FOOD: Creating a Shelf Stable Grocery Stockpile on a Budget


  • By: whitewolf
  • Posted on: June 17, 2013


p>Preppers need to create an inventory of shelf stable groceries that will last them for quite a while if disaster strikes. These items need to be food products that will not go bad when stored on a shelf for an extended period of time. They should include family favorites and comfort foods, and be things that are easy to prepare or can be eaten directly from the package. Look for items that also provide good solid nutrition.

The Cost of Readiness

Stockpiling food can be a costly undertaking. As a prepper, you know the importance of a tight budget. There are some things you have to pay more for in order to get quality that will last. You also know that when disaster strikes anything could become currency. Food especially will likely become very valuable due to scarcity. That’s why prepping now and creating a stockpile is vitally important.

Coupon Your Way to an Impressive Stockpile

You’ve likely seen the TV show Extreme Couponing or know someone who is a big time couponer. Don’t discount the opportunity for a low cost stockpile that couponing offers you. With some effort to learn the basics of couponing and some time invested in organizing and preparing for your shopping trips, you can coupon your way to an impressive stockpile that costs you very little out of pocket.

getting startedGetting Started

To get started, you need to understand how extreme couponing works. It is a process by which coupons are matched up with weekly sales in order to get the lowest price possible on a product. Luckily there are lots of couponing blogs out there that actually do the matchups for you. However blogs that do this tend to be regional. Therefore, you have to find the right blogs for your area in order to save yourself a lot of time. has a good comprehensive list of grocery store blogs that will help you find the right ones for you.

Picking the right store to shop at also makes a huge difference because they all have different coupon policies. The ideal grocery store is one that doubles coupons and accepts competitor coupons. Such stores let you use 2 or 3 coupons per item and when combined with buy-one-get-one-free deals, dollar- off-total coupons or other sales, you can often get free or almost free groceries for your stockpile. If you have such a store near you, it will quickly become your favorite.

couponsGetting Coupons

The other question is about finding coupons. Many of the best coupons, especially high dollar coupons can be found online. In fact many of the grocery store blogs have printable coupon databases, like, which give you quick and easy access to literally thousands of coupons free for the printing.

In addition, many newspapers, including free ones that land in your driveway weekly contain coupons. However, your biggest source will be the Sunday newspaper. Plan to purchase at least 2 per week. Talk to neighbors and family members who subscribe to the newspaper but don’t use their coupons. They will likely be happy to give them to you. You can also find a limitless supply of free coupons in recycling bins, if you are willing to go looking. Plan to check out such bins early in the week to get your supply. The more coupons you get, the faster you can build a big stockpile for very little.

Even though it does require time, organization, work and couponing to create your stockpile is a great way to get what you need to be prepared without breaking your budget.

Suzanne Turcotte is a couponing mom who also blogs about HughesNet Gen4 Coverage  and other Internet service providers.

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Updated: March 29, 2014 — 2:32 am

The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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