Imagine that a disaster strikes and you realize you will need to bug in at home.
While you may know what’s happening exactly, you do know that you need to get food to keep your family fed for the duration of the disaster. You turn to the $100 emergency cash that you keep on you at all times just in case your credit card isn’t working.
This is a scenario that could feasibly happen in the event of an economic collapse, societal unrest, or an EMP attack.
That’s why this last week, I decided to go to Walmart with $100 in my pocket to see what I could do. I allotted myself exactly ten minutes so I could get in and get out fast.
My goal was to acquire enough food to last my family for a week, and to focus on getting a variety of foods that could be used to make different meals while still ensuring a balanced diet.
Here was the results:
Eggs were at the top of my my mind when I walked into Walmart. They can be prepared with a variety of other meals. I ended up purchasing 2 18-packs for $9.58 each.
This egg preservation method makes eggs last for over a decade, so I plan on going back soon and getting more for my stockpile.
Eggs come packed with high-quality protein and also provide the essential amino acids necessary for the body’s growth and maintenance.
Beyond protein, eggs boast an impressive array of vitamins, including B12 for nerve function and DNA synthesis, and vitamin D crucial for bone health.
The yolks, though often scrutinized, still contain valuable nutrients such as choline, which is important for brain health, liver function, and metabolism.
Canned Chicken and Dumplings and Beef Stew
Canned meats were also high on my agenda when I walked into Walmart.
I ended up going with the canned Chicken & Dumplings and Beef Stew cans, which sold for $3.74 each.
My purchase totaled seven cans, amounting to $26.18
I went with the chicken and dumplings and beef stew options because they provided a convenient and hearty meal options that bring comfort and flavor to the table.
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The chicken and dumplings consists of feature tender chunks of chicken and dumplings immersed in a savory broth. Similarly, the canned beef stew consisted of pieces of beef that mingled with hearty vegetables in a flavorful broth as well.
Cans of peaches and pears were being sold for $3.16 each. I purchased seven cans for $22.12 in total.
Personally, I think fruits are too often overlooked by preppers.
While they may not be considered as essential as old fashioned beans and rice, they still serve as the cornerstone for a healthy diet by offering a wealth of nutritional benefits that contribute to overall well-being.
A big benefit to fruits is their high fiber content, which promotes good digestive health, aiding in regular bowel movements and weight management.
The natural sugars that are found in fruits come with a nutritious package of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, providing a balanced source of energy.
I wasn’t too picky about the fruits I would get, and went with the canned peaches and pears just because they were available.
Canned beans were another food item I knew I was going to get before I even walked in. I ended up getting ten cans of pinto and black beans that were priced at just $0.98 each.
There’s a reason why preppers praise canned beans so much.
They’re dirt cheap, have a long shelf life, packed with nutrients and proteins.
Beans can be seamlessly integrated into almost every other kind of dish imaginable, including soups, casseroles, or stews.
Beyond their versatility in that way, canned beans help promote digestive well-being and are great at giving you sustained energy. If you’re a vegetarian on a plant-based diet, beans are among the very best sources of protein available
You can’t have beans without rice, right? I went ahead and picked up a ten pound pack of white rice for $11.48.
Rice is an a excellent source of carbohydrates, offering a quick and efficient energy boost. Its neutral flavor makes it a versatile accompaniment to a variety of dishes.
For instance, a simply and yet hearty meal to make would be a bean and rice mix with either eggs or meat on the side.
I’m a big proponent of stocking up on white rice over brown rice as well. a
There was one major food group I was lacking at this point: vegetables. Cans of corns were being sold for $1.92 each, so I picked up seven cans for $13.44 in total.
Corn is rich in essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and like beans and rice, it can be effortlessly incorporated into most meals.
Instead of relying solely on veggies from the store, you should consider building your own garden using this comprehensive guide.
By doing so, you will learn how to grow your own fresh produce and ensure that you and your family are well fed during the next crisis.
Just like that, I was able to acquire a week’s supply of eggs, chicken, beef, fruits, and vegetables, rice, and beans. Okay, I may have spent a little more than $100 after sales tax, but I managed to keep it close.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to do a cheap food run like this just for emergencies.
When times get tough and you need to be careful about spending your money, you can take comfort in knowing that it’s still possible to put a fully balanced meal together like I’ve done here.
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