The Best Survival Foods to Buy at The Grocery Store

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

13 Responses

  1. Oren says:

    I’ve practiced this approach for stocking up since 2010. Hardest part is to get the non-prepper wife to go along. For large quantity (40 – 50# bags) of sugar, rice and some beans, I’ll go to Costco. Sams doesn’t have the variety I prefer. I have also purchased and stored flour from Costco. It’s All Purpose and you have to add baking powder and salt to get “self rising”. Producing really good biscuits. I’ve ordered beans in 50# bags from the feed and seed before. That worked really well, just be sure to tell them you intend to eat the seed so please no fungicides and hopefully cleaned of miscellaneous trash. I also keep at least one 5 gallon bucket with 5# bags of grits and corn meal. Place a large oxygen scavenger in the bottom of the bucket to keep it fresh and bug free. When I buy spices from Costco, I’ll set up another bucket with oxygen scavenger and pack it full of spices, salt, baking powder, baking soda etc. Whatever I don’t buy in the stores already canned, I’ll put it in 5 gallon cans. Lowes has the food grade cans and covers. Order your oxygen scavengers from Emergency Essentials or Amazon. Our garden is small, only 60 ft by 90 ft, but it does produce. I water it using a well system. My weak spot is pumping water. I want to expend some funds to purchase a double action wind mill pump that I can move water from the well to the other end of the property. But, I do not see the need to purchase all of the freeze dried food as long as I can process vegetables from the garden.

  2. Hummingbird says:

    It’s a good start and reminds me to get more propane. I would add heavy duty aluminum foil, charcoal briquets , and kitty litter for a toilet alternative.

  3. 173d Viet Vet says:

    MD – – I know Hell-Mart does not stock solar battery chargers. While an unopened pack of batteries may last three years on the shelf, putting them in vacuum sealed bags in your freezer extends the life indefinitely.

    But later than sooner you will need to recharge batteries to keep your walkie talkies working and to power your Am/FM/ SW radio. (Yes, I know that you can charge some radios by cranking it’s charging handle…)

    However those crank handles break and the cheap plastic gears wear out leaving you with no way to charge the radio, and thus no comms, unless you have a solar powered battery charger. Some “survival” radios come with a solar charger built in but I would not put too much faith in the longevity of such devices. They are great when they work, but you will still need a solar chargers a back up.

    Lastly, preppers should make a solar oven for cooking. They can be made out of cardboard boxes and aluminum foil. Many instructions for making these are on AlGorz Internet & Politically Correct UTube

  4. Anonamo Also says:

    We have hit a road block. No longer are able to prepare legumes in a manner we can eat. We like them well enough. but hope and pray we never need to eat more than a ppound every 2 months. Other intolerances for medical reasons abound…including most of green things, .Re working lists/ stored items to reflect on new intolerances and dietary needs is a challenge in it’s self… Root crops will be our focus this year and adding meat sources..

    • kytriya says:

      I can so relate, as I recently discovered its nightshades (tomatoes, cayenne, etc.) that I’m allergic too! I now tolerate garlic, raw broccoli and raw carrots, but that was after spending hundreds of dollars on probiotics and vitamin tablets and cutting nightshades out of my diet. Best wishes on your health and on prepping!

  5. kytriya says:

    What exactly, do I need to buy in order to charge a PC using Solar? The 20W solor charger I do have, does not allow a PC to be plugged into it. It takes USB cords. Thanks!

  6. Larry B says:

    Not sure what the wattage is on your radio that you recommended, but I’ve chosen the Baofeng BF-F9 V2+ HP 8Watt Tri-Power (1/4/8w) w/ 3800mah for my radio. I want the higher power range in case of an emergency. I also use the4 BF UV-5RA radio with a mx of 4 watts and a GMRS license to use all available frequencies.

  7. Olivia says:

    Want to remind everyone that Ramen Noodles are cheap, but as you stated, not much nutrition. But you can add canned meats and vegetables…look thru your pantry and you will come up with your own ideas. My favorite is chop up tomatoes and banana peppers and sprinkle with cheese. The flavor packs are full of salt, but either use your own spices or use half the pack. I store the packs……might come in handy to use on other foods and on camping trips.

  8. Encourager says:

    LOL, you have us running back and forth over the entire store. I am tired just reading this!! JK

  9. Robert Brown says:

    Loved the quote. Our track coach said it so often we all had it memorized. His version: “There on the plains of hesitation lie the bleached bones of countless millions who, with victory in sight, stopped to rest and there resting, died.” Graduated in 1966 and still remember that! Rest of the article was good too.

  10. AXELSTEVE says:

    Great article !
    I could not do this all or once or want to if I had the $$$ to do it. I would do it in several days or stages so I do not overload my truck. Or at leas in stages such as Saturday morning then latish Saturday nigh so people do not notice a pattern. If someone tells me that is a bunch of stuff I would say that is what my wife put on the list. That would normally get anyone to scam.