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    Posted: December 08 2007 at 1:41pm
I think this would be extremely useful to those who have just started prepping and are facing the daunting task of planning for an extended SIP. As soon as I can make a list I'll be happy to post what I have and the reasoning (or lack of...) behind them. So, if you're willing, let us know just what preps you have and why you chose them, and how long you're planning on living off them. I think everyone will expect long lists, so don't worry. The experienced preppers could potentially save valuable time for those new to stockpiling, and as I'm sure we're all aware, time may not be a luxury we have here.
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   Hi all, I started a while back but I buy by the case. I like to think I have in excess of 6 months food on hand for one person.

2 cases ravioli
3 cases of beans, ( they were 3 cans for 1$)
3 cases of canned vegs.
1 case cream of wheat
1 case pasta
1 case apple sauce
1 case tuna
25 lbs sugar
10 lbs coffee

and the typical white metal food cabinet full of assorted items.
   I will stock up on paper product and fresh produce when I think things are out of hand.

   I choose things that are tasty, easily heated and I always check the expiration code. lots will last by code to 2009. Perhaps the easiest way to figure your needs is by the pound, if you were to eat 2 lbs per day , you would need approx 60 pounds per month.

   
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    Your preps look ok to me. I don't drink coffee or use table sugar since I never eat cereal. How long does 10 lbs of coffee last?

I still think canning is a pointless exercise, for the money you can buy regular canned food which would probably last longer anyway since it was canned via machine than by hand.

I'm in an apartment, I wish I had a big freezer like my dad did, bread lasts for years when frozen and that means sandwiches. Be prepared to eat those raviolis cold though, if the power goes out it could be a very, VERY long time before it comes back on, presuming it comes back on at all.
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    Also, count how many cans of each you have, check how many servings per can and you know how many rations you have. If you have four people in your household, thats four rations a day if you starve yourself, which means two cans w/two servings each per day.

I put my nutrigrain bars in my emergency duffel bag. I'm going to get more soon, they're good til about the middle of 2008 so I have to cycle twice yearly.
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I started with staples because they are cheap and I could get the most calories for the dollar. They also will keep easily long term. I know people who are eating the last of their vacume-sealed Y2K rice. If everything turns out better than we think these things can be used with no problem. If it is the end of civilization as we know it, we will have flour, corn meal, rice, beans, sugar, grits, spagetti and cooking oil for about one year. If we can grow something to go with these things they should last longer. I am now working on canned foods mainly for the short term. I would like to have 365 cans of some type of tomato product. I have maybe 75 now. Canned foods are much more expensive when you look at calories for the dollar but staples will only get you so far. Meat is also a problem. Beans will supply protein but I think that will get old. I am picking up several tins of sardines with chili peppers every time I go to the dollar store. I am also buying spam to flavor the beans. I would need 200 cans of spam to flavor all the beans I have but I cannot bring myself to buy that much yet. Watch out for applesause. It turns brown if it gets a little old. I have learned a lot. Also pancake mix does not keep good.
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   I forgot to mention I have rice, seasonings and canned fruits. Rice is very important and inexpensive and easily mixed with beans and soups or meats. I do eat out of my stores and replace them. I will buy dry beans and peas. Also remember you pet food supplies.
   You will need a source of water, and heat/ fuels. Remember if they get close to expiration dates you can donate them to food pantries.
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I bought a lot of soup  and canned veggies. And when I tasted it, it was all nasty. (except for Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup).
So I went and bought 1 lb. canisters of onion and garlic powders, and also various herb seasoning combos to go into the canned soups. Then it was tasty.
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So be sure and buy granulated and powdered garlic and onion and other herbs for the canned soups, beans,  and veggies, otherwise you will be miserable.
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And 1 pound packages of dried yeast from Gordon Food Supplies are inexpensive. I  needed a lot of yeast for all that flour I have in cans.  Yeast  will keep over 5 years in the freezer if unopened.
And don't forget the very large containers of baking soda and baking powder.
 
 
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I probably have the smallest list ever=[
I have been trying to do my preps for a while but i dont get to buy stuff very much becauase most of the $$ goes to bilss in my family and stuff, im only 17 ...
but i do have 30 cans of beans, 10 pounds of rice, the typical 5 lbs of sugar, 200 packets of green tea, like 3 or 4 survival food meals(camping and whatnot....)i also have, those on the go packets, about 4 boxes, i have 1 box of breakfast drinks,that'sabout it for now in the food dept......but in other things, i have an emergency radio from radio shack, 12 rolls of toilet paper off to the side...a huge bottle of hand sanitizer to save water, which i need^_^;
oh!!!! i have a question, how much water per person per day? i would like to know that. everytime i go to costco, people are always buying in bulk and fighting over stuffi n the aisles. its scaryand i walk past them, and they be saying, its for my emergency kit!! i need it!! i saw one person wheel out 12 cases of 24 pack water...it was scary O_O
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i meant to say bills* not bilss. sorry bout my typos
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I found this prep from another memeber..i think there name is Guests. Look at what they got so far...how's theres? i know its waaay better than nime

Guests preps:
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I've been prepping for a while, and I'm STILL nowhere near where I need to be. It's frustrating. Everything is mega expensive. I've done well at pawn shops for old tools (sometimes pawn shops are mega cheap). Yard sales are a godsend. And, while I hate chinese goods, and generally refuse to buy them, I have come to realise that there is more at stake than the prospect of giving in to my detestations.

Here's what we have so far:
150 lbs of Rice
80lbs of beans
50 lbs of all purpose flour (I'm buying a crapload more tommorow)
10 lbs of semolina flour
2lbs of active dry yeast
15lbs of whole wheat flour
40 cans of sardines/octopus/squid, etc.
50 cans of tuna
50 cans of soup
30 boxes/bags of pasta
15 bags of noodles
Approx 20 small bags of dehydrated vegetables
80ish cans of various vegetables
5lbs of salt
50lbs of sugar
20 cans of tomatoes (a big deal in our house)
10 bottles of Tiger sauce (awful, right?)
20 gallons of olive oil
15 bottles of balsalmic vinegar
10 gallons of white vinegar
20 boxes of that parmalait stuff
10lbs of powdered milk (yech!)
about 10lbs of dried peppers (I've got em in my garden)
all the spices/herbal medicines you could imagine
10 jars of mayo (on sale, baby)
10 bottles of mustard
An absolutely endless supply of tea and ginseng
A few cases of wine : P
A nice store of liquor
And, other little goodies- chocolate, pistachios, oils, etc.
10 tubes of toothpaste
20 bars of soap
100 disposable razors
30 boxes of baking soda
2 boxes of 50 rolls of toilet paper
2 boxes of 14 rolls of paper towels
(I'm starting on the Mane and Tail shampoo/condit tommorrow- it's cheap as hell and it works like a charm)
10 bottles of cocoa butter (big bottles)
2 first aid kits
rain suits
oil lanterns (old school)
tons of lamp oil
guns - smith & wesson M&P 40 cal (compact model, so it fits my hands, as well), Walther p22, winchester defender 1300 12g, My grandfather's 1952 winchester rifle, and we're really psyched, because we're getting ready to buy a colt 9mm AR-15 :D....yeah, we've got a small armory...tee hee
almost too much ammunition
Correction....wayyyy wayyy too much ammunition
We've also got hunting bows
absolutely endless fishing gear
Spear guns
Dive gear
boats
Bang Sticks ( but, you can only use em in internatl. waters : (    )
Hawaiian spears
Cast Iron cookwear (I've been picking it up cheap at Marshalls and TJ Maxx)
Chef's knives (My man can cook, what can I say?)
Tons of (mostly manual) cooking equipment- and good stuff like pizza stones, spare brick lying around in our warehouse, ceramic cookwear, etc.
Firewood
Gardening equipment
I've got a store of seeds that would make ya'lls jaw drop- Thank you Seedsavers.com ;)
We currently have a garden going. It's small, but can be extended considerably, provided there is a need
We've also got a multi-acre property that is walled in by a 12 foot, 1ft thick concrete wall, with VERY sharp steel finials on top of it. It has fruit trees, and plenty of room to plant a whole damn farm. It's a real estate development, that hasn't got much going on because of the market
We've got a well, tapped, and a pump for it at our house
We've got generators
tents
trailers
suvs
Lots of rope
Compressors
A ridiculous number of tools
warehouses
2 300gal poly tanks I got from a water treatment plant
survival/gardening/herbal/fishing/hunting/sailing/building books...etc.
You name it



.........but..........THERE IS SOO MUCH MORE we need!
I've barely touched down on the food needs- the first aid needs and basic hygeine needs are out the damn door right now.
Most of the stuff we already have lying around- dormant, ready to be used should a situation arise.
Keep on prepping, guys. We've got so much work to do. "

what u think of it?
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besides the normal stock I have a lot of baby wipes and toilet paper. Nothing like a baby wipe bath!
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Salt, Salt, Salt!!!!

Salt is extremely important to have, the body can not survive with out SALT!

Water, food is a must! but your body needs salt.

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I've been prepping for a long time and am ready for 18 months so my list is too long to post all at one time. Some of my more important ones I'll try to list.
 
Crackers
peanut butter
canned tuna
rice and dried beans ( these 2 mixed will give good nutrition)
gatorade for hydration
tylenol
advil
sugar and salt for oral hydration mixture if you don't have gatorade
heat source
wood stove, grill, et. for cooking
breakfast bars
dried fruits and veggies
canned soups or stews (good if you have no water or way of cooking)
matches (very important to have lots)
candles
wind up or shaker type flashlights, lanterns & radios
lots of handsoap ( can be used as a substitute for other soaps needed)
personal hygiene items
toilet tissue and kleenex
dramamine for sickness
immodium AD
coffee or tea (good barter item)
wine and cigarettes are also good barter
garden seeds
canned beans for protien
black elderberry wine or jelly ( good for the immune system)
lots and lots of water
nuts
I also planted fruit trees and nut trees for the future
spices
dried eggs
powdered milk
coffee filters
clorox bleach (for water purification)
garbage bags
pet food
boullion cubes
butter flavored crisco
chocolate candies
pop tarts
 
This is just part of my stores. I hope it's of help to someone
 
 
 
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I have about a years supply of food for 3 people. I have the same amount of HBA items like toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc. I do not have a years supply of TP, paper products, dog food or cat food. I need to get back to work on that.
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Wow, Grammajo and Penham. 18 months and one year? I'm impressed
    
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Would stores like Costco and Target and Walmart be the best stores to buy preps?
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Definitely Costco and Walmart. I've never seen anything in Target I thought would be useful at a good price. Love the store, but not for prepping in my experience. Check out your regular grocery shopping stores too - they often have name brand stuff at promotional prices, or clearance items. I recently bought soup that my local Albertsons was discontinuing (expiration date still 2 years away in some cases) that was discounted from $3.99 to 50 cents. The guy at the checkout looked at me like I was nuts when I rolled up with a shopping cart full of soup and nothing else. His face was a picture when he saw how much my savings were. I eventually made two trips and saved over $150. Dollar stores are okay for some stuff, but check expiration dates. Remember - you get what you pay for.
    
    
    
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Just picked up more toilet paper and canned veggies at Walmart. Their own brand of TP is $1.12 for six rolls but it sells out pretty quick around here.
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Buy tomato paste instead of soup. Some brands of soup list paste and water as the only ingredients. Some list spice also. Paste is cheaper and you can use it in other ways.
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    Oh, one day i was at costco, they were selling emergency kits that are meant for a family of 3. Ah..you had a good buy. My city doesnt have Albertsons but i know what it is. We have Safeway. I am going to costco pretty soon, i should start buying more stuff. I had no idea that walmart had its own toilet paper
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