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Ok so I watched the first 6.5 minutes but it had me in tears to see hungry angry people being beaten and harassed and shot at by police. I'm pregnant, I don't think I can watch the rest of it.
I know - it made me cry too.

This is exactly what is happening in our country right this moment - the bankers and the government are stealing our wealth and our LIVES from us.
post #142 of 259
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That's what I had orginally asked about. They said they do that one a few times a year and they advertise it. At least at ours, they only give out the passes when they have a promotion going.
Lame! I thought they did it every day. Well, you can come borrow my Sam's card then
post #143 of 259
Does anyone know if Sam's takes food stamps? They don't say on there website.
post #144 of 259
This is a great thread! Thanks for starting it!

After reading this, I'm realizing that my family is excellent as far as stranded at home type of emergencies are concerned--we have lots of food, water, wood for heating and cooking, etc. What we don't have is a bug-out bag in case we have to leave home. Gotta work on that!
post #145 of 259
Okay, all.

I will be headed to the store this afternoon to stockpile shop for the first time ever. I would say I only have between $25-$40 to spend on stockpile items. Would anyone mind helping me with some suggestions? I've gleaned a few ideas from all the resources I've been reading over the past few days. But just for helps sake, what would YOU get?

TIA
post #146 of 259
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Originally Posted by virginiabloom View Post
Okay, all.

I will be headed to the store this afternoon to stockpile shop for the first time ever. I would say I only have between $25-$40 to spend on stockpile items. Would anyone mind helping me with some suggestions? I've gleaned a few ideas from all the resources I've been reading over the past few days. But just for helps sake, what would YOU get?

TIA
The point is not what *I* would get. We don't eat what you do. What do *you* eat? Stockpile extras of whatever you eat.
post #147 of 259
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The point is not what *I* would get. We don't eat what you do. What do *you* eat? Stockpile extras of whatever you eat.
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post #148 of 259
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Originally Posted by velochic View Post
The point is not what *I* would get. We don't eat what you do. What do *you* eat? Stockpile extras of whatever you eat.
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The thing is, what works for me may not work for you. For example, I live in a part of the country with long, cold winters, so I prepare for blizzards and ice storms. If you (the general you) live in Miami, that would obviously not apply to you! So, stockpile things you and your family will need in the next few months. Also, take your schedule into account. It might be great to make your own soap, but do you have the time for it? I don't. I work full-time outside the home, and barely have time to do dishes and laundry! I'm older and my kids are grown, so I don't have to worry about stocking items like diapers or feminine hygiene products. (I'm past menopause). Most of you will.

Are you thinking more of food or non-food items? For non-foods, I'd stock up on soap, shampoo, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and dish soap. Those of you who have more time on your hands may be able to buy ingredients and make them yourself.

For foods, we eat a lot of brown rice, so we buy it in a 25 lb. bags. We eat a lot of pasta, too, so we order a box of whole wheat spaghetti, whole wheat noodles, etc. We belong to a buying club and place orders once a month.
post #149 of 259
If it were me, I would focus first on high-calorie, heat-and-eat, or no-cooking needed, add-water-only type stuff.

Things that you could eat (and of course, I mean things you WILL eat and LIKE) in a true emergency that might include a loss of power.

Canned meat/chicken/fish, stews, soups, veggies, fruit, instant oatmeal packets, pancake mix, powdered milk, shelf-stable milk, or soymilk, etc.
post #150 of 259
And pick up a container of salt while it's only about 49 cents. It WILL go up.
post #151 of 259
Is anyone interested in pictures of my stash? :
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yeah!!

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Is anyone interested in pictures of my stash? :
yeah!!
post #153 of 259
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Is anyone interested in pictures of my stash? :
Me!
post #154 of 259
There are some tiny-ish pics up on my blog http://tobymine.wordpress.com/ If you can't see them let me know and I'll try to get the bigger ones posted somewhere.

That's only the food - I didn't get any pictures of our "Bathroomy" stash, which includes like laundry soap and stuff.

I was able to get a 3 month prescription for two of my medicines today, yay!! That makes me feel so much better - besides the fact that we may be facing ECONOMIC DOOM, I also suck at calling in prescriptions on time, and I'm not supposed to be messing around with not taking pills. Bleh.

If you are interested, here is how my supplies are currently reading:

12 cans chicken
5 cans black beans + 44 lbs
4 cans white beans + 6 lbs
2 cans cream of celery soup
40 oz chicken TVP
40 oz beef TVP
10 cans tuna
14 cans green chiles
1 lb lentils
1 lb pinto beans
4 lbs refried beans
37 lbs hard red wheat
6 lbs 10 oz + 4 cans pineapple
22 lbs pasta
2 cans clam chowder
36 oz whole egg powder
2 vegetable oil containers
2 instant chocolate pudding
5 boxes Jell-O
5.5 lbs powdered milk
3 pumpkin bread mixes
1 lb brown sugar
two 42 oz boxes of oats
30 lbs rice
7 lbs honey
2 cans formula
4 boxes pasta-roni (these are also good for when I am too lazy to cook, yes they are processed crap but delicious processed crap!)
11 lbs salt
6 cans green beans
11 cans corn
12 cans oranges
5 cans pears
1 jar applesauce
17 cream of mushroom soup
16 tomato soup (I inherited a lot of these from my grandma last weekend)
11 chicken noodle soup
1 tomato paste
12 15 oz containers tomato sauce
11 8 oz containers tomato sauce
51 oz spaghetti mix
1 can okra
2 51 oz. biscuit mix
2 Alfredo sauce
10 gallons water

I hope it doesn't bother anyone that I posted that - I'll take it down if it does.

Something I also try to keep in mind, especially right now with cold season approaching, is antibacterial gel. Normally I don't use it, but if I was ever without water it would be a nice way to keep my hands clean without using up my supply.

Also, my Walmart had the really nice awesome Crest toothpaste on sale 3 for $5 today. I think normally they are $3 each, so I am stocking up! I am keeping a chart right now of how fast we go through things, namely a can of formula, a 10 lb bag of cat food, and a tube of toothpaste. We started using all of those things brand new today. Once I finish them I will write it down in my notebook and use it to calculate how many of what item I need for our long term storage.
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post #156 of 259
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Originally Posted by velochic View Post
The point is not what *I* would get. We don't eat what you do. What do *you* eat? Stockpile extras of whatever you eat.
It is good advice to store what you eat & eat what you store.

But if you're looking to change over to making stockpiling or food storage a part of your lifestyle, and you want to do it cheaply, then IMO you need to look at cooking from scratch more (if you don't already). When I'm stocking up, I get these kinds of things:

flour: whole wheat, and white unbleached/never bleached
rice: brown rice is healthier, but goes rancid easily. Buy it in smaller, sealed bags -- I buy it in bags that are about a quart. You can buy other kinds of rice more cheaply in bigger bags.
oats: I buy large flake rolled oats, they taste a bit fresher to me
lard: very shelf stable, and it's non-hydrogenated. I use it in baking (sometimes half & half w/butter; in bread or biscuits, I use all lard; also for frying)
oils: I use olive (healthy and fairly stable if kept in an opaque container in a cool place), sunflower (again, healthy and fairly stable), and grapeseed oil (I use it like olive oil for things where I don't want an olive-y taste, it's good for use in a frying pan). I keep butter in my freezer when it's on sale. You can make butter shelf stable by clarifying it; I haven't tried this. I also keep coconut oil.
evaporated milk: You can use it in soups, sauces, baking, hot drinks
coconut milk: I keep this to use like evaporated milk for my dairy-sensitive dd
canned tomatoes: tomatoes are a veggie that (from what I've read) don't suffer too much from being canned (in terms of nutrient loss) and they have a lot of good in them. I prefer diced canned tomatoes, but you can also keep stewed, whole, crushed, tomato paste, tomato juice (I like it in soup). Good for chili, soups, pasta sauces.
salt
cheese: rich in calories & protein. You can freeze it, though it might only be good for grating/crumbling when you thaw it
pasta
canned salsa
canned tuna, ham (I use in sandwiches or as "dip" for breadsticks, toast triangles, or crackers)
mayonnaise (or miracle whip if that's your thing)
jams
peanut/other nut butter
dried fruit
nuts
crackers (not crazy about them, since they're almost always made with hydrogenated oils, but they're filling and quick)
dry beans (these are good if you get into the habit of making/using them. Chili is great. There are lots of good recipes out there)
canned beans (if there is an emergency, as opposed to money being tight, you might not have access to much clean water -- canned beans have the advantage over dry in that situation)
toothpaste/toothbrushes
soap
dishsoap
vinegar
baking soda
sugar/honey/molasses
potatoes
laundry detergent
hydrogen peroxide
candles/matches
yeast
applesauce

If I had $40 to spend, I might try to plan a week or two of made-from-the-pantry meals that we would eat, and get what I needed for that, plus some non-food items.
post #157 of 259
I probably won't leave it up very long because there is a part of me that think that sharing the exact contents of your pantry with the world is not a good idea, but here is a quick look at my basement pantry. I'm certainly not going to list what I have. I have grains stored in the white buckets. These pics show about 50 - 70% of my stores. We store what we eat, eat what we store and I've only ever thrown away some UHT milk (a few years ago). Also, I am filling in the gaps in one of the freezers with smaller bags of flour just to keep it full. We'll be getting a side of beef this fall/winter (we're down to just hamburger and a couple of roasts) when my friend decides to butcher. Some of my canned food is in the pix, but mostly, I keep it upstairs in the cupboard where the jars are less likely to be broken. This is just the food, by the way. This is about 8 months worth of food for 4.
post #158 of 259
Wow velo! You're good to go!
post #159 of 259
Here is a link to a blog by a guy who lives in Argentina and his and his wife's experence living there post 2001.
http://ferfal.blogspot.com/2008/10/what-to-expect.html
post #160 of 259
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Originally Posted by virginiabloom View Post
Okay, all.

I will be headed to the store this afternoon to stockpile shop for the first time ever. I would say I only have between $25-$40 to spend on stockpile items. Would anyone mind helping me with some suggestions? I've gleaned a few ideas from all the resources I've been reading over the past few days. But just for helps sake, what would YOU get?

TIA
I'd get whatever we eat that I could get for a really good price that week. We've got huge stocks of things that I bought super cheap. It really helps you build up the food storage. I also have basics stored like wheat berries, oils, powdered milk, dried beans, etc.

Start small. Don't be intimidated!
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