of tartar
    ~Cornstarch-(for cooking and HBA's)
    ~Chicken, Beef, and Vegetable bouillon cubes/granules and/or soup bases
    ~Dehydrated fruits and veggies-(preferable home dried)
    ~Several large jugs 100% juice with no added sugar
    ~A couple containers V-8 type juice (with lower sodium)
    ~Instant potato flakes/mashed potatoes-only 100% potatoes-no fillers added
    ~Dog food-can and huge bag dry

    So far, this what I keep in my pantry...As I use the products, I buy more and rotate the items to keep them fresh and in date for later use.

    *I've never tried dried butter or egg powder products...but have been thinking about it.
    If the taste is relatively decent and they work as they should, they could come in very handy!*
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    Quote Originally Posted by forHISglory View Post
    Your scenario calls for canned and dried items. I would stock up on dried beans, cornmeal, dried milk and eggs, macaroni/noodles, canned meats such tuna or mackerel, spam, dried potato flakes, canned veggies/fruits. The idea is to have a balanced menu with only dried and canned items. I would not purchase anything that is a mix or processed, but rather stretch the dollar by buying "primary" foods.
    This would be me. Actually it is.

    Have to remember the OP said "only have $300 to spend and has to last a VERY long time".

    Canned meat is expensive any way you cut it. Peanut butter is protein the same as meat. Also dosen't need fridged and is relatively cheap. As far as getting tired of something or won't eat....if the shtf for REAL....and it came down to eating 20 jars of peanut butter or go hungry I'm betting the peanut butter ( or whatever ) would get eaten.

    As Savvy Sniper said about date opened and date finished using...She posted this long time ago and I did it. Surprised me. Found I used way quicker than I thought so had to rearrange my amounts and thinking to maintain a 6 month stockpile. Like I thought a big can of Folgers lasted about 5 weeks...not...lasts 3. A large cannister of Coffee Mate I thought lasted about 6 weeks...way off...lasts about 3 also.

    So date mark some items and see how long they truly last. The vitamins is also good idea. I'm rearranging my thinking too on HBA/cleaning/washing powders etc. I'm going for a year on those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NikoSan999 View Post

    Canned meat is expensive any way you cut it. Peanut butter is protein the same as meat. Also dosen't need fridged and is relatively cheap. As far as getting tired of something or won't eat....if the shtf for REAL....and it came down to eating 20 jars of peanut butter or go hungry I'm betting the peanut butter ( or whatever ) would get eaten.
    Perhaps not -- eating the same thing over and over, causes dietary fatigue, and many times people will stop eating and starve - rather than continue to eat a monotonous diet.

    Your points about peanut butter's attributes are great thought. . . especially the point about it not needing to be refrigerated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ View Post
    I should have known that.
    I didn't know either Russ!

    Thanks for asking.

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    Strangely I have been thiking about this as well:

    * peanut butter or other nut butter as preferred
    * dried beans
    * flour
    * yeast
    * dried fruit
    * nuts
    * canned tomatoes
    * spices
    * power bars (if found cheaply enough)
    * tuna or other canned fish
    * possibly canned veggies, I just got a great deal on beans and stocked up
    * rice
    * oatmeal
    * seasonings to make soups, chili, etc...
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    I'm totally in on the peanut butter angle! When Dh and I were both in school it was a staple food for sure! =) We liked to get different kinds of jelly (still bought at Costco...cheap, BIG jars!). But, having strawberry, raspberry, grape, etc...helped it not get quite so mundane.

    We always take vitamins...and have some in our little stockpile. So, that would definitely be on my "list"!
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    Stock up on spices. Plain old lentil / barley mush gets old quick. Jazz up a little of each with some spices and it is a different story - especially if you alternate spice blends for different flavors.

    I'll second the nuts. They're a good source of healthy fat and fiber and can be ground into a flour in a pinch.

    Has anyone mentioned flaxseed as a way to supplement fiber?

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    If you are into the drug store rewards and need to use up the rewards CVS has tuna/salmon in the bags for a buck almost every week.... Great for emergency stashes.

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    No one has mentioned dried milk but I think this would be another great item to have on hand...can substitute it for regular milk in cooking/baking. Can drink it in a pinch. And I would imagine it'd stay good for a long while on the shelf!
    Every little bit helps.


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