“Just load up on toilet paper and whisky. You can trade them for everything you need!” This comment came from the woman in line behind me at the grocery store, where my cart was bulging with my regular monthly shopping plus some things for long-term storage. We were chatting and I had said I was writing this blog post, on survival foods to buy at the grocery store.
“Are you a survivalist?” asked a man who heard our conversation.
“Kind of,” I said. “I think everyone should have enough supplies to be versatile.”
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A Survival Food List for the Grocery Store
If you are of the toilet paper-and-whiskey school of thought, you still might get an idea or two from this list… As for me, I’d rather have more control over my life and meals than to stock just those two items!
You can get a lot of reasonably healthy food for storage at the grocery store, including many things that will last for years. Supermarkets typically only have a few days’ worth of supplies on hand… and shelves can empty very quickly if there is a crisis or the prediction of one. Of course, what you will want depends on what your family eats.
Listed as I thought of them, in no particular order:
- Powdered milk
- Beans, dry and canned
- Peanut butter
- Olive oil
- Chocolate bars
- Beef jerky
- Coffee, instant and/or regular, decaf or full strength
- Bottled water
- Canned meat and fish
- Canned stews
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruit
- Canned juices
- Ramen noodles
- Beer and wine
- Food bars ( Ber Valley Pemmican is a good one)
- Hard candy
Our Prepper Cat
Also, since our cat is a member of the family, I would add
- Dry cat food
- Canned cat food
- Cat litter
Here she is in her favorite perch overlooking my desk, where from time to time she lands on my desk. Behind her, she can look out the window and watch birds in our trees.
When we came home from the grocery store yesterday, I went up to her in this basket and said to her. “You’re a prepper cat!” Cat lovers can imagine how little this meant to her, but I’m glad to have supplies for her.
Our dogs eat a brand of dry dog food that I get at Amazon, Taste of the Wild.
Non-food Preparedness Supplies I Get at the Grocery Store
- Toilet paper (but of course!)
- Paper towels
- AA, A, and CR2032 batteries
- Dishwashing detergent
- Laundry detergent
How We Save 10% at the Grocery Store