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If you go on these survival websites you won't find any(cheap). I understand the LDS Latter Day Saints has some pretty good buys.
One of the best ways to stock up is to watch the paper and sales. Right now in our area CVS has a sale on 5 oz bumblebee tuna 2/$1(no limit). Wal-greens has eggs 2 doz for $2(limit 4). You have to have a store card from these places. No cost or obligation, applications are on the counter and it's effective immediately.
A lot of drug stores will have a good buy on one or two items just to get you in the door. You can score pretty big with good buys if you keep watching. Right now we've bought around 30 cans of that tuna = $15 + tax.
If I look at have tuna for one meal, then I have 3 people 10 days of one meal, 30 cans of something else real cheap means 3 people 10 days of two meals, ect.
Don't confuse the "best if used by" with an expiration date. My "guess" is that this stuff is good for around 10 years. Once you get a small stockpile of food, eat a couple of meals from it. That should give you an idea if you will enjoy it or need to change what you buy.
We do a couple of things, canning is what I call "Deluxe Prepping" Ain't nothing like it as far as quality and taste - years later.
I live in Massachusetts and the best option for me is to research those sales circulars that come in the mail and compare prices. Stick to several stores so you won't be wasting gas traveling all over the place. You'd be surprised at the savings. Try dollar stores, too. Growing your own vegetable garden is a win win.
I've staggered purchases from Emergency Essentials, Honeyville Farms and other sites and these are kept for long term storage.
Check out the books (on this forum)for various titles to help you. Lots of good material you can reference to keep those costs down.
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I am new here and it is hard to find out how to interact with you pros. My safe place or as you call it BOL. Has its own fresh water source. Solar power and about a year of food for three people (I am single and my buddy is married) cant we develope a co-op to negotiate with a food supplier to deliver food at a reduced price since we buy in bulk?
cheapest food is foraged... completly free, you don't even have to pay for the water to grow it with
But more to the point, set your sights on basics and you'll do well. Rice, pasta, beans. In bulk in places like Sam's or restaurant supply is about the cheapest you'll find. Rice at Sam's is $0.35 a pound in 50 pound bags.
Our family is not huge, so we don't stock up on #10 cans. Standard can goods are cheapest at Aldi's and Price Rite in my neck fo the woods. I also find good prices on odd things at Ocean State Job Lot... don't know what you have in your area.... Big Lots?
Some items at the Dollar Stores are good values, but don't be fooled by smaller packages.
Also, one YouTube prepper recommended molassas, oats, and ground corn at feed stores (for horses), but I can't seem to find what he recommended.
What part of NOLA are you in? Take the advice of dogboy and look into ALDI for some of the cheapest prices on groceries. Over the last several weeks, we have been comparing prices between ALDI and other stores (SAMs, Winn Dixie, WalMart, Dollar General, and local grocers) and none of them beat ALDI's prices.
There's no one answer. I agree with the others who said follow the sales. Twice a week, my wife goes through all the ads and circulars. We're to the point we only buy it if it's a good sale. She figured out that everything around here rotates through sales about every 3 months. And I set up a spreadsheet to make it easier for her to track the price per unit. We buy from the DFW LDS cannery, Costco and every other store that has good sales.
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