Originally Posted by velochic
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.
cheese: rich in calories & protein. You can freeze it, though it might only be good for grating/crumbling when you thaw it
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)
peanut/other nut butter
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)
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.