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Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by Lucretius » Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:15 am

Similar topics have been discussed, I know, but:

Say you are convinced that TS will HTF inside a couple of days. At the same time, other people haven't started emptying the shelfs in the grocery stores.
Being preppers, we possibly will react a bit faster than most to the coming crisis.

In that scenario, maybe you could safely go one last time grocery shopping, before bugging in.

What would you buy?


Personally, I'm well stocked up on non-perichables. So I'd concentrate on stuff like fresh fruit (particularly exotic ones not grown anywhere near here), milk, eggs, butter, and meat.

I'd also pick up a bit extra of stuff relevant to whatever the developing disaster demands, just to top up on my stocked supplies. Examples of this can be batteries if the situation threatens the power supplies, bug spray if it's an insect-borne disease, etc.

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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by bkebs » Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:41 am

If I thought the power were going to go out I would not waste money on meat, eggs... I would load up on canned goods like vegies, fruit, meats, and soups. Then I would buy things like foil and water lots and lots of water. I would also get as much gas and stabil as I could afford.

I have general preps and would probably try to focus on things specific to the coming problem. My weak link is water as my well is something on the order of 350 feet deep and it is a half mile down the mountain to the nearest pond. I could not stay at my place during a long term power outage because of the water issue. I would have to make it the 10 miles to my friends place in that case.

Also, basic meds and first aid supplies would be loaded up on. I do not want to face a world were my wife would have to go without pamprin.

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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by herbalpagan » Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:07 am

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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by Lucretius » Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:32 am

bkebs wrote:If I thought the power were going to go out I would not waste money on meat, eggs... I would load up on canned goods like vegies, fruit, meats, and soups. Then I would buy things like foil and water lots and lots of water. I would also get as much gas and stabil as I could afford.
You sure you don't have some kind of pantry that's cool and dark? In there you could stock eggs and such for a good while without power.

My thinking is, most people here already are stocked up on canned goods, water and gas+stabil (or they should be). This is simply because we can stock up on these items.

And no matter what, you can always try scavenging for more when you run out. You can also collect and purify water almost anywhere.
But there's no chance for most of us growing a banana or even an orange. I don't keep chickens, or cows... :cry:

So, I thought, which perishable items would I want to have for the last time in god knows how long? I wouldn't want to start of eating out of tins, since I'd have my fill of that later in the PAW. :)
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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by Keith B » Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:17 am

My thoughts are to stock up on water and juices. Canned food is a must. Extra propane for cooking. You can never have too many propane tanks!
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Post by thefirebuilds » Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:18 am

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Post by thefirebuilds » Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:19 am

seriously though - fresh foods. I've got long term stuff but meats, eggs, and milk will be something I will miss right quick.
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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by bkebs » Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:08 am

I do not have a suitable place to use as a root cellar right now. I suppose I could find a place to make one, however my home is basically built on rock. I have 1 inch of dirt in many places in my yard and bare rock in others. I would have to go down the hill 50 yards before it would be possible to dig one. Lighters would be one thing I should get more of.

I say gas and stabil because even if you have 50 gallons of gas on hand, you may run out if the situation lasts. For a week long bump it is not that big of a deal, but for a real shtf I want all I can get.

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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by Finch » Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:08 am

I'd buy more porn
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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by Jacob Creutzfeldt » Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:20 am

Ice cream. Lots of it. When the power goes out, I have an excuse to eat all of it. :D

Then I would stock up on storable food. If I knew a disaster would come, I wouldn't care if my apartment looked like a warehouse. Fuel would be high on my list as well. Maybe I should make a list now so I'm ready if this happens? :shock:

Fresh things are a good idea. Veggies and eggs doesn't to be as cool as meat. And you can do an improvised root cellar or evaporative cooler.
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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by thepaleman » Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:14 pm

Finch wrote:I'd buy more porn
Classy. Would you stock up on lube and tissues too? :lol:

I'd buy soap, TP, canned everything, rice and other dry provisions, the fruits and veggies I'd buy a lot of, especially things like cabbage and gourds that last. Depending on the season I'd buy things I knew I could plant, the root veggies, onions, garlic, and fruits with seeds I could keep.
Medical supplies I'd buy lots of painkillers, allergy, cough...just everything. Vitamins, condoms.
Female sanitation stuff.
General handy stuff, matchs, lighters, candles, propane, foil.

I'd fill my truck and car and max out the credit cards on all this stuff. If you know something bad is coming why not just go all out and stock up like the end of the worlds is going to happen on Tuesday.
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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by spacecase0 » Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:55 pm

I would get limes,
and bottle caps, iodine sanitizer, and yeast and malted barley, and hops
maybe some already brewed beer,
likely get some cheese and a bag of potatoes, maybe some eggs.
a new reloading scale if anyone had one in stock,
maybe get some extra flashlights for the neighbors so that they don't burn down the building by using candles.
and top off the fuel in my car.
then I would charge (just top off) all the lithium batteries that I have for my flashlights.
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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by Lucretius » Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:20 pm

spacecase0 wrote:I would get limes,
and bottle caps, iodine sanitizer, and yeast and malted barley, and hops
maybe some already brewed beer,
likely get some cheese and a bag of potatoes, maybe some eggs.
a new reloading scale if anyone had one in stock,
maybe get some extra flashlights for the neighbors so that they don't burn down the building by using candles.
and top off the fuel in my car.
then I would charge (just top off) all the lithium batteries that I have for my flashlights.
I sure hope you haven't copyrighted that list, 'cuz I'm about to steal all of those great ideas! :D

Yeast, beer, cheese, eggs, batteries.... all of those are kind of storable, but nothing like rice and beans. I'll include those in my Last Minute Shopping List!

And I'm off to top up the fuel in my car, just to be sure.
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Post by thefirebuilds » Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:22 pm

thepaleman wrote:
Finch wrote:I'd buy more porn
Classy. Would you stock up on lube and tissues too? :lol:
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Post by Tonto » Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:40 pm

bkebs wrote: My weak link is water as my well is something on the order of 350 feet deep and it is a half mile down the mountain to the nearest pond. I could not stay at my place during a long term power outage because of the water issue. I would have to make it the 10 miles to my friends place in that case.
You could also utilize rain catchment from your rooftop via gutters into clean garbage cans (I keep two new 35gal trash cans on hand just for this use) plus store some new trash bags/ a brand of Glade doesn't contain insecticides I can't think of at the moment. Even using bleach and coffee filters or a PUR water pitcher filter works well I've found, but I spent the money to get a ceramic siphon filter to 'filter' out rainwater for drinking for my poormans Berkey filter.

My short list? It would contain the following:

OTC drugs for cold/flu/sinus, insect repellant, trash bags, antibiotic ointment, 91% rubbing alcohol, bleach, toilet paper, handi wipes, toothbrush/paste/dental floss, female stuff, needles/thread, duct tape, plastic sheeting, alum. foil, ziplock bags, dish soap, bath soap, shampoo, flour, corn meal, yeast, rice, rice packets, bullion cubes, soup mixes, canola/sunflower oil, powdered milk, pasta, canned beef, chicken, pork, turkey, tuna fish, salmon....

Yeah, list goes on and on. Does anyone carry around a little notebook with these items as a cheat sheet?? Not that I do or anything :roll:
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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by spacecase0 » Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:50 pm

Lucretius wrote:I sure hope you haven't copyrighted that list, 'cuz I'm about to steal all of those great ideas! :D

Yeast, beer, cheese, eggs, batteries.... all of those are kind of storable, but nothing like rice and beans. I'll include those in my Last Minute Shopping List!

And I'm off to top up the fuel in my car, just to be sure.
no copyright here, I am glad you like my ideas.
I have all the long term things already, it is the middle ground things that I don't keep much of.
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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by XtraBright » Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:50 pm

If i could make a last shopping run i would buy for my BIL.

50 kg Spaghetti:

They are sold in 10kg packed tight carton packs (containing 10 bags) that save space and can easily be stored.
With water they fill, i wan´t stuff that "fills" and not only has enough calories for the day.
Can be cooked odorless (may be usefull).

10 kg (20 bars) Cooking chocolate:
Cheap, high energy, ready to eat.

20kg Salt (2 bags)

20kg Sugar (20 1kg bags)

10kg of various personal hygiene products (good trade in tshtf times, believe it or nor) like soaps, tooth paste...

Some 1kg glasses of spices, herbs.

Lot´s of toilet paper (the thing that defines a civilisation)

10kg of pure oil thuna and other things that add some taste to spaghetti.

Coffee to dissolve in hot water, bags of black tea, some artificial sweeteners (cheap and you won´t waste your precious sugar on coffee).

I stick to spaghettis because they are the most less space consuming thing when stored (compared to cans, tins, other noodles), have an incredible long shelf live, they fill your stomach and are packed in sizes that may be bartered or traded without fear the package may get wet (like those soft bags for rice, wheat, ...)

20kg of whole spelt (?) in bags. Can be eaten, can be made to long lasting bread (i do now) or used as seed.
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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by WolfBrother » Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:33 pm

A couple of years ago the weather forecast for Austin called for an Ice storm (freezing rain, sleet, snow, etc) to hit Monday.

Fri PM after work, I went to the local Megalomart (Walmart) to do normal shopping. I spoke with one of the Managers I know there and asked him if he'd seen any sign of people stocking up for the Ice Storm.

Nope.

Sunday afternoon about 4, wife asked me to go back and get 2 specific cake mixes. When I went in, I noticed several long check out lines.

I looked and except for some artsy fartsy bread there was no bread nor tortillas on the bread aisle.
No Milk, Very few cartons of eggs, the bottled water aisle was pretty much empty, the canned goods aisles showed several places that were empty.
AND the beer cooler was empty.

The camping aisle (propane bottles, etc) were showing some empty shelves also.

I asked that same manager about this and he said the Big Rush had started about 3 hours earlier and the lines at the checkouts were the tail end of it. He said he'd never seen anything like it. He'd put in calls to the milk/bread/beer suppliers and they said they'd be out the next day.

So - if you're gonna do last minute shopping - get there before the rush.
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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by SwampRat » Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:39 pm

One of the best investments I've made is 15 chickens. I get a dozen fresh eggs a day with out fail if not a couple more. Now I can't eat em all so i give them away, people like me for this and I only spend 10$ a month in cheap chicken scratch, when things get ugly I'll have to go get 2 or 3 bags of food, a bag last me a month and cost 10$, between that and the beans and rice I have stocked up...
Potatoes
fresh apples seem to last a while
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top off the gas cans
once TSHTF i'll turn my chickens loose free range and shoot or trap the predators that come after them for extra meat once I've lost refrigeration.
I'd also grab as much water as I can carry to last me till the next rain
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Post by SwampRat » Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:41 pm

Damn.. Id also buy plenty of bleach and stock up on dog food for the security system..
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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by ironraven » Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:28 pm

If it was going to be a paw-level event, yeast, fruit and veg, vinegar, salt, sugar, flour, coffee, eggs (hard boil them), bleach, TP, soap, matches (my grocery store has Diamond strike anywhere), charcoal and/or rock salt in season. Pasta, sterno, stove fuel, pasta, rice, dry soup and bread/cake mixes that only need water/milk. Powdered, canned and HT milk.

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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by The Reaper » Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:37 pm

OTC Medicines
Lighters and matches
Alcohol
Chocolates
Coffee
Some Coca-Cola
Cleaning supplies
Pest control products
Charcoal and lighter fluid
Spices and salt
Pet food
Soap
Toilet paper and paper towels
Shampoo
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Post by callista » Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:51 pm

It would depend heavily on what kind of disaster we were expecting.

I have just about everything I truly need for short-term. What I don't have is beyond my price range. But I guess I might splurge on something that would increase comfort, like a proper camp stove and fuel, instead of makeshift stuff I've been experimenting with. Hot food's not necessary, but it's very nice indeed.

I'd definitely get a few dozen good books. Heck, I could get those from the library, as any real disaster is a pretty good excuse for forgiveness of overdue fines anyway, especially if you return the books in one piece!
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Re: Last minute grocery shopping list

Post by Loprofyle » Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:33 pm

20 - 5 gal. gas cans and fill them & add stabil

100 lbs of rice
50 lbs. of dry beans
2-3 more water barrels (55 gal. food grade)
cases of Spam
Summer sausage
Dry Pasta
Powdered milk
condensed milk
cans of buglet tobacco & a few cartons of smokes (yes, i know its bad for ya)
A few more bottles of Vodka, tequila & Jack Daniels ??
Re-fill any prescriptions that may be needed
hit the feed store and stock up on Anti-biotics

I already have 50 Gal. of gas stored and a 2 year food supply but a little more never hurts
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