It’s hard to know where to start and a tight budget can make it even harder, but doing something is better than doing nothing. Having emergency/food storage can give you peace of mind, so you can start by:

  • Buying one can at a time (if you had purchased $5-$20 worth of supplies every month last year, you would be farther ahead than you are right now.
  • Buy a backpack for a 72-hour kit; fill it with one or two items at a time, if you can’t afford a backpack use a box, or bag.   Just get something and start working on those kits!
  • Buy an extra item or two when you shop.
  • Buy in bulk with other families/friends and split costs.
  • Buy it all at once if you can afford to.
  • Take a can or two from your family every time you visit {Just Kidding}.
  • Store what you eat and eat what you store.
  • Buy a variety of canned fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and proteins.  Make sure you are rotating them, and check expiration dates.  Canned good are usually only good for one to two years.
  • Don’t forget non-food items such as Toothpaste, Toilet Paper, Tooth Brushes, Dish Soap, Shampoo, etc.
  • Rotate and replace—use some of your items at least twice a week and replace those items
  • Grow a garden or join a produce co-op.
  • So where do we start? Our motto is “one can at a time”!
  • PRINTABLE: Where do I start (PDF)
  • I wrote a post about:  Where Do I Start With Food Storage

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