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    • #268027
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      I got this from a gal on another site…Kathy…and she said that I could share it with you. she kicked my list to the curb! LOL!:angel1:

      EVERYTHING is expensive if you have to throw it away becuase it is
      not used/eaten. It is amazing to me how quickly 20 years can whiz
      by.
      There are many different schools of thought when it comes to food
      storage. I like the Pantry Challenge on this website because it is
      a type of food storage.
      I stock up on items when they are on sale.

      I put away $50 per
      month to maintain my Pantry. I only spend $20/week on groceries beyond
      the $50 month dedicated to “Pantry”.
      we eat like kings! my family consists of myself and my 10 year old
      and my 20 year old who comes and raids my pantry and freezer for
      meals all the time.

      I cook from scratch and make multiples of
      meals based upon what is on sale. I can’t tell you the last time I paid
      more than $1.75/pound for meat (OK, I do buy steak at $4/pound on
      sale but that is the only exception other than some fish)
      For Emergency Preparedness, I keep a backpack in my car. It has 3
      days worth of food and water for 2 people.

      Here is what my kit
      currently contains:
      12 individual boxes of fruit juice (with Calcium)($4.50)
      1 Jar Peanut Butter ($1.25)
      1 Box Saltine Crackers ($1.50)
      1 Box Graham Crackers ($2.00)
      1 Jar Strawberry Jam ($1.50)
      1 Large Box Favorite Cereal ($2.00)
      1 Pound Hard Candy (2.00)
      3 packs of sugarless gum ($2.00)
      4 cans of Canned Pasta Product ($4.00)
      2 cans of Ready to use Soup ($2.00)
      3 cans of Tuna ($1.50)
      1 Pouch of Jerky (ok…its my extravagance) $5.00
      1 case of Coast Guard Water ($15.00)
      3 pouches dried fruit (4.50) I prefer my home dried fruit
      2 rolls of Quarters
      100 – $1 bills
      26 – $5 bills
      The money adds up to $250 in case you are trying to figure it out.
      You need to have small bills because no one will have change.
      I use all this food on a regular basis with the exception of the
      little juice boxes.
      The “Coast Guard” water lasts for over 5 years.

      You can purchase
      this porduct at most camping stores. Think of it as mre style water.
      it is in little foil type packages. there is also an extended life
      water in little paper containers.

      i have a personal preference for
      the pouches. use what you like best.
      i dont care for any type of canned/powdered milk. so i store
      calcium enriched fruit juice that we do like.

      minute maid is the brand,
      just check the label, some have more nutrients than others. we plan on
      eating the cereal dry because of our personal taste.
      every time the time changes (daylight savings time in april and
      oct), i pull my kit out and we go through it. if it expires before the
      next time change, we change out the food.

      we mark all the food
      with big black magic marker as to when it expires so it is easier to
      find the expiration date.
      the home dried fruit we replace each time.
      since the backpack lives in my trunk, it is exposed to more heat
      and natural elements than my normal food storage so i watch things more
      carefully for expiration dates.
      again, my point is that it is easy to make your own 72 hour kit
      with plenty of food that you are eating anyway.

      We love certain pasta
      and soups out of the can. Everything in your kit should not have to be
      heated in order to be eaten.
      I have had several people email me since the last time I posted
      about this topic asking what I store. I dont mean to go off topic but
      feel very strongly about Pantry Challenge I am a firm believer that people will say anything to part you from your money.

      You can save a lot by using a little common sense,
      especially when talking about food storage. I have been buying
      used canning jars through ads since I was 10 years old. I can not count
      the number of houses i have gone into and they have spent 100-
      1000’s on food storage that is now rotting anfd they have begged me for a
      way to dispose of it (BTW: Find a pig farmer).
      Again, there are a million different schools of thought about this,
      This is just my humble opinion.

    • #406598

      I used to carry my emergency supplies in the car until I realized all that dead weight was dragging my gas mileage down. I now just keep it close by so it can be loaded in a second.

    • #406613
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      excellent point! I didn’t even think about what she said about storing in her car. I was more interested in posting a good emergency kit and getting folks to think about doing something like this.

      thanks for pointing this out. personally, my kit is not as good as hers and is stashed behind a chair in the living room. I plan to review mine in the next couple of days.

    • #406705

      I have a couple of lists and can post too .. We are in Maine so some stuff can’t go in the cars in winter, and other stuff has to be in there in the winter. i actually have a “car list” as well as the bug out list.

      down south the car stuff would probably be slightly different.

      first aid kits have to be cleared of liquids late fall. even in insulated lunch boxes the stuff freezes and ruins the rest of it.

      bert has a duffle back of stuff in case he gets stuck on road etc. (me too)

      we have what he affectionately calls the bug out closet, for most the emergency stuff. if a weather disaster hits we have just about everything in there.

      on my one list “o” just posted her ideas for when you loose electric, once i get permission i can post it too.

      i just finished digging berts car out so he could leave for work. am on hot pad and waiting for meds to kick in.

      i could do with a few less snowman kisses ..
      ria

      “flakes are snowman kisses”

    • #406714
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      could do with a few less snowman kisses ..
      ria

      “flakes are snowman kisses”

      i’ll wait for your list. i really like this quote snowman kisses. how sweet.

    • #406738

      JoAnn,

      bam humbug sweet phwww ..

      I broke down and bought a snowblower, its not a big as the old one (which is NOT working) but it helps

      Am in temporarily as face is wet and cold from “kisses-bleech”

      Tomorrow I am driving to camp to dig out the roof, actually Jake (ds) will dig it out .. I am guessing there is probably close to 3 ft on it .. hopefully the wind took off some.

      Ria

    • #406751

      I want snow!!! :090:

      I’ve had 2 good snow storms in my life, when I was 6 and 18. When I was 18 we got 12 plus inches of snow. It shut down the city for over a week.

      We are due one, so I am keeping my fingers crossed. I’d love to build a snowman with my 6 year old.

      As for the list-I think that it is great. Thanks for posting. It gives me a great place to start for creating my own emergency stash.

      Shannon

    • #406753

      well hon, you are more than welcome to come get as much as you want from my house. no charge free

      i’ll even help load your trailer – bring a big one!!
      ria

    • #406758

      Everyone in my family has a 72 hour emergency kit. Twice a year we go through them to change out clothing and food, ect. Medical stuff is our biggy– asthma stuff for 3 of us.

      I only carry a 72 hour kit in the car during the winter and on trips. Also keep our little toilet paper emergency heaters in the car with lots of alcohol & matches. It’s been a life saver for us!

      Trapped in a car in a blizzard with a 2 year old. Was there for 36 hours before help came. We did fine with our supplies.

      Wasn’t real warm but we stayed at least 40 with 50MPH winds and subzero temps. Down south you might not need this stuff but out here on the prairie I just look at it as a little more weight to help traction!

    • #406763

      brchbell,
      can i copy the following to my lists? bert says the alcohol stoves don’t have poisonous gas either .. i just copied a bunch of myo backpack-type stoves including the alcohol ones, guess we’ll need to make one for each car.

      ria

      from brchbell (bud101)
      I only carry a 72 hour kit in the car during the winter and on trips. Also keep our little toilet paper emergency heaters in the car with lots of alcohol & matches. It’s been a life saver for us!

      Trapped in a car in a blizzard with a 2 year old. Was there for 36 hours before help came. We did fine with our supplies.

      Wasn’t real warm but we stayed at least 40 with 50MPH winds and subzero temps. Down south you might not need this stuff but out here on the prairie I just look at it as a little more weight to help traction!

    • #406781
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      i want snow!!!

      how much do you want?????? i have about a foot outside that i would gladly send your way.

      actually don’t mind the snow so much as the frigid cold-you can have that also.

      great posts everyone, very helpful information.
      thanks

    • #406792

      Ill take the snow Kim, just dont send the ice!!!

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