Introduction and Month One
To make getting prepared less daunting, we have broken down three versions of a year’s supply into monthly purchases. All plans are for one person for one year.
The first of the plans is The Bare Minimum. This plan is according the Church’s long-term supply suggestions and will require a monthly average purchase of about $42, with the year’s total $500. The complete plan works out to a little more than a pound of grain daily, a little more than a pound of beans weekly, a little milk, oil, salt, sweetener, plus a gallon of water per day for two weeks.
The second of the plans is Expanded Storage. It is a bit more comprehensive and more costly. It includes more of the basics as well as fruits and vegetables and a longer-term water supply. I am still working on a total cost, but it looks like the monthly purchases will come in between $125-$175.
The third is Gluten-Free Storage. The list came from a gluten-free lds mom blogger. As a disclaimer, I have gone wheat-free, but never gluten-free so I have limited understanding here. I have simply broken down her list. It works out to about $85 per month, with the year’s total $1017 and is pretty close to The Bare Minimum plan but with some gluten-free additions and adjustments.
We hope this is helpful!
The Bare Minimum
5 quarts oil $12.50
8 lbs salt $8
14 gallons drinking water $14
1 case (12 cans) fruit $15
2 #10 (abt 2 lbs) cans instant potatoes $6.50 (lds cannery)
6 #10 cans (abt 4 lbs) cans powdered milk $51.60 (lds cannery)
50 lbs wheat $22.90 (lds cannery)
9 lbs yeast $18 (costco)
50 lbs white rice $24 (lds cannery)
7 5-gallon food-grade buckets $42 (lowe’s)
8 lbs salt $8
14 gallons water $14
(Store names provided when I thought they might be helpful in keeping costs down. If you are having a hard time finding items for the price listed, leave a comment below and I will give you my pricing info.)