September is Emergency Preparedness Month here at Youthful Homemaker. Emergencies will happen, whether we’re prepared or not. The bonus for being prepared for an emergency is that you will also be prepared if something happens to you financially. Today we are sharing ways you can stock up on food for an emergency situation for less than $5 each. The things that have a quantity listed are just my best estimations based on my price book and experience. Your actual cost will probably vary depending on where you live and where you shop. This list is just here to get you started.

  • 5$5 Emergency Food Prep Items gallons of purified water
  • 4 lbs bag of sugar
  • 5 lbs bag of flour
  • large bottle of cooking oil
  • 2 cases of water bottles
  • 4 cans of canned fruit
  • 5 lbs. bag of rice
  • 5 boxes of spaghetti
  • 4 cans of potatoes
  • 4 cans of vegetables
  • 4 cans of beans (or 2-3 large cans)
  • a case of Ramen noodles
  • instant potatoes
  • 4 cans of soup
  • cans of tuna or chicken
  • boxes of corn bread mix
  • oatmeal (also known as rolled oats)
  • dry beans (pinto, great northern, black turtle beans, etc)
  • jars of peanut butter
  • iodized salt
  • a can of coffee
  • 10 boxes of generic mac & cheese
  • several boxes of tea bags

These are just ideas to get you thinking. It’s so easy to pick up something inexpensive while you’re already in the grocery store every week, and if you pick up one little thing each week, it will really add up. Make sure to keep track of what you have in your stockpile, or you might accidentally buy a lot of one thing (once I ended up with four bags of rice in my pantry!).


Do you have any ideas for stocking up on food, without breaking the bank? If you do, I’d love to hear them!