How much money do you spend a week on cigarettes? What about beer? What about candy? How much is your cable bill? Were you hungry so you drove through the fast food and spent $5.00? How much have you spent this week, or last? Come on, be honest. If you just changed one of those habits you would be able to prep without having to bite into your budget.
I can come up with a boring, tasteless food storage plan that you can put together quickly, easily, and cheaply. It can sustain you for two months. And you won't even know you've spent any money. Here goes. For two dollars a day, Monday-Friday, you can save $10 in a week. That's $40 in a month. What can you get for $40?
25 pounds of rice $8.70 - 125 good sized portions
5 pounds of sugar $3.00 - good in oatmeal, rice pudding, bread, etc.
10 pounds of assorted dried beans $8.90 - 75 portions
9 pounds of oatmeal $8.75 - 100 portions
20 pounds of flour $10.00 - 50 small loaves of bread
Here's 350 portions of food for under $40!
Would you be lacking in taste? Yes. Missing fruits, vegetables, vitamins? Yes. Will you stay alive? YES?
Sure I know this is a horrible food storage plan but it is a simple start. You can easily and instantly put away almost 70 pounds of food in one month by cutting out 1/2 pack of cigarettes, or two beers, or a bag of candy, or a movie. For most people it's not hard to come up with some spare change.